Michelle Fitzpatrick


Michelle Fitzpatrick

Partner, Mediator & Collaborative Lawyer - Family & Child Law


Year Qualified


Firm Trained With

TWM Solicitors LLP

Languages Spoken



I am a family law specialist in Divorce and Finances, Pre- nuptial Agreements and Children matters.  I am also a Family Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.

My practise includes:

  • Advising on Divorce and separation and the financial implications that follow a relationship breakdown. 
  • Working with clients who often have complex financial arrangements with family businesses, trusts and substantial assets whether held in the UK or overseas.
  • Advising unmarried clients on their property rights and securing financial support where there are children.
  • Advising on children cases typically where there are difficult or sensitive contact issues or where international relocation is involved.
  • Advising clients who are planning to marry about pre and post-nuptial agreements.

I always strive for negotiated settlements but will involve the Court where necessary, particularly where there are issues of non-disclosure.  I regularly instruct Counsel from the top London chambers and have excellent relationships with expert forensic accountants, actuaries and other professionals in order to support my clients.

As a family mediator I promote Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  In mediation, I meet with the couple to consider practical solutions to settling financial and/or children disputes.  Mediation aims to reduces conflict and improve communications between the couple, which must be a priority where there are children of the family.

Awards, Accreditations & Memberships

  • Women in Law Award 2015 -  recognizes achievement and success among women in the legal profession.
  • Member of Resolution, the National Family Law association which is committed to constructive resolution of disputes and promotes and develops the highest standards of practice.
  • Member of the Surrey Resolution Committee for nearly 10 years and held the office of press officer for part of that time. 
  • Member of Surrey Law Society.  

Work in the Community / Pro Bono Work

Until recently I regularly advised at the Surrey Law Centre in Guildford and also Walton-on-Thames.

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