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Alison Fernandes

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Irwin Mitchell

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Partner and head of the family team in the Cambridge office. Alison specialises in dealing with substantial asset cases which often involve: complex trusts; and/or family businesses; and/or substantial personal injury settlements. She also advises on pre-marital/pre-partnership agreements and cohabitation agreements. In addition, Alison provides advice and representation for parents involved in disputes about their children. Alison is an accredited specialist family lawyer with Resolution, First for Family Law. She is a strong negotiator and advocate, but is also a trained collaborative lawyer and can offer this as an alternative way of resolving disputes without going to court in appropriate cases.


Trained at general high street practice (no longer in existence) in Mansfield; qualified 1997; family law practice Irwin Mitchell (Sheffield) 2000-2002; senior associate in family team Rothera Dowson 2002-2006; associate in family team Irwin Mitchell 2006-2014; partner 2014; head of family law Irwin Mitchell (Cambridge) 2014 to date.


Previously member of Board of Trustees for Barnsley Hospice and elected to Representative Council for Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce; previously secretary to the Sheffield and District Resolution Committee; member of the Cambridge and District Resolution Committee; member of the Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group. Publications of note: regional press and publications.


1992 LLB (Hons); College of Law, Chester (1993 Law Society Finals); Resolution accredited specialist in financial provision and private children (1993); collaborative lawyer (2005).


Keen snowboarder in the winter; in the summer enjoys camping, walking and mountain biking, and is trying desperately to learn to play golf!

Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire

Within: Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire

'One of Yorkshire’s leading family law firms', Irwin Mitchell  has a 'formidable presence in Sheffield'. The 'highly capable' and 'good value for money' team handles the full spectrum of family mattes and has particular expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in financial cases which often incorporate businesses with private equity investment and large property portfolios. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes have taken over as joint practice heads from 'star practitioner' Martin Loxley who remains at the practice as a consultant and arbitrator. Round is instructed in financial matters and children cases, while Fernandes, who is 'down to earth but disarmingly bright', focuses on financial settlement claims, with a specialism for non-matrimonial, pre-acquired and inherited wealth issues. The 'exceptional' Maisie Huynh was recently promoted to associate and is praised for being 'very prompt, knowledgeable and supportive'.

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