Elizabeth A. Hodder
- Family & Divorce
I am a Solicitor, first and foremost. I am also a Collaborative Lawyer, a Partner and Head of the Family Law Department at Gross & Co. When I joined the firm in August 2001, I became the first female partner in the firm’s history.
Why do clients instruct me?
When a relationship breaks down, it is only natural to seek advice on what might lie ahead. It is understandable that clients want to know how best to protect their interests, whether that be with regard to the relationship itself, financial issues, or the children of the relationship. These are fundamental important issues, and clients must have confidence in the advice given to them by their solicitor in these circumstances. Word of mouth recommendations from my existing clients are still my most valuable source of new clients. I am also regularly recommended by the former wives/husbands of my past clients, which I have always considered to be very high praise indeed.
I am a Member of Resolution, and a Collaborative trained lawyer. Resolution Members adhere to a Code of Practice which commits to adopting a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law cases.
Who do I act for?
Clients from all walks of life including:-
Doctors, Dentists, Vets, Solicitors, Bankers, Accountants, Teachers, Farmers, Police Officers, Prison Officers, Grandparents, Members (serving and retired) of HM Forces, Financial Advisors, Small Business Owners.
Where does my work come from?
Throughout England; and abroad. I act for many ex-patriots, some of whom are domiciled in the UK, but who have issues which need to be resolved in the English Courts. I also act for many Japanese clients who have connections with England (through their children, or through property).
What do I specialise in?
- Financial settlements arising out of divorce/separation
- Pre-marital Agreements Living Together Agreements
- Contact/Residence of children of a relationship
- Financial disputes between unmarried couples
- Cases involving a foreign or international element with assets in the UK or abroad
I offer all new clients a free 20-minute assessment appointment at our office in Bury St. Edmunds (or over the telephone by arrangement).
Life is busy and we’re not always able to find the time to meet with a solicitor. We offer appointments to suit you – Skype appointments and alternative times are available, please contact us to make an appointment that’s convenient for you.
I have practised as a Solicitor in Bury St. Edmunds since I qualified in 1984.
I have been actively involved in the local community over the years in may roles including (but not exhaustively)
- Trustee of the Bury St Edmunds Citizens Advice Bureau
- Trustee of Relate (formerly West Suffolk Marriage Guidance)
- Director of Women’s Aid (a support group for woman suffering from domestic violence)
- Trustee of Meningioma UK (a registered charity providing support and information for people with a rare form of brain tumour)
In my rather scant spare time I enjoy many sports and activities including going to the gym; pilates; tennis; cycling; walking; looking after my allotment.
For the last 4 years I have had acted as a volunteer judge for Bury in Bloom and have been delighted to have been able to hand out many Certificates to homes and businesses which are awarded to the very best gardens on display in Bury St Edmunds.
What my clients say:
‘Made me feel at ease, confident and able to achieve what I set out to do.’
‘Got to the point quickly, did not waste time and charged your time modestly.’
‘You steadfastly provided me with excellent advice and guidance. I had complete confidence that you had my best interests at the heart.’
‘Listened and advised, in an uncomplicated manner, bypassing the legal jargon, whenever possible. Also looking ahead to advise of any “pitfalls” that may appear in the future on what the chosen course of actions could bring, to work out a satisfactory solution for all parties.’