Vanessa Gardiner



About Vanessa

Vanessa is a Partner in our Family law team in Oxford with extensive experience in all aspects of family and matrimonial law.

Vanessa has specialised in family law throughout her career. She joined the Family team at RWK Goodman from Gateley Legal, where she was a Legal Director.

Vanessa has significant experience and expertise in dealing with cases involving aspects of narcissistic behaviour and other personality and psychiatric disorders.

She has been a trained collaborative lawyer since 2010 and understands the benefits for the family as a whole of practising in a conciliatory manner, with both lawyers and clients working on a face-to-face basis, with integrity and willingness to achieve bespoke settlements and arrangements.

Vanessa is experienced in all aspects of family and matrimonial law including:

  • divorce
  • separation
  • complex high net worth financial and property disputes, including intervener proceedings and financial settlement after a foreign divorce
  • pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • children arrangements
  • domestic abuse


  • Resolution
  • Thames Valley Collaborative Family Lawyers POD
  • Thames Valley Family Lawyers Society

"Vanessa acted recently (2021/2022) for a litigant in financial remedy proceedings... There were limited assets in the case, and they were all required to provide financial security for the family; it was therefore paramount that the legal costs remained proportionate. Vanessa’s ability to conduct the case with this in mind but also with thoroughness and competence was striking... It is without doubt because of Vanessa’s exceptional abilities that the case was concluded by agreement at a private FDR and without either side having incurred the type of costs that might otherwise have depleted the limited funds available. "

Fiona Hay