Alison White

Solicitor – Director

Alison is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings).  She has specialised in children’s law for over 25 years and previously gained experience in a wider spectrum of legal issues. Alison conducts matters on behalf of parents, children and court appointed guardians representing clients personally throughout all court proceedings wherever possible. She heads the team at White & Co offering guidance, advice and supervision on the more complex cases if and when it is required. Alison offers a friendly approach to all clients and is the person to whom you should refer matters if you should have any concerns.

Alison has been granted the Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) Qualification and often appears in the High Court in London and in the specialist courts allocated for hearing issues relating to children’s law. She is also is a Member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and a Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children.

Carla Kennedy

Solicitor – Director

Carla Kennedy was admitted as a solicitor in 2007 and has been a Partner at White & Co since 2008.

She specialises in private client matters.  Carla deals with the preparation of wills and codicils, lasting powers of attorney and probate matters.

She also specialises in all aspects of family law.  She has extensive experience in dealing with divorce and financial settlements, including high net worth cases involving buy to let portfolios, businesses and complex pensions.

Carla also specialises in cohabitation disputes, pre nuptial agreements, domestic abuse cases, all children related matters including disputes regarding who the child lives with and spends time with, disputes with social services, care proceedings and adoption. Carla has brought successful proceedings in the High Court against a local authority for malpractice in relation to removal of a child from a parent’s care without consent or proper procedure.

Carla is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and an accredited Resolution Family Law Specialist.   Both of these accreditations recognise Carla’s considerable experience and skills in children and family law.

Laura Curzon 

Chartered Legal Executive

Laura joined the team at White & Co in July 2021.  Laura qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in January 2020 but has several years’ experience working in family law.  She is currently studying the LPC and a masters degree in her spare time to qualify as a solicitor.

Laura has extensive experience in all family law matters.  She specialises in representing clients in matrimonial matters, disputes relating to children, domestic abuse matters and matters involving social services.

Tanya Dowson

Paralegal

Tanya joined White & Co after several years of working for another local law firm.  She is a highly experienced paralegal, assisting clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce and finances, domestic abuse and private law children disputes.  Tanya is particularly experienced in representing clients involved with social services and is able to advise and represent clients at PLO meetings and throughout the PLO process.  She also is highly experienced at assisting clients in obtaining urgent Non Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders.

Leia Braunton

Paralegal

Leia joined White & Co after completing her LLB at Queen Mary University of London. At university, she had a particular interest in family and private client law.

During her time at university, Leia took part in several pro-bono initiatives. This included volunteering with Liberty Human Rights and the Queen Mary Advice Legal Advice Centre. Leia also spent her final year of university visiting a prison to deliver educational workshops to inmates about their property rights and writing letters of advice.

Ella Henton

Paralegal

After graduating university and obtaining an LLB Law degree, Ella joined White & Co as a Paralegal.

Whilst studying, Ella completed an extended project qualification which focused on domestic abuse and she therefore has a particular interest and in depth knowledge of this area of family law.

Ella has considerable experience of court proceedings after spending extensive time sitting in on court proceedings and therefore is very knowledgeable of the court processes.

Ella is also registered with the National Association of Licensed Paralegals.

Hilary Caldwell

Practice Manager

Hilary has been employed at White & Co since 2019 after moving here from South Africa and has over 26 years’ experience in accounts and bookkeeping.  She has also worked in Office Management since 2002 and has extensive experience in HR and Financial Management.

In addition, Hilary has a certificate in Counselling Skills and in HR & Employment Law

Hilary is currently undertaking a Professional Diploma in HR, Bookkeeping and Payroll Management.

The Support Team

Our highly efficient support team are integral to the efficient running of White & Co.  In the event your lawyer is unavailable, the support team will be available to assist you where they can with any enquiry you may have.