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Bedfordshire Collaborative Law Group is made up of Specialist Family Solicitors and Legal Executives committed to working with you to promote a fair and constructive settlement for separating couples. You will be fully supported throughout by your own Collaborative Family Lawyer who is specially trained by Resolution in the skills required to work in the Collaborative way.

 


 
Beth Woodward
Beth Woodward

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Beth Woodward has specialised in all areas of family law for 20 years.  She has a real understanding of the emotional and financial impact on a family when it breaks down and believes it is her role to try and minimise this.  For this reason she is enthusiastic about collaborative law, believing it offers couples control and dignity in the process of separation. 


Beth is a member of Resolution, the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and the POD Liaison Officer for the Milton Keynes Collaborative Law Group.  She is a partner at Neve
   

Neves Solicitors
Luminar House
Deltic Avenue
Rooksley
Milton Keynes
MK13 8LW
Tel: 01908 304560
Email: beth.woodward@nevesllp.co.uk
Web site: www.nevesllp.co.uk

Charmaine Parrish

Charmaine Parrish

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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 Solicitors in Olney, near Milton Keynes; she is Treasurer of the regional group of Resolution.

 

Parrish Family Law Solcitors
26 High Street South
Olney
Bucks.  MK46 4AA
DX:  41302 Olney
Tel:  01234 711701
Email:  cparrish@parrishfamilylaw.co.uk
Web Site:   www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk

Claire Trundley

Claire Trundley

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Claire graduated in 1990, and joined Park Woodfine in 1993 she made partner in 1997 specialising in family law. She has always worked in family law dealing with children (private law), divorce, injunctions, financial matters and separation of cohabitees. She is a member of Resolution (formerly known as the SFLA) and has obtained accreditation as a specialist lawyer in children law (private) and financial provision, as well as being a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel. Claire is a qualified collaborative lawyer promoting settlement between couples away from the court system where possible.

In her spare time Claire keeps busy by collecting antiques, gardening and enjoys the theatre.

“I am a Family Consultant who has had the benefit of working directly with Claire Trundley in the collaborative process on two occasions this year.

With a true flair for collaborative practice, Claire clearly has the unique qualities required of a family solicitor to work in this manner. With each successive collaborative 5 way meeting, Claire has demonstrated again and again her desire to grow and develop as a collaborative practitioner.

There is one skill in particular of Claire's that is worth mentioning in its own right, and that is her ability to ask challenging questions of the other side without it becoming cross examination. This is a skill that I rarely witness in a collaborative solicitor and worth its weight in gold.

I would recommend using Claire as a collaborative counterpart without hesitation."

 

Park Woodfine Heald Mellows
1 Lurke Street           
Bedford
Beds.  MK40 3TN
DX:     716005    Bedford 5
Tel:      01234 400000
Email:   ctrundley@pwhmllp.com
Web Site:  www.pwhmllp.com

Mary Banham-Hall

Mary Banham-Hall

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Mary Banham-Hall is a partner and Head of Family Law at Heald Solicitors. 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.

 

Heald Solicitors
Ashton House
471 Silbury Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes
Bucks.  MK9 2AH
DX: 54459 Milton Keynes 1
Tel:  01908 662277
Email:  mary.banham-hall@healdlaw.com
Web Site:   www.healdlaw.com

Mary McEvoy

Mary McEvoy

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Partner and Head of Divorce and Family Law

Mary is an experienced family lawyer having qualified in 1981.  In addition to being a Collaborative Lawyer she is a member of the Law Society's Family Panel, a member of Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) and of the Grandparents Association.  Mary is well respected in the area which means her clients can have confidence in her advice and professionalism.  She draws on her wealth of experience to find practical and beneficial solutions for her clients.

Mary is sensitive to the immense unhappiness which separation can cause. She is also conscious of the financial cost to those involved in the legal system and endeavours to keep these costs as low as possible. She offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to resolving the problems which arise on separation, an approach which is ideally suited to the collaborative law process.

