10 March 2016
by Rob Colwell – Solicitor, March 2014Download
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Ben graduated from Birmingham City University with a 1st Class BA Honours degree in English.
Ben then attended The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned into The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, an Armoured Infantry Regiment that operates using the Infantry Fighting Vehicle known as the Warrior.
On leaving the British Army he decided to pursue a career in law. He studied for his Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University and later received a Commendation in the Legal Practice Course from Anglia Ruskin University. On completion of his training at Hayes + Storr Solicitors, he will qualify as a Solicitor in 2019.
Ben plays cricket and rugby. He enjoys keeping fit, running and all things outdoors. Ben is also still proud to be able to retain his connection with the Army as an officer in the Army Reserves.
Ben ran in the 2018 London Marathon and raised over £6,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Maria joined Hayes + Storr in 2018 having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at a firm in Middlesex. Maria completed her Degree in Law with Psychology at Staffordshire University and then went on to complete her legal practice course at The College of Law in Birmingham. After her first child was born, she decided to take a break from her career as a solicitor to bring up her two young children. During her time away from the law, she set-up her own successful child-minding business enabling her to stay at home with her children, whilst also earning an income. She then worked as a marriage registrar with Norfolk County Council before embarking on a return to her legal career in the Hayes + Storr Family Department.
Maria can assist with all family matters, including relationship and marriage breakdown, and ancillary financial relief, but her particular interest and specialism is in private law children cases. Recently, Maria has worked on cases involving removal of children from the jurisdiction of England and Wales, and where one parent lives in a non-EU country. These cases demonstrate the added complexity of peoples’ worldwide travel to the arrangements for their children when they separate. Maria also has experience of dealing with cases of alleged abuse of children, or of domestic abuse of one of the parents. Where such allegations are made, the court has a duty to consider making findings on such allegations by way of a Fact Finding Hearing. Maria has experience of guiding clients through such complex and highly emotive proceedings.
If you wish to make an appointment with Maria, she can see you at any one of our seven offices across Norfolk.
Outside of work, Maria enjoys doing activities with her family including walking, cycling, entertaining family and friends.
Rob is a Director and Head of Family Services at Hayes + Storr. He qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Hayes + Storr in 2013.
Rob helps clients in all aspects of family law including child arrangements, pre & post nuptial agreements, separation agreements and change of name deeds. Clients often comment that they are impressed with the level of service which they would normally expect from a large city firm, benefitting from lower hourly rates and saved time.
Rob’s known professionalism and attention to detail have earned him numerous personal referrals from the Norfolk business community and he has considerable experience in mid to high value asset divorce cases. He also provides training to junior lawyers and peers. He has been a member of Resolution during his entire career and is committed to resolving any disputes in a constructive and non-inflammatory manner. He follows the “Code of Practice” and prides himself on expert file management and clear, concise and open billing.
Rob has his roots firmly in Norfolk having lived here since he was five years old. He is actively involved in local and national politics and campaigned for Legal Aid provision and more recently “No Fault Divorce”.
Outside of work, Rob is an active member of both Rotary and chair of a local Round Table. He has helped organise significant fundraising events for Norfolk charities. His hobbies include tennis and gardening, together with a love of Europe and travel.