Christine Plews

Consultant
Contact details

07740 637 620

01865 254213

Practice group head Christine Plews acts on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as financial disputes arising from separation. Clients say: "Plews is a great adviser. She is calm, considered and practical. When emotions can be under strain, a level-headed and rational approach underpins a wealth of experience and gives her clients a feeling of complete security."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

Christine specialises in matters arising out of divorce and separation, including cohabitee disputes. She is an experienced mediator.

Main areas of practice

Dealing with financial matters following a divorce and where there are significant family or business assets is her main area of expertise.

She is a member of the Law Society Family Panel and a trained collaborative lawyer and an experienced mediator.

Clients

Christine can help a wide variety of clients but, in particular, those who like to work in collaboration with her to achieve the right result.

Expertise

Career

Christine joined the firm in 1990. She is a trained Resolution mediator and has been a trained collaborative lawyer since 2005. She is also an accredited Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) Specialist panel member for advanced financial provision and children law.
Contact details

07740 637 620

01865 254213

Memberships
  • International Academy of Collaborative Lawyers
  • Lawyers Against Poverty

Significant Experience

  • Mediation: As an accredited Resolution mediator, Christine has one of the largest lawyer mediator practices in the area. She works closely with IFAs and family consultants. She holds a post graduate counselling qualification. A trained collaborative lawyer since 2005, she helped launch collaborative law in the Oxford area and remains involved in the development of this area of dispute resolution.
  • Nuptial Agreements: In this developing area, Christine has advised many couples on nuptial agreements, before or after their marriage or Civil Partnership. Many have an international element and involve significant assets.
  • Owner managed businesses: She also specialises in the division of business assets following divorce or separation of a family member and dealing with money and property issues arising out of relationship breakdown, whether the couple have been married or not.
  • International: Christine has a developing reputation for dealing with family disputes where there is an international element, particularly with regard to Ireland, France, Germany and Belgium where she has links with other lawyers. Her expertise lies in English law but she is also well informed about issues relating to children or assets in other jurisdictions.

Additional Expertise

Cases involving couples who are unmarried but have business or property assets together. She has a particular expertise in Prenuptial Agreements.

Quotes


Leading Individual, specialising in high value matrimonial and ancillary relief, particularly those with business issues.

Legal 500, 2018

Fantastic lawyer.

Legal 500, 2017

Christine is top-notch. She is the go-to person for high-value cases that require careful handling.

Chambers and Partners, 2018

I really appreciate your tone in the letter which is formal yet trying to keep things as civilised as possible.

Dr N, Oxford

Your helpful advice at this most difficult time has been of exceptional standard and your personal empathy and that of your team has been appreciated enormously

Mrs R, Oxford

Reliable, sensible practitioner with a clear sense of the law. She is sympathetic, understanding and sees the wider emotional context of complex situations and the added difficulties these can create.

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2016

Insights by Christine


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21 January - Christine Plews

While most people don’t start court proceedings lightly, there can be an element of hoping that it will be cathartic or therapeutic in some way and that 'justice' will be...

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10 October - Christine Plews

There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court".  I normally emphasise that mediation is not...

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8 October - Christine Plews

Many years ago the court used to get involved in every case where there were children and their parents were divorcing.  However, with the Children Act, which came into being...

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