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Rebecca Coates

Senior Solicitor, Sevenoaks & Tunbridge Wells

Specialising in divorce, financial matters and children’s law, I frequently work on complex cases often with parental alienation and domestic violence. With support at every step, I work to resolve matters quickly and avoid court hearings, where possible.

Specialisms

Rebecca’s specialism and interests lie in divorce and financial family law cases involving individuals from low to mid net worth.

She has also regularly represented parents in complex Child Arrangements Matters, often involving parenting alienation. Wherever possible, Rebecca has conducted her own advocacy in these cases, but has always ensure that Court proceedings were the very last resort. In matters that were able to settle before issuing Court proceedings, Rebecca has drawn up robust and practical child arrangements agreements.

Rebecca has also had substantial experiences working with victims of domestic abuse and securing protective injunctions and exclusion orders.

Since qualifying, Rebecca has gained experience in representing unmarried clients which has involved securing maintenance (under Schedule 1 of the Children Act), drawing up pre-nuptials agreements, cohabitation agreements and declarations of trust and resolving Trust and Land and Trustees Act 1996 disputes.

Approach

Rebecca is keen to resolve matters in the most pragmatic and cost-effective route possible for each matter. She is a firm believer that all avenues should be explored before issuing Court proceedings.

Rebecca is empathetic and is quick to gain her client’s trust and confidence. She provides advice in a clear manner and always ensures that her clients understand their options fully.

Training & Employment

Rebecca studied Classics with Philosophy at Royal Holloway. After graduating in 2012, she went onto to complete her law conversion course at the University of Law in Guildford.

In 2017, she completed her Legal Practice Course (from De Montford University) which was undertaken alongside her training contract. She qualified as a solicitor in February 2017.

Rebecca has worked in law firms specialising in Family Law since 2012. She is familiar with Tunbridge Wells, having worked in two local firms and growing up in the area.

In June 2018 completed her training as a Collaborative lawyer.

In November 2021, Rebecca was successfully awarded Resolution’s Specialist Accreditation, becoming accredited in Private Children and TOLATA/Cohabitation.

Outside of Work

Outside work, Rebecca enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her family. She is keen to try new pursuits and this has recently included kite-surfing and surfing

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