Demelza Patricio > TWM Solicitors LLP > Reigate, England > Lawyer Profile

TWM Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Family Law


Partner in Family Law


Demelza is a highly experienced and respected Solicitor and collaborative lawyer.  In addition to high net worth and complex financial cases, Demelza also deals with challenging children cases, in particular those involving drug and/or alcohol abuse.  Demelza has a national reputation for her expertise in dealing with sperm donor agreements, both preparing agreements for prospective donors and recipient couples, and advising on historic agreements drafted by other practitioners where problems have arisen.

Demelza is regularly recommended by professional contacts, existing and former clients to provide second opinions for individuals who are not satisfied with their representation, either providing reassurance that they are receiving reasonable advice from their current Solicitor, or taking over conduct of the matter.

Demelza is committed to helping clients to use an amicable and constructive approach to resolving issues, with a view to keeping their personal and economic dignity intact. She prides herself on listening carefully to clients’ priorities and worries so that she can help them try to resolve matters in a way that upholds those values and goals, within the legal framework. Clients praise her for being approachable, accessible, caring and yet pragmatic and firm where needed, with good attention to detail.

Most of Demelza’s cases are resolved without court proceedings being issued. If court proceedings do become necessary, many cases settle at a very early stage.

Where couples have children, Demelza tries to help them establish the realities of their lives and focus on the needs of their children so that they can try to side step conflict and help their children through family transition in the best way possible.

Demelza qualified as a Solicitor in 1999, becoming a Partner at TWM in 2004.


Demelza is a member of Resolution and of Surrey and Sussex Separation and Divorce, a group of Solicitors, Mediators and Family Consultants who promote a non-confrontational approach.


Demelza enjoys spending most of her spare time with her children. She often returns to her native Cornwall where she likes to walk on the moors and beaches.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Multi-disciplinary firm TWM Solicitors LLP offers a broad range of family support out of the Guildford, Reigate and Epsom offices, in core areas of expertise which include wealth protection work, alternative dispute resolution, Children Act matters such as child arrangement disputes and special guardianship applications, as well as financial matters and Schedule 1 and TOLATA work. Practice head Caroline Keeley acts as a mediator, and has a strong reputation in surrogacy matters and financial remedy proceedings. Highly praised collaborative lawyer Demelza Patricio is cited as a ‘standout’ and ‘astute tactician’, and deals with children cases involving drug and alcohol abuse, sperm donor agreements and financial cases. Managing associate Sarah Archibald leads the Epsom team, representing clients in court and in financial applications, children proceedings and domestic abuse injunction applications, with a speciality in combined Schedule 1 and TOLATA applications.