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Alison Bull

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Area of practice includes family mediation; collaborative law; civil/commercial mediation; family court work. Types of work include complex financial settlements on divorce, wealth protection (including pre-and post-marital agreements), all issues mediation, advice in relation to disputes about children. Important cases include numerous confidential high-value divorce and pre-marital agreement cases involving individuals based in England & Wales and overseas. Increasing number of mediation cases, involving a wide range of clients, including some high profile individuals. Particular focus on resolving disputes in a conciliatory way in the best interests of the families and children involved. Reported cases include McMinn v McMinn [2003] 2 FLR 823 and [2003] 2 FLR 839, D v D (Divorce: media presence) [2009] EWHC 946. Heads the Mills & Reeve family dispute resolution practice.


Trained Burges Salmon, Bristol; qualified 1997; Burges Salmon 1997-99; Addleshaw Goddard LLP (latterly as a legal director) 1999-2008; Mills & Reeve LLP 2008 to date. Publications of note: contributor to Humphreys Family Proceedings (2005); Debt and Insolvency on Family Breakdown (2002); A Practitioner’s Guide to Joint Property (2005); Divorce and the Farm, Resolution Good Practice Guide (2009/2012); numerous articles in professional journals. Lectures on family law topics to a wide range of audiences.


Resolution (chair of standards committee); HOT pod (co-chair); Collaborative Law Manchester; Manchester Area Resolution (past chair); Pro-Manchester Pro-Women Steering Group; Association of Women Solicitors; Family Dispute Resolution Group, North West England and Wales.


Tiverton School; University of Manchester (1993 LLB 2(1)); Manchester Metropolitan University (1994 LPC (Commendation)); University of Manchester (2003 Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Award); trained collaborative family lawyer (2007); Accredited CEDR civil/commercial mediator (2009); Resolution trained family mediator (2010); listed as Ministry of Justice provider of MIAMs; qualified to consult directly with children in mediation (2011).


Family activities, cycling (member of Glossop Kinder Velo), running, skiing, school governor.

London: Private client

Family: mediation

Within: Family: mediation

Joanna Grandfield at Mills & Reeve LLP  is typically involved in mediations for City professionals with significant incomes or those with owner managed businesses and their spouses. Grandfield also has experience of mediating on children issues where there are complex jurisdictional discussions about where the child should live. Tim Whitney is also well-regarded for his work in high-value and complex mediations while Manchester-based Alison Bull is another known name. Suzanne Kingston who 'stands out for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution options' joined the team from Withers LLP .

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North West: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Alison Bull - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Family

Mills & Reeve LLP, which is regarded as being 'one of the leading teams in this area of law', regularly advises on high-profile matters, including representing Resolution, the largest family justice organisation, on a pro bono basis at the Supreme Court hearing of high-profile divorce dispute Owens v Owens. Alison Bull is recognised for her 'innovative, excellent knowledge' and Nigel Shepherd has 'relentless commitment' to delivering family law reform. Another name to note is Rose-Marie Drury, who is a 'rising star in every respect'.

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