Dee Popat

Head of Family Law / Senior Consultant

Meet Dee Popat, the Head of the Family Law Department and a dedicated Solicitor/Senior Legal Consultant at James Berry & Associates. As a member of the Law Society of England & Wales and a Family Law Specialist, Dee’s experience is expansive. Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2003 and to the Legal Affairs Department of Dubai in 2014, Dee is fluent in English, Gujarati, and Hindi.

With a compassionate and empathetic approach, Dee understands the sensitive nature of family matters and the impact they can have on individuals and children. Leveraging over 20 years of experience, she crafts personalised solutions for her clients, considering the diverse needs of a family unit in today’s multicultural societies.

Dee’s journey in law began at London Metropolitan University, and she quickly specialised in Family Law during her tenure at a London-based firm. Her commitment to excellence led her to become a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel in 2010.

Dee’s expertise covers a broad spectrum of family and divorce law, including family breakdown, children matters, financial issues in marriage breakdowns (including high net worth cases and international elements), freezing injunctions for overseas assets, marriage processes and requirements in the UAE, Islamic marriage contracts, pre and post-nuptial agreements, statutory declarations for international adoption, and various aspects of UK immigration law. Dee is a Commissioner for Oaths and can cater for all your certification and witnessing needs. She also provides independent legal advice for UK mortgages, guarantees and loans.

Not only does Dee provide valuable legal advice, but she also shares her insights through articles in various UAE National papers and for www.bridemeclub.com, the UAE’s premier online information resource for brides-to-be. Additionally, she conducts a fortnightly Matrimonial clinic at James Berry & Associates, providing support and guidance to those experiencing family issues.

With Dee Popat at the helm, James Berry & Associates ensures compassionate and expert guidance for all family law matters.

Membership of Professional Bodies
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Family Law Specialist
  • Legal Affairs Department of Dubai
Admitted
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales (2003)
  • Legal Affairs Department of Dubai (2014)
Languages
  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
Membership of Social/Networking Groups
  • International Business Women’s Group (Dubai)
Education
  • London Guildhall University (LL.B. (Hons) degree)
  • Thames Valley University (Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC))
Achievements
  • Dubai Foundation for Women & Children
Dee Popat's articles

Latest Insights

Domestic Abuse in the UAE
UK Spouse Visa 2024
Marriage Procedure for expats in the UAE
New Beginnings – Advancement of Laws concerning Medical Assistance in Reproduction (MAR) in the UAE
UAE and English Divorce proceedings
Visit Visa for UK from UAE
Registering Births in the UAE for Ex-Pats
Overseas Domestic Worker visa for the UK
Money, Assets and Marriage in the UAE in conjunction with Fintasticfemales
Outline for Civil Marriages procedure in Dubai
Death of a loved one (Ex-patriate) and related legal Issues in UAE
Certifying true copies, witnessing documents and attestation of documents
Personal Status Law update UAE – December 2022
Validity of Foreign Nuptial Agreements in the UAE
Registering Births in UAE – The New Law
Children and the Law in UAE : Case study
Financial Remedies Procedure upon Divorce in England
UK Divorce – The New Law – Elimination of the blame game
Having a Civil Marriage in UAE
Having a child out of wedlock in UAE
Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Family Law Update – The New Law in Abu Dhabi
Mahr – Potential Capital Liability on Divorce – UAE and English Divorce Proceedings
Financial planning and setbacks associated with separation or divorce
How to Legally Marry in the UAE during Covid Times
Divorce in UAE – March 2021
Changes to Family Law in UAE
Attestation of documents for use in UAE
Update for Ex-pats who want to marry in UAE
Covid – 19 Update on travelling to the UK and UK visa applications in UAE
Covid – 19 Ex-pat Overview for Starting the Divorce process in UAE or UK
Overview of Family Law and Children Issues in UAE
My thoughts…. By Dee Popat
UK Spouse Visa
Breakdown of the Family Unit
Overview of travelling to the UK
Muslim marriages and rights for women whose husbands have multiple wives.
UK Immigration –Student Visa
Destination Wedding – UAE
UK Visit Visa
Post Nuptial Agreement
Tier 1 Start-Up Visa and Innovator Visa
Do you need to register your marriage in UAE?
Spousal Maintenance and Compensation for Ex-pats following Divorce: UAE v UK
Visa Rules for Divorced Women
How to have a Happy Marriage
UK Immigration: UK Spouse Visa
Legal Issues and Death in the family
Debt and Married Couples in the UAE
Child Custody Law in the UAE
Adoption guide for British Expats in Dubai
Potential issues you could face following your marriage
Quick fire Questions and Answers on Divorce in Dubai
Potential Issues You Could Face Prior To Your Marriage In The UAE
Overview Of Mixed Marriages And The Law In The UAE
Marriage for Ex-pats in UAE
Divorce Jurisdiction: UK or UAE ?
One Stop Shop for your UK Immigration Needs
Marriage and Pregnancy in the UAE
Prenuptial Agreements – Part 2 – What to Include
To Prenup or not to Prenup – Part 1
Ensuring your UAE marriage is legal
Expert Advice – Marrying in the UAE
Divorce in the United Arab Emirates
Family Law and the Breakdown of your Marriage
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Testimonials for Dee Popat

