Carrie has experience in several areas of family law including divorce, financial claims for both married and unmarried couples and injunctive matters. Carrie also advises on disputes involving children covering a range of issues such as child arrangements, holidays and relocation.
Carrie has a professional and pragmatic approach to her work. She strives to provide clear and straightforward advice in order to help clients resolve their issues in a constructive manner.
Carrie started her career as a legal apprentice during which, in 2016, she was named as the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (South West Regional Winner) by the National Apprenticeship Service. Following this, Carrie begun her studies with CILEx and joined the Family team at Lester Aldridge in 2018 as a Trainee Legal Executive. Carrie has worked exclusively within the Family team at Lester Aldridge while completing her qualification and became a fellow of CILEx in 2022.
Recent examples of work
- Acted for a mother in a contact dispute where one of the children had additional needs. The parents were in dispute as to the duration and location of contact. We were able to agree contact arrangements which enabled a relationship between the children and father to be re-established but ensured that contact progressed at the children’s pace which took into account their needs as well as their wishes and feelings.
- Acted for a husband who had been divorced from his wife for over 10 years but had not resolved their financial claims with each other. The wife sought to rely on discussions which took place in mediation at the time of separation which were now unfair to the husband given the change of circumstances since separation. We were able to negotiate a different settlement which provided a fair outcome for both parties.
- Acted for a father who had been refused contact with his young child and had not been named on the birth certificate and therefore did not have parental responsibility. We were able to achieve an outcome that re-introduced contact between the father and the child with a detailed road-map for the progression of contact to overnights and extended stays. The father was also granted parental responsibility for the child.
- Acted for a wife in financial remedy proceedings where the husband refused to engage throughout the court timetable. We were able to successfully secure a penal notice against the husband and truncated timetable to ensure a resolution as early as possible for the wife.