Name: Sara-Jayne Fildes
Title: National Head of Family Law
Telephone: 023 9224 6711
Sara is an established senior solicitor with twenty years’ experience in all aspects of family law.
After studying Podiatric medicine and working for the NHS for several years, she made a career change in her late twenties to enter the legal profession. After finishing her studies at Nottingham Law School, she began a training contract in 1998 at The Owen Kenny Partnership and joined its Family Team as a permanent, fully qualified solicitor two years later.
‘I am sure that my years of caring for patients, listening to their concerns and trying to work out the best possible solution contributed to my aptitude for family law,’ explains Sara. ‘I have always enjoyed advocacy, felt comfortable in a courtroom, but work very hard to find a practical and cost effective solution at the earliest stage. I find using a wide range of skills helps achieve the most amicable and well thought through settlements, saving stress and expense.’
Sara specialises in advising on all matters relating to relationship break down and family disputes and has particular experience in dealing with high net-worth separations, complex financial affairs and sensitive issues regarding children.
Sara has successfully handled cases as far as the Court of Appeal including acting for the father in the reported case E v E (shared residence: financial relief)  1FLR 1228 concerning relocating of children. She is qualified in Collaborative Law, a Mediator and a past president of the Chichester District Law Society. Sara is also a member of the national organisation of Family Lawyers, Resolution.
Away from the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, looking after twins with her partner.
Year admitted: 2000
No of years experience: 21
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Can not thank sara enough of our phone consultantation. She was so kind, friendly and extremely helpful. Totally put my mind at ease. Would definitely recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much.
Cannot rate my solicitor, Sara Fildes, more highly. Cannot have got through my divorce without her highly professional assistance.
Ten out of ten.
Sara-Jayne was brilliant in helping me go through a draft order. Ever so friendly and personable.