 

Neves Solicitors
8 George Street West
Luton
Beds.  LU1 2DA
DX:  5900 Luton
Tel:  01582 400972
Email:  Mary.mcevoy@nevesllp.co.uk
Web Site:  www.nevesllp.co.uk

Philip Elliott

Phillip Elliot

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"I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and have specialised in Family Law ever since. I head the Family Law Department of Sharman Law.

I have considerable experience of acting for clients in respect of the financial issues arising from divorce and separation including acting for clients of high net worth. I am also experienced in the law relating to children, domestic violence and cohabitee disputes. My experience in this field is recognised by the fact that the Law Society has appointed me to be a member of the Advanced Tier of the Family Law Accreditation Scheme.

I consider that Collaborative Law is an exciting new development in Family Law and is an ideal method to try and achieve a fair solution for all concerned in respect of the breakdown of a relationship.

My leisure interests include the fact that I am an active member of the local intervarsity club".

 

Sharman Law
1 Harpur Street
Bedford
Beds.  MK40 1PF
DX:  5604 Bedford
Tel:  01234 303030
Email:  philip.elliott@sharmanlaw.co.uk
Web Site:  www.sharmanlaw.co.uk

Bharti Shah

Bharti Shah

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Bharti has specialised in family law since she qualified in 1999. Bharti has experience of all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on financial issues that arise when couples separate. She also deals with issues surrounding children when disputes arise between parents.
Bharti is a trained collaborative lawyer and can represent clients through the collaborative process.  As a collaborative lawyer Bharti understands the emotional, financial and practical difficulties all clients experience and the inevitable effect upon the children. Bharti represents the Bedfordshire Collaborative group at a national level, as the POD Liaison Officer.

In addition to being a collaborative lawyer, Bharti is also a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel, Law Society’s Children Panel, Association of Lawyers for Children, Resolution and Association of Asian Women Lawyers

Bharti is a forward thinking family lawyer and is committed to the guidelines set down by Resolution to resolve cases as amicably, fairly and as cost effectively as possible.  Bharti is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi.

In her spare time, Bharti enjoys spending time with her family, good food and wine. She also follows the highs and lows of Arsenal.

 


 

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP
180 North Gower Street
London NW1 2NB

Tel:  020 7874 8482
Fax: 020 7874 8302
DX 2101 EUSTON
Email: bshah@hja.net
Web site: www.hja.net

Felicity Shedden

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Felicity is Principal of Shedden Family Law, a modern practice specialising in family law and dispute resolution.  A strong advocate of the collaborative process, Felicity believes that this offers a real opportunity to families going through relationship breakdown to achieve a genuinely dignified separation.  The process allows couples to prioritise the welfare of any children and to deal with the practical implications of their separation in a fair and civilised manner.  Felicity represents the Bedfordshire Collaborative group at a national level, as the POD Liaison Officer.

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.

 

Shedden Family Law
Gloucester House, 399 Silbury Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH
Tel: 01908 303615
Email: felicity@sheddenfamilylaw.co.uk
Website: www.sheddenfamilylaw.co.uk

John Sheehan

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hn is a director of UHY Hacker Young Chartered Accountants and heads the firm’s Taxation Services team, advising clients on many aspects of UK taxation. He qualified with Grant Thornton in Bedford in 1981 and went on to become one of the founding principals of WKH in 2001, which then became a member of the UHY Hacker Young network in 2012. He is a member of the ICAEW’s Tax Faculty and the Forensic and Valuations Special Interest Groups, carrying out tax advisory work and business valuations for UHY Hacker Young’s clients and those of other professionals. John’s expertise has been regularly called upon to advise on tax and valuation issues in matrimonial cases. He became interested in collaborative law and undertook collaborative practice training in October 2008.

John says,” Involving an accountant in the collaborative team, especially where a business is involved, can help to explain the financial position to all parties, identify and place a fair value on assets, and avoid any tax pitfalls that may occur on the sale or transfer of assets.”

