Family Team

Kate Hammond

Managing PartnerSolicitor AdvocateJoint Head of the Family Department
Kate Hammond
Qualified 2002Joined Miles & Partners 2000 | Became a Partner 2010
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Kate specialises in care proceedings in which she acts for parents, children or other adults. Kate also acts for children in proceedings about residence and/or contact matters following separation.

She is a member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for children and is recognised as a specialist in child care law through her membership of the Law Society’s Children Panel under which she is accredited to act for both parents and children.

“… I enclose a photo of D who is now 6 year’s old and living in ground floor flat. Thank you for everything. You are the best solicitors I have ever had. Highly recommended.” > Read More

Kate Hammond Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016Kate is a solicitor advocate which means that she can represent clients in court without the need for a barrister providing continuity which many clients find reassuring.

Kate Hammond is “kind and intelligent”. Legal 500 2016.

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Amanda Dench

Founding PartnerSolicitorJoint Head of the Family Department
Amanda Dench
Qualified 1990Joined Miles & Partners 1996 | Became a Partner 1996
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Amanda is a Resolution Accredited specialist recognised for and with considerable expertise in three specialist fields of Children law, Domestic Abuse and Child Abduction.  Amanda is also a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and the Association of Lawyers for Children.

“… so refreshing in a world where everyone is in such a hurry, time is money and often members of the legal profession find it so difficult to communicate in an accessible way.”  > Read More

Amanda Dench Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016Amanda is committed to adopting the Resolution Code of Practice in her work and, wherever possible, to resolving matters swiftly and in a non-confrontational and constructive manner.

Amanda Dench is “Calm and insightful”. Legal 500 2016.

Notable cases

Reconcilation In Turkey | Spain Contempt Defended | Return to Iran Blocked

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Michelle Uppal

PartnerSolicitorHead of the Divorce & Finance Team
Michelle Uppal
Qualified 2000Joined Miles & Partners 2005 | Became a Partner 2010
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Michelle is highly regarded for experience in disentangling family assets, (link to finances in divorce page) while taking into account personal and legal needs, whether a couple have been married, in a civil partnership or co-habiting.  Her successes include high net worth cases and those with complex international dimensions involving emergency applications for freezing injunctions and enforcement orders.

She is a Resolution Accredited specialist in Advanced Financial Provision and Children Matter and, although an experienced litigator, has a particular interest in alternatives to court in family and relationship disputes and is a practicing Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer so her clients have a wide choice of approaches to their divorce.

“… Michelle combined a comprehensive knowledge of family law and an extremely humane approach to clients who … find themselves in one of the most traumatic periods of their lives.”  > Read More

MIchelle also has considerable experience in drafting and advising upon pre-nuptial and pre-civil registration agreements and in representing clients seeking to make a claim against the estate of a loved one or family member.

Michelle Uppal Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016Michelle Uppal Legal 500 Leading Individual 2016Michelle is a “brilliant mediator who has the ability to cut through the most intractable disputes” and who “really cares about reducing the animosity between the parties.” Legal 500 2016.

Notable cases

Clean Break For Wife | Fresh Start For Husband

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David Jockelson

Consultant Solicitor
David Jockelson
Qualified 1980Joined Miles & Partners 2005
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David has specialised in Family Law, especially Care Proceedings, for the last 20 years. He is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and has been a Committee Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children.

David is an accredited Higher Courts Advocate and has represented clients in all family courts including the High Court for many years and. He gave evidence on behalf of Care Lawyers at the hearings of the Select Committee of the House of Commons in their enquiry into Legal Aid reforms. David is also a trained and registered counsellor, therapist and parenting coach.

“… extremely impressed with the energy, child-centred focus and clarity of thought of David Jockelson … to ensure that all options for the child to remain with his family were explored.” > Read More

A very big thank you very much for all your help and support. I was really happy with the outcome. The judge was marvellous and you are a tremendous human being and a very marvellous, very good lawyer indeed. God bless you.” Mr I.

In 2010 David was the winner of the Legal Aid Practioners group Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the Family category.

Notable Cases

Children’s Return Secured

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Dee Aktar

Solicitor AssociateLanguages spoken Bengali
Dee Aktar
Qualified 2007Joined Miles & Partners 2005
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Dee deals with most areas of Family Law, especially proceedings involving children including Residence, Contact and Care Proceedings, as well as Civil Injunctions under the Protection from Harassment Act.

