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Catherine Longshaw
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Tollers Solicitors
Medina House
312-314 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 2AE
Tel: 01908 306932
Email: catherine.longshaw@tollers.co.uk
Web: www.tollers.co.uk

Catherine Longshaw

Catherine has specialised for family law for over 15 years and is a collaborative lawyer and mediator. She is committed to dealing with matters in a constructive and practical way for the benefit of her clients. She trained as a collaborative lawyer in 2006 and has successfully concluded many matters using the collaborative process.

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Charmaine Parrish
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Parrish Family Law Solicitors
26 High Street South
Olney
Milton Keynes MK46 4AA
Tel: 01234 711701
Email: cparrish@parrishfamilylaw.co.uk

Charmaine Parrish

Charmaine Parrish is an experienced family law Solicitor and has practised exclusively in family law for over 15 years. She is accredited by Resolution as a specialist. She has particular expertise in resolving cases where there are complicated assets involving businesses and pensions. She is dedicated to alternative dispute resolution and she is a trained Collaborative lawyer and Family mediator. Charmaine is head of her family law practice, Parrish Family Law Solicitors in Olney, near Milton Keynes; she is Treasurer of the regional group of Resolution.

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Dawn Millar
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Heald Solicitors LLP
Ashton House,
471 Silbury Boulevard,
Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH
Tel: 1908 662277
Email: Dawn.Millar@healdlaw.com
Website: www.healdlaw.com/family/

Dawn Millar

Dawn Millar is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and has worked with Mary Banham-Hall at Heald Solicitors LLP since 2002.  Dawn has specialised in Family Law since 1994, and is an Accredited member of Resolution (Pensions and financial claims).  Having seen how court based procedures for family cases can be very damaging for those involved (both emotionally and financially), she is committed to the cooperative way of resolving family issues offered by Collaborative Law.  In her spare time, Dawn loves to spend time with her family, read and travel.

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Jo Hawkins
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Hawkins Family Law
The Old Court House
19 Market Square
Stony Stratford MK11 1BE
Tel: 01908 262680
Email: jh@hawkinsfamilylaw.co.uk

Jo Hawkins

Jo is the Managing Director of Hawkins Family Law which has been based in Stony Stratford just outside Milton Keynes for the last ten years. Jo has practiced exclusively in family law for over 19 years acting for people from all walks of life and views the collaborative process as being extremely effective as it gives the parties concerned control of their separation and helps maintain a civilized relationship between them on conclusion; something that is often lost through the Court process.

Jo is an Accredited Specialist of Resolution specialising in finance and children issues and also a member of the Resolution committee locally. She is additionally able to offer mediation services.

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Pauline Purcell
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Purcell Solicitors
The Stables, Brooklands Farm,
Newport Road, Broughton,
Milton Keynes, MK16 0HU.
Tel: 01908 693000 Fax: 01908 693008 
Email: pauline@purcellsolicitors.co.uk
Website: www.purcellsolicitors.co.uk

Pauline Purcell

Pauline is the Managing Director of Purcell Solicitors, a specialist family law firm in Central Milton Keynes. She is an experienced family Solicitor, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer. Pauline was one of the first Collaborative Lawyers in the country and has considerable experience representing clients in this way. She is committed to the collaborative process as an innovative way of helping couples resolve their disputes in an amicable and civilised way. Pauline says “It is incredibly rewarding to see a client come through the collaborative process having made their own decisions about the future whilst remaining on reasonable terms with their former partner and most importantly able to focus on what is best for their children”

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Stephanie Howe
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Howes Percival Solicitors
252 Upper Third Street, Grafton Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 1DZ
Tel: 01908 672682
Email: stephanie.howe@howespercival.com
Website: www.howespercival.com

Stephanie Howe

Stephanie has specialised in family law since she qualified and is a member of Resolution and Chair of the Northampton collaborative law group. Stephanie advises on financial issues as well as those involving children which arise when a relationship breaks down. Stephanie also has experience of advising couples planning to get married on pre-nuptial agreements. Stephanie believes that collaborative law enables couples to retain control while reaching shared solutions without having to go to court.