What clients say about Dee Popat

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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

Having recently been successfully guided through the UK Spouse Visa application process by Dee Popat at James Berry Law, I am pleased to provide this recommendation of her service.

My initial email enquiry to James Berry Law was promptly responded to, with a short fact-finding meeting taking place a few days later with Dee, at which time the visa application process was outlined. I was given an estimate of the time required, cost, required effort on my part, a broad outline of the process and likelihood of success. All these estimates proved to be very accurate.

Throughout the process Dee and her team anticipated the minor frustrations involved in the application process, were helpful, responsive and a pleasure to interact with; the result has been a feeling of personal attention.

Overall, the service produced the required result in minimum time – value for money.

Kerry Wilton, Dubai

Dear Dee,

I am now at the end of what is never a great time in life and that is a divorce. At the beginning I was lost how to react as obviously court correspondence is cold and a little intimidating. However thanks to you and your team you guided me through the process. Advising what I should and should not do, how to react to the demands of the system were so important to me as it removed a lot of stress from a stressful process. Your early guidance on the pit falls regarding costs and how to proceed were clearly highly important. You did bring a lot of comfort and a smile to my face when you dealt with the occasional tricky legal points with a clear professional reply quoting other legal precedents that stopped what looked like a major problem for me. Entering a law office is always a bit intimidating but Irene’s smile and offer of a cup of coffee always settled me quickly. Now I move on in life with new challenges ahead but with a clear path thanks to your amazing professional support. I wish you and the team all the very best for the future.

Finally thank you for the very professional work and support.

S.D - Divorce Client

Visa application to the UK

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

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

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

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.

Sarah

It was with your wonderful help we were able to obtain a spousal residence visa for Daygum to move to the UK with me and our 2 boys.

Well, fast forward 6 years – and I am delighted to let you know that Daygum has at last received his British Citizenship!

I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful service in getting this process started.  Thank you again Dee, I honestly haven’t words to express how much I appreciate your care and expertise.

Sarah & Daygum

Dee Popat is a most efficient and knowledgeable Solicitor when it comes to UK Immigration.  She was able to resolve a difficult situation correctly on the first occasion.   Dee is highly recommended by me.

AT

Dee Popat represented me during my divorce proceedings.  She is extremely knowledgeable about both the UK and UAE matrimonial and family law.  Dee’s proactive and professional approach ensured that the proceedings were succinct and focused.  She was both supportive but also measured in the legal advice she gave, enabling me to make logical decisions within what was a very painful and upsetting experience.  Dee kept me updated on the progress of my case and didn’t recommend unnecessary steps.  She was a strong advocate in a round table discussion, ensuring my interests were paramount and was not phased by the tactics of the other advocate.

