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.
I wanted to take this opportunity to once again thank you and your team for the work you have put in. You are easy to talk to, put things into plain English and you think about the best outcome for your client. Thank you very much in helping me get to the other side.
Shelly is a superstar and I have already passed on her info to others.
Thank you for all your efforts and work.
I express the utmost gratitude for the time spent guiding me and preparing me and felt that I understood the demands of the day, the format and how to negotiate to reach an end goal which satisfied my needs.
Thank you so much for your help, advice and support. It was good to be able to have a solicitor that understood and empathised with my situation and divorce.
Empathetic & helpful, sensible advice
I will always be grateful for your empathy, clarity and tenacity.

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.

She has particular expertise in dealing with all aspects of financial matters that need resolving within the divorce proceedings as well as experience in pre-nuptial agreements.

Approach to work

“I am good at helping clients understand the process and being honest and upfront about the likely outcome of a case.  I get a great deal of satisfaction in helping them resolve any family issues with the least amount of fuss and as quickly and efficiently as possible, whilst achieving the best possible outcome.”

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

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