Family

Steven Gasser

Director

Steven is an extremely experienced family lawyer and advises on a full range of children and matrimonial issues, including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, cohabitation and issues concerning children.

Steven specialises in matrimonial finances, acting for high and ultra-high net worth individuals including those in business or media and has acted for a number of sports personalities in the Central Family Court. Steven’s practice is wide ranging and he is also well versed in problematic children matters, usually involving a cross-jurisdictional element or highly sensitive issues such as retention or relocation of a child/ children.

Steven also undertaken his own advocacy for his clients and is extremely adept at doing so. Notably, barristers do not hesitate to refer difficult or complex cases to him, given his outstanding reputation in the family field and his high level of client care.

Clients value Steven’s commitment, his perceptiveness and his ability to explain and cut through complex issues to their core, enabling them to be better understood and evaluated. He is highly regarded as being fiercely protective of his client’s needs and best interests which is reflected in his caring and responsive approach.

When Steven has a spare moment, he can be found on the Golf course and is an ardent fan of rugby (although mainly watching instead of playing these days).

Maya Bhatiani

Head of Family Department

Maya is a highly skilled matrimonial lawyer, whose aptitude and down to earth approach is greatly valued by her clients. Maya focusses mainly on matrimonial finances for high net worth individuals, drafting and advising on pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and she also runs a multifaceted children caseload, concentrating on complex issues arising from applications under Section 8 Children Act.

Maya’s attention to detail, consideration and client-centric approach is greatly appreciated by her clients. She takes the time to understand each client’s needs and advises in detail from both a practical and tactical point of view, with an emphasis on creating a constructive dialogue between parties, to achieve the best outcome wherever possible.

Maya is an exceedingly competent, efficient and approachable lawyer who has built solid relationships with some of the top family barristers in London.

Outside work, Maya enjoys spending time with her family, friends and indulging in her passion for travel.

Charlotte Coyle

Associate

Charlotte is a talented family lawyer, who is proficient in dealing with all matrimonial and family matters. Charlotte’s work ranges from high net worth divorce matters to assisting clients who are subject to incidents of harassment, domestic violence or who have been denied access to their children.  Charlotte has also acted for Grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren and has a keen interest in that area.

Charlotte’s exceptional capability and understanding in dealing with such emotive matters are key and her empathetic approach is very much valued by her clients.

Charlotte also drafts and advises on pre and post nuptial, co-habitation and separation agreements and her efficient, forward thinking and logical approach is always appreciated by her clients.

Charlotte provides invaluable support to the team, whilst also running her own complex caseload and has recently undertaken her Higher Rights of Audience exams.

In Charlotte’s spare time, she enjoys going to live music events and spending time with her family and friends.

Linda Humphreys

PA to the Family Department

Linda is an incredibly experienced legal secretary who recognises the importance of taking the time to know and understand the needs of our family clients.

Linda is a reassuring and cheery individual who ensures that the department’s clients are very well looked after. Be it from giving clients a simple update to attending to an urgent situation, Linda’s calm and pleasant manner instantly puts clients at ease. With years of experience, Linda is adept at understanding and meeting a client’s needs.

Outside work, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, is a avid runner and has completed the London Marathon.

Ingrid Starcic

Trainee

Ingrid has an inherent understanding of clients’ needs and provides vital support to the family department in her role as a trainee. Ingrid has a keen interest in children matters in particular and she regularly attends court and is a first point of contact with clients, keeping them up to date on their cases and providing a reassuring presence.

Having spent over 5 years in private practice, Ingrid regularly receives glowing feedback on her proactive and assuring communication from clients and other industry professionals alike.

Outside of working hours Ingrid is a keen runner.

Rosie Penny

Trainee

A breath of fresh air

In an environment where deadlines are vital and emotions can run high, Rosie brings a bright and enthusiastic approach to getting the job done.

With years of experience in property law and client services, Rosie manages sales and purchases through the toughest of situations, keeping relevant parties informed at all times, and always with a smile.

Away from the office, it’s theatre and nights-out with friends.

Milly Lowdell

Junior Legal Secretary to the Family Department

Milly is the newest addition to the Family Team and is a great support to our lead secretary and PA, Linda and the rest of the team. Milly is highly organised and provides both clerical and administrative support to the fee earners in the department. Clients appreciate her bright personality and ability to get things done.

Milly is also a Sergeant in the Army Cadet Force and is a dedicated and enthusiastic Cadet team leader.

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