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Felicity Shedden
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Shedden Family Law
12 MARKET PLACE, WOBURN,
MIILTON KEYNES, MK17 9PZ.
Telephone: 01525 292450
Email: felicity@sheddenfamilylaw.co.uk
Website: www.sheddenfamilylaw.co.uk

Felicity Shedden

Felicity is Principal of Shedden Family Law, a specialist family law firm at the heart of Milton Keynes.  Felicity believes that collaborative law offers a real opportunity to families going through relationship breakdown to achieve a genuinely dignified separation.  The process allows couples to priorities the welfare of any children and to deal with the practical implications of their separation in a fair and civilised manner. 

As well as being a committed collaborative lawyer, Felicity is also a mediator, a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel, and a Registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist.  In 2012, Felicity was among the first nationwide to train as a family law Arbitrator. 

Felicity is married with three step-children.  She loves live music and regularly gets out her wellies for festivals. She also has aspirations towards ‘The Good Life’, and keeps pigs, cattle, sheep and chickens in her spare time.

 

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Rachel Lander
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Hawkins Family Law
The Old Court House
19 Market Square
Stony Stratford MK11 1BE
Tel: 01908 262680
Email: rl@hawkinsfamilylaw.co.uk

Rachel Lander

Rachel is a senior Solicitor at Hawkins Family Law in Stony Stratford, having specialised in family law for over 16 years. She is an Accredited Specialist of Resolution and a trained Mediator. Rachel trained as a collaborative lawyer in May 2005, and was one of the first to help to establish collaborative practice in the North of England. She says, "Collaborative is a growing trend and is a civilised and constructive way to endeavour to resolve issues arising from divorce and separation, whilst helping to reduce mistrust and any ‘Chinese whispers’ effect that can all too easily build up in normal court proceedings".

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Gillian Meara
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Bastian Lloyd Morris
209 Sovereign Court,
Witan Gate East,
Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP
Tel: 01908 546580
Email: gzm@blmsolicitors.co.uk
Web: www.blmsolicitors.co.uk

Gillian Meara

Gillian has been specialist family lawyer since 1991. Having had many years experience of the damage that protracted and acrimonious court proceedings can do to relationships especially where children are involved she is committed to the Collaborative process as a means of enabling couples to resolve their affairs on separation in a constructive and dignified manner. Gillian is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and a trained mediator. She has three children and enjoys cooking (not quite Nigella Lawson) and football.

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Jane Charlton
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Shakespeares
60 High Street
Newport Pagnell
MK16 8AQ
Tel: 01908 613545
Email: jane.charlton@shakespeares.co.uk
Web: www.shakespeares.co.uk

Jane Charlton

Jane is a member of Shakespeares, working in Newport Pagnell and Milton Keynes and has over 20 years experience in family law, focusing on complex financial matters including businesses and pensions. Jane also deals with children matters. Jane is committed to the collaborative process. She is a member of Resolution. Shakespeares has a specialist family department ranked first tier in the Legal 500 and Jane has an mention in the publication being described as “professional and understanding”. Jane is married with two daughters and enjoys family life, good food and good company. She also enjoys the countryside and horse riding.

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Katie Rainscourt
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Hawkins Family Law
The Old Court House
19 Market Square
Stony Stratford MK11 1BE 
Tel: 01908 262680 
Email: KR@hawkinsfamilylaw.co.uk
Website: www.hawkinsfamilylaw.co.uk

Katie Rainscourt

Katie joined Hawkins in 2011 as a senior solicitor, specialising in all issues arising on relationship breakdown, with a particular focus on financial issues.

After completing her law degree at University College, Oxford, and training at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain solicitors in London, Katie qualified as a Solicitor in 2003.

On qualification she joined the family team at Boodle Hatfield solicitors in Oxford, a top tier Legal 500 team, advising clients in all family matters including pre-nuptial agreement, divorce, ancillary relief, cohabitation breakdown and children issues. She has particular expertise in advising medium to high net worth clients on the financial issues arising on relationship breakdown, including providing advice to clients in cases with an international element.

Katie trained as a trained collaborative lawyer in 2008 and is a member of Resolution. She is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation Scheme.

