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About Resolution

Resolution
Resolution is a national organisation of family lawyers, all of whom are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Its members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems, and must encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family; in particular the best interests of children.

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Our Resolution Lawyers

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter

Karen is a Chartered Legal Executive who heads up the Family Team based at the Ely office, where for over 30 years she has given help and support to all her clients who find themselves in situations of conflict and high emotion.

A member of the Law Society Family Panel and Resolution, Karen has undertaken mediation training and qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2005 (for more information go to www.ccflg.co.uk).

Karen deals with and has experience of all aspects of Family Law including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and all related financial issues, child welfare including residence orders and assisting grand parents and other family members to obtain Special Guardianship orders together with Step-parent Parental Responsibility Agreements.

Karen is a director of and sits on the management committee of the Ely and Cambridge Contact Centre.

Karen plays an active role in her home village. She enjoys amateur dramatics, reading and walking.

Email Karen Carpenter 

Telephone Karen Carpenter 01353 646105

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Family LawMember of ResolutionResolution Collaborative Lawyer

Sarah Fairbrother

Sarah Fairbrother

Having completed her training with Ward Gethin Archer, Sarah was admitted to the roll as a Solicitor on 15th September 2011 and is now one of the firm's Directors.

Sarah advises clients on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, in particular upon financial issues that follow a relationship breakdown. Sarah also specialises in issues regarding children such as child contact arrangements and residence disputes. Sarah also deals with advice and preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements and Change of Name Deeds.

Sarah is also a Trustee of counselling charity Relate and enjoys playing netball in her spare time.

Sarah is also a member of Resolution.

Email Sarah Fairbrother 

Telephone Sarah Fairbrother 01553 667250

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of Resolution

Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington

Richard is a solicitor and Director in our Family, Civil Litigation and Employment departments based in King's Lynn.

Richard became a solicitor in 1986, and has been a Director since May 1991. Richard brings over 20 years of litigation experience and deals with particularly contentious financial issues in divorces for SME owners and their spouses, commercial disputes of all sorts, contentious probate matters and professional negligence disputes for the firm.

Richard is a trained civil litigation mediator, a Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and a Resolution Trained Collaborative Family Lawyer able to deal with collaborative work, and is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Richard is also the Chair of YMCA Norfolk and a trustee of a number of local charities, a church elder and a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.


As published in The UK Legal 500 2014 East Anglia Private client Family recommended Law firms:

"Richard Pennington at Ward Gethin Archer is 'an old-fashioned litigator with a superb legal brain and great tactical awareness'; he regularly advises on contentious divorce settlements."

Email Richard Pennington 

Telephone Richard Pennington 01553 667202

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of ResolutionMember of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers AssociationResolution Collaborative Lawyer

Sara Plummer

Sara Plummer

Sara is a solicitor in the Family Law team and works in our Dereham office covering Dereham, Swaffham and Watton. Sara qualified in 2006, joined the firm in October 2008 and has over ten years' experience in Family Law.

Sara advises clients on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, in particular upon financial issues that follow a relationship breakdown. Sara also specialises in issues regarding children such as child contact arrangements and residence disputes. Sara also deals with advice and preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Change of Name Deeds.

Sara is a Resolution Accredited Specialist with particular specialisms in Child Law, private proceedings and financial provision. She is also a member of Resolution, which is an organisation of Family Law that is committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and conciliatory way. She has also been a trustee of charities that help victims of domestic violence.

Sara is also on the staff liaison committee with the firm. She enjoys keeping fit/relaxing by supporting her local villages with zumba and yoga clubs.

Email Sara Plummer 

Telephone Sara Plummer 01362 852905

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of ResolutionResolution Accredited Specialist