Family and Children
David joined the Exeter office in 1984. In 1987 he transferred to head up the Exmouth Office and became a Partner in 1988. David is an experienced family lawyer and advocate who specialises in representing children‚ guardians and parents in Court proceedings. He has many years’ experience in dealing with financial disputes on marriage/relationship breakdown with a particular interest in pension sharing options. David also advises on cohabitation agreements and civil partnerships. He is an accredited Law Society Children Panel and Advanced Family Law Panel member.
Clare specialises in Family Law having a particular interest in cases concerning children. Clare is an Advanced Member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and is a Member of Resolution. She is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel‚ a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children‚ a qualified Family Mediator and has worked for Plymouth Mediation both as a Family Mediator and Legal Consultant. Clare became a partner in 2006.
Martyn is a Consultant to the firm, primarily supporting its financial remedy work and working alongside his colleague, Sabina Smith. He is committed to resolving family issues arising on divorce or separation in a conciliatory manner whenever possible. He is entirely used to dealing with complex financial, business and property problems between couples, and difficult disputes concerning a couple’s children. He enjoys drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. Martyn was a Family Mediator from 1996 until the end of 2016. He remains a Collaborative Lawyer and a member of Resolution.
Sidmouth & Exeter
Sabina is a Solicitor with over twenty years experience advising on all aspects of family law. She has particular expertise in dealing with the financial issues on divorce and separation, including property claims, pensions and maintenance. Sabina is also skilled in advising on children matters, particularly those with an international element such as child abduction and removal from the jurisdiction.
Sabina has Resolution Specialist Accreditation in the categories of Complex Financial and Property Matters, and Child Abduction. As a trained family mediator and collaborative lawyer, her approach is to seek negotiated solutions wherever possible. However she is also well used to the court process and when cases become entrenched she will litigate to achieve a managed and cost effective settlement. Sabina was made a Partner in 2018.
“My sincere thanks for everything you have done to help and support me through the difficult process of separation.”
“Your advice and information gave me the confidence to press for the best possible deal.”
“Thank you Sabina for always being at the end of the phone and for the care you have taken over my case. There is life after divorce.”
Sidmouth and Exeter
Nick qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and has practised in Family Law ever since. His broad experience in all types of family disputes has given Nick a clear understanding of the challenges for parties, and lawyers, involved in relationship breakdown.
While he now concentrates primarily on the financial aspects of divorce and civil partnership dissolution, including the preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements, Nick is also regularly instructed in complex and challenging disputes in relation to the care of children.
Nick brings an empathetic, pragmatic and outcome focussed approach to all his cases which has earned him praise from clients for his clear sighted and common sense advice.
Nick joined Ford Simey in March 2018.