"Has a rare ability to gain the respect of the client, opposition and judiciary all at once. She is a razor-sharp advocate"
The Legal 500 2022
Jane is a financial remedy specialist who also undertakes private law children work and Schedule 1 cases. She has been ranked in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for many years. Jane represents people from all walks of life, from HNW and high-profile individuals to vulnerable clients, children and victims of domestic abuse. Since 2010 Jane has practised exclusively in family work. Before that she practised as a criminal barrister where she appeared in court daily. As a result, she is a fluent advocate. She is committed to resolving disputes pragmatically and at the earliest stage where possible. Where it is necessary to go to a final hearing Jane’s articulate and concise style assists in getting good results. Her financial remedy practice is wide ranging and regularly includes cases with complex company valuations, trusts, farms and jurisdiction issues. Her children work is extensive and includes relocation and same sex couple disputes. Jane was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2015. She sits in the financial remedy court and also hears private law children and civil cases.
Over the last year Jane has represented a variety of clients ranging from a high profile individual to a child in a Barder case instructed by the OS. The vast majority of her cases have involved complex company valuations and tax issues.
Jane represented the appellant husband in an appeal before MacDonald J. Although the appeal was ultimately unsuccessful, having initially been allowed, MacDonald J was sympathetic to a number of the husband’s arguments.
Jane represented the appellant wife throughout long-running variation proceedings where the wife sought to discharge an undertaking given in a financial remedy consent order. The appeal was ultimately successful before UKSC who held, by a majority of 4 to 1, that the court had jurisdiction to discharge the undertaking under s.31MCA 1973 and the inherent jurisdiction. Case remitted to the family court where the undertaking was discharged.
Jane represented the husband in a case concerning the duties of shadow directors and the grant of restraint of trade orders under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.
Jane frequently represents clients in both their children dispute and their financial remedy dispute which can make it is easier for them as Jane is familiar with the full factual background. She is also regularly instructed in free-standing Children Act disputes.
Jane successfully represented the biological mother in the Court of Appeal. The biological mother donated her eggs to her partner who was the birth mother. The donation predated HFEA 2008 so the biological mother did not automatically have PR. The case was remitted to a circuit judge and PR awarded.
Jane is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access Scheme in appropriate circumstances.
"She has a remarkable skill in building a rapport with clients."
Chambers UK Bar 2021
‘Jane is a force to be reckoned with on her feet. Her approach to cases is measured yet robust when necessary and this endears her to clients and judiciary alike.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2021
"She has an excellent manner with judges and provides an empathetic service to clients, as well as offering excellent written advocacy and a swift grasp of complex financial matters."
Chambers UK Bar
"Her strength is her knowledge of the law and her ability to tailor it to the case in a way that the client understands and the judge appreciates."
Chambers UK Bar 2020
"A tenacious negotiator who empathises with clients."
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019
"Is excellent at addressing difficult situations with finesse and sensitivity."
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019