Pauline O'Rourke

Pauline joined New Leaf Solicitors as a consultant in January 2020, marking the latest chapter in a distinguished legal career spanning almost three decades. Her vast experience across all areas of relationship breakdown allows her to provide bespoke, efficient and effective solutions to both complex and not so complex aspects of Family Law. Whether she’s advising on amicable divorces, drafting pre-nuptial agreements or some of the more uncommon remedies of trusts and estoppel, Pauline is known for being compassionate and understanding - but always decisive.

Regardless of the emotional details of her case, she remains calm under the most intense pressure. Her focus is always on designing clear strategies which enable her clients to achieve their outcomes as quickly as possible.

Over the course of her career, Pauline has made valuable contributions to several leading regional, national and international firms including Pinsent Masons. While most of Pauline’s career has been UK-based, she was fortunate to spend two fascinating years working in the Falkland Islands from 2016-18.

Pauline acted for both private and commercial clients across a wide range of South American and South Atlantic communities during this international position. The experience provided her with an extensive understanding of, and appreciation for, international cultures and legislation. This work prepared her well for the many multi-jurisdictional matters that she has advised on since returning to the UK.

Her wealth of expertise is key to increasing New Leaf’s presence in Central Birmingham, where she is now based.

Pauline is proud to be recognised as a Law Society Family Law accredited specialist. Her work has covered a range of particularly contentious aspects of the practice area including, in private children work, child abduction and wardship. She also provides her clients with expert advice on the distribution of pensions, property and a wide range of other assets during divorce proceedings and unmarried/cohabitee disputes.

Pauline’s strong relationships with other experts in areas ranging from actuarial pension forecasting and wealth management to counselling and mediation allow her to provide her clients with a comprehensive service. Nothing is ever left to chance. Pauline always seeks advice on non-legal matters from other thought leaders, because her clients both expect and deserve the best. Her commitment to premium client service means that she is always happy to assist with Mediation processes and the negotiation of draft settlements/consent orders following successful outcomes.

Outside of work, Pauline plays an active role in her local communities: Kings Heath and Moseley in South Birmingham. Her fellow members of the Balsall Heath and Moseley Women’s Institute Committee can always rely on Pauline to keep them going during long meetings with various baked treats - fresh from her increasingly popular bread machine.


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