Vanessa qualified as a solicitor in 1987 having studied at Guildford College of Law. She quickly built up a reputation for acting for children and parents in all types of cases before the court. During her distinguished career Vanessa has specialised in international adoption, surrogacy and care proceedings.

In a career that has seen her become one of the most respected family solicitors in the country, Vanessa has contributed widely to the development of family law practice, serving on the local Resolution committee, the National Law Society subcommittee on Children Law, working as a member of the Exeter Family Court Users Group, lecturing for Jordans Family Law and sitting as a Deputy District Judge.

Vanessa is now part of The Family Law Companys’ outstanding Public Law Children Team, providing advice and support across a full range of matters including residence, contact, wardship, surrogacy, care work, grandparents rights and adoption including international adoption.

Vanessa also acts as an ambassador for the Exeter Community Initiatives; a local charity that delivers, among other projects, the Sure Start programmes in Exeter.

The service supplied by this law firm was superb from start to finish. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for a professional and efficient company.


  • Member of the Law Society’s Children Panel
  • Member of the National Law Society Subcommittee on Children Law
  • Member of the Exeter Family Court Users Group
  • Lecturer for Jordans Family Law
The Family Law society accreditation in Advanced Family lawImage of The Law Society Accreditation of Children Law.
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