CPS appoint new head of family law
Bristol-based law firm Cooke Painter Solicitors appoint new head of family law
Cooke Painter Solicitors Ltd, a specialist law firm based in Bristol, has appointed Suzanne Henderson to head up their family law division. Suzanne is an extremely experienced family solicitor with expertise in divorce, financial matters, co-habitation agreements and also has particular expertise as a Resolution lawyer.
The appointment has been well timed with January, often cited as one of the busiest months of the year for separation and divorce. Statistical trends show us that couples often hold off initiating proceedings until after important family celebrations such as Christmas.
Andrew Stone, Managing Director at Cooke Painter explains “Our firm regularly sees an uplift in enquiries about divorce during the first few months of the year. I am delighted with the appointment of Suzanne Henderson to head up our family division at such a crucial time. Her experience and skills mean that she is not only the right person to lead the family team forward but will also offer our clients the much needed support and advice they need during a difficult period.”
Suzanne gained her experience as a family lawyer and Resolution Accredited Specialist working with clients in the South East and South West. She deals with all aspects of family and will be based at the Wells Road office, but serving clients throughout Bristol and the South of England. As well as being an Accredited Specialist in financial provision she can also advise alongside mediation and on court applications such as removal from the jurisdiction, removal of parental responsibility and change of a child’s surname.
She has close links with the Women Lawyers Division Bristol, being a committee member and is involved with events and seminars hosted by them.
Commenting on the new role Suzanne said “It has always been a priority for me to serve my clients in the best way I know how. My advice is professional but helpful and I like everyone to feel at ease from our very first meeting. Heading up the family law division at Cooke Painter not only allows me to continue practising in something I enjoy and am passionate about, but also as the business grows, to develop a team of like-minded legal specialists who have the best interests of their clients at heart.”
Suzanne said the company expects to see double the amount of enquiries about divorce during January than in the previous six months.
Official figures show divorces of opposite-sex couples in England and Wales increased by 5.8% in 2016 compared with 2015 The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 106,959 couples divorced in 2016 – an increase of 5.8% in a single year.
Commenting on this Suzanne said; “These figures show there is a real need for reliable and knowledgeable family law experts to support people through the complex process of divorce. I am very much looking forward to being part of such a proactive and innovative law firm, one that is committed to serving the needs of its local community and is providing the legal services they genuinely need”.
Contact Suzanne or any member of the Family Law team for expert, confidential advice by calling 0117 977 7403 or by emailing: Suzanneh@cps-sols.co.uk