Elizabeth Mcquay Solicitor in Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire


Elizabeth McQuay completed her practical stage of solicitorís training at the firm of Forsyte Kerman, London from 1977-79. She then spent one year as a Deputy Registrar (i.e. County Court Judge) and Magistrate in Nairobi, Kenya, dealing primarily with civil law, specifically matrimonial cases.

Upon her return to England she worked as a partner for the West End firms of Gordon Dadds (1980-88) and Winward Fearon (1988-93).  In 1993 she set up a niche matrimonial practice.

Ms. McQuay has been a member of the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) since its inauguration and in 1988 spent a year co-opted on the SFLA main committee, also being elected onto the Associationís London Regional Committee in 1992.  Previously she has been Publicity Officer and Regional Press Officer for the Oxfordshire SFLA.

She is an accredited Mediator with the Family Mediators Association (FMA). She deals with, amongst other things, high-level divorce settlements and matrimonial finance and child adoption cases across international borders.

Recommended in Chambers 2002 as flourishing as a sole practitioner. 'Formerly with Gordon Dadds, she has a London touch and the depth of knowledge to tackle the most tangled of cases. Recommended in Chambers UK 'A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession' 2003/2004 as one of the most successful practitioners. "She is experienced, easy to deal with and takes a practical approach. Divorce, financial and children matters are handled by this accredited family mediator."

Recommended in Chambers 2005 as 'very sensible, practical and experienced'.

Recommended in Chambers 2006 as a Leading Individual in the field of Family Law as continuing to impress her peers with her 'confidence to go straight to the heart of a case.' Her workload includes high net worth divorce cases, children matters including residence/contact disputes, cohabitation issues and prenuptial agreements. In the past year she was involved in the first case where a same-sex couple were granted leave to take children out of the jurisdiction.

Reported cases of interest include:

Rye v Rye:
Case Summary: Rescission of Decree Nisi not available in the absence of consent to enable pension sharing. Failure to co-operate in pension sharing a factor to which the court would have regard when considering other aspects of financial distribution.
 [2002] EWHC 956 (Fam): [2002] 2 FLR 98
High Court
Charles J.
Nicholas Cusworth, Lord Phillimore

A v A (Maintenance Pending Suit) (No.2) [2001] FLR 377
High Court
Barry Singleton QC, Christopher Pocock

A-M v. A-M (Divorce: Jurisdiction: Validity of Marriage) [2001] 2 FLR 6
Barry Singleton QC, Christopher Pocock


  • Forsyte Kerman (1977-79)
  • Gordon Dadds - Partner (1980-88)
  • Winward Fearon - Partner (1988-93)
  • Formed own practice 1993
  • Member of Solicitors Family Law Association
  • Accredited mediatior with Family Mediators Association