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Gardner Leader LLP

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Maidenhead, Newbury, Thatcham

Seona Myerscough

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Gardner Leader LLP

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Seona is a Partner at Gardner Leader and Head of the Family team. She is based in the Newbury office.

Seona is a Specialist Child Care Lawyer. Seona acts for parents to represent them through the extremely difficult process of coping with Local Authority Care proceedings. Seona also represents children directly or via their Guardian who is appointed by CAFCASS. Seona does not represent Local Authorities.

Seona also has wide experience of the law relating to Family Breakdown, with a particular reputation in legal issues regarding children and their parents.

Where couples are separating, Seona uses her specialist experience and understanding of the law to help parents reach agreements on both the finances and the children with a focus on the family as a whole. If the couple have children, they will be the paramount consideration.

Family breakdown is difficult, so Seona actively promotes modern approaches including mediation and collaborative law which help preserve dignity as well as potentially reducing costs. Seona is very aware of the costs implications for couples separating and hopes to provide a bespoke, clear costs structure for clients.


Seona is a member of the Law Society Child Care Panel and Family Law Panel. Seona is a Qualified Mediator with FMA and is MIAMs trained. Seona is also a Qualified Collaborative Lawyer with Resolution and Chair of the Newbury CAB. Seona is on the Management Committee of Berkshire Family Mediation and a member of Reading Family Mediation. Seona is Chair of the Newbury Contact Centre.

South East: Private client

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Gardner Leader LLP's experienced team is led by practice head Seona Myerscough , who specialises in child care work and is highly regarded by guardians and sought after by parents for representation. Jenny Buchanan  specialises in the resolution of financial issues in divorce and relationship breakdown, alongside her role as a finance partner for the firm and member of its management board. The team was strengthened in 2017 by the hire of senior associates Suzy Hamshaw from Charles Lucas & Marshall and Simon Fisher  from Bells Solicitors into the firm’s Newbury and Maidenhead offices respectively. Longstanding partner Collette Bailey retired from the partnership and the firm at the end of 2017.

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