Our team

Ian Davies

Ian qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and has been working in the area of Family Law since then. He is a member of Resolution and the Law Society Family Law Scheme and he is committed to helping his clients achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families.

Ian is a member of Resolution and the Law Society Family Law Scheme. He read law at the University of Teesside and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. His first post-qualification position was with Kidd Rapinet, and he had successful spells at Gorvins in Milton Keynes, IBB in Chesham and Hine in Oxford. Ian moved to Hancocks as a partner in January 2015.

Ian is Head of the Family Law team and is based at our office in Banbury, although he frequently attends the Brailes office for client and other meetings.

“Family” covers a wide range but Ian deals with divorce and financial settlements, pre-nuptial and post-marital agreements, civil partnership dissolution, co-habitation disputes, injunctions, and a wide variety of issues relating to children following relationship breakdown.

He represents not only high net worth individuals with large and complex asset bases, both in the UK and abroad, but also clients with limited assets. Ian has specialist knowledge of Armed Forces/Police and final salary pension schemes.

Ian’s clients often compliment him for his straightforward and thoughtful advice. They also value his ability to think outside the box when it comes to finding and considering solutions.

Ian is a useful “corporate golfer” and a season ticket holder at MK Dons. However, he can occasionally be found at Old Trafford cheering on his beloved Manchester United.

Ian’s secretary is Zoe Nairn.

Laura Parker

Laura has 10 years’ post-qualification experience. She offers a welcoming friendly face to clients.

Laura read forensic science and criminology at the University of Lincoln. She then went on to complete the law conversion course at the College of Law, York. Laura qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and, before her life in family law, she worked as a criminal duty solicitor in Oxfordshire.

In January 2013, having decided to pursue a previously held interest in family law, Laura joined Hine Solicitors. While she was at Hine, she retrained with Ian Davies. Laura joined Ian, at Hancocks, in August 2016. Laura became an associate in January 2018.

Her previous experience affords Laura a good understanding of client expectations and how to meet them, together with a strong advocacy base.

As a member of Resolution, she believes a non-confrontational, constructive approach is in the best interests of her clients. When she is negotiating with ex-partners and their solicitors, which has proven very successful for her clients.

Laura deals with all aspects of Cotswold Family Law’s work, including divorce/dissolution, separation, financial settlements, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and child arrangements.

Laura grew up in West Oxfordshire and now lives with her husband, and dog, near Chipping Norton. She enjoys long dog walks with a pub lunch as the destination.

Zoe Nairn is Laura’s secretary.

Zoe Nairn

Zoe runs the office: she is the first point of call for most people telephoning or calling in and will deal with your enquiries in a friendly and efficient manner. She brings a wide experience of family law to the firm having worked in large law firms for the last six years specialising in the […]

Zoe runs the office: she is the first point of call for most people telephoning or calling in and will deal with your enquiries in a friendly and efficient manner. She brings a wide experience of family law to the firm having worked in large law firms for the last six years specialising in the family and care departments. She gives valuable support to Ian and Laura as well as ensuring that the office is run smoothly. Zoe completed her ILEX Legal Secretary Course at Northampton College and joined Cotswold Family Law in October 2012 to take on a more responsible administrative role.

Zoe recently relocated to Little Alne with her family and having only just moved to the area enjoys working in the Cotswolds although perhaps does miss the attractions of Milton Keynes! Zoe is constantly travelling to see friends, attends the gym regularly and enjoys holidays abroad as often as possible. Zoe has a vibrant personality and tackles hard work with relish.

Matthew Bass

Matt is a trainee solicitor working with Ian Davies, Siobhan Sibley, Toni Peppard and others.

Matt studied law at Oxford Brookes University. He then went on to study the combined Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law at the University of Law.

Matt joined Hancocks in September 2017 following work experience with the firm. Matt is currently a trainee solicitor undertaking his period of recognised training with Hancocks. During this time, Matt is working in the Family, Civil Litigation, Conveyancing and Private Client departments.

Matt has a keen interest in family law and wrote his masters essay on pre-nuptial agreements. He enjoys working with clients and helping them through a difficult time.

Matt lives in Banbury, having moved from Hampshire. Matt enjoys watching football, F1 and rugby. He is a Manchester City supporter but has a soft spot for Oxford United.