About Rebecca Gardiner

Rebecca graduated with honours from the Chester School of Law in 1989 before being admitted as a solicitor in April 1991.


Prior to setting up Josiah-Lake Gardiner in December 2008, Rebecca had amassed a wealth of experience as a partner and head of the family law department first at Kenneth Elliott & Rowe solicitors in Essex and then at Healys in London from 2002.

Rebecca is a well-respected family law specialist who believes in adopting whenever possible an approach which is not only sensitive to the needs of the client as well as cost effective but which is also constructive with a view to reaching a settlement at an early stage. She is also prepared to take practical and decisive court action quickly when necessary.

Rebecca deals with all aspects of private family law work but specialises in complex financial issues, including those with an international element and appeals.

An outstanding tactician, Rebecca has garnered the respect of peers/colleagues and clients alike.

Deservedly, Rebecca has been recognised by Legal 500 2020 as ‘Leading Individual’ and quote  “Rebecca makes the biggest problems seem manageable and exudes a calm confidence” 

Rebecca’s reported cases:

High Court – B -v- B [2010] EWHC 193 – was successful in arguing the wife be entitled to a share of the assets built up post-separation.

Court of Appeal – Sharp -v- Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408 – case concerning the correct approach to short marriages. Was successful, on appeal, in reducing the husband’s award from £2.725 million to £2 million.


Finance Monthly Global Awards 2018 – Family Law Solicitor of the Year