Tel: 01582 514326
Specialist Practice Areas
All aspects of family and child care law including:
- Divorce, dissolution and separation following marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation
- Arrangements between parents or grandparents regarding children relating to contact and residence
- Financial arrangements following breakdown of a relationship including financial orders and deeds of separation
- Domestic abuse
- Child abduction/Care Proceedings
- Forced Marriage Protection Orders
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.
With two small children Shelley has decided to reduce her hours and now works 4 days a week.
“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