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Family Solicitor & Head of Child Law

Natalie Sutherland is a qualified family solicitor with over 13 years’ experience. She advises clients on the whole spectrum of family law issues, including divorce and dissolution, financial remedy applications, cohabitation claims for unmarried couples, complex children matters, international and domestic relocation disputes, surrogacy, co-parenting and fertility law, Schedule 1 (money) applications for children, variation of maintenance applications, freezing injunctions, and proceedings relating to domestic violence or occupation of the family home.

Before joining ACLF Natalie was a partner at Cambridge Family Law Practice and, before that, a Senior Assistant solicitor at leading City family law practice, Levison Meltzer Pigott, where she spent 9 years working directly with one of the founders dealing with high net worth clients and matters with complex legal issues. Natalie began her career working with A City Law Firm’s founder, Karen Holden, heading the family team at her previous practice, in family, child and LGBT areas of law.

Equally comfortable litigating and negotiating, Natalie relishes the challenge of finding creative and cost-effective solutions for her clients.

Natalie has a particular interest in all matters relating to children law. She has experience in handling leave to remove applications, fact finding hearings and dealing with cases involving intransigent parents and parental alienation. Natalie has dealt with many cases where addiction (in all its forms) has featured, in both money and children cases. Clients have praised Natalie for the sensitive and robust ways in which she handles these difficult matters.

Natalie acts for intended parents in their applications for Parental Orders following surrogacy journeys in the UK as well as abroad. Whilst most surrogacy journeys go well and result in Parental Orders for the intended parents securing their legal parenthood status, there are cases where things go wrong and Natalie works tirelessly to ensure that the right outcome is achieved. Natalie's compassion for families, in whatever forms they take, make her an asset in our pioneering family department.

Natalie is also developing a specialism in handling digital assets on divorce, which is becoming ever more important in this new tech age and is a complex and evolving area of law.