Dornier Whittaker

Call: 1994


T: 0113 246 2600

City University (Diploma in Law)
Kings College, London BA

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Practice Summary

Dornier has practised exclusively in family law on the North-Eastern Circuit for over 25 years and has extensive practical and court experience.  Her principal areas of practise are private law children and finance work, Dornier prides herself on being able to act for clients in both areas of dispute providing invaluable continuity and advice to instructing solicitors and clients across the North of England. With a wealth of experience in all issues relating to the welfare of children Dornier has particular expertise in complex relocation cases, both internal and external and intractable contact disputes. She is also a recognised expert in high value financial relief cases, especially those involving companies, partnerships, farms and “hidden wealth”.

With a fierce reputation for attention to detail in the preparation of cases, her skilled and effective advocacy and reputation for always going the extra mile, Dornier is both respected by the Judiciary and highly sought after by instructing solicitors for her success in cases. She is a firm believer in practical, no-nonsense advice and prides herself on her open and easy to approach manner which is regularly reported by the Legal Press. As well as being fluent in French and the mother of three busy teenage children, Dornier still finds time to regularly deliver legal seminars on a range of topics and is the governor of 2 local schools”.

Areas of Expertise

All areas of Matrimonial finance and property with particular emphasis on :

  • Private companies
  • Family trusts
  • Farming cases
  • Overseas Jurisdiction

Schedule 1 Claims under the Children Act 1989

Trust of Land (cohabitee) proceedings

All areas of private law children disputes with particular experience in :

  • Relocation both internal and external
  • Overseas jurisdiction
  • Complex child arrangements notably difficult contact arrangements between parents

Lectures and seminars

Dornier is a regular contributor to publications and enjoys presenting seminars to both solicitors and professionals throughout the North of England

Recent seminars include:

  • Practical Considerations in farming cases
  • Conduct – should it form a greater part of the discretionary exercise
  • Practical considerations in intractable contact disputes
  • Relocation –  internal and external legal guidelines following Re C
  • Spousal Maintenance : Quantum and Duration
  • Children Issues – updating Schedule 1 CA 1989
  • Enforcement and Costs Order
  • Case Law from 2020 Not to be Missed
  • Costs Update

Quotes and Recommendations

Chambers and Partners

Chambers & Partners 2018: “Dornier is extremely experienced and is a great all-rounder for family law. She is very client-friendly and her advice is easily understood.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “Extremely skilled in private law work relating to children as well as financial family disputes. She has previously advised on complicated separations involving farming and corporate assets, in addition to complex child relocations.” “She is sensible, charming and empathetic, and really excellent at managing difficult people.”

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2020: “Specialises in private law children and financial matters”

The Legal 500 2017 “She has an ability to think outside of the box and is very good on her feet.”

The Legal 500 2015 “She is impressive on her feet without being unpleasant or resorting to bullying”

The Legal 500 2014  “Impressive on her feet”.

The Legal 500 2013 “Is charming, efficient, and insightful”.