Tara Connor-McLaren

Tara Connor-McLaren

Senior Associate
Bristol The Paragon Counterslip Bristol BS1 6BX
Swindon 6 Drakes Meadow Penny Lane Swindon SN3 3LL
Mobile 07387261296

Senior Associate - Family Law

Tara is a specialist family solicitor in the Bristol Family team at Thrings. Her practice encompasses all areas of family law, including divorce and the resolution of financial matters, private children matters, nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. Tara also specialises and has a keen interest in cohabitation disputes, in respect of property ownership following the separation of unmarried couples.

Tara approaches her role, with the goal of empowering her clients to ensure they fully understand their position and the options available, working hard in every case to negotiate the best outcomes for her clients, with court proceedings seen very much as a last resort. Implementing this focus at all times, she ensures clients feel fully supported, working with them to resolve matters in the most time and cost-efficient manner. Whilst Tara will do everything she can to resolve matters amicably, she is also pragmatic. Therefore, when court proceedings are required, she is a strong advocate for her clients to ensure their interests are best represented. However, is also keen in considering alternative forms of dispute resolution including mediation, round table meetings, private Financial Dispute Resolution hearings and arbitration.

  • Family Issues
  • Property Disputes
  • Family & relationships

Tara's relevant experience includes: 

  • Acting for a client in complex Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act claims following her client’s separation from a long-term partner. Involving two sets of court proceedings, and a significant number of applications within proceedings including enforcement applications and appeal applications. As well as court proceedings, Tara also acted for the client in proceedings involving the Land Registry First Tier Tribunal.
  • Representing a client in a complex financial remedy matter involving properties, a business, bonuses and complex share incentives obtained through employment. Tara advised the client to attend a private Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing (FDR) in the interest of resolving matters in the most time and cost-efficient manner. The client obtained a favourable indication at the private FDR, with agreement reached shortly after.
  • Preparing a cohabitation agreement for a client who was moving into a property owned in her sole name, with her boyfriend. Given the value of the property was circa. £1 million and had been purchased by the client’s parents for my client, it was important to protect the client’s interest in the property.
  • Representing a client in complex financial remedy proceedings, involving an Agricultural Holdings tenancy, several properties in the UK and abroad and several businesses. This was a complex case involving a succession tenancy. There were also properties owned by the parties’ property business. The parties attended a private FDR to assist them with reaching a final agreement.
  • Representing a client is very difficult children act proceedings involving a fact finding hearing due to significant abuse allegations.
  • Preparing a pre-nuptial agreement for a high net worth client.

Accolade 1

“Tara Connor-McLaren was superb. Very professional. Any questions or concerns I had she gave clarity to me. And this was done quickly and efficiently. Tara was very quick with correspondence, and one of the great qualities is that it felt like she genuinely cared. She had a personal approach whilst being very professional.” - Client testimony