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Head of Family Law Department
Jonathan Cunningham qualified as a solicitor in 2001. He became a partner in Moseleys in 2004. Jonathan is a member of both the Law Society's Advanced Family Law Panel and the Law Society's Children panel.
Jonathan specialises in family law work including assisting clients with divorce; dissolution of civil partnerships; matrimonial finances; and domestic violence injunctions.
He has a particular interest in the law relating to children and often advises and assists parents and grandparents who are involved with disputes over the arrangements for the care of their children (previously known as contact and residence cases).
Jonathan advises and represents parents, grandparents and other relatives involved in care proceedings brought by the Local Authority. He is also able to assist clients, prior to care proceedings being issued, with "PLO" meetings where necessary.
He also assists people with making applications to the Court for Special Guardianship Orders - which can be necessary if someone other than the parents of a child, or children has the care of them.
Jonathan frequently attends Court for his clients and is a very experienced advocate.
Jonathan also assists clients with employment matters and civil litigation matters.
Wills and Probate Department
Sarah joined Moseleys in 1996 and became a Partner in the Firm in 2000. She prepares Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney documents (for financial affairs and health and care decisions) for clients and deals with Probate matters (dealing with the estate of someone who has died.) Sarah is very approachable and always tries to deal with matters in a friendly and efficient manner.
In addition her many years of being part of the “Moseleys team” have put her in a good position to assist Martin Cox (Senior Partner of the Firm) with the general management and day to day running of the Firm.
Head of Matrimonial Finance and Collaborative Law Department
Rhonda is a Collaborative Law Practitioner. She is able to assist separated parties to reach an amicable and swift settlement without them incurring the stress and cost of formal Court proceedings.
Rhonda is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and specialises in family law. Rhonda is a member of Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Their code of practice promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems, which Rhonda strongly endorses.
Having joined Moseleys' Family Department in January 2012, Rhonda brought with her a wealth of experience in dealing with family law matters having previously worked at Jewels Solicitors in Cannock and Stafford, and prior to that having worked in Sutton Coldfield.
With significant experience in dealing with divorce and what can often be complex financial and property issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, Rhonda has carved out an excellent reputation in this specialised field. Having proven herself to be a formidable opponent and one whom maintains a no-nonsense approach, Rhonda achieves excellent results for her clients and is regarded as a high profile practitioner renowned for the energy and passion she employs on behalf of her clients. Rhonda regularly deals with challenging issues arising from a marital breakdown including complex business structures, property/land disputes and trust elements, as well as pensions and maintenance. She has established a good network of professional contacts of family mediators, financial advisors, accountants, therapists and Counsel all to the benefit of her clients as required.
Rhonda very ably represents parties in not only divorce and financial proceedings, but also children proceedings, and has made many successful representations in and out of Court on behalf of her clients achieving early and realistic solutions. Recognising the delicate nature of dealing with disputes that may arise concerning parties' children, Rhonda is able to apply a sensitive and careful approach on behalf of her clients to include addressing issues of a child's residence or contact with a parent/grandparent.
When dealing with what is often an emotional time for her clients, Rhonda's working ethos is to ease her client through the necessary process, employing a pragmatic approach to resolving the various issues as swiftly and cost effectively as possible, doing so in a conciliatory yet focused manner.
Should there be a need to apply for or defend an application for a Non-Molestation Order (form of injunction) Rhonda is also able to assist with such matters.
Family Law Department
Jane qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has worked in the public and private sector. She specialises in Family Law matters and in particular in relation to children.
Jane has considerable experience in all matters involving disputes about children, including Care Proceedings involving the local authority and disputes around contact and where a child should live. Jane is accredited as a member of the Law Society's Children Panel and represents parents and other family members as well the children via a court appointed Children's Guardian.
In addition, Jane deals with other family matters including divorce and application for Non-Molestation Orders (often known as injunctions).
Jane is a very able advocate and attends court to undertake a variety of court hearings including more complex multi-day hearings and interim and final contested hearings as well as emergency hearings.
Jane strives to provide straightforward, honest and clear advice to clients and to ensure that they fully understand the legal process that they are involved in.
Family Law Department
Jonathan joined Moseleys in 1977, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1979. He developed his skills in the local Magistrates Courts, where he practised both criminal law and family law.
Over recent years Jonathan has specialised in family law and is a member of the Solicitors Family Law Association (which advocates a conciliatory approach to family law) and has trained and worked as a family mediator.
Jonathan has many years of experience in advising and assisting clients with divorce (and the financial issues that arise out of divorce); assisting parents with resolving issues and disputes arising over the arrangements for the care of children (including cases with an international element); and advising unmarried couples about property and other matters upon their separation.
Jonathan advises on all areas of family law and his considerable knowledge and experience enables him to assist all the Family Law Department with many matters including representing clients at Court hearings.