Teresa Cullen is a partner in the family department at Fladgate.

She specialises in international and cross-border divorces and high-value financial claims including inter-jurisdictional legal issues in continental Europe, Australia, Asia Pacific and the US. As part of offering a full family service Teresa also deals with Contested Probate Claims both as to establishing the validity of a Will and claims against executors for mismanagement. Her expertise includes advising the potential beneficiaries, often cohabitants, in connection with claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 where it can be established that the deceased failed to provide in their Will for their dependants or certain relatives.

An example of the transactions on which Teresa has advised include a contested five day hearing in which a freezing order had to be obtained to protect the family assets. The case raised issues of conduct, fraud, forgery, dissipation of asset, and in connection with cross border pre-nuptial agreements exceeding £500m.

Teresa is a mediator, a member of and examiner for the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel and a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group founded by leading international lawyers recognising the increasing need for international co-operation on family law. She is a member of Resolution, a Collaborative Practitioner and cross-qualified as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and has been consistently recommended in the legal directories as a leading family lawyer, including Chambers and Partners’ HNW 2018, where she is described by an interviewee as a ‘highly competent solicitor who has a strong knowledge of all of the areas in which she works.’

She qualified in 1985 and joined Fladgate in 2014.