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Sharon MacDonald

Partner

As a partner and a well established member of the Family team, Sharon takes pride in being at the forefront of family law and was one of the founding members of the Bath branch of Resolution, a professional organisation that encourages family law practitioners to adopt an approach that is sensitive, constructive and non-confrontational. Being a qualified Mediator and Collaborative practitioner, Sharon is an advocate of the new mediation legislation and sees the positive results first hand. Sharon is also a member of the firm’s multi-disciplinary Racing and Bloodstock team.



It was extremely helpful having someone so empathetic, sensible and immensely practical in my corner. It was a pleasure dealing with you [Sharon MacDonald] from the very outset and I am very appreciative of all that you did for me.

Jo Barton-Harvey

About Sharon

Sharon is independently recognised as a “Leader in her field” by Chambers & Partners UK 2017 who write that ‘she frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” ‘ The Family team in Bath is also awarded Tier 1 status by The Legal 500 UK 2016 where it is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation’ and Band 1 in Somerset by Chambers & Partners 2017 who say the team are ‘Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary.’

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Sharon specialises in:

  • advising on all aspects of divorce and separation including civil partnership
  • complex financial resolution of financial matters for divorcing or separating couples
  • advocacy
  • cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements
  • cohabitation disputes
  • divorce issues relating to the racing sector, especially jockeys.

Sharon trained at Royds Withy King and has over 20 years experience of family law. She works primarily from the Bath office. In her spare time she is a keen supporter of Bath Rugby, Sharon is also a very keen gardener and keeps chickens.

Memberships

Resolution – accredited specialist
Collaborative Law – accredited specialist
Family Mediation – qualified specialist
Law Society – Children Panel

 

So far as it’s possible, it’s important that we try and ensure that those going through a relationship breakdown maintain a civil relationship with each other despite their difficulties - particularly when children are involved. The last thing the lawyers ought to be doing is to make things worse for the family by adding unnecessary complications”

Sharon MacDonald

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