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Carole Atkinson

Partner

Carole heads the private client segment at Weightmans. Her family department has been described as "cracking team" which has been ranked in the Northwest Top Tier of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners in the last six editions. Carole has 30 years' experience and was appointed as Deputy District Judge over 10 years ago.

She has built up a highly successful team of 12 specialist family lawyers at Weightmans in the North West, the Midlands and London, five of whom are also recognised as leading individuals. The team has extended its reach into the firm’s London office to accommodate a growing number of instructions to the team from the south of England and also an increasing amount of family work with an international element.

Carole specialises in financial relief claims in divorce proceedings, in particularly technically complex high value claims. Her clients have included household names as well as fellow professionals. Many of her clients are recommended to her by other lawyers and professionals.

Carole has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving onshore and offshore trusts as well as complex corporate and tax issues in cases where the assets are worth many millions. She is recognised for her extensive knowledge and experience, her exceptional client care skills and her pragmatic approach to family dispute resolution.

Carole is an active member of Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association), trained collaborative lawyer and trained Resolution mentor.

Carole is consistently recommended and recognised in Legal Directories: Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leader in her field. She has been described as a family lawyer who "makes the so-called 'magic circle' firms look ordinary."

Carole continues to receive cases referred to her by QCs and other lawyers and professional colleagues who recognise her considerable expertise in this area of law and she frequently receives instructions to act on behalf of other professionals in respect of their own divorces. Previous clients also frequently recommend her to others. She regularly lectures and writes articles on topical family law issues and has appeared on radio and television to discuss and to advise on family law issues and recent developments. Her approach to family law is a sensitive yet proactive approach to resolution dispute with the aim of achieving a successful outcome for each client in a cost effective manner.

Carole was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2001.

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"Extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of family law; she leads from the top and her levels of service are excellent."

Chambers & Partners 2016

"Carole Atkinson is 'calm, sensible and well organised' and 'at the top of her game'.

Legal 500 2015

"Carole Atkinson is a seasoned family law practitioner who is highlighted for her "profound knowledge of her subject" and her "great client care." She advises clients on both high-value financial remedy matters and children cases. One client comments that she was able to "create a win-win situation for myself and my ex-partner.""

Chambers and Partner 2017