Anita Shepherd

Senior Family Solicitor

Anita is a senior family solicitor consultant. Anita has 23 years’ experience in all aspects of family law, mainly multi-value and complex high value financial matters alongside difficult children cases and is a Legal 500 recommended Family Lawyer.

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As a practicing collaborative lawyer and member of Resolution she is committed to promoting alternatives to court proceedings to resolve relationship disputes thereby providing clients with greater choice of procedure to resolve disputes.

Anita is a Resolution accredited specialist in Advanced Financial Provision and Domestic Abuse. Anita is passionate about achieving healthy and sustainable outcomes for her clients and is well known for her problem solving skills. She is renowned for her ability to devise solutions to take the heat out of complex and heightened family disputes.

Her client base often includes leading individuals in the sporting and media industry, financial and corporate services and world leading medical consultants and university academics.

Areas of Specialism:

  • Divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and nullity and judicial separation proceedings

  • Financial provision in the above proceedings as well as in circumstances where there has been an overseas divorce

  • Variation, enforcement or set aside of existing financial orders

  • Unmarried separation issues (including TOLATA applications)

  • Separation Agreements and Living Together Agreement

  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements

  • Child residence and contact disputes

  • Paternity disputes

  • Applications for parental rights and step parent rights

  • Child relocation and international child abduction disputes

  • Third party rights as interveners in financial remedy proceedings

  • Change of name for adults and children

  • Child maintenance including CMS and Schedule 1 claims where the CMS does not have jurisdiction

  • Domestic violence/abuse injunctions and harassment cases

  • Using the collaborative process to reach an agreement in all family law issues

  • Preparing and supporting clients during the mediation process by way of Lawyer Supported Mediation

Career Highlights:

Acting for a husband (through the official solicitor) who had a degenerative brain stem disease, acquire a fair share of the £6.6m matrimonial assets which were placed in a trust to meet the husband’s complex care needs.

Securing the return of children to the care of their mother following their abduction by their paternal family where search and recovery orders were required to achieve the safe return of the children with the involvement of multi-agency support such as police, social services, border control and out of hours court service.

Represented the wife of a former Premier League Footballer in divorce, finances and children proceedings. The case involved disputes concerning paternity, asset freezing injunctions, prohibited steps and specific issue orders as well as the internal UK relocation of the children.

Membership & Recognition

  • Member of Resolution and advanced accredited specialist. Member of Manchester Collaborative law POD
  • A recommended family lawyer in 2020 and 2021 Legal 500
  • Qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales on 17 May 1999.



Edward Moore
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I asked to review my financial settlement. Within a matter of a short time, I got an appointment. My solicitor, was very professional and kind. She even offered me the chance to have a video conference if I was unable to go to the office. I felt comfortable and I was treated with respect. I felt confident in her capabilities. She was warm and put me at ease. The process was made very easy for me. Osbourne Pinner family law team was on top of my brief to them. Should I need a solicitor in the future, I will be very happy to go back. Thanks
Victoria Helena - Williams
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Osbourne Pinner’s family law team worked with me tirelessly to put my mind at rest throughout the divorce process. From the outset I felt reassured. I was kept up to date throughout the process. The quality, and detail of the guidance I received was realistic and allowed a high degree of trust to develop very quickly. Without hesitation, I would recommend Osbourne Pinner.Thank you to the whole family team for your professional support during this difficult time of my life.
Nikhil Parmar
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Peter Willoughby
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Robert C
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The team at Osbourne Pinner were absolutely fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone! Special thanks to the family team.
Getnet Zeriune
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Osbourne Pinner in London I could have ever dealt with. From how my case was handled, the communication, replying to my calls and explaining to me in detail about the law. Special thanks to Kanchan Gooransingh ’s my personal advisor in getting my spouse visa processed very quickly and professionally.If you are looking for a professional and exceptional value for money service then, look no further. The team at Osbourne Pinner are thorough, professional and pleasant to work with. I highly recommend you give them a call, give them a try and judge for yourself. 5 Star is an understatement. All the best to all especially, Kanchan Gooransingh. Many thanks for your assistance & brilliant service.
E. James
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Y. Ohun
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