About The Team

We provide specialist divorce and international divorce and family law services, advising clients in the United Kingdom (specifically England and Wales) and throughout the world. We have a very people–orientated approach to working with clients. Henry Brookman has practised law for over 40 years, and our team has a wide range of skills and expertise. We are recommended by the Legal 500 and have been awarded the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel.

Partner

Henry Brookman

With over 45 years' experience, Henry is the senior member of the team. He is described by The Legal 500 as ‘shrewd, savvy,… Read More

With over 45 years' experience, Henry is the senior member of the team. He is described by The Legal 500 as ‘shrewd, savvy, sagacious, highly experienced’ and having ‘a real commercial eye’. He is also a Recommended Lawyer in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500.

Henry is both English and Australian qualified, and has practised in both jurisdictions for a considerable period of time. He has a significant depth of experience, not only in family law matters, but also other areas of law such as Company Commercial, mining, industrial and family businesses, and complex trusts.

This wide experience allows Henry to give advice from a position which is not only commercially astute, but takes into account tax and other international dimensions. For over 20 years, Henry has practised exclusively in England as an international family law specialist. With his enormous experience, Henry directs the handling of the team's cases. Depending on their complexity, he will be personally involved to provide strategic and tactical advice. Read More

Partner

Philip Morton

Philip is a Partner and Group Head of the Dispute Resolution London Family team. Philip acts in all areas of family law and… Read More

Philip is a Partner and Group Head of the Dispute Resolution London Family team. Philip acts in all areas of family law and advises clients on the most efficient and effective way of settling financial and children disputes following the breakdown of a relationship. Philip’s particular focus is on high value domestic and international financial proceedings where there are complex corporate or trust assets. His practice includes advising on protecting family wealth through pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Philip is recommended by The Legal 500.

In addition to his family practice, Philip continues to advise Private Clients in disputes including: professional claims against solicitors for negligence in family proceedings; domestic and international fraud litigation; harassment claims and injunctions; and defamation.

Philip has lectured to the Institute of Directors and various business leaders on the protection of commercial and private assets in the event of divorce.

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Partner

Natasha Slabas

Natasha is a Partner in the London Family team and has a wealth of experience in cases where there are international issues in… Read More

Natasha is a Partner in the London Family team and has a wealth of experience in cases where there are international issues in relation to children and financial matters.

Some examples of the international financial cases on which she has worked include jurisdiction cases, disputes concerning the choice of forum for enforcement of a foreign financial order and applications made to the English court for a financial settlement following an overseas divorce.

She regularly deals with complex and cross-jurisdictional children disputes, including managing leave to remove cases where international elements of law are relevant. Her international focus has meant that she is experienced in international legal advice and is familiar with Russian, Swiss, Monegasque and Ukrainian aspects of family law.

She has worked on all types of Section 8 Children Act disputes, including leave to remove, together with child abduction, alienation cases and domestic violence matters in relation to obtaining non-molestation and occupation orders.

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Partner

Aziz Malik

Aziz is a Partner at the firm. He is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended… Read More

Aziz is a Partner at the firm. He is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended by the Legal 500. He has dealt with jurisdictions in every continent and regularly deals with matters with complex international issues. Aziz often undertakes his own advocacy, frequently winning very favourable outcomes for clients at Court hearings.

Aziz was described by Jonathan Swift (Chambers of Nicholas Francis QC) as “highly competent and skilful family practitioner who balances realism with pragmatism. Thoughtful and thorough in his assessment and execution of a case”.

With a reputation for giving exceptionally astute advice and being a highly intelligent tactician, Aziz acts for all types of family law client including high net worth individuals based in England, the Middle East, continental Europe and other parts of the world. He is also a mediator.

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Mark Rennie

Mark is a Family partner and Group Head of the Family team in Horsham. He is a family law specialist advising on all… Read More

Mark is a Family partner and Group Head of the Family team in Horsham. He is a family law specialist advising on all areas of matrimonial law and assisting parties in resolving financial disputes arising from the breakdown of their relationship. He has particular experience in dealing with cases which involve business ownership.

