Marie Proud

Partner in Family & Collaborative Law

+44 (0) 845 257 9449

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Marie Proud has specialised in all areas of private family law for in excess of 20 years. In that time she has worked throughout the North Staffordshire / Chester areas as a Partner and Head of the Family Department.

She is an excellent communicator and is empathetic towards her clients. She deals with her clients with a holistic approach to guide them through their journey of separation, no matter what the basis of their family dynamics.

Marie understands that when dealing with separation and related children / financial matters it is a highly stressful and emotional time. She prides herself on being a pivotal role to support and assist her clients, enabling them to start their next chapter.

She is an excellent negotiator and also trained as a collaborative lawyer. She offers an initial free non-obligatory appointment and can facilitate meeting either via telephone / video / face-to-face. Marie works mainly in the North Staffordshire / Chester areas but is able to assist clients regardless of their location.

Marie 's Experience


  • Representing an unmarried father in Children Act court proceedings, linked with Schedule 1 court proceedings, to achieve a shared living arrangement for the children between the parents with provisions being put in place for the accommodation arrangements.


  • Representing grandparents who were seeking contact with their grand-daughter despite their estranged relationship with their son.


  • Representing an adult son who was an intervenor in his parent’s divorce whereby he retained an interest in the family home that they had shared.


  • Representing a wife to secure an injunction against her estranged husband and obtaining an Occupation Order to enable her to occupy the family home whilst divorce / financial matters were being dealt with.

When Marie is not working she enjoys spending time with family, including her three young grandchildren, and her friends. She enjoy travelling and socialising.

Law Degree – 1997
Post-Graduate Diploma - 1998

Member of Resolution

Member of Cheshire Collaborative Family Law Group


Marie Proud has supported me for the last 18 months in my CAO right through to the final hearing. I would highly recommend Marie, she has been excellent throughout. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and very patient. I felt so much better having her by my side, and the outcome was perfect for my 3 year old daughter. If I have any family law issues in the future, Marie will be the first person I call. I can’t thank her enough for all her hard work and dedication shown to my case.

Mrs P

“Marie was very patient with me and explained everything fully. Sometimes I felt I waffled on a bit (divorce is not easy) but she was kind and understanding.”

“Marie is friendly and approachable. She always responded to my emails / calls and I never felt that I was a burden (as I had previously felt like with my first solicitor)”

“Marie was open and honest and made me look at things differently and therefore this was positive in the long term.”