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Ruth Hare


Ruth Hare

Counselling Psychologist / Family Consultant

07967 452355

Reach Psychology Ltd, Kings House, St John’s Square, Wolverhampton, WV2 4DT

I’m a Chartered and Registered Psychologist, passionate about making psychological thinking easy to access and stigma-free. I’m known as a ‘family consultant’ in legal speak where divorce is concerned.

I’m a divorcee and utilised the collaborative process myself, so I have both personal and professional experience of the challenges you may be facing.

Clients tend to use me to navigate the difficult feelings separation and divorce evoke, to understand the grief process and to sound out options for their child arrangements. I usually see people at their solicitors office, their home or online and part of legal meetings if helpful.

Ruth Hare2021-07-06T10:46:27+00:00

Helen Jane Arnold


Helen Jane Arnold


0121 248 4001

Benussi & Co Limited, 7th Floor, Newater House, 11 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 3NY

Helen Jane Arnold has been a member of Resolution since its early days and trained as a mediator and collaborative lawyer with this specialist organisation for family lawyers. Helen Jane specialises in family finance at a niche family law firm with a particular emphasis on high net worth, complex cases.

Helen Jane Arnold2021-07-09T13:12:58+00:00

Amanda Holland


Amanda Holland

Senior Associate

Work with a collaborative divorce lawyer at Sydney Mitchell Solicitors.

0121 698 2245

Sydney Mitchell LLP, Apsley House, 35 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5TJ

Every client is an individual, linked to a family, and so the collaborative process is an ideal way to work together – clients and lawyers – to create a tailored solution for each family. Family lawyer with over 25 years experience in family law. See professional profile and testimonials at

Amanda Holland2021-06-29T22:36:03+00:00

Nicholas Allen QC


Nicholas Allen QC

Barrister, Recorder, and Arbitrator

Hire a collaborative divorce lawyer at St Ives Chambers.

020 7404 1044 and 0121 236 0863 and

29 Bedford Row, 29 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4HE / St. Ives, 1-3 Whittall Street, Birmingham B4 6DH

Barrister (Joint Head of Chambers at 29 Bedford Row and Door Tenant at St. Ives) specialising in financial remedy work with a particular interest in non-court dispute resolution. I was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2108.

I am qualified IFLA arbitrator and to date have been appointed as arbitrator in 20 cases and written 16 awards. My role as an arbitrator complements my fee-paid position sitting as a Recorder of the Family Court (equivalent to Circuit Judge level). I have also lectured and written widely on arbitration.

I was one of the first barristers to be collaboratively trained and have been jointly instructed in several collaborative cases.

Nicholas Allen QC2021-06-29T22:36:24+00:00

Helen Hancock


Helen Hancock

Principal – Forensic Accounting Services 

Collaborative Family Law Group partner, BDO..

0121 3526238

BDO LLP , Two Snowhill, Birmingham, B4 6GA

I am a forensic accountant based at BDO LLP’s Birmingham office with over twenty years’ experience in business valuations across a wide range of sectors. I regularly work with couples and their lawyers where there is a business or shares in a private limited company to be valued as part as part of divorce proceedings and the collaborative process. I can help to explain the financial position to all parties and identify and arrive at an independent view of the value of the shares or business. I also work closely with our in-house tax specialists at BDO on the tax consequences of all the different courses of action open to you.

Helen Hancock2021-06-29T22:36:49+00:00

Aaron Keene


Aaron Keene

Family Law Solicitor

Hire a collaborative divorce lawyer. Contact the Wilkes Partnership.

0121 710 5947

The Wilkes Partnership LLP, 41 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2RT

Aaron is a family and collaborative law solicitor with over 30 years experience of finding solutions for clients with family law problems. He has been a partner at The Wilkes Partnership LLP since 1996, the firm he joined as a trainee solicitor in 1987. He is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law panel. He is a member of the national Family Law organisation Resolution’s regional committee of which he was regional chair from 2013 to 2016. He sits on the Birmingham Family Court sub-committee. He played a key part in setting up the Birmingham Litigants in person scheme for users of the Birmingham Family Court.

Aaron Keene2021-09-16T11:02:11+00:00

Caroline Dresden


Caroline Dresden

Legal Director

Lodders Solicitors uses the collaborative law process.

0121 200 0890

Lodders Solicitors LLP, 14 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham, B3 1RB

Caroline has 30 years of experience in family law and specialises in high net-worth cases, regularly acting for clients with very substantial assets, with a particular interest in pensions on divorce. Having qualified in London in 1990, Caroline moved to live and work in Birmingham, with her family, in 2003. Caroline is a collaborative lawyer committed to resolving family disputes in a non confrontational way. She provides effective, proportionate advice, helping clients to focus on the real issues.

Caroline Dresden2021-06-29T22:38:59+00:00

Clare Wiseman


Clare Wiseman


Collaborative Family Law Group partner, Irwin Mitchell..

(m) 07525 911737 (office) 0121 214 5278

Irwin Mitchell LLP, The Colmore Building, 9th Floor, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham B4 6AH

Partner leading a large team with 30 years’ experience in domestic and international cases. Also a busy mother of 3.

Divorce, separation and financial specialisms often involving high profile clients, where discretion is essential, sports(wo)men and entrepreneurs. I deal with many cases regarding children’s education, residence and re-location.

Always going the ‘extra mile’, I deliver a bespoke service focusing not only on the ‘legal’ but also the commercial, emotional and practical. My clients frequently become life-long friends or professional contacts.

With a strategic approach and straightforward advice, I’ll work alongside you to achieve the very best outcome for you and your family.

Clare Wiseman2021-06-29T22:39:30+00:00

Sian Kenkre


Sian Kenkre

Family lawyer

Hire a collaborative divorce lawyer. Contact the Wilkes Partnership.

07539 997 424 / 0121 733 8000

The Wilkes Partnership, Stanton House, Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3LS

Sian uses her skills and expertise to help people going through divorce or separation, including dealing with their finances and the arrangements for their children. She assists clients who are married or not married but living together and works with them to find the right solution.

Sian will always provide clear, realistic advice to enable clients to plan for the best possible outcome to suit their circumstances. She is recommended in the Legal 500 Directory 2020 as being a ‘clever, popular and kind lawyer who provides realistic advice to her clients and really looks after them.’

Sian Kenkre2021-09-16T11:00:52+00:00

Tania Derrett-Smith


Tania Derrett-Smith

Principal Associate

0121 616 6658

Weightmans LLP, St Philips Point, Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5AF

Tania is a principal associate in the family team based in Birmingham. She has over 20 years’ experience in all areas of family law, providing clients with a tailored, robust and effective approach to resolution whilst never losing sight of the client’s priorities and objectives. Tania’s areas of practice include divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements and arrangements for children with particular specialism in financial consequences arising as a result of a relationship breakdown. Considerable experience in cases involving family businesses, property in the UK and overseas together with pensions.

Tania Derrett-Smith2021-06-29T22:40:53+00:00
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