Changes to divorce law will come into effect from 6 April. The government is also introducing a new online service to help couples adapt to the changes. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce. The act aims to reduce the potential for conflict amongst divorcing couples by
Sorcha has lived in Luton for 24 years, taking only a brief spell out of the town to study a law degree in her favourite city, Liverpool. She returned home to study the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London and completed her training contract at a local regional firm. Sorcha joined the Employment Department at Machins on qualification in June 2018.
Sorcha is described as a “breath of fresh air” by clients and that is due to her warm and supportive approach. Sorcha knows that it is important to be pragmatic especially when dealing with employment matters so that both employees and employers will know that their best interests are served in the round.
TestimonialsDespite my redundancy being such a horrid situation, it’s really been a pleasure working with you on the Settlement Agreement. You’ve been very patient and extremely helpful and I really do appreciate that. I’d like to use this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to you for all the excellent help and advice you gave me, making an awful situation much easier for me to get through!As far as employment law advice is concerned I would wholeheartedly recommend Sorcha to anyone I know who finds themselves in similar circumstances to mine. News of my redundancy hit me like a wrecking ball and consequently I was feeling extremely vulnerable at our first meeting but quite apart from the excellent legal and professional advice she gave, I felt genuinely supported by her throughout the whole process. She was empathic, patient and beyond understanding. I couldn't have hoped for a better representative to support me during that awful period.
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