Gayle Ashley

I joined Becket Chambers in 2015, and have represented a wide range of clients in private and public family law matters, as well as in financial remedy cases. In addition to dealing with divorce and matrimonial finance, I take instructions under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA), and under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. I also regularly provide family law training to solicitors and other legal professionals.

My busy practice is sought after by clients who need my advice and advocacy in all areas of family law.

I take a pragmatic, sensitive and non-confrontational approach, and my aim is to help my clients resolve their issues as effectively as possible.

I am an all-issues family mediator and a member of Resolution (a national family law body committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way) and the Family Mediation Council (FMC).

In 2015, I completed the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. This course aims to encourage and develop the highest standards of advocacy, and is internationally recognised as one of the best and most intensive advocacy courses in the world.

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

I regularly represent parents and grandparents in disputes involving contact/residence, change of surname, specific issue and prohibited steps, as well as acting in special guardianship cases, from first hearings through to fact finding hearings and multi-day final hearings.

I take a sensitive approach to dealing with my family law clients, being acutely aware of the emotional impact that family proceedings tend to have on them. My clients value this sensitivity, coupled with a down-to-earth approach and commitment to excellent client care, as well as my approachability, advocacy skills and expert knowledge.

I have experience of appearing against Queen’s Counsel, and have been commended by a QC for my ‘outstanding’ legal and case management skills as well as my paperwork, case preparation and advocacy ‘of the highest quality’.

Public Law Children

In my public law practice, I act for parents, local authorities and guardians, and have a reputation for being professional, approachable and personable. My thorough approach to cases, my ability to build a rapport and good working relationship with my clients from all walks of life, and my strong advocacy skills have resulted in a busy and expanding practice.

I am extremely sensitive to the emotional impact of any legal proceedings, especially relating to children, and have a warm and personable approach which helps me to put my clients at ease, including those who are particularly vulnerable or nervous about engaging with the legal process.

My experience includes challenging expert medical evidence as well as sensitive handling of vulnerable witnesses.