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Head of Family Law and Senior Family Lawyer, Bristol
Terina is a Senior Family Lawyer and Head of Family Law at Co-op Legal Services, based in Bristol. Terina is a Member of Resolution and has specialised in divorce law and matrimonial financial remedy since 2015.
Terina also specialises in pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, separation agreements, civil partnership dissolution and TLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 - advice up to court only) property disputes between unmarried couples. She is also experienced in private children matters.
Terina supports clients through private family matters from start to finish to ensure continuity, believing that in such difficult times a consistent face is paramount and in her client’s best interests. Terina likes to establish a relaxed and friendly relationship with her clients whilst maintaining a professional approach.
Terina has the ability and advocacy experience to represent her clients at court through Financial Remedy Proceedings, from the First Hearing through to the Final Hearing. Terina will always strive in the first instance to reach a negotiated settlement with the other party to avoid unnecessary court proceedings; always striving to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual client’s case.
Terina was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010 as a Barrister and obtained two scholarships, The Sir Thomas More Scholarship from her Inn of Court, Lincoln’s Inn and the Director of BPP Law from her then Law School BPP for outstanding academic achievement. Terina is also a scholarly member of the Lord Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn, London.
Following qualification Terina initially worked for Humberside Police within the legal services unit and covert authority bureau before being asked to work in private practice in a North Lincolnshire law firm. To practice law within the private arena, Terina chose to cross qualify by submitting her copious work experience to obtain automatic rights as a FILEx and to be on her feet practicing law within private practice as soon as possible.
Terina also has experience in probate and is able to comfortably adapt to any area of law following her legal training at Bar School.
LLb (Hons) Law Degree, The University of Hull, 2007
Lincoln’s Inn, Inn of Court, London
Lord Denning Society Scholarly Member, Lincoln’s Inn, London
Sir Thomas More Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, London, 2008
Director of BPP Scholarship, BPP Law School, 2008
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, Leeds, 2010
Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 2010
When not working
Terina has a keen interest in sport having competed for Great Britain and England with her chosen sport of karate, wado ryu. She obtained her black belt at the age of 15 and was the European Kata Champion twice and has competed in both individual and team kumite at both national and international level in countries across Europe and Great Britain. Terina even appeared on a BBC programme demonstrating karate!
These days Terina prefers to take part in other sports such a mountain biking and skiing, which she has done across Europe and Canada – with the Rockies being her favourite. As a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, Terina also rode motocross and had her own motocross bike, until a few injuries persuaded her a glass of red and chilling by a log fire after a walk in the countryside was really the more adult way to progress!
Terina can regularly be found supporting her 11 year old son playing rugby union and taking part in his many sporting activities.