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Stephanie Dew

Stephanie DewStephanie Dew is a senior solicitor at Monan Gozzett Solicitors. She specialises in complex litigation.  She has extensive experience in both the Family and Criminal Courts which enables a smooth handling of matters for our clients when they are facing allegations which result in overlapping or linked proceedings.

Family Law

Stephanie has a particular interest and a breadth of experience in complex and unusual cases.  Her areas of expertise include divorce, financial settlement upon divorce or separation, separation agreements and pre-nuptial agreements, Trust of Land disputes and Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings.  Her work often involves forensic work locating undisclosed or hidden assets, third party interests and confiscation cases.  She regularly advises clients in cross-jurisdictional matters.

She is also proficient in dealing with issues relating to children following the breakdown of a relationship.  She is regularly instructed in relation to Parental Alienation and False Allegations such as Sexual Abuse, Non-Accidental injury (NAI), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII).

Criminal and Regulatory Law

Stephanie has experience defending in all areas of criminal and regulatory litigation including Serious Fraud, HMRC Investigations and Banking Fraud. She has experience in defending individuals facing investigation and prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and also those being investigated in international jurisdictions such as the United States.

She is determined and proactive, providing clear, strategic and cost-effective advice with compassion.  She takes a conciliatory approach when appropriate and will support clients to achieve out of court settlements, directing them to alternative dispute resolution and guiding them through that process.  For matters which result in contested proceedings, Stephanie works diligently and ferociously to achieve the best outcome for her client.

Recent Cases
Family
A v G - represented the father in a highly contentious finance and contact case, which included allegations of assault from the partner and mother of his child. The father was acquitted of all criminal matters and Stephanie successfully negotiated a settlement in relation to the financial support he would provide for their son throughout his minority.
D v O’s - represented the father in an application for contact with his children following a false allegation made by the children’s mother that he had sexually abused their young sons. Successful outcome achieved with the father being able to resume contact and relationship with his children.
D v N – represented the father in a parental alienation case involving both criminal and family proceedings following a number of false allegations made by his ex-partner and her stopping his contact with their child.  No criminal charges were ultimately brought against the father and he was successful in resuming contact and his relationship with his child.
T v M – represented the mother in a successful application to relocate with her children, moving away from England back to her home country Hungary. 
London Borough of Tower Hamlets - v R - represented the father in care proceedings where it was alleged that the parents had deliberately seriously injured their young baby. Through the effective coordination of experts, a successful outcome was achieved with the Local Authority withdrawing and the Police taking no further action.
Slough Borough Council v S - represented the mother in care proceedings where it was alleged the parents had fabricated and/or induced their daughter’s illness (FII), starving her and causing her to undergo unnecessary medical procedures and surgery. Successful outcome achieved with all charges being dropped against the mother.

Criminal and Regulatory Law
LIBOR - The London Inter-Bank Offered Rate - defended a senior executive at a bank who was accused of influencing this key interest rate. She represented him within the internal investigations conducted by his bank and also during interviews with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), FBI and US Department of Justice (DoJ). The regulatory bodies did not proceed with prosecuting the client and the matter concluded at the investigatory stage.
VAT Fraud – represented a business owner during interviews with HMRC in relation to an allegation of VAT fraud.  Successfully made representations on his behalf and no further action was taken.

Areas of Expertise

Divorce
Finances Upon the Breakdown of a Relationship
Separation Agreements
Pre nuptial Agreements
Cohabitation Agreements
Trust of Land Disputes
Schedule 1 Children Act Applications
False Allegations
Child Arrangement Orders and Children law
Parental Alienation and False Allegations such as Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Non-Accidental injury (NAI), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII).
Business Crime
Money Laundering
Tax and VAT fraud and HMRC Investigations
POCA proceedings
Complex Criminal Investigations

Relevant Qualifications
Qualified as a Solicitor in 2009
Legal Practice Course - Distinction from the University of Law York 2007
LLB (Hons) English Law with Spanish 2:1 from the University of Dundee 2006

Professional Experience

Partner for 3 years in a high-profile law firm in London and the South East.

Memberships

Resolution – Family Law Association
Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Irish Lawyers’ Association

What her clients say about her:

"Quite simply, Stephanie saved our family. Social services wanted our 3 month old baby to be taken into foster care following a fall from his changing mat, which medical opinion said was non-accidental. In an initial court hearing held at short notice, we were able to successfully argue that our children should not be taken into foster care so our family were kept together throughout the ordeal. As parents, social services had nothing else against us, other than the medical opinion based on x-rays taken at Accident and Emergency after the incident.

At short notice, Stephanie was able to contact and instruct a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist and Consultant Paediatrician as independent experts to review the initial medical opinion. Reports were obtained which effectively discredited the original medical opinion and showed that the injury that existed, agreed with our version of events.

This led to social services withdrawing the case even before a fact-finding hearing. Stephanie’s work with the experts was crucial to this: it meant that our family didn’t have to go through any more stress and worry and avoided a week long fact finding hearing and cross examination. The reports from the experts Stephanie instructed were clear and concise and this left no room for doubt or confusion, which meant that the Court was able to reach a straightforward Judgment which vindicated us.

At all times throughout this harrowing period of our lives, Stephanie was available to offer advice and reassurance. It was a huge shock when social services brought a case against us, this was something we had only read about in the newspapers and never thought that we would be thrust into. If we had used an inexperienced solicitor, we could easily have lost our baby to social services. It is thanks to Stephanie that we are still united as a family carrying on living our normal life again."
"The fraudulent allegation made against my husband, caused such shock and consequent repercussions that it has been very difficult to think clearly and plan logically. We were very grateful indeed to Stephanie for her sympathetic and helpful response. We are extremely grateful for the reassurance and encouragement provided by Stephanie. It was so good to feel that someone understood my husband’s situation and was 'on his side'. It is such an isolating and humiliating experience to be the victim of such an allegation."
"I wanted to pass on a huge thanks to Stephanie and her team for all their support and hard work over the last 14 months. I always felt you were at the end of the phone or an email if I needed help or advice. It’s been a crazy 14 months, but I was very lucky to have you on our side."
"I just wanted to write and say thank you from my children and I for the help you gave us to get back together. We know that you were just ‘doing your job’ but without you we would most probably still be separate. Thank you for your professionalism throughout, your knowledge and experience."
"It is thanks to Stephanie’s hard work that my family are back together."