Jody Atkinson

Year of Call: 2005

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Jody focuses his practice on matrimonial finance issues, and is skilled at taking on inheritance and probate cases. He’s very good on his feet and in cross-examination and gives to-the-point advice. He’s very knowledgeable on all aspects of family law.”

Chambers UK,  2020
Family/Matrimonial

As a private client specialist, Jody is able to offer clients advice and representation with regard to all litigation arising out of the breakdown of family relationships.

Jody is regularly instructed by both husbands and wives to advise and represent them in financial proceedings resulting from divorce. Jody advises in cases involving trust funds, foreign assets, farms or family businesses, as well as those of more modest means. As an experienced family practitioner, Jody frequently deals with highly acrimonious and emotional disputes, settling them where practicable, or litigating them where that is in the client’s best interests.

Jody is happy to advise on settlement prior to issue of claims (including on a public access basis) or to represent people at mediation appointments. Jody can also advise on the tax implications of divorce. Although Jody does not now specialise in children work, he has ten years experience in this area, and will act in children disputes where there are associated financial proceedings, thus enabling the client to be represented ‘across the board’ by the same advocate.

As a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Jody is well qualified to advise unmarried people on the financial implications of the breakdown of their relationships, which are governed by the law of trusts (Kernott v Jones, Stack v Dowden), and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA). He is equally happy litigating under either the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) or the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and will settle proceedings for family solicitors unfamiliar with the CPR.

Jody is uniquely well placed to advise those making or defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. This difficult jurisdiction combines elements of matrimonial and probate law, and Jody is rare in having experience in both areas.

Jody is renowned for his knowledge of the law concerning child maintenance and the Child Support Agency (CSA/CMEC), having appeared on many occasions both before the First Tier and Upper Tribunal: Social Entitlement Chamber (formerly the Child Support Appeal Tribunal and the Commissioners). Jody often undertakes CSA cases on a public access basis.

Professional memberships:

  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP, Full Member)
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Qualifications & awards:

  • 2011 STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates
  • 2005 BVC & CPE, Inns of Court School of Law
  • 2002 MA in Modern History, Distinction, University of York
  • 2001 BA (Hons.) in History, First Class, Bristol University.
    2004 Inner Temple Major Scholar (BVC)
  • 2003 Inner Temple Major Scholar (CPE)
  • 2001 George Hare Leonard Prize from Bristol University for best degree in year