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Specialisms & expertise

  • Divorce, judicial separation and dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Issues in respect of children, including parental responsibility, deciding with whom a child should live, deciding how often a child should spend time with a parent and re-location (national and international)
  • All financial aspects of a relationship breakdown
  • Collaborative law
  • Family mediation
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements
  • Advice and agreements for cohabiting couples
  • Issues between former cohabitees
  • Domestic violence, including applications for non-molestation and occupation orders

Client stories & examples of work

  • I have been very impressed and satisfied with all aspects of Thomson Snell & Passmore’s service. I was particularly grateful for the thoughtful, meticulous and excellent advice provided by Desmond O’DonnellI have found both Una and Desmond very professional, knowledgeable and understanding people. It is good to deal with 'humans' when having to work on personal documentation.

Achievements & other appointments

Desmond has a wealth of experience in dealing with families in difficulty and in seeking to resolve their problems constructively.

Desmond is a member of Resolution and is a Resolution trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. In addition, he has passed the Californian Bar examinations and completed a Los Angeles mediation course.

Desmond was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s International Child Abduction Panel and the English Law Society’s representative on the National Victim Support Working Party on Domestic Violence. He was involved in preparing a paper for the Lord Chancellor’s Department concerning domestic violence.

Desmond is acknowledged in leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK as a leader in his field. He is praised in the 2013 edition for his “good response times, good knowledge and sympathetic treatment”. In the 2012 edition he is applauded as a 'sensible and talented lawyer'. Clients say 'he has a very good understanding of the human aspect of work and is terribly professional'.

Profile

Desmond graduated from the University of Kent in Canterbury where he obtained an Honours Degree in Law. He studied for and took his solicitors’ examinations through the College of Law. He was admitted as a solicitor in December 1985.

From 1983-1997 he worked in London, spending the last 10 years of this with Bindman & Partners. From 1997-1999 he worked in Los Angeles and from 1999 until 2005 he worked in Northern Ireland, in a specialist family law firm.

 

I have found both Una and Desmond very professional, knowledgeable and understanding people. It is good to deal with 'humans' when having to work on personal documentation.

Client

Desmond is an asset to the firm and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

Client

I was grateful for the advice and support provided by Desmond O'Donnell at a time which was of considerable personal stress. Desmond made the process I had to go through as simple as he could, in the circumstances.

Client

I liked the thoroughness to detail

Client

Desmond responded quickly to all communications, gave sound advice and was very supportive.

Client

Associate Desmond O'Donnell is well versed in both financial and children matters. "He is refreshingly forthright and honest with his advice to the client, which manages expectations. I always know that he will approach things sensibly," a source highlights. 

Chambers UK 2016

Desmond is highly professional, courteous, and efficient

Client

He was always very patient with me and ensured that I fully understood each step

Client

My situation was assessed with sensitivity, and the advice I was given was most helpful, reassuring, and professionally partial to my needs. Although I was anxious about talking to a solicitor about this matter, I was listened to and reassured about the outcome. I would recommend TS&P to anyone who needed professional help.

Client

I know it is your job but thank you for making this awful process bearable. You gave me the confidence to get through it with your professionalism.

Client

It was good to know that I could contact Desmond if I had a problem, either by email or phone and I always got a prompt reply  

Client

Desmond was very helpful, kind and supportive.  

Client

I was impressed with Des’ attention to detail, understanding and humanity.

Client

I felt reassured that Desmond saw the bigger picture through his experience in this field and that in turn, meant the interests of my children and I were well considered

Client

Helped me build a clear picture of what I was entitled to and what I could look to seek through my divorce settlement.

Client

He was always very patient with me and ensured that I fully understood each step

Client

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