About Shelley

Qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 after having qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2000.

Shelley joined Machins in 1991 as a Secretary and then decided to take the steps to become a Solicitor. She completed her training after working solely in the Family department.

Specialist practice areas

  • Divorce, dissolution and separation following marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation
  • Arrangements between parents or grandparents regarding children
  • Financial arrangements following breakdown of a relationship including financial orders and deeds of separation
  • Domestic abuse
  • Civil partnerships
  • Prenuptial arrangements
  • Divorce and separation
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Children’s matters
  • Family law
  • Divorce
  • Pre/postnuptial agreements
  • Private Children Act cases including internal and external relocation, child arrangement orders, Prohibited steps and Specific Issue Orders


My client sought my recommendation for a family lawyer based in Bedfordshire as his step daughter was in the midst of a separation from her husband and there were two children involved. She had been seen by another lawyer locally who had failed to provide any progress in six months and this inactivity alone was causing greater strain on an already stressed situation. Having referred her to Shelley Rolfe at Machins, she was seen within a matter of days and the file and retainer transferred just as swiftly. Shelley progressed the case with minimum of fuss thereafter and the client and his step daughter were impressed by both her availability to provide concise legal advice and information as well as her considerate manner and sensitive approach. It left my client happy with my recommendation which in turn was positive for me and my firm. I would not hesitate to recommend Shelley and Machins to other clients requiring matrimonial advice in the Bedfordshire area.
Simon Ridpath - Partner at Speechley Bircham LLP
I thank you sincerely Shelley for all that you have done for me and my family this year. I am truly grateful for everything that you do for me during these challenging times.
Thank you for all your clear-headed, calm advice so far this year. Every conversation we’ve had with you has done so much to steady us in the midst of almost overwhelming anxiety and shock.

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