Darren is the Head of the Family Department and a Partner at QualitySolicitors Dunn & Baker and specialises in Family and Matrimonial matters since his qualification as a solicitor.
Darren completed a degree in History at the University of Lancaster in 1994 and went on to complete a Law degree conversion course 1995 at the University of Lancashire and then the Legal Practice Course at the University of Exeter in 1996. Darren completed his training contract with a law firm in Bude, Cornwall from 1996 to 2000 when he then moved to the West Country to work for a local law firm. In 2005 Darren joined QualitySolicitors Dunn & Baker in 2005.
Darren is an Accredited Resolution Specialist, a Collaborative Lawyer, All Issues Mediator and is a Family Law Panel Accredited solicitor. (formerly the Children's Panel)
Darren has gained a well-deserved reputation for his practical and effective approach to resolving complex financial and property cases. He commonly handles high value financial cases many of which involve inherited wealth, foreign elements and where necessary the emergency freezing of assets to avoid prejudice to his clients.
In addition, Darren's vast experience in conducting cases against a background where court is a last resort by utilising the Collaborative Law process and Mediation, brings an added dimension and depth to the service that he is able to provide to his clients. Darren has been a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer for many years now and as an Accredited Mediator he has been able to extend his skills and enhance his conciliatory approach to assisting couples in what can sometimes be a very tangled, difficult and emotionally challenging situation.
Where it is unfortunately not possible or appropriate to resolve any conflict or dispute utilising collaborative law or mediation then Darren has wide experience of personally representing clients at all levels of the court system and at round-the-table meetings.
Darren has been a Resolution Accredited Specialist for many years and this reflects his commitment to maintaining high expertise in all aspects of divorce and separation cases. He is also particularly skilled in dealing with domestic abuse and cohabitation matters through this qualification.
Darren is also a Family Law Panel Accredited Solicitor (formerly Children Panel) and this reflects his experience and knowledge of all aspects of children law. Darren handles care proceedings involving Local Authorities as well as complex children cases having foreign jurisdiction issues and child abduction situations.