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Beth Woodward
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Neves LLP
Kingsbridge House, 702 South Seventh Street
Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2PZ
Telephone: 01908 304560
Email: beth.woodward@nevesllp.co.uk

Beth Woodward

Beth Woodward heads up the Divorce and Family Law Department at Neves' Milton Keynes office. She is the Chairperson of the local Collaborative Group and the Liaison Officer and represents the group at National level. She has specialised in family law for 15 years. She is enthusiastic about collaborative law, believing it offers couples control and dignity in the process of separating. Beth is a member of Resolution, the Law Society's Family Law Panel and the Children Panel. She enjoys reading, beautiful places, going out with her friends and cycling (slowly). Best of all she likes spending time and having fun outdoors with her family.

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Barbro Zeineh
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Franklins Solicitors LLP
Silbury Court
Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 2LY
Tel: 01908 660966
Email: barbro.zeineh@franklins-sols.co.uk

Barbro Zeineh

Barbro originates from Sweden and her intention was to become a linguist before she stumbled across the legal world and decided to make this her vocation. With over 27 years of practical experience in all aspects of family law, Barbro qualified as a Lawyer in 1989 and joined Franklins Family Department in 1999. She is a member of the Law Society's Family Law Panel, Resolution and a trained Collaborative Lawyer. Barbro is happily married, and in her spare time enjoys working out at the gym, fine dining, socialising with family / friends and retail therapy.

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Sally Smith
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Tollers Solicitors
Medina House
334 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
Tel: 01908 396230
Email: sally.smith@tollers.co.uk

Sally Smith

Sally Smith works for Toller Solicitors in Milton Keynes. Sally has specialised in family law since 1993.

Sally deals with all issues relating to divorce or relationship breakdown, including the resolution of issues relating to children and finances. Sally has particular interest in dealing with complicated financial issues where businesses, shareholdings or pensions are involved.

She is a member of Resolution, Law Society Family Panel and Collaborative Family Law. Sally is also a trustee of 'Relate' in Northampton, trustee of the City Counselling Centre - Milton Keynes and trustee of Bradby Club for Young People in Rugby.

Sally enjoys Skiing and playing Golf in her spare time.

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Tara Deegan
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Slater and Gordon
Luminous House,
300 South Row,
Milton Keynes,
MK9 2FR
Telephone: 01908 354163
Email: TDeegan@slatergordon.co.uk
Website: www.slatergordon.co.uk

Tara Deegan

Tara has specialised in Family Law since she qualified in 1993. She heads the Family Law department at J Garrard & Allen in Olney. She is used to dealing with all types of financial case whether the assets are large or small. She also deals with children cases. Tara is committed to finding solutions for her clients and their families and having trained as a mediator and collaborative lawyer, believes that choosing the collaborative approach is one of the best ways to reach a fair solution and minimise the pain of a family breakdown. Tara is also a member of Resolution (previously the Solicitor Family Law Association) and is on the committee of her local Group as well as being a member of the Bedford and Northampton Collaborative Law Groups.

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Clare Cain
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Kingsley David Solicitors
Shelton House
4 High Street
Woburn Sands
Milton Keynes MK17 8SD
Tel: 01908 325555
Email: ClareCain@kingsleydavid.com

Clare Cain

Clare is a Specialist Family Lawyer with over thirteen years experience in family law. Clare is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advanced Financial Provision and Children Law. She is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel. Clare’s expertise was recognised by the Law Society Excellence Awards in 2010 when she was shortlisted for Legal Executive of the Year and highly commended by the Judges as “clearly a leading lawyer in her field.” Clare offers a range of dispute resolution services. She is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and is also recognised by Resolution and the Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Mediation. Clare believes that collaborative law gives you a greater degree of influence over the outcome of your divorce and offers an alternative way to separate, divorce and resolve financial and children issues. Clare is a keen singer having been classically trained and in her spare time enjoys live music, dancing, cycling, pilates and cooking. Clare is also a keen Chelsea supporter and regularly watches them play.

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Carol Hill
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Parrish Family Law Solicitors
26 High Street South, Olney, Milton Keynes, MK46 4AA
Tel: 01234 711701
Email: carolhill@parrishfamilylaw.co.uk
Website: www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk

Carol Hill

Carol Hill is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives at Parrish Family Law Solicitors in Milton Keynes. She has over 15 years experience in family matters with particular emphasis on financial issues. Carol is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and an Advanced Member of the Law Society Family Law Panel in financial and children law. Carol is married and enjoys gardening and eating out with her husband and friends.

