Our legal team

Our legal team

We offer the expertise of a team of highly skilled individuals and the shared experience of having successfully encountered cases of every shape and size.

We represent individuals rather than companies or business concerns and we aim to build effective working relationships with each of our clients. You’ll deal with an approachable and professional lawyer on a one to one basis.

All of our lawyers have expert knowledge in their field and many are members of the accredited panels of our profession.

Paul Foster



Paul is a partner in the firm, his father having founded it in 1976. Paul has been a family solicitor since 1979. He has extensive experience in many areas of law but has specialised in family law for more than 25 years. Paul is a member of the Law Society Children Panel enabling him to represent children and parents in care proceedings. Paul is an acknowledged specialist in public and private law proceedings relating to children and appears on a regular basis in the local courts representing children and parents in such cases. Paul is one of the very few family lawyers in this country to have been appointed as a Higher Courts Advocate. This allows him to appear in all levels of court in this country as an advocate in civil proceedings. Paul manages Quality within the Family Department and is the Family Team’s Project Manager.

Paul is a trained family mediator who has also lectured on family law to mediators and contributed to a textbook on family law for mediators.

Greg Moss



Greg qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked for some eight years as a specialist family lawyer in an inner city practice before joining Foster & Partners in 1998. Greg’s specialism is in the area of children law. He represents parents and grandparents involved in cases involving social services. He also frequently acts for children who are involved in court proceedings, an area of work which he finds particularly rewarding.

He is a member of the Law Society Children Panel (accredited to act on behalf of both adults and children).

Greg has been a partner in the firm since 2001.

John Pratley


Partner, Regional Head of Family South West

John has specialised as a family lawyer since joining the firm in 1993. John’s particular area of expertise is dealing with financial arrangements arising from divorce and from the breakdown of unmarried relationships. He has particular experience in acting for clients with larger asset bases, and more complex financial affairs.

John is an accredited Resolution Specialist (special expertise in advanced financial provision and in pensions). He is also a member of Resolution. John is also a fully accredited Collaborative Lawyer.

John has been a partner since 1997.

Carol Chrisfield

Carol Chrisfield


Carol qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has worked as a specialist family lawyer since that time. She joined Foster & Partners in 2005.

Carol specialises in resolving financial and children issues on divorce and separation. She is an accredited specialist in complex financial disputes and cases involving domestic violence.

She is also a member of Resolution, whose aim is to provide a sensitive and constructive approach to resolving issues and disputes.

Fiona Sansom



Fiona qualified and joined the firm in December 2006. She is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and a member of Resolution.
She specialises in all areas of family law with particular interest in children cases including those involving social services, representing both parents and children.

Clair Wygladala



Clair became a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2002 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2005.

Clair joined Foster & Partners in January 2008 having previously worked for 7 years in a local specialist family law practice. She specialises in all areas of family law but particularly in children cases including those where social services are involved and in cases involving domestic violence and injunctions. She is a Resolution accredited specialist in disputes involving children and in domestic violence cases. Clair also has vast experience in resolving disputes about financial arrangements on divorce or the breakdown of unmarried relationships

Clair is a member of Resolution

Jenna Eldrett



Jenna joined Foster & Partners in 2008 having qualified as a solicitor in January 2006.

Jenna is a member of the Law Society Children Panel (accredited to act on behalf of both adults and children) and specialises in all areas of family law with a particular interest and expertise in cases involving disputes about children, including those involving social services.

Paul Hicks



Paul qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and has been a Law Society Family Panel member since 2000. Paul attended Warwick University and undertook the Law Society Finals in Guildford then completed his articles in Chepstow, Monmouthshire with Francis and Co. Paul commenced employment with Simpson Millar in 1997. He has wide-ranging experience in all aspects of family law.

Paul’s hobbies include sport, walking and running, having completed various half marathons. Paul has completed the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) and walked up Ben Nevis raising money with the Communication Workers Union for a Local Children’s hospice.

Amanda Sawyer

amanda.sawyer@simpsonmillar.co.uk Amanda qualified in 1997 and since that time has worked in a number of legal areas. However family law was her first and most abiding interest. She worked in an inner city practice for five years before jointly founding a firm in which she was a partner for ten years.
Amanda prides herself in her ability to communicate at all levels and has considerable experience working with those who have pre-existing challenges in life, particularly with their own mental health and learning difficulties.

She is a member of Resolution and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and the Law Society’s Family Panel, therefore qualified to represent parents in care proceedings which is work that she thoroughly embraces and enjoys.

Amanda is fascinated by the world underwater and loves to snorkel and swim. She is a very capable knitter and thoroughly enjoys making jam tarts with her granddaughter. She speaks good French and enjoys using that ability when she has the opportunity.

Jade Corden


Jade is a paralegal in our Bristol Child Care Team. She has a first class law degree. She specialises in Special Children Act cases working with challenging clients such as those with mental health issues, severe drug/alcohol addiction and lack of capacity.

She attends out client meetings, providing both legal and procedural advice. She attends pre-proceedings meetings, representing the interests of the client and, if possible, negotiating arrangements to prevent proceedings being issued.

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