Sonia Gal

Sonia Gal

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1982

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Sonia was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1982 following a Post-graduate qualification from Manchester University in French and German.  Sonia is also fluent in Norwegian, Romanian and Hungarian and also speaks conversational Italian.  For several years Sonia advised and assisted an Irish Exploration Company in establishing a joint venture with East European mining companies.

Sonia practises in all areas of Family Law with emphasis on financial provision following divorce.  She sits as a Recorder dealing with Private and Public law cases as well as Crime and Civil.

Chambers and Partners described her as “an experienced “battler” who handles international family law, financial disputes and public and private children cases”.

Memberships

Family Law Bar Association.  (Treasurer of the Manchester Branch since 2002.)

Appointments

Recorder

Accredited for Direct Access Instructions

 

Legal Directory Recommendations

2009 “Able and determined” and “In demand” Chambers & Partners
2008 “Recommended for ancillary relief and Hague convention cases” Chambers & Partners
2007 “Particularly recommended where family businesses are an issue” Legal 500
2007 “Has a strong and varied workload that takes in cases regarding international family law and financial disputes” Chambers & Partners
2006 “Recommended for money work” Legal 500
2005 “Remains in top form on money matters” Legal 500
2005 “Praised for her excellent legal mind” Chambers & Partners
2004 “Forceful and intimidating, widely experienced in ancillary relief matters” Legal 500
2004 “Has reputation for “handling clients with kid gloves” Chambers & Partners
2003 “Popular for ancillary relief” Legal 500

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Sonia has extensive experience in all aspects of Children Act proceedings in both public and private law cases including finding of fact hearings and final hearings dealing with neglect domestic violence emotional and sexual abuse, as well as contact and residence cases acting for parents, children or extended family members.

    Sonia has a particular interest in the international movement of children and child abduction.

    Sonia has been recognised as offering sensible no nonsense advice and is good at handling clients in a sensitive but straight forward manner.

    Sonia is frequently instructed on a direct-access basis in financial remedy cases of all types as well as private law children cases.

    Cases

    C v C (2013) Macclesfield District Registry: Successful residence application to alcoholic mother.

    H v K (2014) Manchester District Registry: Contact and temporary removal from jurisdiction.

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  • Family - Finance

    All aspects of family law with particular emphasis on high value financial provision cases including dealing with company matters, corporate veils, pre and post separation agreements, s. 37 disputes, trusts, Schedule 1, pensions, farming cases, periodical payments, cohabitation, material non disclosure, costs, inherited assets, financial remedy in the context of confiscation orders and Appeals.

    Sonia is also instructed in complex medium worth cases where competing issues of contributions, need, sale of FMH, pension offset, cohabitation and Mesher Orders have to be argued.

    Sonia frequently advises and acts for members of the Legal Profession in their own financial dispute cases.

    Cases

    Smith v Smith 3FCR 2001:  Definitive authority that are merely a factor in the S.25 criteria.

    P v P (2009) Manchester District Registry:  Schedule 1 application by Mother with multi-million Asset base.

    O v O (2005) Manchester District Registry

    S v S (2006) Manchester District Registry:  Schedule 1 applications against high profile sports personalities.

    C v C (2009) Manchester District Registry:  Financial provision in case where main asset where proceeds of sale of multi-million Company.

    D v D (2010) Manchester District Registry:  Financial provision, main asset financed by third party.

    L v L (2005) Manchester District Registry:  Acting for US-based company H had worked for and defrauded.  Issue was quantum of wife’s entitlement.

    T v T (2013) Chester District Registry:  Immerman issues.

    M v M (2014) Macclesfield District Registry:  Cohabitation, contribution, school fees, Mesher order/immediate sale of FMH.

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  • Sport, Media and Entertainment Law

    Sonia has experience of acting in financial remedy cases for sports people.

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  • Public Access

    Sonia is Accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access scheme.

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