Our Team

Our Team

Dee Popat

Dee Popat

  • Head of Family Law Department
  • Solicitor/Senior Legal Consultant
Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Accredited Family Law Specialist


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales (2003)


  • English
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati

Membership of Social/Networking Groups

IBWG (International Business Women’s Group (Dubai))

I approached James Berry & Associates with a complicated personal matter - that of divorce. I was put in touch with Family Law Specialist and Senior Legal Counsel, Dee Popat, who immediately empathised with my situation, advised me accordingly, and provided the necessary guidance to navigate the UAE court system. Dee and her team were professional and attentive throughout the process. All aspects of my case were examined in detail and Dee's advice proved to be sound. Thank you to Dee and the James Berry team. 

RM-UAE Divorce client

Thank you Dee for your excellent service in achieving the positive result in respect of my spouse visa application to the UK.  I would anytime recommend you and give you 5 star for your guidance and advise.

With Much appreciation.  S Aromoohan 

S Aromoohan

I worked with Dee during 2014 for my divorce. For what is a stressful situation, I was given clear and professional advice, together with guidance on the various options available to me. This helped me to reach a speedy and satisfactory conclusion, with a minimum of stress.

Andy Gibbins

Thank you again Dee, you were fantastic throughout and your advice was spot on. I felt extremely comfortable with you and thank you for making the process simple enough for me to understand it all and quite unstressful. You guys were fantastic and the work you have put in, meritorious. This is easily evidenced by the outcome of the case.

John Z

Dear Dee

I want to thank you most sincerely for acting on my behalf and for the advice which led to me receiving a settlement which I am very happy with.  You and Irene helped me go through a very difficult process and come out the other end intact. I am so happy I came to you.

Once again thank you, to you and Irene for your professionalism and for your advice and for the satisfactory outcome for me.

Kind regards,



We asked Ms Popat to assist in organising our application for my wife’s UK spouse visa. We felt it would be a stressful process and wanted to have an experienced UK solicitor on our side to give us the best chance of obtaining the visa as quickly as possible.  Ms Popat was most diligent in organising and collating all the information we needed to submit, helped us complete the form, provided insight and advice regarding presenting information in the right way and importantly laid out the excellent organisation of our documents and additional pertinent information on a very clear covering letter. We feel her efforts were pivotal in our very swift and successful application. Highly recommended.”


Mr & Mrs P Smith

For a recently concluded Financial Dispute Resolution that Dee was handling, Counsel who was appointed said "Counsel is grateful for the instructions on this case and especially grateful that the Form E, Statement and preliminary documents were prepared to a high standard.

Raffia Arshad St Mary’s Chambers, Nottingham

Thank you for helping me out with this important matter and I could not be anything else than pleased with the result

AD – A PreNuptial client

A huge Thank You to Dee Popat for her level of care and professionalism in the handling of our UK immigration case.  From the first contact to the conclusion of our case, Dee was incredibly thorough with the large amounts of paperwork we had to provide, and we have nothing but praise and appreciation for the genuine care and patience Dee had for our many questions, and at times last minute requests!  We would not hesitate to recommend Dee, and James Berry Associates to anyone needing assistance with any aspect of UK Immigration and Family Law"  

Thank you again for all of your help Dee, and we will be in touch again in the coming weeks once I have wrapped up my job here, and have the time on my hands needed to get our relocation underway


Dear Dee, 

Thank you for your pleasant and professional reception. I will surely use your services again if required.

Attestation Client

During my divorce, I have turned to Dee for help, advice and assistance. Dee’s responsiveness, knowledge were extremely helpful during this challenging period. She kept me focussed and provided sound advice. Dee was always engaged when needed and was always super responsive to all the queries and questions I had about either the divorce process or the documentation. I always felt that my needs were addressed and attention given to me. I could not have wished for better support than the one I received from Dee. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anybody who needs professional input in such a tough time as a divorce.

UAE Divorce client

Dee, Thanks for your helpful and efficient assistance.


A client who required completing and witnessing of an international document

Dee Popat was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process of preparing a prenup within a very short timeframe, and I would gladly recommend her to anyone in need of support from a family law specialist in the UAE.

a Pre-Nup client
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  • Dee understands the sensitive issues surrounding the breakdown of a marriage and the impact it can have on the parents and their children, and uses her considerable experience to find an acceptable way forward. She is a good, compassionate listener who realises the importance of allowing the client to vent and express their emotions during the divorce process. 

    She crafts a personalised approach according to the needs of her clients.  She has successfully dealt with numerous cases, including situations where the spouse controls the family finances and is able to suggest solutions to enable her clients to find a resolution. She is passionate about her work and is dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcome with a view to avoid contention where possible.

    Dee studied law at London Metropolitan University (formerly London Guildhall University) and started her legal career at a London based firm, becoming a specialist in Family Law. 

    Dee has gained extensive experience, having practised family and divorce law exclusively for over 15 years. She became a member of the Law Society’s (England & Wales) Family Law Panel in 2010.

    Dee deals with matrimonial matters (both in the jurisdiction of England & Wales and UAE), and specialises in various matters including : 

    • Family breakdown (divorce & separation) 
    • Children matters (residence, contact, maintenance, abduction and injunctions)
    • Financial issues upon breakdown of a marriage including high net worth cases and international elements
    • obtaining of freezing injunctions for overseas assets (in the English Courts)
    • Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements
    • Statutory Declarations for and advice on Adoption

    Dee also advises on various aspects of UK immigration law including:

    • UK Visa applications : nationality and family applications
    • Leave to remain in the UK (including Indefinite leave to remain)
    • obtaining or renouncing British Citizenship
    • investment visa applications

    Dee is on the expert panel list for www.bridemeclub.com which is UAE’s premier online information resource, for UAE based brides-to-be and brides.

    Dee provides a fortnightly Matrimonial clinic at James Berry & Associates at API Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road.  If you or anyone that you know is experiencing family issues and require advice on the next step, please contact us at family@jamesberrylaw.ae. or call us on 043317552.




    • London Guildhall University (LL.B. (Hons) degree )
    • Thames Valley University (Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC))

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