What Others Say

“Fiona’s professionalism and approachable manner made me feel at ease and always well advised. Without hesitation I would recommend her services to anyone”
JM , Derby

“Fiona represented my first wife when we were divorced . It is fair to say that Fiona operated in a very professional manner at all times and secured an excellent settlement for my ex wife. Following my divorce I have recommended Fiona to others and they have been more than happy with the service they received”
JB, Derby

“Fiona was unfailingly professional and supportive and gave me balanced, insightful and thoughtful advice. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to others”.
RH, Chesterfield

"The day I randomly chose Claire Dean from the Yellow Pages to consult her regarding my marital issues has genuinely proved to be the most important and fortuitous decision of my life.

"Claire has at all times behaved professionally both with myself and her peers: and also in proportion to each development. I was consulted on every level and at every stage and believe that my financial outlay was kept to a minimum, whilst utilising all the methods available to help my position.

"I cannot speak highly enough of Claire Dean and the other representatives that she enlisted on my behalf. The quality of her advice has been crucial. My daughter and myself thank her from the bottom of our hearts."

"Claire Dean recently guided me through my divorce which took two and a half years. All the way through this very stressful time Claire showed me kindness, understanding, and kept me fully aware of the proceedings – every step of the way. She was always one step ahead of what was likely to be presented and things were dealt with immediately and efficiently.

"When the subject of finances and pensions were in dispute she promptly bought on board a financial advisor, with which Claire gained a satisfactory result.

"I am eternally grateful to Claire – she gave me my life back. She is a very professional lady."
Sylvia Froggart

“Although the ending of my marriage was painful, the use of the collaborative process, aided by supportive solicitors was a logical and flexible approach which smoothed the pathway and kept everything on an even keel. I chose Fiona because she was straight with me and explained what was ahead ….other solicitors were not as forthright and I just seemed to be another cog in the mechanism of their business. If I ever need legal advice in the future I will be knocking at Fiona’s door.”
BB, Derby

“I was delighted to appoint Fiona as my solicitor using the collaborative law approach….Fiona was professional and supportive and worked hard to keep the process moving and to navigate over the sticking points. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her”.
RH, Derby

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Fiona Apthorpe


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