Acting for the Applicant mother in S v P  which created a shortcut court procedure for individuals who reach agreement through the collaborative process to have their agreement approved by the Court. This procedure has recently been followed by the President in relation to Awards made in an Arbitration context.
Acting for the wife in the Court of Appeal case of Mahon v Mahon  involving serious non-disclosure by a husband.
Advising the Trustees in the Jersey case of In the Matter of the Truro Trust and the PF Life Interest Trust .
Acting for the Intervenor in the matter of AM v SS and WA , securing her rights in a property held by the Intervenor’s brother on trust for her.
Northern Ireland, 2012
England and Wales, 1999
International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow, Member of the Board of the IAFL & Secretary
Member of the International Women’s Forum (UK) and Member of the Board & Company Secretary
British Italian Law Association, Member of the Management Committee
The City of London Solicitors Company
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors
The Association of Women Solicitors
The London Collaborative Group
Women’s Irish Network
One Loud Voice for Women
Co-chairing the IAFL Young Lawyers’ Virtual Conference in March 2021 (virtual)
Lamwyk seminar – ‘your career journey in 10 minutes’ – March 2021 (virtual)
ICALI Brexit & Family Law Talk on Facebook Live – January 2021 (virtual)
AIAF Milan Seminar on Brexit & Family Law – November 2020 (virtual)
British Spanish Lawyers Association on alternative dispute resolution processes in Madrid - October 2019
STEP California - San Francisco and Silicon Valley on English Family Law – May 2019
Co-chairing the IAFL Young Lawyers Conference in Milan – March 2019
AIAF Seminar (in Italian) on Family Law and Brexit - Supreme Court - Rome – June 2018
AIAF Seminar on Cohabitation (in Italian) – Milan – July 2017
Civil Partnerships (in Italian) in Milan – April 2017
Co-chairing the IAFL Young Lawyers Conference in Madrid – March 2016
Co-chairing the IAFL Young Lawyers Conference in Berlin – March 2015
Law Society ‘Women’s Lawyer’s Division’ event on Women in Law – 2014
IFB Forum on Pre-Nuptial Agreements - 2011
AIMMF Conference in Milan (in Italian) on parental responsibility – February 2011
Collaborative Conference in Milan (in Italian) – February 2010
Radmacher and all things relating to pre-nups in Dublin – 2010
Collaborative Law (in Italian) – Milan 2009
Trusts & Divorce (in Italian) – Lugano 2006
I am hard-working, conscientious and fiercely devoted to my clients
Despite having left Northern Ireland more than 20 years ago, I still have many of the personality traits that make us universally ‘well’ liked. My contagious energy and bright, sunny ‘can-do’ attitude are reflected in the fact that I am hugely hard-working, conscientious and fiercely devoted to my clients. You can take the girl out of Ireland but you cannot take Ireland out of the girl!
As a family lawyer I am solution focused always with a keen eye on the commercial detail and reality of the situation. The most rewarding part of the job is guiding clients through the choppy emotional waters of a separation and helping them reach the other side safely to enable them to move forward and open a new chapter of their life story.
There is a strong Italian theme running through my career dating back to my love of languages at school - indeed, I wish I had done a language degree and not a law degree!
I am extremely proud of the range of my professional achievements to date, both in a family law context and a wider legal context, which reflect my determination, drive and work ethic.
I am married to a (legal) IT consultant and we have two boys. Outside of the office I have also been known as ‘Shere Khan’, if you know what that means, and am the proud owner of a ‘Wood badge’. After more than 20 years of playing hockey, I still dabble on the hockey pitch from time to time.