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.
- Ismotara BegumSolicitorIsmotara BegumSolicitor
Ismotara “Issy” joined the team at Townsend’s in July 2021 after working at an established law firm in Hertfordshire. Since qualifying in 2013, Issy has specialised exclusively in family law.
Issy brings with her a wealth of experience in family law matters to include divorce, separation, financial settlements, pre and postnuptial agreements and cohabitation disputes. She also advises on disputes over child arrangements and parental responsibility. Issy has successfully pursued applications for the return of a child/children or to stop a parent removing a child/children from the parent with primary care.
At the start of her legal career, Issy worked with legally aided clients before moving on to private practice. In doing so she gained invaluable experience supporting vulnerable client’s many of whom had been the victim of domestic violence. Her exposure to legally aided work as well as private practice has given Issy the opportunity to work with clients from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. Experience has taught Issy that regardless of what’s involved in a case, every client deserves the same support, professionalism and quality of representation. Issy is just as committed to helping client’s resolve complex financial arrangements as she is to helping clients of more modest means.
Issy is known for her empathetic, compassionate but professional approach towards client care. Advice is delivered with a dose of common sense and Issy is committed to keeping the emotional and financial costs of separation to a minimum by aiming to resolve disputes constructively and without going to court.
As one of nine siblings, Issy loves spending time with her family as well as keeping up with her little two kiddos! She has a love for travel, cooking and experiencing new cuisines as well as staying fit by trying to do at least one HIIT session a day!
- Caroline WolohanPA/Office ManagerCaroline WolohanPA/Office Manager
Caroline became a legal secretary in 1992 joining a solicitors practice in the West End of London as secretary. She then joined a City law firm where she worked for 17 years working for two senior partners in the corporate department.
Caroline joined Townsend Family Law in 2011.
Caroline likes spending time with her family preferably by a pool in Cyprus.
Townsend Family Law Solicitors in Essex, serving Epping, Harlow and Waltham Abbey, also Hertfordshire and Hertford.
- 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.
- Elizabeth BarnesSecretaryElizabeth BarnesSecretary
Liz joined Townsend Family Law in February 2019 after leaving her position at a global publishing company to travel South East Asia, Japan and Australia. She has completed a Legal Secretary Diploma and is starting her career in the legal world.
She loves to spend her time exploring new countries, socialising with friends and family and going to music events.
- Louise HayesAdmin AssistantLouise HayesAdmin Assistant
Louise joined Townsend in December 2020 after previously working in Corporate Law. She has experience in Administration, Secretarial and Reception duties.
In her spare time Louise enjoys writing her own music, spending time with friends & family and going to music concerts.
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