Gareth practices in all areas of family law but has a particular interest and expertise in cases where couples, both married and unmarried, have divorced or separated and need to divide their assets between them.
He regularly acts in agricultural divorce cases with a large asset base, both in the local courts and in the High Court in London. Living in rural Lincolnshire, Gareth has a thorough understanding of the particular needs and intricacies of such cases.
He also undertakes work representing parents, local authorities, guardians and other extended family members in cases involving the welfare of children.
Gareth is direct access accredited which means that you can instruct him without the need for a solicitor if your case is suitable.
Gareth regularly represents both husbands and wives following the breakdown of their marriage and the subsequent financial relief proceedings before the courts. Gareth is able to advise in conference before proceedings have been issued to advise the client as to a realistic settlement, in the hope to avoid litigation.
He regularly appears before the High Court on financial relief cases and handles cases where expert reports are needed in relation to pensions and business valuations.
Gareth is known for the clarity of his advice and the sensible, client focused way in which he approaches financial relief cases.
Prenuptial / Cohabitation Agreements
Gareth advises on and drafts prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements for people who wish to settle their financial matters in advance of any marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation.
He has given seminars to local solicitors on this evolving area of law and regularly provides clear written advice to clients on their proposed agreements.
Gareth is skilled at representing unmarried couples that have separated and need to resolve their finances following the breakdown of their relationship under TOLATA proceedings. This area of law is complex and Gareth’s analytical skills and knowledge of the procedure have helped guide many clients and solicitors through proceedings.
Gareth is skilled at the bringing and defending of committal applications in all areas of family law. Recent cases have seen Gareth secure the committal to prison of parties for breaching undertakings and failure to disclose assets in financial relief proceedings.
Committal applications require a close attention to detail given the prescriptive nature of the rules that govern this particular area. Gareth is able to advise on and draft such documents that are required to have an effective committal or defence.
Gareth represents parents, local authorities, guardians and other extended family members in cases involving the application by the state to remove children from their parents care. He has recently undertaken cases involving a wide range of complex issues including non-accidental injuries to children, sexual abuse and cases involving high levels of emotional harm and neglect.
Gareth has a thorough knowledge of applications involving Article 15 of Brussels II seeking the transfer of cases abroad and has recently appeared in the High Court in front of Cobb J and Mostyn J on such applications.
Gareth represents fathers, mothers and children in complex private law disputes following the separation of the children’s parents.
Gareth regularly appears in fiercely contested fact finding and final hearings and has a high success rate of getting the order that he has argued for.
"Has excellent advocacy skills and is tenacious in cross-examination." "He is extremely knowledgeable on complex financial proceedings and his preparation is second to none." (Chambers GUide to the UK Bar 2018)
"Regularly acts in divorce cases involving large agricultural asset bases." (The Legal 500 2017)
"Gareth is really competent, very skilful and a fluent advocate." "Excellent advocacy skills and tenacious in cross-examination." (Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2017)
"Particularly experienced in matrimonial finance matters" (The Legal 500, 2016)
"His strengths are his depth of knowledge, judgement and natural ability as an advocate" (The Legal 500, 2015)
"I just wanted to extend a huge thank you today for all you have done. You have been a star and so supportive. You really went the extra mile and have scored huge Brownie points with the Family Team!"
Gareth recently appeared in the High Court and successfully argued in front of Holman J for the setting aside of a divorce secured overseas by one party to the marriage which prevented the other side from applying for financial relief in England.
A further case involved representing a husband during agricultural financial relief proceedings following a 20-year marriage with assets of over £6.2 million. The husband retained the farm and land and an order was approved by the Court in line with his advice.
Public & Private Law
Gareth recently represented a maternal grandmother in a nine-day final public law hearing. The case involved complex issues of long-standing emotional harm to the children including inter-familial sexual relationships between all the adults in the case.
Gareth also represented a Mother in long-standing private and subsequent public law proceedings. During the course of proceedings, Gareth managed to successfully retain the care of one of the children with his client and secured the committal of Father to prison for contempt of Court. The Designated Family Judge described the case as “the most complex in his 25 year + career.”
Gareth graduated in Jurisprudence from Oriel College, Oxford in 2006. He was awarded the Wilfred Clothier Prize and a Major Exhibitioner Award from the Inner Temple in 2006. He completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2007 at Nottingham Law School and was called to the Bar in 2007.
Gareth is a qualified advocacy trainer with the Inner Temple and regularly teaches advocacy to BPTC students and Pupil Barristers.
"Has excellent advocacy skills and is tenacious in cross-examination.
He is extremely knowledgeable on complex financial proceedings and his preparation is second to none."
Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2017