Tessa Bray

Senior Associate

Tessa Bray

Contact details

Career

Senior Associate at Harcus Sinclair: January 2004 - June 2013; Assistant Solicitor at RadcliffesLeBrasseur: April 2002 - January 2004; Paralegal at Kingsley Napley: October 2001 - April 2002; Trainee at Owen White and Catlin: September 1999 - September 2001 (Qualified 17 September 2001)

Education

University of West of England 2.1 Law with French LLB (Hons) 1995 - 1998; College of Law, Guildford (Distinction) LPC 1998-1999

Memberships

Resolution; Resolution qualified mediator

Tessa advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown. She has considerable experience of high value financial settlements, often including different jurisdictions and complex trust and pension issues. She has been involved in many high profile cases and acts for a range of different clients, many of whom work in the financial sector and others in farming, the leisure industry and homemakers.

Tessa also advises on private law children disputes, including dealing with how much time children shall spend with each parent, and she has expertise in applications for leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction. Other aspects of her work include advising on wealth protection pre and post marriage by way of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and dealing with disputes between cohabitees.

Tessa has experience in applications for financial relief following a divorce in another country and has written articles on the subject. She also has a special interest in farming cases, coming from a farming family herself.

Tessa is a Resolution trained family mediator and a member of Resolution. She enjoys mediating and is always keen to explore non-court options with her clients.

Tessa was involved in the landmark child abduction case Re B (A child) in the Supreme Court. The case was complex and changed the law on when a child loses their habitual residence when they move abroad. Tessa spoke about the case at a recent seminar on modern families.

Who we help

Family and divorce issues: Tessa advises UK and international clients. Her cases involve both married and unmarried couples and she advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, but in particular, financial and children disputes. She also drafts pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

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