Known as an effective litigator handling complex disputes in both high and mid net worth cases, Mark seeks to bring a warm and human touch to a process which some people can find difficult; it is his aim for you to feel supported throughout.

In addition to matrimonial law Mark frequently advises on Inheritance Act claims and will disputes. Mark has successfully negotiated many pre-nuptial agreements and has a keen interest in wealth preservation.

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Partner

Nigel Winter

Nigel is a family Partner based in the Horsham office, practising in all areas of family law, collaborative law, and contested ancillary relief… Read More

Nigel is a family Partner based in the Horsham office, practising in all areas of family law, collaborative law, and contested ancillary relief proceedings (disputes concerning the division of assets on divorce).

Nigel’s particular expertise covers collaborative law, contested litigation (particularly the division of assets), pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, divorce and children disputes.

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Partner

Samantha Jago

Partner at our Guildford office and recommended by The Legal 500, Samantha has specialist expertise in divorce, children matters, complex international cases, and… Read More

Partner at our Guildford office and recommended by The Legal 500, Samantha has specialist expertise in divorce, children matters, complex international cases, and is a trained mediator.

She has particular experience in representing parents, business owners and senior managers, and has dealt with numerous complex international matters. She has represented a number of high profile individuals, where confidentiality and dealing with sensitive information is crucial to secure a positive outcome for the client. Being a parent herself, Samantha understands and can empathise with her clients, especially when dealing with matters that involve and affect children.

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Partner

Amanda Glass

Amanda is a highly experienced family law partner providing expert advice on all aspects of family law, divorce and separation with an emphasis… Read More

Amanda is a highly experienced family law partner providing expert advice on all aspects of family law, divorce and separation with an emphasis on financial remedy cases.

She has specialist knowledge of complex financial cases, including pre-nuptial agreements, representing high net worth individuals with diverse asset bases. She balances a firm approach to Court proceedings with an emphasis on trying to achieve a fair settlement by agreement between the parties.

Her clients include high net worth individuals with a mix of family and private wealth as well as successful business owners and directors. Her focus is on wealth protection. Amanda has over 30 years experience in family law having qualified as a solicitor in March 1991

Her wealth of experience was obtained from training and working at City and “magic circle” law firms in London.

Partner

Alicia Cenizo

Alicia is a Partner in the Family Team. She advises her clients in a constructive manner with a view to directing the parties’… Read More

Alicia is a Partner in the Family Team. She advises her clients in a constructive manner with a view to directing the parties’ energies and costs towards the best outcome in all the circumstances. She often acts for Spanish speaking clients in proceedings in England and Wales, speaking fluent Spanish herself. This provides them with the confidence and reassurance that they are able to fully understand the process. Alicia is also undertaking her International Accreditation in Financial Abuse.

Her specialist areas include the law relating to children; including who children should live with and with whom they should spend time. Alicia has acted on behalf of parents and grandparents including Special Guardianship proceedings. She has also acted for applicant parents in international surrogacy cases, successfully obtaining Parental Orders at the RCJ. Alicia also specialises in divorce procedure, including the financial aspects spanning from drafting orders by consent reflecting amicably agreed terms to contentious proceedings. She provides legal and practical advice to cohabitees as well as those embarking on marriage wishing to protect assets by entering into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement.

Senior Associate

Joanna Potbury

A Senior Associate in the firm, Joanna is based in the Brighton office. Her background is in commercial litigation, having trained with the… Read More

A Senior Associate in the firm, Joanna is based in the Brighton office. Her background is in commercial litigation, having trained with the firm and qualified into the Technology and Media Dispute Resolution team in 2007, before moving on to specialise in family law. She is, therefore, uniquely qualified to bring a commercial and pragmatic approach to matrimonial financial cases which involve complex business and overseas assets.

Joanna advises clients on a wide range of private family matters including divorce, financial disputes and injunction proceedings. She is regularly instructed to deal with complex and high net worth divorce cases involving trusts, businesses, high value property and assets located outside the UK.

In additon to financial cases, Joanna also has extensive experience in relation to private children law disputes (including applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and leave to remove applications) and domestic violence (including applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders).

