Legal Director (Chartered Legal Executive)
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Juliet joined Birketts in January 2017. She is a Legal Director in our Family Team. She is a Chartered Legal Executive and Collaborative Lawyer having qualified in June 1994. Juliet is the first Chartered Legal Executive to hold the post of Chair of Resolution (a national organisation with over 6,500 members across the Family Justice Arena). Juliet is also a Director, Executive and National Committee member of Resolution in addition to sitting on the committee of the local Resolution group in Ipswich. Juliet also chairs and sits on a number of national working groups dealing with family law issues and participates in regular meetings with Senior Judiciary, HMCTS and the Ministry of Justice. Juliet leads Resolution’s work with the Courts. Juliet has also taken part in TV and radio interviews about family issues and has also written for a number of family law publications.
Juliet has worked exclusively in East Anglia throughout her career and has extensive experience dealing with the full range of family issues including divorce, children and financial issues. Juliet is proficient dealing with contested children issues and has developed a wealth of experience in dealing with cases involving drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, disability as well as parental alienation. Juliet accepts instructions from parents and other family members, including grandparents and step parents.
Juliet is equally at home dealing with contested financial issues and has considerable experience dealing with pensions, company assets and inherited assets. She is a stickler for detail. Juliet can also advise on enforcement of financial awards, having a firm grounding in debt collection.
Juliet has developed a wealth of professional contacts throughout her career and is happy to make early referrals for therapeutic support and financial advice in order to supplement the legal advice she provides. Court is always regarded as a last resort, with other dispute resolution methods being explored at the earliest opportunity. Juliet is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and for many years organised training and networking events for other local collaborative professionals.
Juliet is based in our Ipswich office but is happy to accept instructions via telephone/video call through the UK and beyond.
Juliet is a member of the Law Society Family Law panel and has previously been a trustee of local Women’s Aid groups, local contact centres and other local family centred charities.
Juliet is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2019].