Vanessa FriendSenior Associate

Vanessa Friend

Vanessa Friend

Vanessa Friend is a Resolution trained mediator and a solicitor.

She qualified in 2009 and joined May, May & Merrimans, before the firm joined forces with Hunters in 2015, in 2012. Vanessa deals with all aspects of family law including divorce, complex financial disputes further to a marital or relationship breakdown and prenuptial agreements. She also deals with issues of child contact and has extensive experience in cases regarding leave to remove children from the jurisdiction.



Vanessa regularly writes on all issues pertaining to family law, with articles published in The Times, Spear’s and The Law Society, most recently commenting in The Telegraph. She has presented webinars for LexisNexis concerning children law in 2016, as well as co-presented a webinar on the financial remedies update in 2017.

Vanessa enjoys public engagement and speaking, and is passionate about increasing public understanding on family law issues. She is a member of Resolution‘s Litigants in Person Working Party committee, which is considering the issues facing individuals attending court without legal representation. She also volunteers at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the Royal Courts of Justice, situated in the Central Family Court.

In 2017, she gave a presentation to a group of 70 young people on prenuptial agreements at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.


The Legal 500 2019

Recommended in The Family: mediation section

Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2017

Silver in the ‘Family Lawyer of the Year – Associate’

The Legal 500 2017

Recommended for her family law work

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Jul 12, 2018
Vanessa Friend and Henry Hood discuss litigants in person and family law in The Times

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