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Sarah Finnis

Head of Department

Family Law

Sarah heads our Family Law Team and is based in our Herne Bay office. Throughout her career she has specialised as a family lawyer. Following a rigorous assessment by Resolution she is also qualified as a specialist family lawyer with specialisms in financial remedies and children law.

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Sarah is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer. She joined Girlings as a Partner in 2006 and was previously a partner in another Kent firm of solicitors. As a family law specialist she is committed to providing clear uncomplicated advice and understands the emotional upheaval the divorce process and separation can bring. Her goal is to achieve a fair settlement for her clients enabling them to move on with their lives.

She recognises that seeing a family solicitor can be a daunting prospect and her no-nonsense style hopes to put clients at ease from that very first meeting and establish confidence from the start.

Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 after graduating from the University of Wales, Cardiff. She has extensive experience in all aspects of divorce and family law. She is also a member of Resolution, a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer and a Resolution accredited specialist with specialisms in financial remedies and children law. Being a Resolution Lawyer Sarah is committed to a constructive approach in dealing with all types of family cases whether through negotiation, collaborative law or the court process. As a Collaborative Family Lawyer, Sarah has also been awarded the Government’s Helping and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) mark which demonstrates her commitment to helping families to deal with relationship breakdown.

As an experienced family lawyer and trained Collaborative Lawyer, Sarah can offer her clients the option of achieving a settlement through collaboration to avoid stressful court proceedings. With collaborative family law there is a shared commitment to avoid court proceedings – a series of round table meetings are held where each person appoints a collaboratively trained family lawyer. At these face to face meetings the key is to find a solution that meets the needs of the family avoiding the conflict (and added cost) that the court process can bring.

Sarah also gives advice to members of the public seeking advice at the Kent Law Clinic and at the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Meet Sarah Finnis, Head of Family Law:
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I should just like to thank you for all the work you undertook on my case. You intervened in a really difficult longstanding and acrimonious situation and brought it to an end and I really appreciated your professionalism, attention to detail and care in keeping me fully informed throughout the process.
You make a difficult situation as good as it can be.
Mrs Kerman
Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have offered me during my divorce. Your professionalism has been a constant that I have been able to lock onto throughout, and that professionalism has been exhibited not only by yourself but also by the other professionals you have recommended to me. All have reflected the high standards to which you conduct yourself and I have never felt that I have had anything less than a top team behind me.
Mr Brewer
Sarah was always very professional and gave me very balanced advice – she made what was a very difficult time for me much more bearable, with the best outcome.
I was made to feel at ease and comfortable by Sarah. All the staff I met were friendly and polite.
Mrs Scuffil
I can not speak highly enough of her and will not hesitate to recommend her. Sarah has been fantastic.
Matthew Britton
Thank you for today's conversation and for your understanding and for all of your kind support and diligent, prudent and hard work in all these past months. I will always remain grateful to you for helping me in so many ways with your expertise, clarity, understanding and humanity through the roughest period of my life.
Isabell Brand
(Sarah) helped me to maintain my composure and dignity and I am very grateful for that. You have been absolutely fantastic truly professional and so caring. Very happy with the outcome. Your help and advice has been invaluable.
Sarah Finnis was excellent. A true support over a very difficult situation. She listened and understood perfectly. Her advice was really helpful and exactly what I needed to learn about my situation. She is a great asset to Girlings in this particularly sensitive area of family support.