Gilva Tisshaw is the most experienced family law solicitor currently working in Mid Sussex. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989, after studying law at Nottingham University. Gilva has worked in Haywards Heath since 1996 building up a wealth of local knowledge.
Gilva was originally a founding partner of Hamnett Osborne Tisshaw. This company was de-merged in 2012 with Gilva deciding to establish a specialist family law firm. She is now Director of Tisshaws Family Law Solicitors, who specialise in supporting families through relationship breakdowns and is very proud to have built up a team of likeminded individuals who share her ethos.
Owing to the stress, time and costs involved in the court process, Gilva has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution methods for divorce and separation issues. In support of this, she is a member of Resolution and a trained Collaborative Lawyer.
Gilva has a fantastic reputation in the legal profession, due to the exceptional quality of her work. She is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel which is a national network dedicated to supporting families through the legal process. Gilva also sits as an Assistant Coroner in Brighton & Hove and is President of the South Eastern England Coroner’s Society. She has also been President of the Sussex Law Society and remains an active member of the committee.
When not in the office Gilva enjoys walking, particularly with her two dogs, horse riding on the South Downs, travelling and being a grandmother.
Camilla qualified as a solicitor in 1988 after studying law at London University, Queen Mary College.
Camilla joined Tisshaws in March 2019 having previously practised exclusively in family law in Central London for over 30 years (the last 15 years of which she was a partner at her previous firm).
Camilla is a qualified Collaborative Practitioner and a Resolution Accredited Specialist in International Family Law and Private Children Law. She is also qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong where she practised from 1997-1999. She is of Italian origin and speaks fluent Italian.
Camilla is experienced in advising a wide range of clients regarding divorce, financial settlements and children matters often where there is an international dimension to their situation. She is also experienced in advising clients in cohabiting relationships.
Although Camilla is an experienced litigator, she has a particular interest in alternatives to Court in family and relationship disputes and is a practising Collaborative Lawyer, so clients have a wide choice of approaches to their divorce and relationship breakdown.
When not in the office, Camilla enjoys Mediterranean cooking and travel in South East Asia.
Having graduated from Birmingham University, Richard went on to study at the College of Law in Guildford, completing his training in London and qualifying as a solicitor in 2006.
Since then, Richard has specialised in family law, advising clients in relation to the issues that can arise at the end of relationships on separation and divorce, including financial and children arrangements; as well as at the beginning of relationships such as pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and the planning of families, particularly in the LGBT community, where issues around surrogacy and co-parenting can be complex.
Committed to offering his clients more conciliatory approaches to dispute resolution and sparing them the added stress, expense and timescales of the courts, Richard is a trained Collaborative Lawyer, as well as acting as an independent Mediator for separating couples These more cooperative approaches based on face-to-face meetings to resolve issues and secure the best outcomes, allow Richard to properly get to know and support his clients through challenging times. Richard is also an accredited Resolution Specialist in Complex Financial and Property Matters.
A regular contributor to the Family Law Journal and Resolution Review, Richard has also blogged on family law issues for Huffington Post UK.
Based in Brighton, Richard loves the combination of city life, seafront walks and easy access to the glorious Sussex countryside.
Verity obtained her undergraduate law degree from the University of East Anglia and then went to BPP Law School in London. She qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Tisshaws as an Associate Solicitor in October 2016, having previously practised primarily in Brighton.
Verity has experience dealing with a wide variety of family issues including divorce and civil partnership breakdown, financial settlements and children matters. She also deals with non-matrimonial relationship breakdown and prides herself on high levels of client care and ability to help clients achieve a positive, cost effective, outcome to their situation.
Having qualified as a collaborative lawyer in 2018, Verity is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in the fields of Private Children and Complex Financial Remedy cases. Chair of West Sussex Resolution, she is committed to resolving family matters in the most amicable way possible for the benefit of everyone involved.
An accomplished public speaker, Verity is National Education Director of the Association of Speakers Clubs, a national group which provides public speaking training. She also sits on the committee of the Haywards Heath Business Association, an alliance of local businesses established to facilitate growth and maximise opportunities through collaborative working.
Away from the office Verity is kept busy by her young son, along with squeezing in as much running as she can.
Hana studied Chemistry and Law at the University of Bristol, before completing her Legal Practice Course in 2008 at the College of Law in Guildford. She finished her training contract with a firm in Crawley before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2011.
Hana joined Tisshaws as an Associate Solicitor in September 2016 and advises in all areas of Family Law including divorce, financial settlements, child arrangements matters and occupation orders or non-molestation orders.
As a member of Resolution and a trained Resolution Family Mediator, Hana is committed to resolving matters as amicably as possible. If the case needs to go to court then she is highly experienced and will always strive for the best result. Hana has been praised for her constructive approach and ability to empathise.
In her spare time, Hana likes to unwind with a good book and enjoys socialising with friends and family at the theatre, cinema or over a great meal!
Lidia Farrell joined Hammnett Osborne Tisshaw in 2010 . Following the de-merger in 2012 Lidia was delighted to continue to work for Gilva at Tisshaws. Lidia has been advising clients in her capacity as a Graduate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2015.
Lidia deals with all aspects of family law including issues relating to separation, divorce, dissolution of civil partnership, finance, domestic violence and private law children matters. Lidia is also a fluent Spanish speaker and has advised and received various referrals from members of the Spanish speaking community. Her skills have also proved useful in financial matters with Spanish property.
Lidia is committed to obtaining fair and practical solutions through negotiation avoiding court proceedings where possible. Lidia is approachable and friendly and strives to achieve the best result possible for her clients.
When not working Lidia enjoys playing squash, cooking and socialising with friends and family.
Shivy joined Tisshaws as a paralegal in March 2022 and is currently studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive. She graduated from Coventry University in 2016 with a degree in Criminology and Law and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).
On leaving university, Shivy joined Buss Murton Law in East Grinstead where she took on paralegal duties across a wide range of legal services. Having decided to specialise in family law, she joined Tisshaws to continue her training in this specialist area.
Shivy is now studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive, while gradually building her own caseload, alongside assisting her colleagues with a wide range of legal matters.
A fluent Gujarati speaker, out of the office Shivy enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends and family and travel.