Mary Barton

Wide ranging experience in international private and public law family issues.  I specialise in all matters where issues arise out of ‘family’ relationships, such as:

Breakdown of relationships, separation and divorce as well as cross-border, residence and contact disputes in relation to children and finance and property issues.

I also help couples looking to prevent difficulties arising in the future by entering into Nuptial Agreements.

I have the experience to not only litigate in the appropriate forum but to also utilise Collaborative Law principles and offer mediation as an alternative.  It is essential to remember that reaching agreement always works best, rather than enduring the additional emotional distress and financial expense of litigation.

Formerly based in London and Essex, latterly in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and now in Bulgaria I have  a global client base.  Not only do I have extensive  experience of representing individuals before Courts, but I also have extensive experience as an individual party’s appointed expert witness and as a single joint expert witness, providing written reports or Affidavits and giving oral evidence to Courts in various jurisdictions.  My experience and expertise in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc) family law, is recognised at The Academy of Experts, London and in my accreditation as a Member of that body.

I am an energetic parent and grand-parent who came to the legal profession ‘by accident’. In 1992 I graduated from the impressive Law Department of The University of Essex, where my tutors included the late Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton and Professor Francoise Hampson (to name but a few). I then worked as a Paralegal with a local law firm in Essex until my youngest child reached an age where I could travel to complete the Academic Stage of my training, which I did in 1997. After completion of my Solicitor’s Training Contract in London (and taking numerous further examinations to complete my post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 1 February 2000.

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Daniela Horvitz Lennon

Daniela Horvitz has specialized in different subjects: Diploma in “ISL S-DAY” from Harvard University, 2001; Diploma in “Criminal Procedure Reform” of the University of Chile, 2003; Graduated in “Introduction to the Law of the United States” of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, year 2004; Graduated in “Oral Litigation” from California Western School of Law, year 2011; among others.

She is a member of Chile bar association, since the year 1999; Of the family commission of the Chilean Bar Association, since 2009; Founder and former president of the Family Lawyers Association of Chile, 2009; Member UIA (International Union of Lawyers), since 2011; Member ABA (American Bar Association), since 2012; Member of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, since 2012; Member of honor of IBDFAM (Brazilian Institute of Family Duty), since 2012; And founding member of the Ibero-American Academy of Family Law in 2014.

She has participated in various exhibitions and publications at national and international level: Exhibitor with “Family businesses and insolvencies”, insolvency commission UIA Zaragoza-Spain year 2012; “Compensation for damages in family relations”, family commission UIA and FACA Buenos Aires-Argentina year 2012; “The Economic Compensation”, Congress of the Argentine Nation year 2012; “Children facing the change of domicile and regulations of patrimonial regulation in the old age”, Annual Congress UIA Dresden-Germany year 2012; “Surrogate paternity in Mercosur”, annual IBDFAM Gramado-Brazil year 2012; “The Hague Convention in Chile”, symposium organized by IAML Buenos Aires-Argentina in 2013; “Collaborative Law in Chile”, XXI Day of AEAFA Family Law Madrid-Spain year 2014.

She has been honored to be pro bono as a curator ad litem in cases of children in violation, at the request of the Family Courts. In addition, her activity in the field of Bankruptcy and Insolvency was worth incorporating into the Societé de Legislation Comparee the year 2013.

Areas of Practice:

Appeals, Arbitration, Child Care/Public Law, Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Insolvency, Finance: Pensions/Superannuation/Retirement and Employment Benefits, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Trusts, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, Mediation, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony

Horvitz & Horvitz Abogados:

Horvitz and Company Lawyers was founded in 1964 by Mr. Gustavo Horvitz. Since then, the prestige and reputation gained in the national legal field, are based on our vast experience, high standards in legal services rendered, total adherence to professional ethics and efficiency in fulfilling professional duties.

Thanks to our seriousness, experience, dedication, since we are a multidisciplinary team and of no big size, we can offer and deliver to our clients a personalized and integral service, with due respect for the ethical principles that govern the practice of the profession.

Stacy

Asked her biggest challenge to date and Stacy will point to raising three teenage daughters.  Studying for bar exams, orchestrating divorce trials, handling depositions, or arguing with other lawyers pales in comparison to mediating disputes over daughters borrowing shoes or makeup without asking.