PB

I highly recommend using James Berry & Associates notary services. I have visited their offices multiple times to get important documents certified. Every time my visits are seamless and handled with great professionalism by Dee and Irene. I always leave happy knowing that the process is made so easy for me!

Thanks again for all your help!

R Holdgate

I would like to say a big thank you to Dee and Irene for the guidance and support through a very difficult period in my life. The clear step by step process and navigating some challenging decisions was made all that much easier through Dee’s clear legal advice. I could not have asked for anything more having concluded the divorce just before the new year. I am very grateful we managed to get to the end of this chapter, with a feeling of empowerment and relief to move forward.

UAE Divorce Client

Dee’s professionalism in discussing, drafting, redrafting, and finalizing my divorce settlement was second to none. I remain grateful for her patience, responsiveness, and wise counsel and have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Li-chen Sim.

I would like to thank the team at James Berry as efficient, prompt and always polite and in particular to Dee Popat. Dee has been available, prompt and helpful and very clear in advice and next steps and gave me confidence in the process and her calm clear approach was really appreciated.

GBA

Many thanks for the great service and advice in guiding me through this process!

Nan

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.

Maggie

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

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

Irene, just wow !!! You are just so brilliant. Your personal touch, your conversation and your immediate responses to get the ball rolling and keep everything we have needed and wanted in motion has been invaluable. You are a true unsung hero of the last 5 years.

Father in Child Protection Dispute at Dubai Court

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to James Berry and Associates and especially Madeleine Mendy. I was highly recommended by a friend to come and see Madeleine for some professional legal advice which has been the best decision I’ve made. Financially and emotionally I was not in a good place. From the very first time I met Madeleine she made me feel at ease, with her friendly manner and very approachable persona. She gave me sound and professional advise, always had answers for my questions and gave me several options to move forward. Madeleine is a very professional, caring person. Nothing was too much to ask and she always went above and beyond what she needed to do. She managed to reduce the tremendous pressure I was under and turn a no win situation into my advantage. I couldn’t be happier with the finished result. I am truly grateful and will always recommend her services. I have lived in Dubai for fourteen years and it is very rare to receive such outstanding service.

UAE Divorce British National

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

Having recently been successfully guided through the UK Spouse Visa application process by Dee Popat at James Berry Law, I am pleased to provide this recommendation of her service.

My initial email enquiry to James Berry Law was promptly responded to, with a short fact-finding meeting taking place a few days later with Dee, at which time the visa application process was outlined. I was given an estimate of the time required, cost, required effort on my part, a broad outline of the process and likelihood of success. All these estimates proved to be very accurate.

Throughout the process Dee and her team anticipated the minor frustrations involved in the application process, were helpful, responsive and a pleasure to interact with; the result has been a feeling of personal attention.

Overall, the service produced the required result in minimum time – value for money.

Kerry Wilton, Dubai

Dear Dee,

I am now at the end of what is never a great time in life and that is a divorce. At the beginning I was lost how to react as obviously court correspondence is cold and a little intimidating. However thanks to you and your team you guided me through the process. Advising what I should and should not do, how to react to the demands of the system were so important to me as it removed a lot of stress from a stressful process. Your early guidance on the pit falls regarding costs and how to proceed were clearly highly important. You did bring a lot of comfort and a smile to my face when you dealt with the occasional tricky legal points with a clear professional reply quoting other legal precedents that stopped what looked like a major problem for me. Entering a law office is always a bit intimidating but Irene’s smile and offer of a cup of coffee always settled me quickly. Now I move on in life with new challenges ahead but with a clear path thanks to your amazing professional support. I wish you and the team all the very best for the future.

Finally thank you for the very professional work and support.

S.D - Divorce Client

Visa application to the UK

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

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

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

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.

Sarah

It was with your wonderful help we were able to obtain a spousal residence visa for Daygum to move to the UK with me and our 2 boys.

