Vanessa Gillbanks

Consultant Legal Executive


Vanessa Gillbanks is a divorce, family law and domestic abuse specialist serving Colchester, Ipswich and the surrounding area.

She is a chartered legal executive specialising in family law who qualified as a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1996 but has practised in family law since 1990.

As a resolution member, Vanessa will assist to resolve problems with a firm yet non-confrontational approach and will help ease you through the difficult periods of your life as quickly as your circumstances allow.

Vanessa will give clear practical advice and can assist with all aspects of family law including;
– Separation;
Financial and children issues;
– Disputes between parties that live together without marriage;
Pre-and post- nuptial agreements
Domestic abuse and protection orders
– Cohabitation and living together agreements;
– and declaration of status for marriages outside of the UK.

Working for Richard Nelson LLP as a consultant family lawyer, Vanessa is based in East Bergholt, Colchester. Vanessa’s offices are within easy reach of the A12 and A14 and offer free parking and beautiful constable country views. With her offices lying on the Essex/Suffolk border, she also serves Ipswich.

Colchester Address
Room 4, Unit4C
The Gattinetts
Hadleigh Road
East Bergholt

With Vanessa’s vast depth of experience, she will guide you through the tough time of your life and help get you onto a new path for your future.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Family

    Issues of family law often come with personal challenges as well as legal. Our solicitors are known for their compassionate approach and commitment to securing the best possible outcome for you and your family.

  • Divorce Solicitors

    When going through a divorce, you need your solicitor to be compassionate, knowledgeable, and ready to fight your corner at all times. Find all that and more with Richard Nelson LLP.

  • Financial Settlements

    Richard Nelson LLP’s divorce lawyers are experienced in helping clients to reach the right financial settlement for their divorce. There are many different routes to a financial order, many of which will allow you to avoid taking the matter to court. Our family solicitors will advise you on the options that are best suited to your situation and can provide any of the legal services that are required by different routes to a financial settlement.

  • Child Arrangements Orders

    Richard Nelson LLP’s family team can provide legal advice on Child Arrangements orders. When a relationship breaks down between two parents it is hoped that arrangements for the child to see both parents can be finalised amicably. However, in some circumstances, this does not happen. Our Solicitors will help you to reach the best solution for your child.

  • Unmarried Couples Legal Services

    Richard Nelson LLP's family lawyers are able to assist unmarried couples with a range of services, including child arrangements, finances and property law.

  • Dog Custody

    If you’re concerned about the ownership of your pet as a result of your divorce, our family solicitors can provide a specialist service to help you arrive at the right outcome.

  • Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors

    Speak to our family solicitors if you are considering a prenuptial agreement or have been asked to enter one, we can help you understand and complete the process.

Organisations & Accreditations


  • The Law Society (Family Law Advanced Accredited)
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Resolution
  • Family Law Panel

I can have more flexibility about when and how I work, but at the same time I am able to provide a much more personal service to my clients.

Vanessa Gillbanks

I cannot thank enough Vanessa Gillbanks for making things happen. She is so professional, hands on and helpful. I am so grateful for all the hard work she gave to help me. I totally recommend Richard Nelson LLP. Thank you so much Vanessa. Forever grateful.

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