Divorce & Family Department

Annette Woodall

Head of Divorce and Family Law Department

 

Thank you so much for all your kind support legal and otherwise given to me when at times I have felt very stressed!  Thank you once again Annette and I’m so glad you were recommended to me. RG Walsall

Thank you for all your help and advice Annette. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending you to any of my friends should they require your services.  JB Solihull

Annette was brilliant, she talked me through everything, she said that obviously divorces are very daunting and scary but Annette always talks things through and made sure that I understood what was happening and she has always been amazing throughout the time she was dealing with me.  I was always fully updated and if I didn’t understand anything Annette would explain it clearly to her. DB – Birmingham

I was first attracted to Brendan Fleming by their philosophy of non-confrontation in divorce and a conciliatory approach as described on their website – and goodness knows divorce is a stressful process – so I found this rather appealing. Annette Woodall represented me and I cannot praise her highly enough. She epitomises the Company’s values and I found her to be both rigorous and hardworking in helping achieve a workable and realistic outcome. She was always the consummate professional, exploring all angles and making sure nothing was overlooked and never balked at going that extra mile. Annette also showed great compassion and humor that helped me retain my sanity in the divorce process. I would not hesitate to recommend Annette as a highly skilled, personable and professional divorce advocate.   PB – Worcester

I was recommended to Annette by a family friend who had previously worked alongside her and highly regards her and her work. From the first meeting, I felt extremely comfortable dealing with Annette and appointed her immediately. Her no nonsense, matter of fact and down to earth approach was refreshing as was her wealth of experience. I had previously met a couple of other solicitors to enquire about handling my divorce, but none of them made me feel as at ease as Annette did. Her no nonsense approach was extremely reassuring particularly when I had to deal some demands my ex-husband made after mediation had taken place and the financial arrangement signed. She was able to advise me and reassure me – it was great to have someone who was ‘on my side’. JW – Solihull

Annette Woodall proved to be invaluable in my recent family disputes she was experienced, dedicated and understanding, I felt even though she was under pressure from the other side, Annette kept her cool and pressed ahead in a professional and reliable way
I would highly recommend Annette’s services to anybody who has had the unfortunate twist of fate and who find themselves needing representation in the Family courts, I cannot praise her enough and remain eternally grateful that I was represented by somebody who gets the job done. CMc – Solihull

I was recommended to Annette at Brendan Fleming by a colleague as I was seeking an expert in legal divorce proceedings. Annette and her team provided an excellent service throughout the process. They were always responsive and pro-active but most importantly sensitive to my requirements and very practical and objective in their guidance and support. I would certainly recommend Annette and her firm to anybody seeking a professional and yet personal service.” SR – Worecester

Unfortunately, my ancillary relief proceedings have taken over five years and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future due to my ex-husband’s non-compliance with court orders.  Prior to instructing Annette Woodall I had been represented by two different lawyers, both Partners at a large, national law firm in Birmingham.  My experience of these lawyers was one of inefficiency resulting in an overwhelming feeling that I was not receiving the appropriate level of service for the high fees I was being charged.
Annette took my case on when I was absolutely desperate.  I had run out of money having already spent over £15,000 in legal fees and I now qualified for legal aid.  My previous lawyer refused to represent me now I could no longer afford their fees (despite their firm taking legal aid cases) and I had a court hearing looming in a matter of days.  My case was very complex, all assets were overseas, my ex-husband did not comply with court orders and I faced a huge challenge in enforcing the court orders due to the fact my ex-husband lived overseas.  Every lawyer I contacted refused to represent me on legal aid due to the complexity of my case.
Annette was different.  She agreed to take my case at the eleventh hour just before the hearing and continued to represent me for over three years.  My case has been lengthy, frustrating and complicated, Annette has always made me feel in safe hands due to her vast experience and calm, efficient manner.  I particularly appreciate her honest and pragmatic approach and have always felt she has acted in my best interests, mindful of costs which so often can spiral out of control.  Despite my legal aid status, she always made me feel like I was an important client and has dealt with matters in a professional, timely manner.  She has worked tirelessly to help achieve the best outcome for me.  She persuaded a wonderful barrister to represent me at hearings and I felt incredibly lucky to have such excellent representation.
My case centred around ancillary relief and achieving a financial settlement.  My ex-husband’s refusal to provide honest financial disclosure and the complexity and overseas location of our marital assets proved extremely challenging.  My case involved numerous requests for financial disclosure, penal notice applications for enforcing court orders, section 37 injunctions to protect assets, a committal to prison hearing, two FDR hearings and finally resulted in a contested two-day Final Hearing.  There has since been further enforcement action resulting in a suspended committal to prison order, a variation application and another two-day Final Hearing.  Throughout Annette’s advice has been invaluable and she has gone way out of her way to help me at every stage.  I cannot recommend Annette highly enough, she is a one-off and I consider myself extremely privileged to have been represented and supported by her, during undoubtedly one of the most difficult and stressful periods of my life. LA – Gloucester

I first met with Annette for advice on the financial aspects of divorce which are both daunting and stressful.  Her calm and pragmatic approach was reassuring and immediately made me feel that she could and would help me.  During the divorce process things became more complicated and protracted than at the outset and Annette consistently stepped up to advise and support me.  Divorce is a stressful situation, particularly when children are involved and it was the support of Annette that guided me through the process to resolution.  I found her advice to be professional and practical, Annette always treated me as an individual and I never felt like one of many clients, she always had time for me and always made me feel like nothing was too much trouble.  Throughout the process there are many difficult times, but it was Annette’s balance of professional and personable approach that gave me the resolve to get through it.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Annette to anyone unsure of how to get through the fog of separation and divorce. CK – Brierley Hill

Julie, thank you so much for guiding me through a very difficult and stressful divorce. You kept me well informed every step of the way, patiently and sympathetically explained everything. I wouldn’t have had the strength to keep going without you.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Salvia for all of your efforts.  You were very understanding, sympathetic and non-judgmental regarding my situation and handled the case very well”.