Stacy is the founder and managing partner of Right Lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. For over a decade Stacy has been one of the top divorce attorneys in the area. Her ability to negotiate disputes and knack for uncovering important issues has been key to her success as a divorce attorney and mother.

Stacy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1991. She went on to earn her law degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1996. Stacy is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Personal Insights

Married for 22 years and mother of the girls; Jenna, Jordan and Jessica.

What would you do if not a lawyer? Be a park ranger. I love being in nature.

Favorite movie seen recently? The Hunger Games.

A proud moment from your childhood? Winning my 6th grade spelling bee with the word “coincidentally”.

Most Memorable Case?

When I was in law school, I was forced to sue my landlord in San Diego County Court.  He wouldn’t return my deposit.  It was the first time I had been in a real court as a new attorney.   I was fully prepared for every question the judge was going to ask and every answer the landlord was going to say.  I won.   15 years later,  after winning dozens of much bigger cases, it’s still my favorite case.

What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney?

I am over prepared, maybe to a fault.  Like in the lawsuit involving my landlord in law school,  I prepare for every possible situation or scenario. I want to have thought out every question that can be asked, and every answer  that can be given.

 

Fion Wong

Fion Wong is a Partner of Shang & Co. and holds an LL.B. (Hons) Degree from the University of London and a Certificate in Legal Practice (C.L.P.) from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.

Fion is actively involved in:

  • Matrimonial and Family Law: mainly in contested matters of family and divorce including but not limited to claiming/enforcing wife and children maintenance orders, child custody, cross-border child abduction, matrimonial property division, adultery, adoption and international aspects of family law, involving matters in Malaysia and other jurisdictions.
  • Contracts and Agreements: for family and marital agreements, including but not limited to divorce settlements and also the drafting of Endorsement Agreements involving celebrities in Malaysia.

Fion is often sought by clients and peers for representation in Family and Divorce matters in Malaysia as well as in other jurisdictions as a result of her dedication in implementing different efficient and effective strategies for her clients which have delivered excellent results.

Jeffrey P. Weinstein

Jeffrey P. Weinstein has practiced matrimonial law for more than 40 years and is well-known as a trial attorney and a compassionate advisor to his clients. He has represented thousands of clients, argued innumerable cases before the Trial Courts and Appellate Courts of the State of New Jersey and is recognized for his experience in the field of family law. Jeff has been called upon by other matrimonial attorneys to serve both as an expert and mediator in their own cases and receives referrals on a regular basis from other attorneys, including those whom he has opposed in previous matters.

His articles have appeared in Fair$Share, Journal of Divorce, New Jersey Family Lawyer, and National Business Institute, and he has been cited in both national and local publications. He has conducted many seminars for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Jeff is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, as well as a member of the Essex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Jeff has chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, and he was one of two lawyers who assisted the Supreme Court committee of New Jersey in establishing the Family Part in the New Jersey Court system. In addition, Jeff has been appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, as a Standing Master to assist in the resolution of complex matrimonial matters. He has also been a Master of the New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, an association which enables young matrimonial practitioners to learn trial techniques from seasoned matrimonial lawyers.

Jeff has been selected for Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Jeff is also a Member of the Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, an organization comprising the top matrimonial lawyers in New Jersey.

Law Firm Overview:

A titan of the New Jersey matrimonial bar, Jeffrey P. Weinstein had a vision for a different kind of family law firm. With a rising rate of divorce and an ever-changing body of law, he sought to create a firm that combined legal savvy with an intense and exclusive focus on clients. He recognized that facing a deeply painful time of life, clients needed to call upon trusted advisors, not merely technical practitioners.

He established a firm governed by these principles. That commitment lasts today.

With Jeffrey’s son, Evan, now taking the helm, WL&W has emerged as a nationally recognized practice with a deep bench of attorneys wholly committed to client service.

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Background

  • University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1982)
  • London University (LL.M., 1985)
  • with Steptoe & Johnson (1990-1992)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1991)
Major Activities
  • A fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

  • Professor at The Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan (2002-2005)
  • Deputy Secretary General of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2006-2008)
  • Member of Information Disclosure and Personal Information Protection Review Board, Cabinet Office (2010-)
  • Member of Subcommittee for Legislation on International Jurisdiction (Regarding Personal Status Litigiation Cases and Domestic Dispute Cases), Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (2014-2015)
  • Vice President of Daini Tokyo Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • Executive Director of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2015-2016)
Bar Admissions

admitted in Japan, 1984; New York, 1991
Daini Tokyo Bar Association

 

Ros Bever

I am a Partner in our Manchester office and national head of Irwin Mitchell’s Divorce & Family Law team.

