Wendy Ryle qualified as a solicitor over 30 years ago and has specialised in Family Law for much of her career. She works for the firm of Burt Brill and Cardens in Brighton and is able to undertake collaborative cases there and also at serviced offices in East Grinstead.
Wendy is an accredited specialist with Resolution and a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. She qualified as a collaborative lawyer in 2006 and as a Family Mediator in 2009. She recognises the worry and stress that is caused to clients by divorce and separation and the effects that are also felt by any children involved. She believes that whenever possible, it is preferable for divorcing or separating couples to resolve issues by agreement rather than by Court proceedings. Collaborative law helps agreements to be reached.
Away from the office, Wendy’s interests are music, singing travel and running.
I was really pleased to discover that there was an alternative to the traditional essentially adversarial process around divorce. For me the collaborative approach resonated strongly with my personal values of trying wherever possible to achieve a win – win; or at the least reducing the harm to either party.
"I also felt supported throughout by knowing that my lawyer was both looking after my interests, and honouring the process.
"It wasn’t easy, but in the end, I felt that both I and my ex-partner were able to close the chapter knowing that we had done the “right” thing by each other.