Caroline Keeley, Partner, Mediator and Head of Family Law
Caroline is a Partner and Mediator practising in all areas of family law to include divorce and separation, dissolution of civil partnerships, matrimonial finance (maintenance provisions, capital payments, transfers of property, dealing with pensions and international aspects), pre and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, cohabitation and financial arrangements for unmarried families.
Caroline also advises clients in private law children matters including living and contact arrangements, specific issues such as schooling, change of name and relocation. Being a mum herself she is mindful to the emotions involved and the importance of finding an arrangement that is in the best interest of the children and which works for the family. Where possible and practical she will work with clients to secure an arrangement which suits the family's needs avoiding the need to involve the court.
Caroline manages her cases in an assertive and constructive fashion, assisting her clients to consider the benefits and costs (emotional and financial) of any steps. She is conscious that one size does not fit all and focuses on each client individually, managing expectations and providing guidance throughout.
Caroline is also a Resolution trained Mediator and will work with clients in relation to divorce, separation, financial and children related matters. Her practise as a mediator is to guide parties to find an appropriate solution benefitting their own circumstances and their unique family needs.
Caroline studied for her LPC at the College of Law Guildford attaining a Distinction, qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and as a Mediator in 2012.
Caroline is a member of Resolution, a body of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.
Outside of work Caroline has 2 young children who take up all of her time.
Recommended for family
The Legal 500 - 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020
Comments from Caroline's clients
"Caroline Keeley and her associates were particularly good at helping me particularly with keeping me grounded. Caroline was human and kind and genuinely understood. I felt that she was personally determined to help me out of the situation I found myself in. She believed me and gave me confidence despite the pressure I was being subjected to. My case was not a usual or straightforward one and she ensured they looked at all the detail and investigated appropriately and looked for people with knowledge of my situation in her company. She also sought out the most fantastic barrister who was also meticulous and kind and together with Caroline Keeley made me feel supported and protected. They fought and won for my son."
The Legal 500 - 2021
"Caroline has been an excellent legal adviser to me over the years. She is a delight to work with, tailoring her approach to always achieve my brief and desired outcome. Her style is highly professional, warm, collaborative, responsive and assertive. She has deep legal knowledge of family law which combined with her style and high integrity, brings great outcomes whilst making the process as positive as possible for all. I cannot recommend Caroline enough."
Family Law client, April 2019
“Thanks so much for all of your help in completing this, I am most grateful for all of your excellent help and advice.”
Family Law client, January 2018
“I am writing to thank you so much for all the work you have done for me over these past few years and the very sincere, friendly and professional guidance that I received from you. You were fantastic throughout the many family and financial hearings I had to bear, and without you acting for me and being there to steer me through these minefields, I would never have achieved everything that I did and all that I wanted.
"Your experience and knowledge of family law, people and all things financial is amazing. You were always right and I am so glad that you were by my side to help me navigate my way through everything. Your friendliness and the efficient way you dealt with my case was brilliant.
"To just say "Thank You" doesn't seem enough to say, but "Thank You" so so much! I would have no hesitation recommending you to anybody and I wish you every success in the future.
Once again, "Thank You!"
Family Law client, January 2018
“You did a fantastic job for me and I feel so much better now all that is behind me. I would like to thank you once again for everything. You were a star, I couldn't have done it without you.”
Family law client, 2017