I offer help and advice to people when their relationship comes to an end – or assist them in planning for the potential consequences of that happening. Pre-marital and post-marital agreements may not be the most romantic prospect, but they can be vital to map out next steps for couples and families in the event that things do break down in the future.

I have a particular specialism in financial provision for children, where the parents were never married. I’m a Resolution accredited specialist and in 2016 I was the only divorce lawyer outside London to make The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list. My team has been successfully nominated and short-listed for a number of national legal awards in the past two years, of which we have won several.

I am part of the Private Wealth team and have extensive experience acting in high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, frequently involving complex international issues, high value trust structures and pension arrangements. However, I do not exclusively represent these cases and am always passionate about fighting for a fair outcome for my clients, whatever their situation.

The benefits of working as part of a national family team are tremendous. I am part of one of the largest, if not the largest family team in the country. This facilitates knowledge sharing on a level which cannot be beaten by our competitors. As part of a full-service law firm, I have unrivalled support from the firm’s other teams, across all disciplines and I work particularly closely with our private wealth offering.

In recent years, I have been involved in a number of high profile cases, many of which have been reported. I represented Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil in their successful “landmark” appeals to the Supreme Court, where the seven Supreme Court judges unanimously determined that the orders which had been made in their cases should be set aside, each of the women successfully securing costs orders against their opponents. I also represented Helen Roocroft, in her successful appeal to the Court of Appeal last year, which was said to be another “landmark ruling”.

The law is not one size fits all. I will always work to get the result that is right for each client, whilst also making sure they have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes from the start.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

In 1993 I met two incredible women. They were family lawyers. They supported me in changing career paths and qualifying as a solicitor.

I love a challenge, and I thrive on it – though I always prefer to reach an agreement wherever possible. Although the family Court is a difficult place for everyone, I believe we have a fair system in this country and can influence decisions and change things for the better.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

People come to us at what is usually a distressing time in their lives. Helping them work through that and achieve a resolution in the face of adversity is very rewarding.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I absolutely love the Archers. I’m also a Kindle convert and make time to read every night. While I’d love to say I have many energetic pursuits, unfortunately it’s not true! I enjoy baking and periodically do go on a baking spree. I have three sons, so life outside work is a bit hectic as they take up most of my time when I’m not working.

Testimonials:

“Her work is outstanding and she has a fabulous reputation for getting results.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Ros is “simply brilliant” and is “very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail” – Legal 500 2016

She is “very experienced, personable, down to earth and a fighter,” according to interviewees, with a “warm and engaging” approach. – Chambers & Partners 2016

“She oozes empathy and her advice was spot on.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

Highly regarded for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children’s issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting: “Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty – and thoroughly nice with it.” – Chambers & Partners 2014

Ros Bever is “incredibly skilled and delivers excellent client care” – Legal 500 2014

Cases I’ve Been Involved In:

  • Sharland v Sharland: [2015] UKSC 60
  • Gohil v Gohil: [2015] UKSC 61
  • Roocroft v Ball: [2016] EWCA Civ 1009
  • M v F [2016] EWHC B12 (Fam) (25 July 2016)
  • DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (22 December 2016)

 

Clare Wiseman

Clare litigates at the very highest level. Such is her expertise Magic Circle Firms have sought Clare out to provide in house training on specialist matrimonial issues. She specialises in complex financial and children matters, particularly ultra-high net worth matters with business and/or international aspects.  Clare recently acted in the leading case of DB v PB which was the first time the English courts determined the effect of an international prorogation clause on a pre-nuptial agreement.

She is also a qualified collaborative lawyer and an experienced advocate.

Testimonials

“Friendly, engaging and always available” – Chambers & Partners, 2018

“She is always on top of the case, deals with clients well and is really impressive in the way she just gets on with things. She’s a pleasure to work with.” – Chambers & Partners 2017

Her “personal charm and work ethic permeates the whole department” – Legal 500, 2017

A “leading individual” in family law within the West Midlands area – Legal 500

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

As a young child I was fascinated by courts, barristers and TV programmes about the law in general. After studying law at university I considered joining the police but soon realised working night shifts was not for me!

