We know that the end of a relationship is a difficult time and that emotions can run high. Collaborative law is a non-confrontational approach to resolving issues that arise from a family or relationship breakdown, and is a popular approach for many families and former partners.

Our specialists are experts in family law and have over three decades of experience handling sensitive issues revolving around families, children, and financial matters, and know how to handle sensitive situations with sympathy and thoughtfulness.

What is collaborative law?

Unlike mediation, which involves a single, impartial and independent arbiter encouraging compromise between the two parties, collaborative law involves bringing clients and their trained Collaborative Lawyers together in a series of meetings without the involvement of the courts. Proceedings aim to find a fair solution for both parties.

How does collaborative law work?

For proceedings to begin, both parties need to agree that you want to resolve all issues without going to court. Your solicitors will then spend time getting to know you and want to achieve from the process. All negotiations take place face to face with you, your partner, and both your solicitors present, working as a team to reach a solution.

Is collaborative law for me?

Collaborative law may be the right option for you, if:

  • You want to be in control of decisions and want a dignified non-aggressive resolution of issues
  • You and your former partner are able to negotiate directly around a table within a safe environment which encourages resolutions to be achieved
  • You want to protect your children from the stress and emotional aftermath that protracted court proceedings can result in
  • You want to resolve matters in a cost-effective way maintaining control of the timing and manner in which you reach a conclusion
  • Your main aim is not to seek “revenge” on your partner

If you need advice from a specialist, get in touch to book an initial consultation.

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Meet the Family Law Team

Louise Sheasby

Louise Sheasby

Louise has specialised in family law for over 30 years.  She is passionate about doing the very best for her clients and has a diverse client base.

Louise acts both in relatively straightforward divorces and in more complex and involved cases.  She has acted for professionals and business people always in an empathetic and calm way.

Finding a practical solution is a theme that prevails throughout Louise’s practice.  She is able to take an overview and always seeks to fulfil her clients’ expectations, whilst at the same time providing a cost-effective legal solution.

On the one hand Louise is sympathetic and understanding,  she will always seek to settle finance/property cases amicably, but when called upon to do so she will protect her client’s interest through the court process.

Louise can help you with a wide range of issues including:​

  • Divorce
  • Finance/property matters
  • Advice in connection with private limited companies and business partnerships
  • Freezing orders
  • Foreign property
  • Civil partnerships
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements

Louise enjoys travelling.  She particularly loves Spanish culture and enjoys learning Spanish in her spare time.  Louise also likes to keep fit.  She runs and has taken part in the Warwick to Kenilworth Two Castles Run.

Get in touch with Louise to find out if she can help you with your family queries.

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Sophia Mellor

Sophia Mellor

Position: Associate

Sophia has specialised in family law since 2007. She heads our family law Department, having previously headed a childcare Department and throughout her practice has always focused on providing excellent client care.

Sophia has an understanding and personable demeanour and is able to understand the needs of clients during this difficult period of their lives. She is also able to take a robust view and is realistic about what can be achieved in terms of reaching a settlement.

Sophia understands the financial challenges that need to be overcome to reach a financial settlement that is fair and reasonable, meets the needs of the parties and in accordance with the law puts the children first. She is able to advise clients in connection with the options that are available to them and assist them in making important decisions regarding the settlement of finance and property cases. Sophia also has the tenacity to take matters through the court process where cases do not settle.

Sophia has experience of dealing with finance and property matters and understands the dynamics of business whether in the guise of a private limited company, partnerships or professional entities.

Sophia is a member of Resolution, a member of the Association of lawyers for Children and an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

Sophia is able to provide clients with expert legal advice in respect of any family matters including:

  • Divorce
  • Financial matters
  • Children act issues including guardianship issues and acting for grandparents.
  • Civil partnerships
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Injunctive proceedings including freezing orders.

Away from the office, Sophia is the Legal Advisor and Chair of a local Fostering Agency dealing with applications of prospective foster carers. Sophia is also a school Governor of a primary school and provides language tuition in her spare time.

Outside of work, Sophia loves to spoil her two little boys and keeps them busy and entertained. She loves to read, listen to music, run (when time allows) and long country walks. She also enjoys a full social life including music shows, cinema, dancing, dining and wining especially when her best friend, Champagne, is available.

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Louise Hunt

Louise Hunt

Louise has specialised in family law since 2014 having trained at a tier one national firm in Birmingham.

Louise assists clients through the often very difficult experience of relationship breakdown. Her work includes advising clients in relation to divorce, both complex and straightforward financial arrangements as well as cohabitation issues. Louise also advises in respect of wealth protection and preparing pre and post-marital agreements. Louise has also been instructed in respect of enforcement proceedings and applications to set aside financial agreements on the basis of non-disclosure.

Louise regularly advises professionals and business owners and appreciates the need to tailor settlements according to the assets involved and providing a commercial and common-sense approach to resolving matters.

Louise has a particular interest in advising clients in respect of children issues. Louise has experience of advising on international relocation cases as well as internal relocation cases within the UK jurisdiction. Louise regularly advises on arrangements for children in terms of the time they spend with each parent and has considerable experience advising clients in respect of children matters which involve issues of domestic and/or substance abuse as well as complex parental alienation cases.

Louise fully understands that relationship breakdown can be one of the most challenging experiences that a client has to face.  Louise listens to clients in order to help them achieve their aims. This may involve different methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation, collaborative law, Arbitration or ultimately court proceedings.

Litigation is sometimes unavoidable. When it becomes necessary it is important that any proceedings are dealt with professionally and efficiently. Louise assists not only with the legal issues that arise but also the practical issues, to ensure the process is as easy and straightforward as possible.


Louise has been referenced in the Legal 500 2021 as:


 “…Louise is an excellent solicitor. She is robust but also fair – a real star‘.

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