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Sheila Hamilton Macdonald is a sole practitioner barrister based in the Midlands. She specialises in family property cases, including disputes between cohabitees, ancillary relief on divorce, inheritance issues and contested probate. She also has a particular interest in mental health issues and their connection to property matters.  As well as taking instructions via solicitors, she is also able to take instructions by direct or licensed access, and she is available for consultation by appointment in London and Leeds.

Her main website is www.sheilamacdonaldbarrister.com, which you can jump to here. (Note: because of some technical issues, it is taking a while to load at the moment, so hang in there, it will definitely appear!)

Sheila’s full CV is available for download¬†here. [You will need Adobe Reader.]

Sheila’s lovely clerks Kate and Emma can help with any enquiries: they are on¬†

0113 866 2094. Or you can contact Sheila directly on 0798 657 5399, at shm@familyproperty.org.uk, or by post at Lace Market House, 54 – 56 High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1hW.

Solicitors and those able to instruct Sheila through the Bar’s licensed access service are most welcome to telephone her to discuss any prospective instructions. If you are a member of the public thinking of instructing Sheila through the direct public access scheme, please speak to the clerks first.

If you are involved in a family property case and are considering representing yourself, Sheila strongly recommends that you read and inwardly digest the Bar Council’s Guide to Representing Yourself in Court, which has tips which are not just helpful but essential. Section 4.1 of the Guide gives you some information about property disputes in the family context. You can find it here. You will need Adobe Reader to access it.