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    Joined Ellisons

    MaryCarmel joined Ellisons in April 2014 as a Solicitor within the Family Department and was promoted to Senior Associate in June 2023.

    Areas of Specialism

    MaryCarmel can assist you with all aspects of private family law including the following:

    • Divorce
    • Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
    • Cohabitation Disputes
    • Financial Remedy following Separation
    • Separation Agreements
    • Cohabitation Agreements
    • Nuptial Agreements
    • Children Arrangements and Disputes (for parents, guardians and grandparents)
    • Domestic Abuse Injunctions
    • Change of Name Deeds

    MaryCarmel’s focused areas of experience are:

    • Court Advocacy in Children Act 1989 cases
    • Children Act 1989 proceedings involving relocation requests outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales, Hague Convention cases and emergency applications.

    Career overview

    Prior to joining Ellisons, MaryCarmel attended the University of Leicester to study English and obtained a 2:1. MaryCarmel then went onto Nottingham Trent University  to study LLB Law (Hons) Degree and obtained a 2:1,  alongside completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC).

    MaryCarmel completed a training contact at a local firm within Essex before moving to work closely with the Head of Family Department at another Essex firm.  Subsequently, MaryCarmel moved to a firm in Kent as an Associate Solicitor primarily working on Children Act 1989 cases, and undertaking Court Advocacy before joining Ellisons in 2014.

    MaryCarmel is also a member of Resolution which is a national organisation of family justice professionals committed to non-confrontational and constructive resolution of disputes.

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    Outside the office

    MaryCarmel is a mother to two lively mischievous boys aged 5 and 2. MaryCarmel enjoys spending time with her family; baking, swimming, and enjoying the outdoors. MaryCarmel also enjoys spending time with her friends and wider family. In her spare time, MaryCarmel enjoys cooking, reading and watching a good series on Netflix with the odd large glass of red wine!