BEST DIVORCE OPTIONS - Key Persons


Belinda Smith

Job Titles:
  • Belinda Smith & Co
Belinda was formerly a partner at Buckles Solicitors LLP for over 20 years and Head of the Family Department. Since 2008 she has been practicing under her own name as a family law specialist, based at Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. Belinda is a long standing member of The Law Society's Children Panel and has many years' experience in care proceedings. She now specialises in all areas of family and matrimonial law. Belinda is an active Resolution member, the national organisation representing family lawyers, and a committee member of the Peterborough Family Law Group.

Carl Russell

Job Titles:
  • Family Law Executive & Head of Family, Hegarty LLP
Carl has been helping clients with family law matters since the mid 1970s. His specialist areas include divorce and financial matters relating to family matters, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and Children's Act proceedings. Carl is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of over 6,500 family lawyers and professionals who advocate a non-confrontational approach, all members must adhere to their strict code of practice. Born and raised in Peterborough, Carl has a strong relationship with the local community. He is well known in local sporting groups including football, cricket and golf and plays county cricket for veterans.

Denis W. White

Job Titles:
  • Director, Hunt & Coombs Solicitors
Denis is accredited by Resolution in dealing with complex financial arrangements following the breakdown of relationships in cases involving people with medium or high incomes, valuable assets, tax implications and sometimes foreign and company or partnership issues. Denis was educated at Xaverian College in Manchester and gained his LLB from Sheffield before attending the College of Law in Guildford, qualifying in 1976.Denis was formerly Chairman of Peterborough & District Round Table and was also Chairman of a local primary school Board of Governors. Denis is a member of the Law Society Children's Panel and the Charity Law Association. He currently sits on the Legal Services Commission Appeals Committee. He is a Chairman of the Diocese of East Anglia Child Protection Commission and Vice-Chairman of Drinksense.

Edward J. Owen

Job Titles:
  • Director & Head of Family Team, Hunt & Coombs Solicitors
  • Law Solicitor
Edward is a leading family law solicitor who helps clients with separation, divorce, pre-nuptial contracts, cohabitation agreements and children's residence/custody arrangements. Edward gained a BA at Anglia University and attended the College of Law in Chester, qualifying in 1981. Edward is a member of the Family Court Business Committee. He is the only solicitor in the Peterborough area to have gained accreditation by Resolution, the leading UK body for family law, in dealing with the complexities of pensions in divorce settlements.

Farhana Butt

Job Titles:
  • Director, Hunt & Coombs Solicitors
Farhana qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has worked exclusively in family law in the Peterborough area since then. She is a qualified family mediator and a member of the Family Mediation Association. She is accredited by Resolution in ‘dealing with complex financial arrangements following the breakdown of relationships'.Farhana is a leading family law solicitor who helps clients with separation, divorce, pre-nuptial contracts, cohabitation agreements and children's residence and contact arrangements. She has considerable experience of handling divorces involving complex financial arrangements and substantial property holdings. Farhana is one of the most prominent Asian family lawyers in the local area and has frequently advised on the validity of religious ceremonies under English law.

Fenella Martin-Redman

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Tax Adviser, Saffery Champness Peterborough
Fenella is a Chartered Tax Adviser who has been working with family companies within the accountancy profession for 25 years. She advises business owners through the life cycle of the business, through growth, sale, succession and tax planning for efficient remuneration from the business for the family. Fenella has acted as an expert valuer of businesses as single joint expert and single expert in matrimonial matters, also acting as a tax expert where there are significant tax implications on the separation of assets.

Graham Sibley ACII

Job Titles:
  • Financial Planner, NW Brown & Company Limited
Graham works as an independent financial adviser at NW Brown. He has lived in Cambridgeshire for over 40 years, and has worked locally within the financial services profession for over 30 years. He is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Diploma in Financial Planning (both by examination). Graham has also achieved the profession's "G60" pension qualification, which qualifies him to offer advice on the transfer of pension benefits; and also the mortgage advice qualification, which allows him to provide advice in relation to mortgages. Graham is an affiliate member of Resolution. In 2007 he completed the Resolution training and examination to achieve accredited divorce specialist status. Graham is therefore qualified to provide advice to those going through the divorce process in connection with many of the financial issues that will arise.