Dee regularly acts for clients who wish to relocate, or prevent the relocation of their children to another country.  And she has a particular interest in Domestic Abuse cases in which she works closely with local agencies to help client’s obtain the emergency protection of the Courts.

Dee is a solicitor advocate, representing her clients in court and serving as the single dedicated professional overseeing their entire case, instructing a barrister only in particularly unusual or complex cases, when this is in a client’s best interest.

Dee is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. She is also a member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children.

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Stephen Talbot

Solicitor
Stephen Talbot
Qualified 2007Joined Miles & Partners 2011
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Since qualifying, Stephen has worked exclusively in family law assisting clients divorce, judicial separation and nullity.

Stephen specialises in the division of assets when parties separate, regularly advising clients in cases where assets are outside of the jurisdiction of England and Wales and where there have been deliberate attempts to dissipate assets to avoid a claim being made over them during divorce proceedings.

Stephen helps to resolve issues such as contact and residence. He supports clients seeking the court’s permission to permanently relocate children to countries as diverse as America and Iraq, and has experience in applying to the court to determine the religion in which a child should be raised. He also undertakes work involving child abduction.

“… a first class service and client care second to none … on the edge of the City … perfect for clients who need a flexible and swift service that fits with their day and working patterns.” > Read More

Stephen Talbot Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016Stephen is a member of the Law Society’s Family Panel and a Resolution Accredited Specialist and, as an advocate, he represents clients in court to offer a more consistent and personal way of dealing with stressful matters.

Stephen Talbot has “an encyclopaedic knowledge of financial remedies”. Legal 500 2016.

Notable cases

Wife’s Equitable Outcome

Other members of Family Team

Ritu Sood

Solicitor Associate
Ritu Sood
Qualified 2004Joined Miles & Partners 2012
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Ritu specialises in the law relating to children and in particular public law care proceedings relating to applications for Care, Supervision, Emergency Protection, Placement and Special Guardianship Orders. Ritu also represents parties within adoption proceedings.

A member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, Ritu is accredited to represent children of all ages, parents, grandparents and other associated people. She also assists clients within private law proceedings relating to Residence, Contact, Parental Responsibility, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders as well as cases relating to child abduction and removal from the jurisdiction.

Ritu represents her clients at court, has been instructed in a number of complex and high profile cases and, was recommended in the 2011/12 Legal 500.

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Fiona McKiernan

Solicitor
Fiona McKiernan
Qualified 1990Joined Miles & Partners 2014
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Fiona is a specialist children’s lawyer, acting mainly in care proceedings. A member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 1994, she has many years of experience representing parents, family members and children of all ages.

Fiona has worked as an advocate for many years and represents any party involved in care proceedings, except for the Local Authority.  She has experience in separately representing older children where their views differ from those of their Children’s Guardian and also represents children involved in disputes regarding where they should live or who they should have contact with.

Previously a partner with Children and Families Law Firm, Fiona particularly enjoys representing parents, family members and children at Court.

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Julie Nix

Solicitor
Julie Nix
Qualified 2002Joined Miles & Partners 2014
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Julie has worked in family law since 1998 and for the last ten years has specialised in public law Care Proceedings.

A member of the Association of Lawyers for Children, Julie is a recognised specialist in child care law through her membership of the Law Society’s Children Panel, under which she is accredited to represent both parents and children.

She is a Solicitor Advocate and represents parents, children and family members at all levels of the family court, including the High Court of the Family Division. Julie has a special interest in non-accidental injury cases, securing positive outcome for parents and children alike.

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Gemma Hodder

Solicitor
Gemma Hodder
Joined Miles & Partners 2016
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Lorraine Green

Solicitor
Lorraine Green
Joined Miles & Partners 2016
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Lorraine specialises in cases concerning children and represents parents, grandparents and children in a wide variety of public law cases, including complex cases involving non accidental injury, uxoricide and infant death. She has been instructed in complex cases by children who are deemed competent and by the Official Solicitor to represent parents under a disability.

Lorraine is recognised as a specialist in matters concerning children as a member of the Law Society Children Panel and has experience in separately representing teenagers involved in care proceedings.

She is also a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children, NAGALRO and a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Adoption, Domestic Abuse and International Child Abduction.

