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Members

      Collaborative Lawyers

Ann Astbury

Dr Ann Astbury is a collaborative family and private client lawyer (solicitor), practising at Tassells Solicitors in Faversham, Kent. Ann is committed to finding practical solutions for individuals undergoing the trauma of family breakdown and divorce. Among her professional qualifications are Resolution Accredited Specialist (financial separation and children) and Family Accreditation Scheme (Law Society).

Address:             Tassells Solicitors , 20 West Street, Faversham, ME13 7JF

Telephone:         01795 533337 

E-mail:                 annastbury@tassells-solicitors.co.uk

Web Address:    www.tassells-solicitors.co.uk

Anne Blenkinsop

Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1987. She has over 23 years' experience as a family Solicitor dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown. She is a collaborative lawyer and mediator. Anne works as a Consultant for a practice with Nationwide coverage assisting clients in the East Kent area. She is committed to helping clients find cost effective, non confrontational and constructive solutions to their difficulties. Anne is a member of Resolution and is also a Trustee of East Kent Relate.

Telephone:          01233 222 251 or 0744 303 5671

Email:                   ablenkinsop@setfords.co.uk

Web address:     www.setfords.co.uk

Nigel Clarke

Collaborative Lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator and Resolution Accredited Specialist. Nigel is an experienced, committed dispute resolution provider and , as a Resolution trainer and Law Society Assessor, is actively involved in providing support and training to others. He is accredited to provide Direct Consultation with Children in Mediation.

Address:             Johnson Clarke Solicitors, The Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FG

                            By appointment at Milroy House, Sayers Lane, Tenterden and Thames House, High Street, Hampton on Thames

Telephone:        01227 811740

Email:                 nigelclarke@johnsonclarke.co.uk

Web Address:   www.johnsonclarke.co.uk

Holly Coates

Holly has been a barrister since 2008 and specialises in family law.  She is also a trained collaborative lawyer who is able to assist clients on a Direct Access basis (which allows a client to instruct a barrister without the need to go through a solicitor). 

Holly is committed to assisting clients to reach their own agreement.  She regularly represents clients who are vulnerable or anxious and endeavours to keep the process as calm and focused as possible.

Address: Becket Chambers, Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FG

Telephone: 01227 786331

Email: clerks@becket-chambers.co.uk

Web Address: http://becket-chambers.co.uk/barristers/holly-coates/

Jonathan da Costa

Jonathan da Costa is a Solicitor and Partner at Boys and Maughan. He is a collaborative lawyer and also a mediator. Jonathan has been accredited by Resolution as a specialist and been appointed to the Law Society's Family Law Panel. He has over 20 years experience of assisting spouses or partners who have been affected by the breakdown of a relationship and dealing with arrangements for children and finances. 

Jonathan travels between his firm’s offices in Canterbury and Thanet to see clients and is equally happy to meet them in other locations. In 2015 Jonathan was nominated for the John Cornwell Award. This highly prestigious national award recognises ‘unsung heroes’ who have gone the extra mile in their work and delivered lasting results for separating families through a non-confrontational approach

Address: Boys & Maughan, Court Chambers, 9-10 Broad Street, Canterbury, CT1 2LW

      Boys & Maughan, India House, Hawley Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1PZ

      Also in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Birchington

Telephone:         Margate 01843 234010 or Canterbury 01227 207000

Email:                   jdc@boysandmaughan.co.uk

Web Address:    www.boysandmaughan.co.uk

 

Sharon Davey-Holpin 

Sharon qualified as a Solicitor in June 1999 and has practised in the Medway/Gravesend area throughout her career. Sharon trained and qualified as a Family Mediator in 2011. She found her previous training in Counselling Skills particularly helpful when undertaking her mediation training. Sharon is a member of Resolution and is committed to taking an understanding, fair, practical and hopefully low cost approach when dealing with families going through separation.

Address: Hatton Law, Suite 2, 8 Chestnust Avenue, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent ME5 9AJ

Telephone: 01634 686822

Email: sdh@hattonlaw.co.uk

Website: www.hattonlaw.co.uk

Sarah Finnis

I qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and have specialised in family law ever since. I am a Collaborative Family Lawyer with Girlings Solicitors and a Resolution accredited specialist with specialisms in financial remedies and children law.  I have been told that I have a very approachable style and that I give clear no-nonsense advice. I'd like to think that I appreciate the emotional upheaval separation brings. My aim is to work with clients to achieve the best outcome for them and their family while remaining sensitive to their individual needs.

