Oana Preda

Solicitor

Oana Preda is a Solicitor in the Family Department at IMD Solicitors LLP.

Oana has experience in a variety of family and private client matters, including;

  • Divorce
  • Ancillary relief
  • Children
  • Domestic abuse and injunction proceedings
  • Non-contentious probate
  • Estate and trusts administration
  • Will drafting

Oana completed her Law Degree (LLB) at the University of Derby, graduating in 2013. Oana then went on to complete her Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduating from the University of Law in 2015 with a specialisation in International Legal Practice. The same year, Oana completed her Masters Degree (LLM) at the University of Law in Manchester, with her dissertation focusing on Patents.

In December 2016, Oana joined one of the UK’s largest probate providers where she gained valuable experience in Non-Contentious Probate and Estate Administration. In September 2017, Oana started her Training Contract and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor in October 2019.

In 2019, Oana joined one of the UK’s Top 50 law firms where she gained experience in Will Drafting, Trusts Administration, Tax Planning, Powers of Attorney, as well as further expanding her knowledge and experience on Non-Contentious Probate matters.

Oana then embarked on a new journey in deciding to specialise in Family Law and she joined a boutique law firm in Cheshire where she gained significant experience in dealing with victims of domestic abuse and injunction proceedings. Oana assisted and represented vulnerable clients in Court on applications for Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders, as well as Prohibited Steps Orders. Moreover, Oana dealt with a variety of both public and privately funded matters regarding children arrangements, children abuse, as well as divorce and ancillary relief.

In October 2021, Oana joined IMD Solicitors LLP as a Solicitor in the Family Department where she will be dealing with international family law matters, with a focus on international divorce and finances, as well as matters concerning children.

Oana provides clear yet compassionate legal advice without the legal jargon and is determined to always achieve an outcome that is in the best interest of her clients.

Notable cases:

F v F

Oana acted for a Father in children and injunction proceedings following a history of domestic abuse perpetrated by the Mother towards both the Father and the children. The nature of the abuse required an urgent application for a Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders, as well as Prohibited Steps Order and Chid Arrangements Order to ensure the safety of the Father and the children. Due to the coercive control that the children were subjected to, it was extremely difficult to ascertain and understand their true wishes and feelings. The nature of the proceedings and the allegations of abuse that the children were subjected to required further involvement from two local authorities and the possibility of care proceedings being issued. Due to the abuse suffered, the Father was allowed to remain in the matrimonial home, in spite of this being owned jointly by the parties, and the children were placed in the Father’s care, in the interim, with the Mother being allowed only indirect supervised contact.

N v H

Oana represented a Mother in complex children proceedings concerning a 6 year old child who was opposing contact with her Father. The parties’ relationship broke down after the Father was radicalised and Counter Terrorism Forces became involved following threats and alarming statements made by the Father. The complexity of the case arose from the disputes surrounding allegations of rape made by the Mother, as well as a significant risk to the child involving Female Genital Mutilation in the situation that the child was to be removed by the Father to the Gambia. Due to the strong opposition of the child towards having contact with the Father, the Court appointed a Guardian to represent the child throughout the proceedings. The matter is ongoing.