Parissa Henney Parissa Henney
Consultant Solicitor

Parissa is a family lawyer and specialises in divorce and the division of matrimonial finances, children act matters and disputes arising from separation such as property, finances and children. She is also able to advise clients in regards to pre-nuptial and post- nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. Parissa will advise and represent clients in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire and is happy to provide legal advice out of hours.

Parissa trained and qualified with Cheesemans Solicitors & Advocates specialising in criminal defence and family law. She was with that firm for five and a half years making her way up to became a salaried partner in 2014. Parissa also worked for a brief time with Richardson Solicitors Limited before she became a consultant for Setfords Solicitors.

Parissa strives to encourage clients to agree out of the courts and will negotiate on her clients’ behalf so that the most cost effective way can be found. When there is a need for the case to proceed to court, Parissa will always try and do her own advocacy on cases as she is a confident advocate. Clients like the continuity of the same lawyer handling their case and to know that answers can be given promptly when before the court. Parissa is able to support her clients effectively throughout the legal process which can often be a daunting and emotional experience for the client. Parissa also has a good working relationship with some highly reputable barristers in London and Sussex specialising in various areas of family law.

A few notable achievements with her family cases are as follows:

  • S v S and other [2011-2013] – Her client was the Respondent Husband to a Financial Order Application within Divorce Proceedings. She secured a third party beneficial interest in the Former Matrimonial Home (FMH) as well as ensuring that the Respondent had a fair and reasonable division of the FMH upon sale. The Petitioner that had made many allegations against the client throughout the duration of proceedings which were heard in the family and criminal courts. She is able to deal with complex issues promptly and effectively to get her client a positive outcome.
  • R v W [2014] – Her client was the Applicant Father to a Child Arrangements and Specific Issue Order. He sought to maintain residency of his son when he reached school age and to secure his attendance at a local school. The Respondent Mother who lived some 40 miles away unsuccessfully contested the application stating that their son should live with her and attend a school local to her out of the Father’s area. It was ordered the Applicant Father would have residency of his son in the week and that he would attend his local school.
  • R v M [2017] - Her client was the Respondent to proceedings of a Child Arrangements Order for contact and residence. The Applicant sought to prevent the Respondent from having residence and unsupervised contact with the children due to alcoholism. The Respondent achieved unsupervised contact including overnight contact with the children subsequent to a prolonged period of abstinence. A shared care arrangement was agreed.
  • 2018 – more recently Parissa has been securing favourable financial orders for her clients by scrutinising financial disclosure and instructing experts when the need arises to ensure that assets can be protected. Further case details are to follow.

Parissa is a member of Resolution and is Chair of West Sussex YRes.

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