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Oliver Gravell

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Birketts LLP

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Oliver joined Birketts in 2003. He is a Partner and Head of our Family Team, and recognized as one of the region’s leading divorce lawyers.

Oliver qualified as a divorce solicitor in 1992 and has over 20 years of experience in providing family law advice covering the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, the welfare of children and co-habitation and prenuptial agreements. Oliver joined our family law team in 2003 from a City firm where he had been a partner and head of the family department since 1998. Since 2003 he has overseen the growth and development of the team which now has two partners, six other fee earners and the assistance of two trainee solicitors. He has expanded the practice and has become a specialist in divorces involving farms and other family owned businesses. He provides an excellent and personable service to the firm's existing clients as well as servicing new clients in the business sector in East Anglia, and with commuters to London. He is very highly respected for the divorce advice that he gives.

Since 2003 Oliver has been involved in the development of collaborative law in the UK, being one of the first 13 trained in the technique. He initiated a meeting of interested family lawyers in East Anglia in 2004 and there are now over 40 collaborative lawyers in the region. He continues to sit on Resolution’s National Dispute Resolution (DR) Committee which oversees all forms of non court based approaches including collaborative law, mediation and family arbitration. He subscribes wholeheartedly to the Resolution Code of Practice.

Oliver is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators having completed the family law arbitrator's course in January 2012. He is an inaugural member of the Forum for Family Arbitration.

East Anglia: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Gravell - Birketts LLP

Within: Family

Birketts LLP¬†is 'a standout firm' and its highly experienced, 12-lawyer family practice acts for many high-net-worth individuals across East Anglia, in London and from overseas. It has notable expertise in complex finance and children matters, frequently involving multi-jurisdictional issues,¬†and is known for its skill in drafting bespoke prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. All fee earners in the practice are members of Resolution and the firm handles all approaches to family disputes including litigation, mediation, arbitration and collaborative law.¬†Oliver Gravell, who was among the first collaborative lawyers in the UK, leads the practice and counsel notes that he¬†'knows the answers; he has great experience and superb judgment, and clients are calmed by his calm approach and gravitas'. Among the firm's senior associates¬†Katie Beaven¬†is best-known for complex and high-net-worth financial settlements and¬†Children Act matters;¬†Roopa Ahluwalia¬†frequently handles¬†divorce, separation, nuptial agreements, and¬†complex children matters; and¬†Juliet Harvey¬†is vice chair of Resolution's national committee.¬†The practice recently hired¬†Elisabeth Sneade¬†from¬†Tees Law, who is¬†‚Äėparticularly supportive emotionally and structurally‚Äô.

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South East: Private client

Family: Essex

Within: Family: Essex

The family practice of 'extremely reputable firm' Birketts LLP 'has a wide range of experience, knowledge and specialism, as well as a professional approach'. The former includes high-net-worth divorces, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and financial settlements, in addition to Children Act matters such as removal from jurisdiction and domestic violence cases. The key members, 'excellent and empathetic communicator' Emma Brunning and 'pragmatic child relocation specialist' Louise Buttery, further practise collaborative law. Company directors, shareholders and medium- to high-net-worth clients form the typical client base. After former practice head Melanie Wilson retired in 2017, Ipswich-based partner Oliver Gravell took over the position as department lead.

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