Catherine Longshaw2018-10-19T11:37:53+00:00
CATHERINE LONGSHAW
CATHERINE LONGSHAWPARTNER

Cath qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 and specialises in Family Law.   She joined our firm as Head of the Family Department in April 2018.

Cath is committed to resolving family issues in a constructive way.  She helps people whose marriage or civil partnership is ending, unmarried couples who are separating and parents, grandparents and others about disagreements that have arisen in relation to children.

Prior to qualifying as a Solicitor, Cath worked for Social Services for a period of 10 years.   After qualifying Cath spent 13 years working at a large firm in Staffordshire, before moving south. She trained as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in 2006 and became a founding member of Staffordshire Collaborative Lawyers and acted as both Chair and Treasurer for the organisation.  She subsequently also trained as a Mediator in 2011 and is accredited and able to undertake MIAMs as well as full Mediation sessions.

Cath is a member of Resolution, an organisation for Family Lawyers committed to resolving disputes in a constructive way.  She was also a member of Resolution’s Dispute Resolution Committee until 2015 and was recently on a Ministry of Justice Committee in connection with applications to be made under the Children Act.

Family Mediation Council

Recent Work

Preparing a pre-marital agreement for a couple who wanted to protect inherited monies and a family business.

Obtaining permission from the Court for children to be removed from the jurisdiction for a holiday where this was opposed by the other parent.

Using the Collaborative process to help a couple to reach an agreement regarding finances, following the breakdown of their marriage.  This allowed them to remain on friendly terms for the benefit of their adult children.

Helping a couple using Mediation to make arrangements for their children, removing the need for Court proceedings and helping them to maintain a working relationship as parents.

Obtaining an Order for sale of a property and distribution of the proceeds of the sale, where one of the former couple refused to agree to the sale taking place.

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