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Sheila Crosby

Sheila Crosby

Partner/Solicitor, Advanced Family Law Panel, Children Act Panel, Collaborative Lawyer

Sheila Crosby first joined John Fowlers in 1991 as a Legal Secretary, trained through FILEX (now called CILEX), and qualified in 1999. Sheila then qualified as a Solicitor in 2007. She is also a member of Advanced Family Law Panel, Children Act Panel and a trained collaborative lawyer.

“I enjoy sharing information and new methods of dealing with problems with clients, for example, sharing pension information or benefits information – some people are eligible for up to £2,000 of income that they were completely unaware of. Spreadsheets will often show at a glance if a client’s ex-partner has fabricated their financial position.

During my career, I’ve always been driven to find pragmatic ways of dealing with domestic violence, persuading clients that a perpetrator will not change but they can change the way they deal with the abuse thereby assisting them to rebuild their self confidence to enable them to take control of their lives.

A breakdown of a relationship often brings out the worst in parents – It’s my job to assist them to look at the situation with fresh eyes so that they understand how their child feels and what is best for a child which ultimately will be best for them.

During my time at the firm, the industry has changed considerably. The main change has been the restriction on legal aid. This has prevented many people from accessing legal aid. Parents without solicitors to reassure and guide them through legal matters can become highly acrimonious and impact negatively on the whole family.

The firm benefits from having several different departments as I can obtain speedy information in most areas, such as a mental health problem, criminal advice,private client advice, conveyancing knowledge, personal injury and commercial issues.

When not at work I like nothing more than basking in the sunshine.”