The members of the excellent Divorcesolicitor.com team are:
Originally from a background in farming in rural Wales, Mark qualified as a solicitor in London in 1989. There he gained a wealth of knowledge, mainly in the High Court, but he then decided to start his own niche family law firm in his home town of Hertford, north of London. He believed that it was time to offer clients further afield from the city that same, high class service but at a more competitive rate. Mark was also one of the first lawyers handling divorce to take a sensitive, empathetic approach to divorce cases and has helped to shape the industry for the better.
Starting with one secretary and a telephone, Mark always believed in getting to know his clients, whether it was face to face, over the phone or even over the internet. He now runs a busy office alongside his wife and Co-Director, Lindsey. Together they believe that their bespoke, straight-talking approach is where the company differs from other solicitors who may not have that same touch with their clients. They are a niche business who care and pride themselves on having the time to really talk and help their clients. Mark is also a member of Resolution.
For the past 14 years, Lindsey has helped her husband Mark to build up divorcesolicitor.com by overseeing practice management, client liaison and business development. Alongside her team, Lindsey handles new enquiries and outlines the ways in which we can assist and putting any potential new client in touch with the relevant legal expert within the firm to provide the advice required.
Lindsey considers it a deep privilege to get to help and support those who are facing difficult times and be a shoulder to lean on, allowing people to express their worries and concern and knowing that as a firm we are able to help. She is ever mindful that this first step in contacting a solicitor can be the most daunting, a fact that is well appreciated by all of the staff here at divorcesolicitor.com
Since completing her legal training in 2006, Emily has become a specialist solicitor working within the family law department. She is an expert in all aspects of family law, including relationship breakdown and child matter disputes.
From a large practice in London, Emily has gained a broad range of experience from that environment. In addition to this, Emily has experience both in childcare and mental health law. As a member of Resolution, Emily ensures that she is providing the best advice in a positive manner to help her clients resolve any issue they’re facing. Even when matters need to go to court, Emily is an excellent and confident supporter who is able to represent her clients at the majority of their hearings as well as being able to provide advice back in the office.
Newlywed Emily recently renovated in St Albans and is now added a new skill to her wide repertoire: decorating. Having installed a new kitchen and bathroom, the team are eager to be invited over to take a look at her handiwork.
DAWN CASTERTON Consultant Solicitor
Qualifying as a solicitor in 1992, since then Dawn has specialised exclusively in family law, working in and around Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex being both a partner and heading up Family departments.
Accredited as a specialist family lawyer by the Law Society, by having membership of The Advanced Family Law Panel and The Children Panel, means that Dawn is able to undertake the full range of family law matters, acting for clients in all types of financial and divorce matters and also all types of children cases. Being a member of the Children Panel means that Dawn is able to act for Children – either directly or through a Children’s Guardian.
Karen has practised divorce and family law for over 20 years at firms in London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire. She headed the family department at two of her previous firms.
She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in private children matters and finances and has built up a wealth of experience in all areas of divorce and family law.
Sara read Psychology at Leicester University before moving to Mendes & Mount, LLP, New York, USA. Following that exposure to law, she subsequently qualified as a Solicitor specialising in matrimonial and family law in 2006.
Sara has a wide range of experience and practices in all aspects of divorce, financial disputes, injunctions and children disputes between both married and unmarried partners. Much of her caseload deals with the financial implications on relationship breakdown.
She also regularly prepares Separation Deeds, Cohabitation Agreements and Pre and Post Nuptial Contracts.
Having worked for a large law firm in the City for many years, Janis left it behind to begin working for divorcesolicitor.com from the very beginning and was Mark’s secretary since day one.
Although she has assisted in the conveyancing department over the years where required, Janis predominantly works alongside Mark with all aspects of family law. This has always been a field of law that she has had particular interest in and can offer all the assistance and support that many of our clients need during those trying times during a family law case.
Janis enjoys a variety of activities to keep fit and has a love for badminton and skiing. She is also learning to play golf and enjoys dancing and going to the theatre, as well as socialising with a large group of friends in and around Hertford.
Head of Conveyancing
Stuart studied law at Coventry University and has worked exclusively in conveyancing for over 30 years at a number of different firms before joining the team as the head of conveyancing in 2014.
Stuart specialises in residential property including sales, purchases, re-mortgages, new builds, help-to-buy, shared ownership and transfers of equity.
Stuart enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife, four daughters and grandson Daniel. In his spare time Stuart is director of the highly acclaimed Colin Smith Youth Theatre which has won numerous awards for its production of musicals. Several members have moved on to perform in London’s West End, on television and radio and have achieved entry to the country’s top drama schools.
Stuart has played cricket for Bedfordshire but his claim to fame is that he was once a member of a pop group alongside James Bond composer David Arnold.
With 40 years experience in Financial and Business Management, Ian brings a wealth of knowledge to the business. His previous role was as Practice Director for another local family law firm which he held for over 10 years. Ian’s role focuses on the financial and business strategy for the company as well as handling compliance. He takes care of our IT processes and plans to further improve the level of service that we provide to our clients.
Ian has lived in Hertford with his family for over 25 years and enjoys a variety of pass times including sailing, skiing and supporting the local rugby club. He is often found with his headphones in listening to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits.
Head of Business Development
Trainee Solicitor (Family)