Neil advises and represents clients going through a divorce, as well as clients who have not been married, both in relation to financial settlements and arrangements for children.
Neil’s experience includes financial cases involving substantial income and capital, both in this country and abroad, often involving substantial property portfolios and business arrangements working closely with Stowe Family Law’s in-house forensic accountancy team. He frequently advises clients in making arrangements for their children, and parents who are in dispute about proposals to take children to live abroad.
Whilst Neil’s background in mediation training means that, in appropriate cases, his initial instinct is to try to reach amicable settlements by agreement, he is also an experienced and confident advocate, and frequently represents his clients in court hearings.
Training & employment experience
Neil was educated at Hartlepool Grammar School, The University of Nottingham and then at The College of Law in Chester. He qualified as solicitor in 1985. Ever since, he has specialised wholly in family law and has worked for over 30 years in Yorkshire. Neil was one of the first solicitors in the UK to train as a mediator and in 2012 was accredited by Resolution (previously the Solicitors’ Family Law Association) as a specialist family lawyer with particular specialisms in Advanced Financial Provision.
Neil is especially alert to the need to listen carefully and respond promptly to the particular concerns and anxieties of individual clients, and to identify the specific problems that are most important to each, whether they be legal, practical or emotional issues. His approach to each case will vary to suit the needs of each individual client, putting their interests and objectives first and foremost.
Outside of work
Away from the office Neil will usually be found outdoors, mostly running long distances in and around the woods and hills where he lives on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors or in the Lake District. Every Saturday morning, he can be spotted at his local parkrun. Rest time will often find him working in the garden or walking in a nearby nature reserve. When not moving Neil prefers to either read from (or add to) his collection of books.