Al is client focussed and practical with a view to achieving the best outcome for those he represents. He is a highly regarded court room advocate and negotiator with a reputation for being charming yet intelligent, reasoned and tenacious.
Al practices exclusively in the area family law. Further detail of his practice can be found under the heading above.
Al prides himself on his personable approach and an ability to build a rapport with clients and opponents alike. He is a strong believer in putting clients at their ease at all stages of the legal process whilst at the same time vigorously pursuing their interests. Al is regularly complimented on having made the process of litigation clearer, calmer and less daunting for those involved.
Al regularly lectures solicitors on various aspects of family law and procedure. He has been a contributing author to various practitioners' texts and provides updates for chambers' publications on current relevant legal issues.
Al is also direct access trained and approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions direct from lay clients.
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Al specialises in all aspects of family law, both public and private. In his public law work Al is instructed by local authorities, parents, other family members and on behalf of children, appearing in proceedings for care orders, supervision orders, placement orders and adoption at all levels of court. He has a broad range of experience having dealt with cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and chronic neglect for both local authorities and parents. Al also has a developing Court of Protection practice.
On the private side Al represents and advises parties on all aspects arising out of relationship breakdown including financial remedies, residence and contact disputes. He has acted in a number of intractable contact disputes involving issues of domestic violence, mental health and sexual abuse. He has experience in dealing with a wide range of financial disputes, from those involving couples struggling to make ends meet post-divorce, to high net-worth cases involving multiple properties, different jurisdictions and company issues.
Al is a highly regarded courtroom performer, regularly noted for his personable but tenacious approach. Al is regularly complimented by solicitors and lay clients for his easy manner and delicate handling of clients at all stages of litigation.