Specialist in 'modern family law'

Sarah Wood-Heath
Sarah Wood-Heath

The Southampton office of Clarke Willmott LLP has appointed a new Partner to its family law team.

Sarah Wood-Heath joins the team and has many years’ experience advising on family law matters, and particularly on ‘modern family’ law, a new offering for Clarke Willmott.

Sarah is one of the few lawyers in the UK who specialises in modern family and fertility law, helping clients build and create their families. She advises her clients on navigating the legal minefield that
exists in areas such as surrogacy, fertility, donor conception and co-parenting arrangements.

Sarah’s expertise also includes family breakdown, advising and representing clients through divorce proceedings, civil partnership dissolutions, co-habitation disputes and the associated financial
negotiations, and settlement. Sarah also specialises in disputes involving children.

Kelvin Balmont, head of the Clarke Willmott Southampton office, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah on-board especially with all the new and exciting expertise she brings with her.

“Her ‘modern family’ offering is very niche and completely new to Clarke Willmott. There are many ways to start or grow a family and family law has evolved rapidly in recent years to reflect this. Sarah will
be on hand to assist clients through the process to parenthood as simply as possible, dealing with matters such as surrogacy, donor conception, adoption and fertility law.

“She also advises and represents clients in relationship breakdowns where there are children involved. Her work includes assisting clients with those arrangements and representing them in court if
required. Sarah always has in mind the family as a whole and approaches her cases with sensitivity and with the welfare of the child at the forefront.

“Sarah is known for her practical approach towards her cases and for her empathy and understanding.”
Sarah has written a number of articles on the modern family law subject. She is also an experienced speaker having spoken at The Alternative Parenting Show, the Fertility Show at London Olympia, for
various charities and on the radio.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah said: “I am excited to be joining the fantastic family team at Clarke Willmott and continuing my work with families in Southampton and beyond.

“Modern family and fertility law is something I am incredibly passionate about and it is exciting that the rest of my team are just as enthusiastic. I am glad to be bringing a new dimension to family law at
Clarke Willmott and providing clients with a well-rounded service.”

Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with seven offices across the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.

For more information visit www.clarkewillmott.com

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