Our Values and Philosophy

Consilia Legal Directors and founders of the firm, Laura Clapton and Marie Walsh share their experience of launching the firm, their key values and the philosophy of the practice.

Our Name – what does Consilia mean?

We worked together as colleagues for a number of years before launching Consilia Legal in 2014. At Consilia Legal our team share a mission – to work with our clients to best achieve their goals. How do we do that? By providing pragmatic, creative and commerically sound advice to suit each individual client’s budget. This is the reason we chose the name “Consilia” which means working together in Latin. We believe Consilia represents who we are and our relationship with our clients.

Our Directors – who are we?

Our Employment director, Marie Walsh  advises a range of businesses, their directors and shareholders on all aspects of HR and employment law issues. Marie  believes that “our loyal clients appreciate a down to earth and straight talking practical approach to the law and business strategy. My principal aim is to provide practical employment law advice to suit the individual and commercial needs of my clients in a timely and efficient manner.” Marie is supported by associate employment solicitor Victoria Horner who is a highly experienced solicitor and who has worked with Marie for a number of years and employment solicitor Andy Boyde who is recognised the the Legal 500 (2017) as a “next generation lawyer”. The team is also assisted by trainee solicitor Emma Cartlidge who commenced her training contract with the firm in September 2017.

Our director Laura Clapton is head of the family law and mediation department and advises individuals on all aspects of relationship breakdown including divorce proceedingsproperty and finances and child related issues. She also advise on future planning including pre & post nuptial agreements. Laura Clapton says “Our aim is always to achieve the best outcome for our clients whilst ensuring that the process is as stress free and cost effective as possible in often difficult family circumstances. We believe our clients feel completely safe and assured in our hands.” Laura is supported by experienced associate family solicitor and accredited mediator Sarah Manning. The family team is assisted by trainee solicitor Nikol Loutchanska who started her training contract in the family department in January 2018.

Laura and Sarah are both accredited FMCA family mediators and offer a fully comprehensive all issues family mediation service to help separated families achieve fair outcomes. The mediation department is assisted by paralegal, Zara Rafiq who is the first point of contact for mediation clients. As lawyers and mediators, Laura and Sarah take a constructive and non-confrontational approach whilst also acting robustly as litigators.

Laura and Sarah are members of Resolution and abide by a Code of Practice. As members of Resolution, Laura and Sarah are committed to the constructive resolution of family issues and they consider the needs of the whole family, in particular the best needs of any children involved.

At Consilia Legal we also offer workplace mediation for employment related disputes in order to avoid costly litigation.

We pride ourselves on our talented team of legal advisers who help us achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

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