Welcome to Townsend Family Law Solicitors.
Since we opened in 2000, Townsend Family Law has grown into a highly respected family law practice providing a range of matrimonial and family services to clients in and around Essex and London.
Client recommendation and a strong reputation for delivering a quality service has been integral to our continuing success.
The boutique nature of the practice means that our specialist team of family lawyers can offer a bespoke service at a competitive rate.
We are proud to offer our clients a professional service but with a personal touch.
- Marion FoleyDirector/SolicitorMarion FoleyDirector/Solicitor
Marion joined Townsend's in May 2018 and in December 2020 she took over ownership of the practice from the founder Melanie Townsend.
Marion has a wealth of legal and business experience. A reputation built over more than twenty years means that much of Marion’s work comes through recommendation from clients, their ex partners and other solicitors. She acts for men and women alike and routinely represents business clients, the self-employed as well as city, medical and IT professionals.
Marion has established a strong practice in divorce and financial settlements with an emphasis on financially complex break ups between married, unmarried and same sex couples involving business structures, pensions and overseas assets. She also specialises in disputes over children.
With a reputation for settling disputes before trial, Marion’s aim is to maximise a settlement without wasting precious time or money. She routinely opposes the big London firms and she prides herself on delivering a City service without the City price tag.
Marion’s service is tailored to meet the individual needs of her clients. Her style is personable but professional. Clients appreciate Marion’s strong but calming and reassuring approach. Advice on settlement is delivered early to manage expectations and to avoid disappointment.
After a detour working in the City, Marion took the traditional university route to qualifying as a solicitor. Since qualifying in 1997, she has specialised exclusively in the field of family law. Marion is a long standing member of Resolution.
Marion is married and has a daughter. When she is not busy at work or spending time with her family, she likes to swim. Trying out new recipes and cooking and enjoying time with family and friends is also a favourite past time.
- Berfin KayaSolicitorBerfin KayaSolicitor
Berfin completed the Legal Practice Court at the City University London gaining distinctions in every module studied.
Berfin qualified as a solicitor in November 2017 and chose to specialise in family law. She previously worked in the family department at a North London firm before joining Townsend Family Law Solicitors in December 2018.
Berfin has experience of advising and assisting in respect of all areas of family law and representing clients at Court. She has a particular interest in dealing with arrangements for children following the breakdown of a relationship and also has extensive experience in assisting those clients facing domestic violence, and obtaining emergency injunction orders for them. Berfin has worked with refuges and domestic violence support organisations to offer advice to men and women who have suffered domestic abuse.
Berfin enjoys doing her own advocacy at court to allow her clients the continuity of representation from the office through to the court room.
Berfin has an impressive reputation for representing parents, and providing the highest level of advice and advocacy in private children act proceedings, especially those involving the most serious allegations of domestic violence, alcohol /drug misuse and also the more difficult cases involving implacable hostility, including those where the children have been made parties to the proceedings. Berfin has a broad experience and a high success rate in all aspects of private law proceedings in relation to child arrangement orders, prohibited steps and specific issue orders.
She prides herself on being very friendly and will always look to solve a legal dispute constructively with the aim of avoiding stress and costs to the client. Her approach is to give honest and realistic advice to clients. Despite the heightened emotions that often family law, Berfin believes that this can be minimised with sympathetic support and advice focused on resolving rather than inflaming the situation.
Berfin enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and enjoys orange theory classes in her local gym.
- Abbie MarshTrainee SolicitorAbbie MarshTrainee Solicitor
Abbie joined the team in May 2022 having completed her training contract at a law firm in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a law degree in 2019 from the University of Hertfordshire. Abbie is due to qualify as a solicitor in Autumn 2022.
In the early stages of her professional career Abbie specialised in private client work and had the pleasure of assisting clients from all walks of life and diverse financial backgrounds. Abbie has joined Townsend’s to pursue a long-held wish to specialise in family law. Abbie has been praised for her kind, patient and professional approach to client care and during her two years training to be a solicitor, she successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of her client’s.
Abbie is committed to providing a supportive and professional service to all clients whilst remaining both honest and realistic about what clients can expect from their legal journey and the outcome. Her aim is to help resolve issues for client’s cost effectively and with minimal stress.
In her spare time Abbie enjoys getting stuck into a true crime series, trying new food, and spending time with her friends and family.
- Laura SweetingAccounts AdministratorLaura SweetingAccounts Administrator
Laura's background comes from the recruitment industry , with 13 years’ experience as an accounts/ payroll assistant. Laura joined Townsend in September and deals with our companies accounts and office administration.
In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her young family and socialising with friends.
- Louise HayesSecretaryLouise HayesSecretary
Louise joined Townsend as a receptionist in December 2020 after previously working in a Corporate Law firm in the City and in 2022 she moved to the role of legal secretary.
In her spare time Louise enjoys writing her own music, spending time with friends & family and going to music concerts.
- Karolina RudnickaReceptionist / Office AdministratorKarolina RudnickaReceptionist / Office Administrator
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