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Sean McNally
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Sean McNally

Partner, Solicitor & Joint Head of Family
Family , Mediation , Same-Sex Legal Advice

My Approach

I have a constructive and realistic approach. I strive to avoid litigation/Court proceedings if at all possible. However I will not hesitate in proceeding with Court if it is in my client’s interests to do so. As a mediator and collaborative solicitor I utilise these skills to the benefit of my clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • All aspects of family law and divorce.
  • Complex disputes involving children, including leave to remove cases, Special Guardianship and International Child Abduction matters.
  • Medium to very high net worth financial cases to include work on pensions and trusts.
  • Schedule 1 Children Act cases (finances).
  • Co-habitation disputes.
  • Civil partnership.

Recent Work Includes

  • Acting for a client in achieving a very unusual outcome by using a pension to preserve property.
  • An extremely protracted children dispute based on serious allegations against my client which were unfounded.
  • Acting on an internal relocation case.
  • Mediating on financial disputes and arrangements for children.
  • Defending an application where domestic violence alleged.

Professional Associations and Qualifications

  • Ranked as a leading family lawyer in the south coast by Chambers UK (a client’s guide to the legal profession).
  • Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 (UK 2017) being described as ‘eminently experienced’ and 'a firm and knowledgeable litigator’.
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1991.
  • Qualified as a mediator in 1997.
  • Member of Resolution and twice Chairman of Dorset Resolution.
  • Trained and qualified as a collaborative family lawyer in 2007.
  • Member of Phoenix Mediation.
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“Sean is professional and very level headed. He gave me good advice and on several occasions stopped me making the wrong decisions about how to proceed. I would recommend Sean without reservation if you have a family law issue. ” Ms Simmons
“Sean McNally is a ‘lead on international child abduction matters’” Legal 500 (UK 2016)