In his spare time John is a keen quizzer and follows Bedford Blues RUFC, Bedford Town FC and Chelsea FC.


 

UHY Hacker Young

Director
Taxation Services
PO Box 501
The Nexus Building, Broadway

Letchworth Garden City
Hertfordshire SG6 9BL

Phone 01462 687333
Fax 01462 687334
Email: j.sheehan@uhy-uk.com
Website:www.uhy-uk.com

Hardy Halls APFS

 

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Hardy is a Chartered Financial Planner with over 17 years experience in the financial services profession, 9 of which at JDP Financial Services Ltd (a Chartered Financial Planning firm).

Much of Hardy’s work is referred from professional firms which reflect his expertise in the area of pensions and divorce, trustee investment, inheritance tax planning, equity release, long-term care planning, investment planning and life protection. He is also a registered Pension Transfer specialist.
Hardy understands the importance of addressing some of the practical issues associated with any financial settlement. This can be particularly relevant where individuals have never had to deal with the finances before!

Where appropriate, Hardy has found incorporating cash flow forecasting (sometimes called Lifestyle Planning) can be very helpful when considering a potential settlement. This can give an indication of the likely financial position in the future and incorporate alternative scenarios to try and meet with clients objectives.

 

J D P Financial Services Ltd
Chartered Financial Planner IFA
Park House,
Bromham,
Bedford
MK43 8HX

Phone: 01234 823366
Fax: 01234 823522
Mobile: 07711 222589
Email: Hardy@jdpfinancial.com
Website: www.jdpfinancial.co.uk

Cheryl Willis APFS
Chartered Financial Planner

Cheryl Willis

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Cheryl is a Director of Bowden Financial Management and provides clients with independent advice in all aspects of personal financial planning, with particular expertise in Pensions and Investments.

She is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Pension Transfer Specialist and also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), a specialist qualification in the management of investment funds.

Cheryl is an associate member of both the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Collaborative Divorce PODs and provides independent advice to couples working towards an equitable financial settlement. She also offers advice to help clients understand the implications of Pension Sharing and help with the implementation of Pension Sharing Orders.

With over 20 years industry experience, Cheryl is very good at building long term relationships with clients and has a genuine commitment to giving her clients peace of mind that she is always on hand to offer support and advice.


 

Bowden Financial Management
7 Paynes Park
Hitchin
Herts
SG5 1EH

Tel: 01462 429727

Email: cheryl@bowdenfinancial.com
Website: www.bowdenfinancial.com

 

 

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts

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Rachel is a member of resolution bringing a decade of experience in all aspects of family work buttressed by several years as a property solicitor and advice/legal research work in the voluntary  sector.  Every couple will have specific and different aims and concerns.  Rachel’s priority is to       
listen to acquire a deep understanding of the relevant issues to work alongside couples to find the practical solutions needed.  The potential of emotional and financial costs of separation must not be ignored and Rachel supports the collaborative process as an ideal option to empower couples to communicate positively to find the right way forward for them.                                                               



Austins LLP
36 – 40 Liverpool Road
Luton
Beds LU1 1RS

Tel: 01582 456222

DX   130463 Luton 10

Email: rr@austinslaw.com
Website: www.austinslaw.com

Carol Hill

Carol Hill

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Carol Hill joined Parrish Family Law in Olney in September 2010.  She has over 18 years of experience in family law and specialises in particular, in financial work and children’s cases.  As well as being a Collaborative lawyer, she is an Accredited Member of Resolution and a member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme.  Her practical and no nonsense approach to solutions means that she develops a good rapport with her clients during the collaborative process.

In her spare time Carol is a keen gardener with an allotment and enjoys travel to more unusual places.

                                                               



Parrish Family Law
26 High Street South
Olney
Buckinghamshire
MK46 4AA


t: +44 (0)1234 711701
f: +44 (0)1234 711750
Email: carolhill@parrishfamilylaw.co.uk

Website: www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk