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Shetal joined in 2018 and brings with her 15 years of experience advising on divorce and financial matters, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation matters and children-related cases.
Shetal is highly experienced in advising on a diverse range of complex family law issues relating to married, unmarried, same sex couples as well as extended family members such as grandparents.
Shetal is also a Resolution accredited specialist in children and domestic violence cases and it is her experience in these types of cases that has meant Shetal has been listed again as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the 2021 Uk Legal 500 rankings. The Legal 500 state that Shetal ‘treats domestic abuse clients with respect and understanding’.
In the 2021 guide Shetal received this testimonial from a women's refuge;
‘Shetal Gudgeon has a long history of working with women fleeing domestic abuse. We recommend her to our residents because we like the manner and tone of voice she uses when communicating with our women. She makes them feel valued and important. She shows empathy and respect. This is something some of our women have never experienced. Our women need a certain kind of person as they have fled domestic abuse, lost their homes and sometimes children. They have complex needs and are dealing with trauma.’
Previously recognised as a recommended Family Lawyer in The Good Lawyer Guide – the independent guide to solicitors in England and Wales –She is well known for providing clear and practical advice described as “second to none” and leaving “no stone unturned”. She has also been described as “professional”, “welcoming” and “empathetic”. Shetal works closely with her contacts such as charities in the areas of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
One of Shetal's recent cases has been published as the judge felt it was important for the public to be able to see how the family courts come to decisions on cases involving children. The case, where Shetal acted for the mother, concerns the impact of domestic abuse on child arrangements and an allegation of parental alienation supported by one of the experts only. This was an unusual case where a psychiatrist and psychologist were instructed to undertake work with the family.