Well, fast forward 6 years – and I am delighted to let you know that Daygum has at last received his British Citizenship!

I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful service in getting this process started.  Thank you again Dee, I honestly haven’t words to express how much I appreciate your care and expertise.

Sarah & Daygum

Dee Popat is a most efficient and knowledgeable Solicitor when it comes to UK Immigration.  She was able to resolve a difficult situation correctly on the first occasion.   Dee is highly recommended by me.

AT

Dee Popat represented me during my divorce proceedings.  She is extremely knowledgeable about both the UK and UAE matrimonial and family law.  Dee’s proactive and professional approach ensured that the proceedings were succinct and focused.  She was both supportive but also measured in the legal advice she gave, enabling me to make logical decisions within what was a very painful and upsetting experience.  Dee kept me updated on the progress of my case and didn’t recommend unnecessary steps.  She was a strong advocate in a round table discussion, ensuring my interests were paramount and was not phased by the tactics of the other advocate.

PB

I highly recommend using James Berry & Associates notary services. I have visited their offices multiple times to get important documents certified. Every time my visits are seamless and handled with great professionalism by Dee and Irene. I always leave happy knowing that the process is made so easy for me!

Thanks again for all your help!

R Holdgate

I would like to say a big thank you to Dee and Irene for the guidance and support through a very difficult period in my life. The clear step by step process and navigating some challenging decisions was made all that much easier through Dee’s clear legal advice. I could not have asked for anything more having concluded the divorce just before the new year. I am very grateful we managed to get to the end of this chapter, with a feeling of empowerment and relief to move forward.

UAE Divorce Client

Dee’s professionalism in discussing, drafting, redrafting, and finalizing my divorce settlement was second to none. I remain grateful for her patience, responsiveness, and wise counsel and have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Li-chen Sim.

I would like to thank the team at James Berry as efficient, prompt and always polite and in particular to Dee Popat. Dee has been available, prompt and helpful and very clear in advice and next steps and gave me confidence in the process and her calm clear approach was really appreciated.

GBA

Many thanks for the great service and advice in guiding me through this process!

Nan

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.

Maggie

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

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

Irene, just wow !!! You are just so brilliant. Your personal touch, your conversation and your immediate responses to get the ball rolling and keep everything we have needed and wanted in motion has been invaluable. You are a true unsung hero of the last 5 years.

Father in Child Protection Dispute at Dubai Court

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to James Berry and Associates and especially Madeleine Mendy. I was highly recommended by a friend to come and see Madeleine for some professional legal advice which has been the best decision I’ve made. Financially and emotionally I was not in a good place. From the very first time I met Madeleine she made me feel at ease, with her friendly manner and very approachable persona. She gave me sound and professional advise, always had answers for my questions and gave me several options to move forward. Madeleine is a very professional, caring person. Nothing was too much to ask and she always went above and beyond what she needed to do. She managed to reduce the tremendous pressure I was under and turn a no win situation into my advantage. I couldn’t be happier with the finished result. I am truly grateful and will always recommend her services. I have lived in Dubai for fourteen years and it is very rare to receive such outstanding service.

UAE Divorce British National

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

Having recently been successfully guided through the UK Spouse Visa application process by Dee Popat at James Berry Law, I am pleased to provide this recommendation of her service.

My initial email enquiry to James Berry Law was promptly responded to, with a short fact-finding meeting taking place a few days later with Dee, at which time the visa application process was outlined. I was given an estimate of the time required, cost, required effort on my part, a broad outline of the process and likelihood of success. All these estimates proved to be very accurate.

Throughout the process Dee and her team anticipated the minor frustrations involved in the application process, were helpful, responsive and a pleasure to interact with; the result has been a feeling of personal attention.

Overall, the service produced the required result in minimum time – value for money.

