Jennifer is a Senior Partner at Samuel Phillips and Head of our Wealth Management Department. She is an adopted Geordie having grown up in Suffolk. Jennifer moved to the North East to study and stayed, being admitted as a solicitor in 1989. From 1999 onwards, she centered her practice on family and litigation. In 2011 she became the first, and indeed only, Solicitor accredited Family Law Arbitrator in the North East. Jennifer also has specialist accreditation in advanced financial provision, children’s law and has been an accredited member of the Law Society’s children’s panel since 1994. In 2013 Jennifer trained as a mediator, and can offer mediation in all areas of dispute from Family to work based issues.
Jennifer has particular expertise in high value divorce cases, often involving commercial issue or pensions. In addition to this work, she has acted on behalf of CAFCASS in care work proceedings, coordinating medical evidence for fact finding hearings, holding medical expert meetings, re-examining medical practitioners, and presenting evidence to court. She is the North East representative of Reunite, a charity which deals with international child abduction. She was involved in the first international abduction case in Turkey, and has also successfully retrieved children from Bangladesh
Jennifer’s clients have a wide range of backgrounds. On a commercial level, she has represented large organisations such as CAFCASS, local authorities, and fostering agencies. Her private clients have ranged from medical professionals, high net worth individuals, to highly vulnerable individuals with no resources or employment, and children within the care system.