Caroline Fell
Partner, Head of Family and Mediation Team

Caroline is a partner and head of the family team.  She advises on all issues arising on the breakdown of relationships.  Caroline is ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2024 and as a Key Lawyer in Legal 500 UK 2024, being noted as “a real star – composed and able” and as a “calm, capable and knowledgeable lawyer who has a wonderful manner with clients”.   

Caroline recognises that, with the right guidance, it is eminently preferable for a couple to resolve issues following separation together where possible.  She looks to assist clients in achieving this end through a variety of processes, to include mediation, collaboration and constructive negotiation.  Caroline is ranked in Chambers for her ADR work and has an established mediation practice, using her extensive experience and expertise to assist couples in resolving issues arising on separation, particularly where complex financial issues are involved.  Caroline is also qualified to speak with children as a child inclusive mediator. 

 

Caroline regularly advises clients where international issues are involved, being able to advise on issues as to jurisdiction, cases involving overseas assets and financial claims following an overseas divorce.   Caroline is further able to assist in the preparation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, both in relation to national and cross-border marriages.

Caroline has over 20 years experience in advising clients on family issues.  Her work focuses in particular on the following:

  • Financial matters on divorce and separation, often where complex issues are involved to include family businesses, property portfolios and cases involving significant pension provision (public sector pensions and private pensions, whether defined benefit or defined contribution).

  • Separation and divorce involving international issues. This includes advice on forum ie whether proceedings for divorce should be issued in England and Wales, or whether they should be issued in another jurisdiction.  She is able to advise where clients are based in England but have assets overseas, or where  clients are based abroad. 

  • Divorces for those in later life, taking into account retirement planning within the divorce context (sometimes know as ‘silver divorces’.

  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, enabling parties to achieve autonomy and certainty as far as possible when considering marriage.

  • Mediation, whether in relation to financial matters and/or children issues.  Caroline is qualified as a child inclusive mediator and is able to speak with children as part of the mediation process.

Caroline trained at Manches Solicitors (now Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP), qualifying in 2002 and joining Stone King in 2005, becoming Partner in 2018.

Caroline is vice-chair of Bath Resolution and works as a trustee for various local charitable organisations.

Caroline has a strong academic background, having been awarded the Colin Beattie prize for the highest performance in her Post-Graduate Diploma in law, and having achieved Distinction on both this and the LPC

What our clients say

"Caroline has been outstanding. Her advice was always precise, articulate and correct."

What our clients say

"Caroline has been outstanding. Her advice was always precise, articulate and correct."

What our clients say

‘Both Rebecca Eels and Caroline Fells provide effective and empathetic support in family matters.’
 

What our clients say

‘Caroline Fell is a real star – composed and able – always looks to settle if she can.’
 

What our clients say

‘Caroline Fell is a stand-out partner. She is a calm, capable and knowledgeable lawyer who has a wonderful manner with clients. I recommend her both as a solicitor and as a mediator. She is technical and also pragmatic. Rebecca Eels is a stand-out partner who I recommend particularly for child inclusive mediation work. She is brilliant with clients.’
 

What our clients say

‘No praise is too high for Caroline Fell. She is extremely efficient, reassuringly knowledgeable in all her advice, and very on the ball. Everything has been done remarkably quickly and she has been good at chasing the solicitor on the other side as well. I have been most fortunate in having her act for me and she has caused me to transfer all my affairs to Stone King.’

Client Feedback - Chambers 2024
 

What our clients say

“She is exceptional in complex finance cases.”

Chambers - 2023

What our clients say

 “She is exceptional in complex finance cases.”

Chambers - 2023

What our clients say

“I am so grateful to you for all your advice, hard work and, above all, your kindness.  The past year and a half has taught me that if one is surrounded by good people the storm can be withstood.  First and foremost you need a good lawyer!  A huge thank you for everything”

Client Feedback - Legal 500 2022

What our clients say

"Caroline Fell is bright, measured and calm - she is a great person to work with."

Client Feedback in Chambers, 2022

What our clients say

"She's down-to-earth, results-focused and empathetic."

Client Feedback in Chambers, 2022