Partner, Family

Helen Waite

Helen is a Partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore and part of the Family department.

Helen helps clients with many different areas of family work. As well as divorce and financial matters arising on divorce, Helen regularly helps clients with wealth preservation planning, cohabitation agreements for unmarried couples, pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements. Helen helps unmarried and married couples as well as those leaving civil partnerships.

Helen has a particular interest in helping clients to resolve difficulties with arrangements for children, whether it includes contact, disputes as to where the children will live, allegations of parental alienation, protective orders, adoption and special guardianship applications. Helen has many years of experience of representing clients in proceedings involving domestic abuse.

As a qualified collaborative lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience, Helen will always try to help clients to resolve matters using a collaborative approach, as constructively as possible. Helen recognises as well as the financial cost in being involved in court proceedings there is also an emotional cost. In those cases where it is not possible to resolve matters collaboratively, Helen has a proven track record in doing her best for her clients through the court process.

Helen Waite

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. Disputes as to the medical care a child should receive and re-location (national and international)
  • Adoption and special guardianship applications
  • All financial aspects of a relationship breakdown
  • Collaborative law
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Advice and agreements for cohabiting couples
  • Issues between former cohabitees
  • Domestic violence, including applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.

Achievements & other appointments

Helen is a trained collaborative lawyer and is listed as a Citywealth Leader.

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Helen attended Nottingham Trent University where she obtained an Honours Degree in Law. She completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Guildford and was admitted as a solicitor in 2003.