James Belderbos

Job Titles:
  • Law Specialist
James Belderbos - Bird Belderbos & Mee James is a family law specialist dealing with all aspects of family law including divorce and separation and children matters. Dealing with clients that are married and unmarried he helps them resolve disputes in the least stressful and most cost effective way by avoiding Court wherever possible.

Linda Hayman

Job Titles:
  • Professional Certified Coach, Blue River Coaching
Linda is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), NLP Master Practitioner and Certified Hypnotherapist. She offers face-to-face, Skype and phone coaching. Linda has helped many clients through life transitions such as divorce by providing a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental space in which to stand back and find better ways to navigate difficult changes. "As your coach, I can help you manage negative thoughts, emotions and behaviour, create a brighter plan for the future and find the confidence and motivation to take the next steps."

Lyn Brisley - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Partner, Buckles Solicitors LLP
Lyn is chair of the Best Divorce Options Group and has worked in Peterborough since 1997. Lyn handles all aspects of divorce and separation and is doing an increasing amount of preventive work as cohabitation contracts grow in popularity. Lyn is a trained collaborative lawyer who aims to help couples reach an agreement on how assets should be divided in a civilised way without the stress of going to court. In addition, Lyn is a trained family mediator. She uses her experience to guide and assist couples to explore options that work for both partners. Lyn also has extensive experience in court as well as dealing with more complex cases and high net worth individuals. She is also a member of Resolution (a leading family law association), various local business groups and Governor for a local primary school.

Moira McAuliffe

Job Titles:
  • Member of Resolution
  • Solicitor, Stapleton & Son
Moira specialises in all areas of family/matrimonial, cohabitation and private children work. Moira is a member of Resolution and

Paul Gowers

Job Titles:
  • Valuation Surveyor, Gowers Surveyors Ltd
Paul is a chartered surveyor and building engineer and runs Gowers Surveyors based in Stamford. He has twenty years experience valuing properties in the Greater Peterborough area and is experienced in expert witness work for matrimonial cases. Paul is also an experienced building surveyor and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; the Association of Building Engineers and the Faculty of Building.

Roger Gurney

Job Titles:
  • Partner, Buckles Solicitors LLP
Roger specialises in all aspects of family law and is a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator. He is a Resolution accredited specialist family lawyer and with a particular specialism in private law children cases and complex financial matters. Roger has over 28 years' experience as a family lawyer, helping clients achieve a cost effective and fair outcome to their difficulties. He advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown whether divorce, separation or issues relating to children. Roger's work also includes the preparation of pre/post-marital agreements and cohabitation contracts.

Roy Durrant

Job Titles:
  • APFS Chartered Financial Planner, Just Financial Planning Ltd
Roy was one of the very first advisers in the UK to achieve Chartered Financial Planner status and has worked in Financial Services since 1991, including the last 15 years as an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) working with individuals and businesses. He is a Resolution accredited IFA as well as a member of STEP.

Ruth Hay

Job Titles:
  • Mediator, Divorce Mediation Resolution
Ruth is an independent mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) to carry out all issues mediation, she brings extensive experience working with couples and children in the private and public sector. She is qualified and experienced in direct children consultation in order to understand their views and contribute them to the mediation process. She has a successful track record in facilitating separating couples in managing the challenges raised in all areas of family dispute, finance, property and child matters when considering their futures.

Stephen Collins

Job Titles:
  • Partner, Saffery Champness
Stephen is the lead partner in the Peterborough office. He manages a client portfolio with particular emphasis on landed estates and owner managed businesses with key sectors being agriculture and food, printing, publishing, property development and investment property businesses. Stephen uses his experience to advise clients on a range of issues to include strategic tax planning, audits, corporate finance together with business development needs and business plans. He has been chosen as an expert witness in agricultural matters as well as forensic matrimonial cases to include valuations.