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About me


If you find yourself in a relationship that is breaking down, the chances are that you will need someone who can give you practical advice and someone who can help you through all the issues that you will be facing, including the legal ones. 

I am a solicitor specialising in all family issues from financial and property matters to arrangements for children. I have been helping people through the most emotional times of their lives for a long time, and it’s a job that I love doing.

Prior to relocating to England, I spent a long period of my life in South Africa where I qualified as an attorney. Attorneys (solicitors) and advocates (barristers) in South Africa often ask me to assist them as an expert on the English divorce system. Although England is now my home, I still have many ties to South Africa and I continue to find this work extremely rewarding.

I encourage my clients to take a constructive approach to their divorce and separation, and will suggest mediation or collaborative law where it is appropriate. That is not to say that I don’t deal with my fair share of acrimonious divorce matters. There are many cases that will involve hard fought litigation and my promise is to be there for you, to provide support and give you the best advice for your own, very personal circumstances.

Whatever the situation you find yourself in, I will do my best to craft a resolution that provides fairness to everyone involved, and cocoons the children as much as possible.

Many of my clients are based in Surrey and I continue to offer meetings by appointment in Richmond, although I am based primarily at our office in Russell Square.


  • Listing in the Leading Lawyers category in Citywealth for the past four years
  • Citywealth nomination as a “power woman”
  • Listed as a “rising star” in Superlawyer
  • Awarded the title of Family Lawyer of the year, Surrey in 2015 by Corporate Livewire.
  • Legal 500 – “Louise Barretto takes a wide, strategic view of a case”

This is what some of my clients have had to say:

“Louise Barretto at Fisher Meredith was recommended to me by an acquaintance. I had initially instructed a local lawyer to represent me, after my ex wife had filed for divorce. My wife had instructed high profile lawyers, and I didn’t get the assurance that my then solicitor was at the top of his game, and so I contacted Louise. From the outset Louise put my mind at rest, and made me feel totally at ease. After the first meeting I knew I had instructed the perfect lawyer to fight my case. She represented me expertly during the acrimonious divorce, and I was very satisfied with the outcome. I recommend her to anyone who requires legal representation during a divorce.” – Richard Caruana

“At a very stressful time in my life, I found Louise Barretto to be a rock of calm and objectivity. I had every faith in her judgment. I really appreciated the sensitivity and understanding with which she delivered all her advice to me.” – Barrister

You can see more of my client’s comments on my Bishop & Sewell profile.