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Geraldine joined Walker Foster in March 2014 as a Solicitor in the Family Law department. She brought with her an enormous amount of experience, having practiced all aspects of family law exclusively for over 20 years. Geraldine has a particular specialism in dealing with issues relating to children following the relationship breakdown of parents and as a measure of her expertise in this area, she has achieved the well-respected quality mark in becoming a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel which allows her to represent parents in disputes relating to children. She is also a member of the Family Law Panel.
Geraldine is very happy to help educate other professionals who perhaps need to be aware of the issues and legislation relating to Family Law. She has done some valuable in house training for organisations wanting to educate their employees and volunteers on the law relating to Children.
In terms of Geraldine’s approach, it is always the same – she believes firmly that even though there are common issues and threads that run through most cases, every client has their own unique story to tell. Being the empathetic good listener she is, she will listen very carefully to her client’s individual story, then work with them to devise a plan to get them to where they want to be so that they achieve the most successful outcome possible for their circumstances.
She is an excellent court advocate and always takes the time to ensure that her clients understand exactly what is going on at every stage of what can be a difficult process.
In terms of clients with children, Geraldine will always encourage parents who are separating or divorcing to put their children’s needs first on the basis that divorce does not necessarily harm children, it is the conflict between the parents that can causes damage. A couple’s relationship may have ended but their role as a parent continues.
Geraldine is a great advocate of getting couples to agree as much as possible between themselves so that legal fees are kept to a minimum. With this in mind Geraldine will always encourage and help her clients to behave and make decisions with the head and not the heart!
Much of Geraldine’s work comes from word of mouth recommendation. Clients really relate to her empathetic, warm personality. She believes in giving her clients realistic expectations and outcomes, as cost effectively and as quickly as possible. It has been said that when you get Geraldine, you get to where you need to be!
She is extremely well known in and around the Aire Valley and acts for clients in Ilkley, Silsden, Barnoldswick, Skipton and beyond.
It has been said that when you get Geraldine, you get to where you need to be!
Best Part of the job for Geraldine:-
After seeing clients at their worst, it’s very rewarding to see them at the end, in a much better place, feeling happy to stride out with more confidence.
What clients say about Geraldine:
- Even though the process was very sad and painful, Geraldine added a very personal touch and showed empathy and kindness right through the process which really helped me to get through it. Thank you very much.
- I never felt rushed and everything was dealt with timely.
- Geraldine treated me with such kindness and empathy whilst remaining case focused and factual. I am sure she is a great asset to your firm!
- I had no hesitation in passing on your details to my friend who has been separated for over two years.
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