Provided by Sarah Balfour
I am a partner at Irwin Mitchell, specialising in divorce and related financial matters, and private law issues relating to children. I act for a range of clients and offer practical, commercially focused advice. I have a particular interest in litigation involving family Trusts. I’m a vocal advocate of pre- and post-nuptial agreements and I’m regularly instructed to prepare these. I’m also instructed by clients who have separated and wish to hold their spouses to nuptial agreements they’ve signed, as well as those seeking to challenge them. My clients range from those with inherited family wealth to others who have built up assets during their lifetime. I also sit on Irwin Mitchell’s Later Life Group and act for older and elderly clients. I understand the issues faced by those marrying or separating in later life and was key in developing the firm’s Later Life Relationships proposition. I’ve written extensively on family law issues and have delivered training seminars to other professional advisors. In relation to children matters I take a sensitive and child-focused approach. I work on cases involving the National Youth Advocacy Service and children’s guardians, and regularly instruct independent social workers and other experts. I act in cases of internal and international relocation and those involving parental alienation. Whatever a client’s circumstances, my focus is on getting the best result I can.