Gearóidín Charlton, BCL, MSc (Syst Orgs & Man) graduated from UCD in 1981 and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. For eighteen years, she practised family law in a medium sized firm and headed up their family law department. She subsequently set up her own practice in 2002, now Charltons Solicitors, specialising in family law and related issues.
Gearóidín is a trained collaborative family lawyer and is an advocate of the collaborative model of practice in family disputes. She is also a trained mediator and strongly believes that alternative dispute resolution is the most appropriate way of dealing with the majority of disputes arising out of relationship breakdown. Gearóidín is a qualified psychotherapist which equips her with valuable additional skills to deal with the challenges facing clients and lawyers alike in cases of matrimonial or relationship breakdown.
Gearóidín is a former chairperson of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners and continues as a member of the Board. She is a co-founder and chairperson of South Dublin Collaborative Practitioners and Mediators. She is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Family Lawyers’ Association and both the Irish and international Associations of Collaborative Practitioners. Is iarchathaoirligh Scoil Lorcáin í agus í lán sásta gnó a dhéanamh as Gaeilge.
Christina Sauer-Dechant, BBA TEP, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in International Business. She worked in professional theatre and the arts before qualifying as a solicitor in Ireland in 2009. Christina specialises in the areas of Property, Wills, Estate Planning and Probate. She is a collaboratively trained lawyer and handles non-contentious family law work (collaborative and consent cases).
Christina gained experience in trusts, corporate governance and company secretarial matters as a solicitor in the Legal and Corporate Department of one of the ‘Big Four’ Accounting and Financial Service firms in Dublin before joining Charltons Solicitors in 2013.
Christina is a registered member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), The Law Society of Ireland, and The Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. She has been active on the Board of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners in Ireland, including acting as their Company Secretary.
Christina is the author of the Irish Chapter of International Succession Laws published by Bloomsbury Professional.
Mary Barry worked in the Public Office of the District Court in Dun Laoghaire for several years before joining the Dublin office of a large global insurer as a Claims Handler. Mary has over 25 years’ experience dealing with motor and personal injury claims. She also assisted in the administration work of their in-house Solicitors, dealing with the Injuries Board and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. During her time there she undertook specialised training in negotiation, communication and customer care. Mary obtained a diploma in IT design and development from the Senior College, Dun Laoghaire in 2008. She joined Charltons Solicitors in January 2014.