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy being able to support people through challenging times. As a lawyer you have many opportunities to showcase all sides of your personality from the tough negotiator through to the sympathetic friend and confidante.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell enables me to offer a holistic service to all clients which is not just restricted to my subject area. The expertise within the firm also allows me to advise in greater detail on aspects of my cases involving businesses, trusts, complex property issues and so on.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a mother-of-three so understand the challenges of family life. I sit on the Board of Trustees of a local nursery and whenever possible, I try to find time to keep fit and enjoy time outdoors away from a desk. I enjoy travel and spending time at our little wooden chalet in the Austrian Alps.

Ezane Chong

PRACTICE AREAS

  • General Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial and Civil Disputes
  • Arbitration
  • Family
  • Private Client

EXPERIENCE

Ezane is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a Barrister-at-Law.

Before she joined Ariff Rozhan & Co in April 2016, she was a partner at Skrine, one of Malaysia’s largest law firms, where she trained as a pupil and where she worked for 14 years.

CAREER

Ezane focuses largely on civil and commercial litigation, family law and private client work. She has represented clients in a variety of industries at all levels of the judicial process and has accumulated a number of reported cases in the Malaysian law journals.

In 2016, Ezane was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Ezane is also the exclusive recipient of a Client Choice Award 2015 by the International Law Office for Litigation in Malaysia. Client Choice recognises those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.

Examples of a few quotes from clients about Ezane are set out below:

“Ezane would go the extra mile and think outside the box regarding the various issues surrounding the case she is handling and provides recommendations for actions that cover different possible outcomes or changes in circumstance”

“She protects her clients’ best interests and can do so because she understands her clients’ businesses.”

“We were highly impressed with the professional expertise she showed by handling the matter successfully within a short period of time.”

“She was very articulate, precise and well-focused in our discussions displaying a high level of self-esteem and integrity.”

“She is very quick to respond and ensures that she never misses any of our deadlines.”

“Ms Ezane demonstrates at all times that she is fully aware and in control of the status of our cases.”

“We can be assured that she will act in our best interest with integrity, and in respect of our requests/instructions, she does not simply brush them aside but gives due consideration if they are legally permissible or possible.”

“Her advice is to the point, she does not digress or confuse her clients.”

Ezane is also a qualified advocacy trainer having been trained and selected by the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales to teach advocacy to pupils and young lawyers.

She also provides legal advice and representation, pro-bono, to those who qualify for legal aid, through the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Division of Matrimonial Assets; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2015, March 2015.”
  • Contributor to Personal Money, the Edge Weekly (week of 9-15 February 2015) under column; “Ask the Experts” on managing inherited wealth.
  • Interview by “Personal Money; “(The Edge) April 2013 Issue, on how women can protect themselves financially in the event of divorce.”
  • The Final Word; “Effectiveness of postnuptial agreements; Legal Insights Issue 3/2014, December 2013.”
  • Breaking-Up is Hard to Do; “Ways in which couples may seek to dissolve their marriage”; Legal Insights Issue 4/2013, December 2013.”
  • Court Adoptions in West Malaysia; “Legal Insights Issue 3/2013, September 2013.”
  • Rights of Biological Parents vs Adoptive Parents; “Legal Insights Issue 3/2011, September 2011.”
  • UK Supreme Court Upholds Prenuptial Agreement; “Legal Insights Issue 4/2010, December 2010.”
  • Prenuptial Agreements; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2008, March 2008.”
  • The Great Eastern Life Assurance Co. Ltd. v. Indra Janardhana Menon [2005] 4 CLJ 717, Federal Court Reaffirms Existing Law of Limitations for Actions Founded on Contract; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2006, March 2006.”

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Fellow, the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Committee Member, Bar Council Family Law Committee, Rules Sub-Committee, a committee set-up to review the existing Divorce and Matrimonial Proceedings Rules 1980
  • Member, Malaysia Inner Temple Alumni Association (former Assistant Honorary Secretary, subsequently Honorary Secretary (2009 – 2015)
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers, Malaysia  

Education & QualifIcations

  • LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Barrister-at-law, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court Malaya

Languages

  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)