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In this period between Christmas and the New Year, I tend to go to the office to catch up on my paperwork. I consider it to be my quiet time to clear those bits of paper from my desk and tidy up a bit.

This is probably in stark contrast to what people think that a family law solicitor does at this time of year. Every year I read articles on the same subject and I sometimes even see a "celebrity" solicitor on T.V pushing the same story year after year about how busy family lawyers are after the Christmas period. Having worked for a number of firms over a number of years, I disagree. Even when I was a legal aid solicitor with a great deal more work, we had very few emergency situations arise during this period.

In my opinion, those people who have had a rough time in their relationship over the Christmas period put their heads down and get on with life in January. It seems to me that it is only when they get to February, with Valentines day lurking, do they pop their heads up to see if the dust has settled. If it has this leaves them with a clearer view of those problems that occurred over the festive season and that haven't been tackled. Obviously, we as family law solicitors only see people once they have decided that their relationship is over, or those who are on the brink of making that decision. Whether those people have taken steps to address issues between those 2 significant dates is not usually known to me, by the time that people step into my office they are past the stage of using reconciliation services.  From that point onwards the first step is usually a referral to a mediation service.

I hope this year to see more information in the media about those options, what positive steps those people can and perhaps should take to get help. I realise that doom and gloom sells papers but there really is no reliable statistical evidence available that confirms the doom and gloom that is peddled. I have checked with ONS website and whilst they produce excellent statistics on the divorce rate and other matters, they don't break these down on a month by month basis.

In House Course Testimonial

‘Mena Ruparel is a knowledgeable,  authoritative and engaging  Lecturer who encouraged the delegates to interact with her; ‘Hot Topics in Family Finance’ contained a wealth [excuse the pun] of useful information for Family Lawyers’

Paralegal Testimonial

I first met Mena whilst studying for my undergraduate law degree during my placement year at Goodhand and Forsyth, where she was engaged as a consultant solicitor in the firm’s family department. I was initially interviewed for my position at Goodhand and Forsyth by Mena and she later became my training supervisor.

Teaching testimonial

"I first met Mena a few years ago, just a couple of years after I started practicing family law.  Mena was lecturing near Regent Street and I remember it being all about matrimonial finance for family lawyers.  I was immediately struck by her warmth and she engaged straightaway with me and was interested in what I had to say.

Consultant Testimonial

 "Mena Ruparel is one of those disarming persons who mixes her knowledge, skill and experience with a generous personality and good natured practicality.

Her vast competence is reflected in her position as a senior matrimonial practitioner, lecturer, trainer and arbitrator.

Best testimonial

"I would though like to take the opportunity of saying that having attended family law and other subject courses over 36 years I have never found any lecturer better than Mena Ruparel".

Pension specialist testimonial

 "I've worked with Mena on many divorce cases and found her to be technically excellent. She always has a firm understanding of her clients position and what is right for them."

Client testimonial

"I am writing to let you know how happy I have been with the help Mena has been to me through what has been the most difficult time in my life."

Delegate testimonial

“The best seminar I have ever been to and possibly the most knowledgeable speaker – lots of extra content about the cases which makes it interesting.”

Arbitration testimonial

"Mena and I very successfully worked together on an Arbitration to deal with the financial aspects of a divorce, which had a number of complicating features.

Blog writing testimonial

"Mena has been ghost writing informative family law pieces for our website and a variety of local press for some months now. Her suggested articles are topical and are written in an intelligent but easy to comprehend  way for the lay person.

Mediator testimonial

Having known Mena Ruparel as a family lawyer advising and representing a considerable number of our mediation clients, I have no hesitation in strongly recommending her. I consider her to be ethical, highly competent and exceptionally focussed on helping clients in separation and divorce reach a dignified and fair conclusion.

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