Maitland Walker Solicitors, based in Taunton and Minehead, welcomed Lauren Preedy as a partner and Head of Family Law at the beginning of 2017. Lauren previously worked for a ‘Top 100’ Law Firm in Bristol, specialising in family law advice and relationship issues, and more recently at another Legal 500 firm in Somerset.
Lauren has been giving specialist family law advice, including divorce, separation and the resolution of financial disputes since she qualified as a solicitor. Lauren also provides litigation advice and has a wide knowledge base that ensures she is able to give advice on many issues that affect people, and business, in their day to day life.
Lauren, named in the Legal 500, specialises in relationship issues. This includes divorce, separation, financial matters following relationship breakdown (for married and unmarried people). In particular, Lauren has specific expertise in dealing with divorce and complex and/or high net worth financial matters, many with a business element. Lauren has acted for numerous farmers and business owners. Lauren is pro-active and will provide bespoke legal and practical advice to ensure the best result is achieved for her client. This includes, where necessary, advice in relation to any children.
Lauren has a particular interest in the protection of assets. This includes:
• Pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements (before AND after marriage);
• The protection of family businesses and wider family wealth;
• Agreements prior to living with another person (known as a Cohabitation Deed or Living Together Agreement);
• Personal and company assets (and how they are structured);
• Inherited assets;
• Assets acquired prior to the relationship; and
• Separation Agreements (prior to divorce).
Lauren will work closely, where appropriate, with other legal specialists at Maitland Walker. For example you may require advice in relation to your will, tax, trusts & estate planning or from our corporate team. In addition, Lauren can work with your Accountant and/or financial adviser.
It is always hoped that any financial issues can be resolved without the need for Court proceedings.
Clients can be assisted using a variety of methods including negotiation, roundtable meetings, referrals to mediation and the collaborative process (Lauren is a trained Collaborative Lawyer). However, where appropriate Lauren will not hesitate to advise client’s to engage in litigation and use the Court process. Lauren is a mindful and approachable person. You can talk to Lauren about anything that is on your mind.
Originally from Plymouth, Lauren has lived locally for more than 12 years. Lauren is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Taunton Vale.