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Lottie Mayers

Solicitor
Lottie Mayers
Joined Miles & Partners 2012
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Lottie achieved a distinction in the Legal Practice Course and, having secured a training contract with Miles & Partners she qualified as a solicitor in September 2016. She recently broadened her experience with a secondment at Wesley Gryk Solicitors, who specialise in Immigration Law.

Lottie deals with most areas of Family Law, including proceedings involving Child Arrangement Orders and Care Proceedings, as well as Civil Injunctions under the Protection from Harassment Act. Lottie has a particular interest in Domestic Abuse cases and regularly attends the Tower Hamlets Domestic Violence One Stop Shop. Residents of Tower Hamlets affected by domestic violence are able to attend the One Stop Shop at the Ideas Store, Whitechapel, where they can access the support and help of local lawyers and support agencies.

Before joining Miles & Partners, Lottie volunteered as a case worker with the Innocence Project and as a gateway assessor at Citizens Advice Bureau. She currently volunteers at ‘Cocktails in Care Homes’ run by MagicMe and is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society.

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Mary Richardson

Trainee SolicitorLegal Assistant to Lorraine Green
Mary Richardson
Joined Miles & Partners 2014
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Mary assists Lorraine with the management of her family law cases, specifically public law proceedings involving children, namely care, adoption, secure accommodation and emergency protection order application proceedings. More recently, Mary worked with Lorraine on a Human Rights application made on behalf of a child.

Mary is currently studying the Legal Practice course and commences her training contract with Miles & Partners in September 2016. She is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers.

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Navdeep Rai

Trainee SolicitorAssistant to Stephen Talbot and Fiona McKiernan
Navdeep Rai
Joined Miles & Partners 2015
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Nav assists Stephen Talbot and Fiona McKiernan in family law cases including Care Proceedings, Child Arrangements Proceedings and also Domestic Violence cases. Nav joined Miles & Partners after achieving a distinction in her Legal Practice Course. She also gained experience in a family law firm assisting with both private and public law matters.

She regularly volunteers at One Stop Shop in Tower Hamlets where she advises clients on Domestic Violence matters and she also attends the Domestic Violence Forum in Tower Hamlets. Nav represents clients at court in injunction applications including civil injunction applications under the Protection from Harassment Act.

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Mae Al-Omari

Legal Assistant to Michelle Uppal
Mae Al-Omari
Joined Miles & Partners 2016
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Mae assists Michelle Uppal with the management of her family law cases.

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Sophie Ramdour

Legal Assistant to David Jockelson
Sophie Ramdour
Joined Miles & Partners 2016
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Bansi Pattni

Assistant to Dee Aktar
Bansi Pattni
Joined Miles & Partners 2016
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Thomas Lane

Assistant to Kate Hammond
Thomas Lane
Joined Miles & Partners 2017
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Harriet Brame

Assistant to Gemma Hodder
Harriet Brame
Joined Miles & Partners 2017
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Emily Fox

Assistant to Amanda Dench
Emily Fox
Joined Miles & Partners 2017
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Hira Rauf

Assistant to Julie Nix
Hira Rauf
Joined Miles & Partners 2017
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Rebecca Coates

Assistant to Ritu Sood
Rebecca Coates
Joined Miles & Partners 2017
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Kate Hammond

Managing Partner

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Amanda Dench

Founding Partner

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Michelle Uppal

Partner

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Michelle Uppal

David Jockelson

Consultant Solicitor

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Dee Aktar

Solicitor Associate

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Dee Aktar

Stephen Talbot

Solicitor

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Ritu Sood

Solicitor Associate

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Ritu Sood

Fiona McKiernan

Solicitor

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Julie Nix

Solicitor

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Gemma Hodder

Solicitor

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Lorraine Green

Solicitor

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Lottie Mayers

Solicitor

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Mary Richardson

Trainee Solicitor

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Navdeep Rai

Trainee Solicitor

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Mae Al-Omari

Legal Assistant to Michelle Uppal

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Sophie Ramdour

Legal Assistant to David Jockelson

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Bansi Pattni

Assistant to Dee Aktar

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Thomas Lane

Assistant to Kate Hammond

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Harriet Brame

Assistant to Gemma Hodder

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Emily Fox

Assistant to Amanda Dench

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Hira Rauf

Assistant to Julie Nix

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Rebecca Coates

Assistant to Ritu Sood

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