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Loraine Davenport
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Hawkins Family Law
The Old Court House
19 Market Square
Stony Stratford MK11 1BE
Tel: 01908 262680
Email: LD@hawkinsfamilylaw.co.uk

Loraine Davenport

Loraine Davenport is a senior solicitor with Hawkins Family Law. Passionate about the collaborative process, Loraine has been accredited by Resolution and has over 11 years experience in family law specialising particularly in complex financial issues. She chairs the regional group of Resolution as well as being a committee member of the collaborative group and a member of the Resolution new members development and regional development working party. She is committed to the growth and development of good practice and collaborative law both locally and nationally. Loraine is married with two young children. She enjoys music, theatre, good food and wine.

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Mary Banham-Hall
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Heald Solicitors LLP
Ashton House
471 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 2AH
Tel: 01908 662277
Email: mary.banham-hall@healdlaw.com
Website: www.healdlaw.com/family/

Mary Banham-Hall

Mary Banham-Hall is a partner and Head of Family Law at Heald Solicitors LLP. Mary is an experienced family lawyer and mediator, and was one of the first collaborative lawyers in the country, believing strongly that couples should be helped to agree their own settlements if at all possible. Mary is a Resolution Accredited specialist (pensions and complex cases) and specialises in difficult financial cases. She is Treasurer of the Family Mediators Association and committed to non-adversarial, constructive divorce. Mary loves France, growing roses, markets, cooking, and yoga.

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Caroline Watson
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Slater and Gordon
Luminous House,
300 South Row,
Milton Keynes,
MK9 2FR
Telephone: 01908 354154
Email: CWatson@slatergordon.co.uk
Website: www.slatergordon.co.uk

Caroline Watson

Caroline is a Partner and Manager of the Milton Keynes and London offices of Russell Jones and Walker. Caroline has specialised in family law for over 6 years and is committed to the collaborative law process. In her spare time Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, DIY and badminton.

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Mandi Austin
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Purcell Solicitors
The Stables, Brooklands Farm,
Newport Road, Broughton,
Milton Keynes, MK16 0HU.
Tel: 01908 693000 Fax: 01908 693008 
Email: pauline@purcellsolicitors.co.uk
Website: www.purcellsolicitors.co.uk

Mandi Austin

Mandi Austin specialises in Family Law in particular complex financial issues and qualified as a solicitor in September 2000 and is a Director at Purcell. Mandi is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution. She is passionate about the Collaborative process and is the Treasurer of the local collaborative group and is committed to the expansion and growth of collaborative law having now completed a number of cases using the process. When not working Mandi enjoys socialising with friends and attends the gym at least twice a week which she says is a great stress reliever.

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Bernard Downes
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Reid Independent Financial Advisors
12 Shenley Pavilions, Chalkdell Drive
Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, MK5 6LB
Tel: 01908 526 560
Email: Bernie@Reid-fs.com
Web: http://reidifa.com/

Bernard Downes

Bernard has been working in Financial Services for 30 years and is a director of Reid and Co Financial Services Ltd based in Milton Keynes. A main area of speciality is pensions (Occupational and personal). Although pensions can be a complex area he will endeavour to translate all the key issues and implications in a clear and precise manner. He is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a member of Resolution.

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Neil Bailey
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Director / Chartered Financial Planner
Fortitude Financial Planning Ltd
4 Selby Barns, Duncote, Towcester,
Northants, NN12 8AL.
Tel: 01327 354321 I Fax: 01327 355855
Email: neil@fortitudefp.co.uk
Web: http://www.fortitudefp.co.uk

Neil Bailey

Neil is described by clients as "very likeable, approachable and open." He is very willing to explain things in clear, simple terms and takes time to understand clients' goals, getting to the heart of what they want to achieve.

Neil is a member of the Board of the Institute of Financial Planning whose Education Committee he chairs. He is a Certified Financial PlannerCM Practitioner, a Chartered Financial Planner and an affiliate member of Resolution.

He is a keen motorcyclist, and also enjoys skiing and scuba diving.