Joanna has a wealth of experience advising on the protection of family wealth through pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

Joanna has built up a strong network in Brighton and the surrounding area. This, combined with her particular skillset, has enabled the team to carve out a niche as a market leader for complex matrimonial cases in the region.

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Senior Associate

Kirsty Kelleher

Kirsty advises clients on a broad range of family law issues that arise following the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation, with a particular… Read More

Kirsty advises clients on a broad range of family law issues that arise following the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation, with a particular emphasis on financial claims arising on divorce. Kirsty has particular experience of high value domestic and international cases involving complex corporate or trust assets, and often involving jurisdiction disputes.

Kirsty’s practice also includes advising on children disputes (including applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and leave to remove applications) and orders to protect clients from domestic violence such as non-molestation and occupations orders.

On the non-contentious side, Kirsty regularly advises clients on the protection of family wealth through pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

In addition to her family practice, Kirsty also advises clients in relation to will and probate disputes including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

Senior Associate

Kevin Danagher

Having previously worked at a leading London family law firm, Kevin specialises exclusively in family law. He advises in all aspects arising on… Read More

Having previously worked at a leading London family law firm, Kevin specialises exclusively in family law. He advises in all aspects arising on relationship breakdown, divorce and separation, as well as pre and post nuptial agreements, same sex marriage and civil partnerships. He also has experience in relation to private law children issues, including contact arrangement, relocation disputes – both within the UK and where one parent is seeking to move abroad with the children. Kevin has a particular interest in providing sensible, commercial advice on a range of family law issues.

Kevin is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers committed to a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

Away from the office, Kevin enjoys spending time with his young family and challenging himself in outdoor activities as often as possible.

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Senior Associate

Ella Welsby

Ella’s work involves all family issues including high-value and multi-jurisdiction divorce and complex financial and children matters. Ella has extensive experience in running… Read More

Ella’s work involves all family issues including high-value and multi-jurisdiction divorce and complex financial and children matters.

Ella has extensive experience in running successful Schedule 1 cases, securing harassment protection, negotiating pre and post nuptial agreements, acting on joinder/intervenor and cohabitation disputes. She also has specialised in domestic abuse and alleged coercive control cases for many years.

Ella acts on complex children matters including cases of fabricated/induced illness and substance misuse. She is known for her compassion and efficiency in resolving contact issues.

Ella has experience of vulnerable client cases and is an advocate for neurodiversity. She also specialises in asset tracing and has worked on large cryptocurrency matters.

Senior Associate

Gemma Garrett

Gemma is a specialist advising on all areas of family law including divorce and separation (often involving jurisdiction issues), complex financial matters involving… Read More

Gemma is a specialist advising on all areas of family law including divorce and separation (often involving jurisdiction issues), complex financial matters involving business and trust assets, drafting pre and post nuptial agreements, and children matters including internal and external relocation, wardship and child abduction.

Gemma has developed a reputation in international work. She is often instructed to advise clients who are ‘forum shopping’, selecting the most appropriate jurisdiction to start divorce and financial remedy proceedings. She is used to consulting and working alongside family practitioners abroad.

Gemma has had articles published in the LexisNexis International Family Law Journal and The Law Gazette on a range of international topics.

Gemma is committed to alternative dispute resolution and in March 2020 completed her training as a Collaborative Lawyer.

Senior Solicitor

Susan Hayes

Susan qualified as a solicitor in 1992. She is a longstanding member of the Law Society Specialist Children Panel and Family Law Panel.… Read More

Susan qualified as a solicitor in 1992. She is a longstanding member of the Law Society Specialist Children Panel and Family Law Panel. Susan is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and a member of Resolution. She has successfully applied for membership of the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme and is one of only four members in the Brighton and Hove area.

Associate Solicitor

Lauren Moir

Lauren's expertise includes advising clients in all areas of family law, namely, divorce (including those with an international aspect), finances upon separation, children… Read More

Lauren's expertise includes advising clients in all areas of family law, namely, divorce (including those with an international aspect), finances upon separation, children matters, pre and post nuptial agreements, separation agreements, domestic violence cases where injunctions are necessary, the enforcement of orders and TOLATA matters. Her priority is to achieve the best possible results for her clients, whilst breaking down the legal jargon to provide clear, concise advice.

