Partner

Collaborative and Family Law

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Partner

Collaborative and Family Law

Expertise

Michelle qualified as a Solicitor in November 1997 and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Private Children Law matters. As a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer, which is a Dispute Resolution process, Michelle assists her clients in resolving their matters amicably by avoiding costly court battles. Should the intervention of the court be necessary, Michelle is a skilful advocate who is able to represent her clients throughout the court process. Having experienced the divorce process herself and since re-married, Michelle’s aim is not to add to her clients’ problems but to help them to divorce with dignity and successfully move on with their lives.

Michelle Advises

  • Complex medium to high net worth divorces and dissolution of civil partnerships; some of which have involved an international aspect
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Pre-Civil Partnership Agreements
  • Living Together/Cohabitee Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Declaratory Trust Deeds
  • Cohabitee/Relationship Disputes and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Financial claims made against an estate by a surviving spouse and/or dependant
  • Leave to permanently remove children outside the UK
  • Child arrangements following breakdown of relationships
  • Disputes concerning the arrangements for children

Experience Highlights

  • Skilfully advising and negotiating financial settlements to avoid costly court battles
  • Securing a significant lump sum for a wife in a childless marriage of only four months where the parties were both working full-time earning similar incomes and had no joint assets
  • Securing a significant lump sum for a surviving spouse whose husband had secretly transferred his sole ownership in the former matrimonial home to his daughter from a previous marriage and made no provisions for her in his Will
  • Securing a pre-marital asset and chargeable interest in the former matrimonial home on a clean break basis for a husband in a lengthy marriage with three dependent children
  • Securing an Order for sale, reimbursement of mortgage interest and capital payments made over a period of more than 10 years, as well as a significant cost order for a client in a Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees case
  • Acting in high court proceedings in relation to children matters where a child has been made a ward of the court and/or is at threat of abduction
  • Representing a mother in a leave to permanently remove case where after meticulous cross-examination of the father, leave was granted contrary to the clear recommendation of the CAFCASS Officer to refuse mother’s application

Career History

Previous Law Firms

  • Collaborative and Family Law Consultant Solicitor at Taylor Rose TTKW Limited

(Top 75 UK Law Firm)

  • Family Law Partner at TV Edwards LLP (Legal 500 Law Firm)
  • Associate Solicitor at Pearson Maddin (now Pearson Hards)
  • Trainee and Assistant Solicitor at Balogun Kirvan

Memberships

  • Resolution

Education

  • University of Westminster
  • College of Law, Guildford

Get in touch

For further advice please contact us for a consultation.

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+44 (0)3330 143 401 info@gunnercooke.com