Telephone:        01227 367355

Email:                   sarahfinnis@girlings.com

Web Address:    www.girlings.com

Nameeta Gujral

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. I specialise in all areas of family law including divorce, finances and children matters. I am an Advanced member of the Family Law Panel which means I have special recognition from The Law Society in the field of family law with particular emphasis on financial consequences following a marriage breakdown. As a member of Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes I approach matters in a sensitive manner considering the needs of the whole family, especially if children are involved. Not all divorces end up in Court and as a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer I am able to offer clients a real alternative to the distress and anxiety of Court hearings.

Address:           Martin Tolhurst Quality Solicitors, Exchange House, Monument Way, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB

Telephone :       01233 505555

Fax :                    01233 505556

Email:                 ngujral@martintolhurst.co.uk 

Web address:   http://www.martintolhurst.co.uk/

 Naomi Hayward

Naomi Hayward

Naomi Hayward is an Associate (senior solicitor) at Furley Page and a Collaborative Lawyer and she has practised exclusively in all aspects of family law since 2009. Naomi specialises in divorce, financial settlements, separations of cohabiting couples and arrangements for children (including residence, contact and removal from the country).  Naomi became a Collaborative Lawyer in May 2014.

Naomi understands that for many couples and their children, the process of separation can be a very difficult and stressful time.  Naomi is committed to assisting her clients reach agreements outside of the court process that are constructive and achieve outcomes that both parties are comfortable with and that work for the family as a whole. Naomi is a member of Resolution and is the Chairperson of the Kent YResolution Committee.

Address:             Furley Page LLP, 39 St Margaret's Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2TX

Telephone:         01227 763939

Email:                  nfh@furleypage.co.uk

Web address:    www.furleypage.co.uk

 

Joanna Illingworth

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and practice exclusively in all areas of Family Law including divorce, financial settlements, the separation of cohabiting couples, the breakdown of Civil Partnerships and arrangements for children.  I adopt a constructive and straightforward approach which takes account of the emotional and practical difficulties that inevitably arise when a couple or a family separate.

I am a member of Resolution and am committed to assisting my clients reach the most suitable arrangement for them away from the Court process, if possible. 

Address: Gardner Croft Solicitors, 2 Castle Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2QH

Telephone: 01227 813400

Email:  enquiries@gardnercroft.co.uk

Web address: www.gardnercroft.co.uk

 

Emma Palmer

Emma is an Associate Family Lawyer at Whitehead Monckton and has practised exclusively in family law since 1998. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in financial and children proceedings and a Law Society Family Law Panel Member. She trained as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2014. As a committed Resolution practitioner she is always keen to promote and encourage settlement out of Court.   She has particular expertise in complex financial proceedings and cases involving pensions as well as in children cases involving all issues. Emma lectures regularly in local schools and educational establishments and is the Honorary Secretary of the Kent Law Society.

Address:             32-33 Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AN

Telephone:         01227 643250

Email:                  emmapalmer@whitehead-monckton.co.uk

Web Address:    www.whitehead-monckton.co.uk

 

Eileen Sutton

Eileen is a Director and Solicitor at Mowll & Mowll Solicitors. She is a Collaborative lawyer and Family Mediator. She is able to undertake MIAMs and complete FM1’s.

Eileen is a Resolution accredited specialist in family law, and is on the Law Society's Family Law Advanced Panel. She appreciates and understands the upset and trauma that a relationship or family breakdown may cause and is committed to helping families resolve their differences in a non-confrontational and constructive in an effort to find solutions that are fair to all.

Telephone:         01304 873344

Email address:   eileen.sutton@mowll.co.uk

Web Address:    www.mowll.co.uk

Perveez Sethna

Perveez is a Collaborative Family Solicitor and Partner practicing at Parry Law Solicitors in Whitstable, Kent.  Perveez has over 15 years’ experience as a Family Specialist Solicitor advising in all areas of Family Law to include divorce, financial disputes between married and cohabiting couples as well as the more complex and emotive area of children’s issues.  Perveez is sympathetic and understanding to her clients’ needs as well as committed to providing clear, pragmatic and straightforward advice whilst being mindful of the costs involved.

Perveez is actively involved with the Kent Law Clinic run by the University of Kent as both a management committee member and volunteer legal adviser. 

Address: 12-14 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DE 

Telephone:         01227 276276

Email address:   perveez.sethna@parrylaw.co.uk

Web Address:    contact@parrylaw.co.uk 

      Family Mediators

Louisa Adamson

Louisa is a family mediator and is a member of both the Family Mediators Association and of Resolution. Louisa has worked as a barrister in Canterbury since 1995 and she has extensive experience of dealing with Child and Finance issues as she practices exclusively in Family Law.  She is married with two teenage children.

