Helen Lucking

Role: Partner
Dept: Head of Family & Divorce
Locations: Blackpool & The Fylde, Southport, Preston
Direct Dial: 01772 904209
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Summary

Helen is a specialist family solicitor and head of our family team.  Based in our Preston office she represents clients in all areas of family law including children matters.  She is one of only a handful of specially trained collaborative family lawyers in Lancashire.  Helen often represents clients of Napthens when they require advice on divorce and family law issues and most of her clients come to her due to her reputation, through word of mouth.

Specialisms

Helen specialises in advising clients on the financial issues arising from the breakdown of their relationships.  Many of her clients are directors of businesses and business owners.

Helen has a pragmatic and straight talking approach and often 'talks tactics' with her clients, involving them fully in all decisions made on their case.  She is strongly supportive of her clients through what can be a stressful time for them and their family and vigorously pursues their aims to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

In dealing with collaborative cases, Helen promotes a constructive, non-confrontational approach to divorce and children matters.  She tailors her approach to each client's needs and always aims to ensure clients reach a settlement which is right for them and their family.

Helen believes in the importance of financial planning when embarking upon a relationship and regularly advises clients on the benefits of entering into prenuptial and cohabitation agreements at the start of any new relationship.

Background

Helen was born and brought up on the Fylde Coast. She was educated at Arnold School Blackpool and read Law at Nottingham University, before completing her legal training in Chester.  She worked in a local firm for nine years where she developed her interest in family law, moving to Cuddy Woods and Cochrane in 2000, becoming a partner in 2005. She subsequently joined Napthens when the two firms merged in October 2007.  In 2012 Helen trained and qualified with Resolution as a Collaborative lawyer.

Helen is married and has a daughter. She lives on the Fylde.

Memberships and Awards

Helen is a trained Collaborative lawyer and she is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel.

More about Helen Lucking

What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
Clients who come to see a family solicitor are often unhappy at the breakdown of their relationship. It is rewarding to help them achieve a good financial settlement, provide for the needs of any children and to witness them become happier and more positive about their future as a result.

How do you like to relax out of work?
I enjoy music, particularly singing in a choir.  I also love my garden and enjoy spending time there at the weekends - it is great to be outdoors in the fresh air after being in the office all week!

If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
I love flowers and would love to own a floristry.