Margaret Kelly


About Margaret Kelly

Margaret has been a specialist family lawyer since 1992.

She joined Josiah-Lake Gardiner as a Consultant in August 2013.

As a trained mediator, collaborative lawyer, deputy district judge and arbitrator Margaret is well positioned to inform clients of the options available to resolve their issues; offering them a service tailor-made to their individual needs.

A talented, experienced and skilled practitioner, Margaret supports clients in resolving the many and varied issues arising from relationship breakdown. She understands the potential emotional and psychological impact of and will work with counsellors to assist clients in coping with all that the separation process may throw at them.

She also advises clients at the beginning of relationships on cohabitation, pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements.

Her approach is pragmatic, and acting in a constructive way she strives to assist clients reach agreements. Where this is not possible she is able to robustly prepare cases for court (including injunctions to freeze assets or protect children).

Her clients range from housewives to high profile individuals. Cases will often involve overseas assets and trusts.

Margaret is dual qualified (Australia and England & Wales). She is an accredited member of Resolution (specialist subjects – complex financial matters and private children issues).

She sits on the Dispute Resolution and the Skills and Support committees of Resolution First for Family developing and shaping non-court based processes and providing courses to fellow practitioners.

Margaret is a contributing author to the Resolution Family Disputes Hand Book.

Margaret is a member of

  1. The International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners
  2. Anglo Australian Family Lawyers Association
  3. Anglo Australasian Lawyers Association
  4. The UK chapter of the Law Council of Australia

She has appeared on TV and published articles in professional and national journals.

The Legal 500 describes her as ‘very skilful’ and ‘very personable’ and notes that she is ‘knowledgeable and fights well for her clients’.

Most recently The Legal 500 UK 2018 highlights Margaret as a lawyer who is ‘‘thoughtful and knowledgeable always listening to find a way through the difficulties and mindful of the children’s best interests’.

Margaret’s reported cases:

Margaret was the lead solicitor in Re S (Abduction: Return into Care) [1999] 1 FLR 843. Her client refused to return his 9-year-old daughter to Sweden as she had made disclosures of sexual abuse, by her mother’s cohabitee. The court ordered the child’s return on the basis that the Swedish authorities were aware of the issues and protective arrangements were made for the child on her return.