Address:             Becket Chambers, Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FG

Telephone:         01227 786331
 
Email:                clerks@becket-chambers.co.uk



Web Address:   www.becket-chambers.co.uk

Nigel Clarke

Collaborative Lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator and Resolution Accredited Specialist. Nigel is an experienced, committed dispute resolution provider and , as a Resolution trainer and Law Society Assessor, is actively involved in providing support and training to others. He is accredited to provide Direct Consultation with Children in Mediation.

Address:              Johnson Clarke Solicitors, The Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FG

                             By appointment at Milroy House, Sayers Lane, Tenterden and Thames House, High Street, Hampton on Thames

Telephone:        01227 811740

Email:                 nigelclarke@familyresolution.co.uk

Web Address:  www.johnsonclarke.co.uk

Sita Cox - Canterbury

I am a member of the F.M.A and have been practising barrister for over 20 years. My function as a mediator is to ensure clients are fully informed, feel safe and are prepared for the process of mediation so that they can use the time constructively. I work with Desire`e Silverstone who is an experienced child and family psychotherapist.

Please visit our website to find out more about us.

Telephone:        01227 450800

Email:                 sita.cox@stourchambers.co.uk 

Web Address:   www.themediators-uk.com

Jonathan da Costa - Family Lawyer - Margate.

Jonathan da Costa is a Solicitor and Partner at Boys and Maughan. He is a collaborative lawyer and also a mediator. Jonathan has been accredited by Resolution as a specialist and been appointed to the Law Society's Family Law Panel. He has over 20 years experience of assisting spouses or partners who have been affected by the breakdown of a relationship and dealing with arrangements for children and finances. 

Jonathan travels between his firm’s offices in Canterbury and Thanet to see clients and is equally happy to meet them in other locations. In 2015 Jonathan was nominated for the John Cornwell Award. This highly prestigious national award recognises ‘unsung heroes’ who have gone the extra mile in their work and delivered lasting results for separating families through a non-confrontational approach

Address:

Boys & Maughan, Court Chambers, 9-10 Broad Street, Canterbury, CT1 2LW

Boys & Maughan, India House, Hawley Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1PZ

Also in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Birchington

Telephone:         Margate 01843 234010 or Canterbury 01227 207000

Email:                  jdc@boysandmaughan.co.uk

Web Address:    www.boysandmaughan.co.uk

 Cathy O'Mahoney

Cathy O'Mahoney

I am a non-practising solicitor and an accredited civil and family mediator.  I have worked in the legal industry for the past 21 years and believe that given the right assistance, it is possible for most people to sort out their own problems without resorting to Court.  I am an approved provider of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) with extensive experience in mediating children, financial and property matters through my mediation practice, DMS Mediation, based in Deal.  I also run Divorce Nicely specifically for separating spouses and I mediate in most areas of East Kent including Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet.

Address:               DMS Mediation, 26 Victoria Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7BJ

Telephone:          01304 800001               01304 800002

Email:                   cathy@dmsmediation.com     cathy@divorcenicely.com

Web Addresses: www.dmsmediation.com    www.divorcenicely.com

James Muir-Little - Family Lawyer - Canterbury

James Muir-Little is Head of the Family Law Team at Furley Page in Canterbury and a Mediator since 1997. He has been a divorce lawyer in Kent since 1993 and practises exclusively in Family Law with over 90% of his work relating to financial issues. He specialises in high value divorce settlements, Capital Gains tax consequences, valuation of family companies and pension sharing. James is a Member of the Family Mediators Association. He is also an Advanced Member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and an Accredited Specialist Member of Resolution.

Address:              Furley Page LLP, 39 St Margaret's Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2TX

Telephone:          01227 763939

Email:                   jml@furleypage.co.uk

Web Address:     www.furleypage.co.uk

Patsy Sayers

Patsy has been a mediator since 1999.  She has been a full time practising family solicitor for over 20 years dealing with all family matters, including issues relating to finance and children.  She has been a partner at Stilwell & Harby since 1990 and a member of the Law Society Family Panel since 2004. Patsy has a straightforward, friendly and calming approach and is always focused on achieving a settlement acceptable to all parties.

Address:              Stilwell & Harby Solicitors, 110 Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1RT

Telephone:          01304 206850

Email:                   PES@stilwellandharby.co.uk

 

Eileen Sutton

Eileen is a Director and Solicitor at Mowll & Mowll Solicitors. She is a Collaborative lawyer and Family Mediator. She is able to undertake MIAMs and complete FM1’s.

Eileen is a Resolution accredited specialist in family law, and is on the Law Society's Family Law Advanced Panel. She appreciates and understands the upset and trauma that a relationship or family breakdown may cause and is committed to helping families resolve their differences in a non-confrontational and constructive in an effort to find solutions that are fair to all.