Kerry Wilton, Dubai

Dear Dee,

I am now at the end of what is never a great time in life and that is a divorce. At the beginning I was lost how to react as obviously court correspondence is cold and a little intimidating. However thanks to you and your team you guided me through the process. Advising what I should and should not do, how to react to the demands of the system were so important to me as it removed a lot of stress from a stressful process. Your early guidance on the pit falls regarding costs and how to proceed were clearly highly important. You did bring a lot of comfort and a smile to my face when you dealt with the occasional tricky legal points with a clear professional reply quoting other legal precedents that stopped what looked like a major problem for me. Entering a law office is always a bit intimidating but Irene’s smile and offer of a cup of coffee always settled me quickly. Now I move on in life with new challenges ahead but with a clear path thanks to your amazing professional support. I wish you and the team all the very best for the future.

Finally thank you for the very professional work and support.

S.D - Divorce Client

Visa application to the UK

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

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

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

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.

Sarah

It was with your wonderful help we were able to obtain a spousal residence visa for Daygum to move to the UK with me and our 2 boys.

Well, fast forward 6 years – and I am delighted to let you know that Daygum has at last received his British Citizenship!

I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful service in getting this process started.  Thank you again Dee, I honestly haven’t words to express how much I appreciate your care and expertise.

Sarah & Daygum

Dee Popat is a most efficient and knowledgeable Solicitor when it comes to UK Immigration.  She was able to resolve a difficult situation correctly on the first occasion.   Dee is highly recommended by me.

AT

Dee Popat represented me during my divorce proceedings.  She is extremely knowledgeable about both the UK and UAE matrimonial and family law.  Dee’s proactive and professional approach ensured that the proceedings were succinct and focused.  She was both supportive but also measured in the legal advice she gave, enabling me to make logical decisions within what was a very painful and upsetting experience.  Dee kept me updated on the progress of my case and didn’t recommend unnecessary steps.  She was a strong advocate in a round table discussion, ensuring my interests were paramount and was not phased by the tactics of the other advocate.

PB

I highly recommend using James Berry & Associates notary services. I have visited their offices multiple times to get important documents certified. Every time my visits are seamless and handled with great professionalism by Dee and Irene. I always leave happy knowing that the process is made so easy for me!

Thanks again for all your help!

R Holdgate

I would like to say a big thank you to Dee and Irene for the guidance and support through a very difficult period in my life. The clear step by step process and navigating some challenging decisions was made all that much easier through Dee’s clear legal advice. I could not have asked for anything more having concluded the divorce just before the new year. I am very grateful we managed to get to the end of this chapter, with a feeling of empowerment and relief to move forward.

UAE Divorce Client

Dee’s professionalism in discussing, drafting, redrafting, and finalizing my divorce settlement was second to none. I remain grateful for her patience, responsiveness, and wise counsel and have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Li-chen Sim.

I would like to thank the team at James Berry as efficient, prompt and always polite and in particular to Dee Popat. Dee has been available, prompt and helpful and very clear in advice and next steps and gave me confidence in the process and her calm clear approach was really appreciated.

GBA

Many thanks for the great service and advice in guiding me through this process!

Nan

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.

Maggie

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

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

Irene, just wow !!! You are just so brilliant. Your personal touch, your conversation and your immediate responses to get the ball rolling and keep everything we have needed and wanted in motion has been invaluable. You are a true unsung hero of the last 5 years.

Father in Child Protection Dispute at Dubai Court

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to James Berry and Associates and especially Madeleine Mendy. I was highly recommended by a friend to come and see Madeleine for some professional legal advice which has been the best decision I’ve made. Financially and emotionally I was not in a good place. From the very first time I met Madeleine she made me feel at ease, with her friendly manner and very approachable persona. She gave me sound and professional advise, always had answers for my questions and gave me several options to move forward. Madeleine is a very professional, caring person. Nothing was too much to ask and she always went above and beyond what she needed to do. She managed to reduce the tremendous pressure I was under and turn a no win situation into my advantage. I couldn’t be happier with the finished result. I am truly grateful and will always recommend her services. I have lived in Dubai for fourteen years and it is very rare to receive such outstanding service.

UAE Divorce British National

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