About Us

Tamsin Caine

Resolution Accredited Divorce Specialist Chartered Financial Planner

Tamsin Caine is a Chartered Financial Planner and Resolution Accredited Divorce Specialist. She divorced herself in 2017. That, along with her experience of her parents’ divorce as a teenager, set her on a path to help those going through separation, divorce or civil partnership dissolution. In 2018, she founded Smart Divorce with an aim to help more people split up amicably and come to settlements without the need for court. She helps both couples (as a financial neutral) and individuals to negotiate sorting out their finances through various stages of the divorce process, supporting them and holding their metaphorical hand. Whilst she is based in South Manchester, she works with clients across England and Wales.

Outside work, Tamsin is mum to Charlie and Zoe. She is a huge rugby union fan, supporting Sale Sharks and Sale FC, where she has volunteered for the past 11 years. She also loves baking, reading and is working on her photography skills, particularly during one of her regular hikes in her beloved Peak District.

I help individuals and couples like you to:
  • Understand you finances and financial position
  • Understand what you need from the divorce
  • Understand what settlement offer means to you in terms of your future lifestyle
  • Design and plan the next chapter so that you can live your best life!

Susan Leigh

Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Relationship Counsellor

Susan Leigh is a counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor based in South Manchester. She offers help with relationship & divorce issues, stress management, assertiveness and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.

She is the author of 3 books, ‘Dealing with Stress, Managing Its Impact’, ‘101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday’ and ‘Dealing with Death, Coping with the Pain’, all on Amazon & with easy-to-read sections, tips and ideas to help you feel more positive about your life.

Early mornings, Susan can be found walking the banks of the Bridgewater canal, taking photos, which are a source of joy and inspiration to many of her followers. 

I help:

Time to focus on the relationship, whatever the eventual outcome;

A dedicated neutral environment & impartial arbiter;

An opportunity to speak, be heard & understood;

An arena to clearly explore the issues and not be distracted or side-lined by going off topic with examples; 

A space where both sides can agree, without it being viewed as weakness;

The possibility of ‘tasks’ & accountability.

Marcia Lister

Family Mediator

Marcia Lister, a pioneer for mediation since commencing legal practice over 20 years ago. Marcia has worked exclusively as an independent mediator since 2004 and founded her own practice Marcia Mediation Limited in 2013.

Whether mediating cases involving high conflict child disputes or any kind of financial and property disputes, Marcia’s approach is to promote a forward- looking approach to resolution by focussing on what can be agreed rather than what cannot. Building from there, Marcia is known for her proactive approach to the process which has allowed her to broaden her remit to cases involving the wider family, including grandparents and even to disputes involving wills and probate where similar principles work well.

Marcia’s clients are encouraged to avoid the cost, stress and uncertainty of the court procedure and empowered to craft an agreement which whilst it cannot give them both what they want, will give them both what the need to move forward without recrimination, with dignity and readier to face the challenges of the new start ahead.

Marcia is married with two grown up sons. When not working, she loves nothing more than long country walks with her cocker spaniel Murphy.

Katie McCann

Family Lawyer and Barrister

Katie McCann is a family lawyer and barrister, specialising in assisting couples to separate in the best way possible for them and their families. Her main area of focus is achieving sensible financial settlements for her clients. She has acted for clients from all sections of society, from multi-millionaires and celebrities, through to the local police officer trying to protect their pension. She prides herself on treating every client with the respect and care they need on this section of their journey and believes in dealing with each case and its unique facts with pragmatism and realism. She is the owner of her own family law boutique brand Lowry Legal.

Katie is someone who loves a challenge!  She has taken part in a charity strictly come dancing competition, dancing the Paso Doble. During lockdown, she has raised money for charity doing a virtual duathalon. She is a massive fan of fitness and taking care of her general all round wellbeing.  She is on the lookout for her next fitness challenge which looks set to be an international bike ride for “Parkinsons UK”, a charity close to her heart.

Carole Nettleton

Family Lawyer

Carole Nettleton qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has practised exclusively in Family Law since then working in Liverpool and Manchester city centre firms and is now based at Price Slater Gawne in Altrincham, South Manchester.

She has extensive experience dealing with divorce, dissolution of civil partnership and the breakdown of cohabitation with the associated consequences of relationship breakdown.

Her area of expertise includes dealing with the finances of high-net-worth individuals and also cases where assets are more modest but frequently, her cases will involve complex pension issues, multiple businesses, confiscation proceedings and family trusts.

Carole also deals with private children matters ranging from the time children spend with parents to more complex issues of taking children to live in another country.

Outside of work Carole enjoys running, racquet sports, music, radio 4, spa days, podcasts and cricket (having 2 boys who play and talk about cricket non-stop). 

Daniel Bell

Independent Mortgage Adviser

Daniel Bell has always been a numbers enthusiast and has always loved finance. Even before leaving school, he knew that working with money, finance and numbers was going to feature large in his future aspirations. He started work in the world of banking, progressing to Branch Manager, before leaving to become a financial adviser. For him building personal relationships with clients has always been the key, loving the role he has in people’s lives, dispensing advice that supports them at different stages of their decision-making.


Trust, integrity and good quality client care are the foundation upon which he’s built his reputation and his business, each relationship individually tailored to suit the particular client.


His personal life includes being married to Sam, who also works in the business, and sharing their home with much loved pug, George. He lives life to the full, working hard and playing hard, whether it be nights out in the city or exploring the countryside. Daniel certainly lives life to the full.