Telephone:         01304 873344

Email address:   eileen.sutton@mowll.co.uk

Web Address:    www.mowll.co.uk

Christopher Wall

Christopher is a barrister specialising in family law.   He has practised family law in Canterbury since 1990 and has been a family mediator since 1998 dealing with both child and financial issues.  He is a member of "Resolution". Christopher is committed to alternative dispute resolution.  He is married and has two teenage boys.  

Address: Becket Chambers, Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7FG

Telephone: 01227 786331

Email: admin@becketmediation.co.uk

Web Address: http://becketmediation.co.uk

 

Ben Waters

Ben is an accredited mediator, solicitor and senior lecturer in law at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is the founder member and director of the University's Mediation Clinic, the first of its kind to be based in a UK university.  Ben has extensive dispute resolution experience having negotiated on behalf of clients and having conducted mediations as both Lead and Assistant, with wide ranging experience of construction, personal injury, landlord and tenant, neighbour, family and general civil disputes. He has underpinned his practical expertise with a sound understanding of both negotiation and mediation theory on which he now lectures.  Ben qualified as a solicitor in 1994.

Address:     Dept. of Law & Criminal Justice Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU

Telephone:          01227 863026

Email:                   ben.waters@canterbury.ac.uk

      Financial Specialists 

 

Simon Fisher

Simon is a Chartered Financial Planner and has been involved in helping families and their solicitors with the financial aspects of divorce since 1998, has been an adviser since 1984 - he therefore has a wealth of experience. Simon is also the only Resolution accredited Independent Financial Adviser in Kent, one of fewer than 100 accredited nationally by Resolution, which involved specialist training, study and passing a rigorous exam. He has also completed Resolutions specialist Collaborative training and undertakes the preparation of Expert Reports in Court, Collaborative and Mediated matters.

Director - Ambrose Fisher Chartered Financial Planners with offices in Canterbury & Westerham

Telephone:          01959 540122

Email:                   simon@ambrosefisher.co.uk

Web Address:     www.ambrosefisher.co.uk

Simon Ludden

I am the Managing Director at Tarvos Wealth Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners. I have been an independent financial adviser for over 32 years, having originally achieved a BA degree in Law and worked in the divorce department of a law firm. For the last 22 years I have worked within the legal industry in the areas of pensions and investment advice specifically, having achieved the qualifications to advise on all areas of pensions including divorce and separation planning, plus portfolio management. I am also treasurer of aroundthetable the East Kent Collaborative Law Pod.

Address:              Tarvos Wealth, Watling Chambers, 18-19 Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UA

Telephone:         01227 761177

Email:                  stl@tarvoswealth.co.uk

Web Address:    www.tarvoswealth.co.uk

 

Kenton May

Kenton is a Partner in Burgess Hodgson LLP, Chartered Accountants, based in Canterbury. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a qualified Chartered Tax adviser, accredited as a full Practising member of the Academy of Experts and has completed the Resolution Joint Expert Familiarisation Course. He is an experienced expert in matrimonial matters and sees his role as being to assist in the collaborative process by providing unbiased advice and clarity on tax, accounting, and business and share valuations, and the associated issues of liquidity and sustainable income.

Address:              Burgess Hodgson, Camburgh House, 27 New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DN

Telephone:         01227 454627

Email:                  KCM@burgesshodgson.co.uk

Web Address:    www.burgesshodgson.co.uk

 

David Muggridge

David is a Chartered Certified Accountant. He runs his own practice, Ackland Webb, advising and assisting personal and business clients on accounting, tax and business issues. In addition to this work, David has acted as an expert witness and adviser for over ten years, advising parties jointly and individually on a wide range of issues, including valuation and the tax implications of separation and divorce. David is a member of the Academy of Experts and an affiliate member of Resolution.

Telephone :        01227 811745

Email:                  david@acklandwebb.co.uk

Web Address:   www.acklandwebb.co.uk

       Family Therapists 

Ann-Louise McCarthy 

Ann-Louise McCarthy MSc. PgDip. (Psychotherapy) is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

Ann is a member of both CCOPPP (Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists) and CPJA (Council for Psychoanalytic and Jungian Analysis). In her private practice, Ann provides Psychotherapy to individual adults and adolescents, as well as couples. In her role as a Family Consultant, Ann can work alongside clients who are experiencing loss and change in their lives due to separation, both to support and to address and work through the emotional challenges that arise during this difficult time. With the involvement of a Family Consultant a more informed and insightful processing of the journey can be facilitated which can alleviate anxiety caused by loss, change and fear of the unknown. By using a Family Consultant alongside your legal team, the experience of legal separation can be a more nurturing, positive and constructive experience. 


Telephone:          07939397046

Email:                   mccarthytherapy@gmail.com