Tonia is a senior figure in the family law team at 3pb.
Tonia is a specialist in both financial remedy proceedings and Children Act Proceedings. Financial claims include those brought in divorce, under TOLATA and Children Act Schedule 1 financial claims and she acts for husbands, wives and intervenors . Tonia’s academic background was in Business Administration and so she has an ability to soundly grasp aspects of company accounts and the tax implications of proceedings and the potential/suspected dissipation of assets. Her client base tends to typically involve consideration of a property portfolio and often a family business/company and not infrequently assets overseas.
Tonia is also a child law specialist, undertaking both public and private law work. Tonia regularly acts for local authorities and guardians as well as for parents and grandparents and extended family members. She has undertaken lengthy fact find hearings involving allegations of NAI and alleged abuse. Tonia regularly acts for some very vulnerable clients in public law proceedings where ground rules may have to be considered in order to ensure a fair hearing.
Tonia appears regularly in the County Court and High Court. She has a very approachable and down to earth manner and believes in the art of listening to the client and building a rapport in order to properly advise and represent people's best interests.
Tonia has been sitting as a Deputy District Judge in the Family Court hearing both money and children cases and in the County Court since 2001. This brings her a wealth of experience in advising how the courts are likely to approach issues arising in a case.
Tonia is Direct Access accredited.
- Ancillary relief
- Children Act Schedule 1 applications
- Private residence and contact disputes, in particular those involving arguments of implacable hostility.
- Disputes relating to upbringing of a child, including in particular religious/educational issues/removal from jurisdiction.
- Child abduction in UK and overseas.
- Domestic violence including split hearings and impact on contact.
- Parents with alcohol/drug issues
- Disputed expert evidence
- Parents with psychiatric/psychological issues/mental health problems
- Contact with a child in care
- Children or parents with special needs