Q: My daughter has come back home after recently splitting with her boyfriend. They were saving for a house but on her own she does not have quite enough for a deposit and is unlikely to get a big enough mortgage based on her salary. I am in a position to buy a house for her, but I need a return on my money. Although I could just charge her rent I would prefer the house to be in her name. I am however conscious that I would need to protect my interest in the property as her circumstances could change in the future. Would formally setting up a private mortgage provide this protection?
Q: Now they have stopped legal aid for divorce cases, is there any reason why my estranged husband and I can't represent ourselves in court without using Solicitors? Our separation is quite amicable.
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Christine is a Consultant in our Family Law Team. She is a member of Resolution (formerly called the Solicitors’ Family Law Association), and a qualified Resolution Family Law Mediator. Christine is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel acting for patients detained under the Mental Health Act.
Christine graduated with a degree in Law from the University of London in 1995 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2002. Prior to moving into Law, Christine worked in the oil industry in London after studying Mathematics at Cardiff University. Christine became the Planning and Economics Director of Phillips Petroleum’s UK organisation (now ConocoPhillips) and held that post for many years.
Christine’s interests relate to all aspects of Family Law but her focus has always been on “all things financial”. Coming from a commercial background, Christine strives to achieve sensible and fair outcomes for her clients, in the most constructive and cost effective way, having a caseload consisting of mainly medium worth asset clients, often involving businesses. Christine has from the very outset of her legal career endeavoured to evaluate and advise on the range of possible financial outcomes in order to reach fair agreements at the earliest stage in the proceedings.
Among her interests Christine lists travel, bridge and antiques.