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Monisha Ferguson

Senior Solicitor, Head of Family and Housing

Industry Associations:

Monisha is a Member of the Law Society of England & Wales. And a Member of Shelter

mferguson@astonbond.co.uk

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At Work

Family law/ ancillary relief

Examples of work include:

– Acting for individuals in divorce proceedings in the UK and abroad.   Negotiating financial settlements for individuals with high value portfolios. Court representation and advising on mediation

– Acting of behalf of clients seeking judicial separation.

– Preparing and advising of pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements.

– Obtaining injunctions against domestic violence, I,E non molestation and ouster orders.

– Acting on behalf of clients with complicated and sensitive family law issues, including welfare of children and contact matters

– Issuing Children Act Applications on behalf of parents  from prohibited steps, contact and  specific, providing court representation and liaising with CAFCASS

– Drafting financial settlements and court representation.

“I’ve contacted Monisha last year for two different cases. It took me eighth years to actually ask for help, so choice of right solicitor was the most important. I needed somebody i can trust from the very first meeting. And I met Monisha. Monisha was fantastic from the beginning, she listened carefully, asked questions which helped me to open up, never ever judged me, always reminded me it’s not that complicated like I had thought for past years and finally being by my side and sorting my cases, winning them. She fixed my life.

I will never thank her enough for everything what she done for me my son. She was always a professional and a friend at the same time. I will always be grateful for all her work.

Marta Ochal.

At Work

Housing & Landlord and Tenant

 Examples of work include:

– Acting on behalf of  Housing Associations, managing agents, landlords and tenants

– Advising on disrepair, breach of contract and lease obligations claims against commercial clients and landlords.

– providing practical and cost effective advice on legal liability projection.

– Representation at courts, mediation and round table negotiations.

– Advising on leases, contracts and section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

– Acting on behalf of individual tenants in obtaining damages for breach of tenancy agreements and section 11 claims against social landlords from Local Authorities to Housing Associations

– Appearing before circuit  judges on a  variety of complicated landlord and tenant matters relating to the  local authority. Appeared on  a number of appeals against the local authority.

– Advising on  quantum and liability for disrepair claims against tenants

– Advising on breach of contract-covenant claims  issued by landlords and local authorities

– Providing legal assistance to senior management team ranging from providing advice on contracts and various statutes

– Liaising with the housing corporation and local authorities

– Acting as the legal officer at a number of council committee meetings relating to local authority  business

Life Before Aston Bond

Worked as  the sole in house lawyer to one of the largest Housing Associations in  the UK

Ran her own practice for six years before joining Aston Bond.

Worked for a leading London Local  Authority

Sat on the housing benefit review board as an advisor . Advised on best value when the Local authority were carrying out internal reviews and practices

Outside work

I keep up to date with current law and provide pro bono advice from time to time,  predominately to those that are vulnerable

I enjoy cooking and am in the process of writing my first cook book with a slant on asian food

I am also learning to play the guitar and have done a TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language course) which led me to teaching  monks  in Katmandu for several months

I also enjoy doing fun runs (5k and 10k )  to raise money for charities

Favourite things

Book:  A brief History of time

Film:   Dead Poets Society

Food:   Massaman curry

Song: John Martyn  – live version of couldnt love you more

TV Programme:   Any  interesting documentaries

Word:  Alignment

Colour:  Lime Green

Place in the world: Italy

Sport:   ice- skating