Is family mediation a cheaper way of sorting out my divorce/separation?
Sarah French | 20.01.2020
I am a partner in the family team and have over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of family law. I help clients at the start of their relationship as well as those facing divorce or separation.
My clients are drawn from many different professions and industry sectors, both in the UK and abroad, and are often high net worth individuals with assets in more than one country. They want to know that their legal team is experienced in handling high value and complex cases and that their lawyers are amongst the best around.
I assist with complex financial settlements, often involving assets held in two or more countries.
I work with clients on all aspects of family law, from involvement at the start of a relationship with the preparation of a pre-nuptial, civil partnership and cohabitation agreements to post separation including divorce and separation, financial remedies and arrangements for children.
Relationship breakdown can be emotional and distressing for all. I provide clients with a sympathetic and understanding approach, whilst also having a thorough grasp of the details of their case allowing me to pursue their interests with tenacity and determination.
My expertise and experience means my clients are assured they are receiving the best objective legal advice. Where possible, I help them come to a solution in a non-confrontational and cost-effective way, offering mediation and collaboration where appropriate.
I am passionate about family law. I have a large network of fellow professionals who can help my clients with whatever issues they are facing, providing a full package of support at what can be a very testing time.
Jan Galloway surpassed all of my expectations of legal support. In addition to being extremly professional, organised and clearly very knowledgeable – plus well connected with barristers for representation in court – she was patient, understanding and extremly supportive during a very difficult time. Jan’s open, friendly manner put me at ease instantly and I…
"Jan Galloway surpassed all of my expectations of legal support. In addition to being extremly professional, organised and clearly very knowledgeable – plus well connected with barristers for representation in court – she was patient, understanding and extremly supportive during a very difficult time. Jan’s open, friendly manner put me at ease instantly and I felt I could turn to her for all matters." Client
"I feel genuinely you went far beyond what I ever expected you to do for Claudia and I. From the moment I met you and also you Laura too, I knew I was in safe hands. The past two years have been pretty tough I’ll not lie, but you’ve guided me with compassion, strength and your determination has got me to where I am today." Client
"Excellent at client relationships; very good at looking at the big picture and is skilled at mastering complex factual cases" Legal 500
"Jan is excellent at client relationships and gives 100% to her matters. Jan is very good at looking at the big picture, and is skilled at mastering complex factual cases. I have always found her advice to be well considered, practical and client-focused." Third party
"She has been extremely diligent and professional and worked towards the best possible outcome over a long, drawn-out period. She has excellent contacts, and has provided thoroughly thought-through advice, during what was a stressful period. She demonstrated excellent client care and attention to detail." Client
"A strong, confident person, she’s very on top of her case. She’s utterly dedicated and always finds the shortest route for the client." Independent third party
"Dear Jan, thank you so much. It will be a relief to finalise all the financial matters, and move on. Again, many thanks for your sympathetic and careful handling of a difficult situation." Client
"I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to you for getting me through the last 18 months. Your advice, wisdom, professionalism and kindness have been exceptional and thanks to you, I am a stronger, more confident person." Client
"I want to record my deep and sincere thanks to you, Laura, and your team for all you have done. I am extremely grateful to you and all at MB, for your sincerity, professionalism and doggedness." Client
"Jan Galloway of Moore Blatch LLP specialises in cross-border cases and is capable of handling both financial and children work which spans multiple jurisdictions. Sources say: ‘She understands how international private law issues operate in children cases and she strongly looks after her client’s interests.’" Chambers and Partners
"Jan Galloway understands how international private law issues operate in children cases.She is a solicitor who strongly looks after her client’s interests.In an international child case, she works as part of a team.She is skilled in working together with a lawyer from another jurisdiction, and has the experience to ably instruct counsel in contested international children matters" Independent third party
"Jan is a fantastic lawyer. She is very professional, understanding and empathetic. Jan managed to find ways to make difficult concepts easy to grasp. I have complete trust in her. She has served my interests in the best possible way. I always felt I could reach out every time I had a problem, a worry or a doubt. I greatly admire her." Client
"Much of the whole process is baffling but the guidance you gave me, your relentless focus on the right way to achieve a fair result and your whole approach since the very start is hugely impressive and totally appreciated. I really felt I was being helped by a brilliant team that wasn’t just working for me, but for my children too." Client
"She deals with extremely complicated cases of a very high value." Independent third party
"She fought very hard, and was sensible at the same time. She can act in the interests of the client, and can be strategic. She is someone you can pick up the phone to. It can get personal, but not with her – it was a good battle." Market Commentator
"She is extremely knowledgeable and professional, compassionate as well, and pretty tenacious. She went above and beyond the call of duty." Client
"She’s a good mediator, incredibly sensible. She’s such a people person. She protects the client but she works for the benefit of the family, and she has good judgment." Market Commentator
"Thank you for steering me through the pain and helping me to see clearly – even when it was very hard. I’m lucky to have a family that could help me fight through it and without them and you I would never be where I am now. Thank you forever Jan." Client
"Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I have to say, you are an amazing solicitor and I would not have coped so well without your kind, firm and professional guidance. You have helped me grow and become more confident in what I am able to achieve. Although this journey has been somewhat painful, you have been an incredible support. I tell my friends that you have been my rock." Client
"Thank you to you and your team for your kind attention and service over the past months. It probably wasn’t the most interesting of cases you have ever had to deal with but it was seismic to my life and I am very grateful for the sensitive way in which you handled my interests and more importantly my children." Client
"What great work you have done for me. I will certainly recommend." Client
"Words can’t express how grateful I am for all the hard work you have both done." Client
"She’s very supportive and empathetic. I felt from day one that she really listened and I just trusted her from day one. She’s very professional in her approach but also has that warm empathy." Client (sourced from Chambers and Partners 2020)
Sarah French | 20.01.2020