Lauren is a member of Resolution and is committed to promoting a constructive approach to family issues that considers the needs of the whole family. She is also an advocate for resolving matters for her clients both swiftly and amicably, where at all possible.

Solicitor

Rachael Au

Rachael is a highly capable member of the family team in Brighton. She specialises exclusively in family law, advising on divorce, dissolution of… Read More

Rachael is a highly capable member of the family team in Brighton. She specialises exclusively in family law, advising on divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, financial disputes and injunction proceedings.

She also advises in relation to private children law disputes, and the protection of family wealth through pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements

Solicitor

Amber Matheson

Amber has experience dealing with a range of family matters including divorce, finances, separation after cohabitation, arrangements for children and leave to remove… Read More

Amber has experience dealing with a range of family matters including divorce, finances, separation after cohabitation, arrangements for children and leave to remove cases (relocation outside of the jurisdiction). She also advises on domestic abuse.

Amber is a member of Resolution and is committed to resolving disputes constructively.

She is passionate about improving access to the profession and leading the way for the next generation of lawyers.

Solicitor

Amelia Groom

Amelia completed her training contract at a private client firm in the City and initially practised as a private client solicitor, which gave… Read More

Amelia completed her training contract at a private client firm in the City and initially practised as a private client solicitor, which gave her experience in handling the financial affairs of high-net-worth individuals with discretion and care.

After transitioning to family law, Amelia has advised a wide range of clients, from victims of domestic abuse to wealthy businesspeople. Her experience in financial matters has included advising on family trusts and cryptocurrencies, as well as nuptial agreements. Amelia also has a particular interest in children matters and has acted in several cases involving parents with serious mental health conditions.

Accounts Manager

Evdokia Dikova

Eva is an AAT qualified accounts manager and holds full AAT membership (MAAT). She gained her degree in financial accounting from the University… Read More

Eva is an AAT qualified accounts manager and holds full AAT membership (MAAT). She gained her degree in financial accounting from the University of Economics in Bulgaria.

Prior to joining the firm, Eva held several commercial roles including working at accountancy firms in both Bulgaria and the UK, most recently spending 3 years at a London-based firm. Eva is also a fluent in Bulgarian.

Secretary

Victoria Delatouche

Victoria provides secretarial support for the office. In her role as secretary, Victoria provides a range of administrative tasks for the solicitors. These… Read More

Victoria provides secretarial support for the office.

In her role as secretary, Victoria provides a range of administrative tasks for the solicitors. These tasks include preparing legal documents and liaising with various courts, counsels and legal bodies. Prior to joining Brookman Solicitors, Victoria worked as a legal secretary in the matrimonial department of a legal firm and also worked as a secretary within the legal team of an insurance PLC.

In her spare time Victoria likes to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Secretary

Michelle Louison

Michelle provides secretarial support to Henry Brookman. A very experienced family law secretary, Michelle has worked in law for over 12 years. Her… Read More

Michelle provides secretarial support to Henry Brookman.

A very experienced family law secretary, Michelle has worked in law for over 12 years. Her role includes organising client meetings, producing legal documentation and liaising with Counsel. Prior to joining Brookman Michelle worked for large legal firms in London and Kent, predominantly in family law but also media law, litigation and employment law.

Outside of her work Michelle enjoys the gym and has a passion for music.

Front of House Manager

Patricia Antonio

Patricia is an experienced secretary and office administrator. In her role, Patricia handles the calls that come into the office, greets clients, manages… Read More

Patricia is an experienced secretary and office administrator. In her role, Patricia handles the calls that come into the office, greets clients, manages office presentation, housekeeping, and administrative duties and provides secretarial support. Prior to joining us, Patricia worked for a large family law firm as paralegal and secretary. Before undertaking her career in law, Patricia held front of house positions in the private sector as well as the local council supporting case workers and undertaking legal research.

Patricia has a degree in law and can also provide translation services for Spanish and Portuguese clients.

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We pride ourselves on having team members who are as sharp minded as they are personable. From time to time we seek to further expand our talented team. If you feel you have the qualities and experience we'd be looking for, please contact us.

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