Gearóidín Charlton, BCL, MSc (Syst Orgs & Man) graduated from UCD in 1981 and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. For eighteen years, she practised family law in a medium sized firm and headed up their family law department. She subsequently set up her own practice in 2002, now Charltons Solicitors, specialising in family law and related issues.
Gearóidín is a trained collaborative family lawyer and is an advocate of the collaborative model of practice in family disputes. She is also a trained mediator and strongly believes that alternative dispute resolution is the most appropriate way of dealing with the majority of disputes arising out of relationship breakdown. Gearóidín is a qualified psychotherapist which equips her with valuable additional skills to deal with the challenges facing clients and lawyers alike in cases of matrimonial or relationship breakdown.
Gearóidín is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Family Lawyers’ Association, and both the Irish and International Associations of Collaborative Practitioners. She sits on the board of directors of Sonas Housing Association.
Gerry Charlton graduated from UCD in 1955 in Economics, Politics and Law and qualified as a solicitor in 1956 from The Law Society of Ireland. He set up practice with John McKnight and they enjoyed a long and successful career as founding partners of a medium-sized firm. Gerry is a renowned litigator. Gerry’s reputation as a strategist and tactition is well-founded and he always strives to achieve the very best outcome for his client. His experience, foresight, negotiating skills and pragmatic approach has won him the loyalty of many clients. He also has expertise in the area of landlord and tenant.
Gerry is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.
Christina Sauer-Dechant, BBA TEP, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in International Business and a concentration in German and worked in professional theatre and the arts before qualifying as a solicitor in Ireland in 2009.She is a collaboratively trained family lawyer and practiced law in one of Dublin’s longest established medium sized general practice law firms and specialised in the areas of Family Law, Wills, Probate, Conveyancing and Commercial Leases.
Christina gained experience in trusts, corporate governance and company secretarial matters as a solicitor in the Legal and Corporate Department of one of the ‘Big Four’ Accounting and Financial Service firms in Dublin before joining Charltons Solicitors as an Associate in 2013.
Christina is a registered Trust & Estate Practitioner and a member of the Law Society of Ireland, The Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, Irish Women Lawyers Association, and The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). She also acts as Company Secretary for the Irish Association of Collaborative Practitioners
Mary Barry worked in the Public Office of the District Court in Dun Laoghaire for several years before joining the Dublin office of a large global insurer as a Claims Handler. Mary has over 25 years’ experience dealing with motor and personal injury claims. She also assisted in the administration work of their in-house Solicitors, dealing with the Injuries Board and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. During her time there she undertook specialised training in negotiation, communication and customer care. Mary obtained a diploma in IT design and development from the Senior College, Dun Laoghaire in 2008. She joined Charltons Solicitors in January 2014