Sarah Mellish - Family Solicitor in Brighton

About Sarah

I have worked as a family lawyer for nearly 40 years, having qualified first as a legal executive and then as a solicitor. For all of my career I have worked in Brighton not moving far from the centre and the Lanes, working in small to medium sized firms.

I am a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and have been a member of this Scheme for 24 years. I am an Advanced Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

I believe that going to court is very much last resort and I feel that my personal strengths are as a negotiator and as a problem solver. I therefore support all dispute resolution methods and have qualified as a mediator (1994); a collaborative lawyer (2007); and as a Family Law Arbitrator (2016).

Following on from qualifying as a mediator, I have trained to offer direct consultation with children. I am a member of the Law Society Mediation Panel. I am also recognised as a Professional Practice Consultant which means that I supervise and review fellow mediators.

I am married with one son and a cat. I enjoy nearly all things French and have spent years trying to speak French fluently. I also enjoy reading, swimming, playing tennis and being with my friends.

Sarah’s Reported Cases

Gearon -v- Gearon (Equal Sharing) 2002 before Mr. Justice Coleridge (as he then was). This was a big money case which involved assets of around £8 million and where the concept of equal sharing post White -v- White 2000 was applied.  The case also involved arguments around the application of hold over relief (CGT) and the discount (if any) that should be applied to a minority shareholding.

East Sussex County Council -v- AG (Finding of Fact) 2017 EWHC 536 Fam 6th March 2017.  This was a case involving a young baby.  A finding of fact was made that either the mother and/or father had poisoned their son with life threatening amounts of alcohol and antihistamine.  The alcohol levels were the highest recorded for a baby.

Read Sarah’s Blog Articles

Divorce Law is Changing

For a number of years divorce lawyers particularly through Resolution First For Family Law (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) have lobbied for a change in divorce law.