Heather Souter

Associate - Family

Heather Souter

Associate - Family

        Legal 500 2022 Recommended Lawyer      Legal 500 Top Tier 2022


I am an Associate in the Family team specialising in:

  • divorce and dissolution of civil partnership;
  • financial consequences following a relationship breakdown;
  • cohabitation and living together agreements; and
  • private children matters, including financial provision for children under Schedule 1.

I advise on all aspects of family law to include divorce, financial settlements arising after a separation (including the interim financial position), enforcement and variation claims, and complex private children matters, which often raise serious issues such as parental alienation, substance misuse and controlling and coercive behaviour.

I also have a specific interest in farming and agricultural cases and expertise as to how these are treated upon a divorce or dissolution. My agricultural sector knowledge has been noted by the leading independent directory, The Legal 500, which also names me as a key lawyer.

My clients are wide ranging and include sports personalities, business owners, members of the medical profession, accountants, farmers and landowners, and homemakers.

In addition, I am a member of Resolution, a national organisation committed to resolving family matters through constructive and non-confrontational means, and have assisted clients involved in mediation and arbitration. I am also familiar with and open to all dispute resolution options, enabling me to help clients choose the most appropriate options to move matters forward.

My commitment to Resolution has seen me elected to both the Hampshire Resolution committee as well as being elected Vice Chairperson of Hampshire Young Resolution committee (YRes) ensuring that I am at the forefront of developments in family law.

Examples of my experience include:

  • advising in respect of financial settlements involving complex trust and company structures, significant pension provision (including Armed Forces pension provision), personal injury awards and foreign property;
  • assisting to advise and draft multi-million pound pre-nuptial agreements;
  • acting for parents to resolve living and educational arrangements for their children to include obtaining a court order that her client’s son live with him having previously
    lived with his mother;
  • acting for fathers in contested court proceedings to obtain permission to move to different countries with their children; and
  • resolving cohabitation disputes and drafting deeds of separation following the same.

I cannot recommend Heather enough. Her friendliness, understanding and efficiency helped me to feel at ease throughout a very difficult time. I am so relieved I put my trust in her. She has been very informative and professional every step of the way. Without a doubt, worth every penny. I thank her and her team and would urge anybody who needs a solicitor in family law, especially in more complex cases to entrust Paris Smith.

Thank you so much for all your help with this - I know it was possibly a bit of an unusual case and very drawn out but your help and advice was absolutely invaluable at a difficult time.

KG - financial settlement following divorce

Thank you very much for your good work. Also a particular thanks to Heather - I found her approach, manner and professionalism most re-assuring for a client in a high pressure and emotionally taxing scenario, and I suspect she will go far...


I really do wish to thank you for all your help - as none of this would have been possible without you. Your professional and practical approach is very much appreciated, and it has made an already difficult process a lot easier knowing where I stand, which has been entirely down to your good diligence and sound advice. Thank you once again, Heather, for all your help.