Meet the family law specialists…

Milton Keynes Family Law is a specialist family law firm based at Sovereign Court, Upper Fifth Street. They are part of Family Law Group, who have offices across the Midlands. Milton Keynes Family Law has been providing legal advice across all areas of family law since they opened in April 2013, with the team growing from two people to over twenty since that date.

The office is split into two departments, a private law team that deals with divorce, separation, matrimonial finance, property matters and mediation and a public law team that works predominately with social services and cases relating to children and domestic abuse. Their specialist knowledge in their respective areas ensures that clients are afforded expert legal representation, whatever the issue.

All Things Business got to know the solicitors at Milton Keynes Family Law a little better…

Dan Cooper, Director

Dan is a Director of Family Law Group and manages the Milton Keynes office. Dan is a Resolution accredited specialist in the areas of domestic abuse and private law children advocacy. Additionally, he is a member of the Law Society Children Panel. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases. He is able to identify any complex issues in a case and achieves the best possible outcome for his clients. Being a skilled advocate also means that Dan undertakes all hearings from first appointments to final hearings, and often appears in courts across the country.

Shazia Rana, Senior Associate Solicitor

Shazia Rana is a Senior Associate with Family Law Group and has many years experience in family law. Shazia is a member of both the Law Society Children Panel and Family Panel and works with vulnerable members of society and charities. Shazia represents parents and family members in Children Act proceedings and other children matters, including cases involving special guardianship, care and paternity disputes. Shazia has been instructed in a number of complex cases involving cruelty to children and serious allegations of harm to children. Shazia is a mother to three children under the age of two and is currently on maternity leave.

Laura Martin-Read, Associate Solicitor

Laura is an Associate Solicitor and heads up the private department, which deals with matrimonial disputes, financial arrangements and private law children matters. Laura is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution. Resolution members adhere to a Code of Practice which sets out the principles of a non-confrontational approach to family law matters. She predominantly deals with financial cases and has a keen interest in cases involving complex pension arrangements and property/asset disputes between unmarried couples. Laura undertakes much of her own advocacy, meaning that clients have continuity of the same solicitor dealing with their case both in the office and at Court. Laura is also the training officer for the Milton Keynes Resolution Group.

Gary Noble, Solicitor Advocate

Gary joined in January 2018, and is a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) and conducts his own advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and High Court. Gary is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in public law children cases but also accepts instructions in relation to private law children cases, both privately funded and through Legal Aid where available. He also has additional experience in adult social care cases including Court of Protection cases, care and adoption proceedings, and dealing with Judicial Review matters.

Hayley Geen, Solicitor

Hayley joined the firm in 2017, and specialises in children cases, child abduction and domestic abuse matters. Having qualified as a solicitor in June 2016, Hayley went on to work in the family legal department of a firm of solicitors in Milton Keynes, where she also trained volunteers at local domestic abuse organisations and the local council. She is a member of Resolution, as well as the Child Abduction Lawyers Association. Hayley is an accomplished advocate and enjoys using her negotiating skills to be the voice of a client and help them towards the best outcome. Her passion lies in miscarriages of justice and helping the most vulnerable of clients.

Megan Edwards, Solicitor

Megan specialises in care proceedings and domestic violence matters. Megan also joined Family Law Group in 2017, and is passionate about helping people through her work, particularly vulnerable people such as children. Whilst completing her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Birmingham, Megan undertook a Masters Degree, obtaining a high distinction award. Her studies were undertaken alongside her training contract, which she completed whilst working for a legal firm in Northampton. Megan has also achieved a Degree from Oxford Brookes University with first class honours.

Claire Howard, Solicitor

Claire began her career with Milton Keynes Family Law in March 2018, having worked for legal firms in London, Milton Keynes, Guildford and Chichester. She specialises in divorce and financial disputes for separating couples and private law children matters. Claire is also a member of Resolution and is the treasurer for the Milton Keynes Resolution Group.

Julia Davies, Solicitor

Julia is the latest recruit and joined in January 2019. She specialises in divorce proceedings, finances and children matters. She began her legal career in 1988, when she joined a firm as a legal secretary and shortly after this, decided to undertake a law degree through the Open University. During a typical day, Julia attends court, meets clients and advises on a variety of family law issues and the best way to resolve them.

In addition to the above, the office has a trainee solicitor and a number of paralegals and administrative support staff to ensure that their client’s family law problems are dealt with as expertly

as possible.


For more information on Milton Keynes Family Law, visit familylawgroup.co.uk or contact them on 01908 787900.