Contact Details
Location Charminster
Phone 01202 057793

Charlotte Cooper


Family Law

My Approach

My aim is to provide clear and conscientious advice to all my clients to help them achieve the best possible outcome in their case. I am also mindful of the difficulties which can be experienced during a relationship breakdown and will take a pragmatic approach in order to minimise acrimony and costs.

Areas of Expertise

  • All aspects of divorce and civil partnership dissolution
  • Financial disputes arising from relationship breakdown including disputes over property, pensions and maintenance
  • Disputes involving children including access, contact, choice of school, relocation and holidays
  • Emergency Applications to protect children e.g. preventing them from being taken abroad
  • Emergency Applications relating to Domestic Violence
  • Relocation of Children inside and outside of England
  • Child Abduction
  • Financial Disputes between unmarried partners (i.e. cohabitee disputes)
  • Cohabitation Agreements

I predominantly assist partners, Ian Butterworth and Katie Taft, in all aspects of their work.

Recent Work

I have assisted in the following cases:

  • Representing parents of abducted children in the High Court
  • Representing a client who had been subjected to significant domestic violence in a dispute over child arrangements
  • Obtaining an Injunction against a violent ex partner to protect our client from further physical or emotional abuse
  • Representing a father in his application for the child to live with him
  • Negotiating financial settlements for a number of unmarried clients

My Route to Ellis Jones

I joined the Family Department at Ellis Jones in December 2012 after having worked at another local firm for 2 years. I began studying with CILEx in 2012 and have recently completed my CILEx Level 6 Qualification, specialising in Family Law. I expect to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2021/2022.

Professional Associations & Qualifications

  • Gradate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice – Family Law – November 2020