Catia Tavares

Catia is an Associate at Sinels, having joined in 2007, shortly after completing her Legal Practice Course in July 2007 at The University of Law. Prior to that Catia has undertaken her law degree (LLB Hons) at the University of Hertfordshire. Catia was sworn in by the Royal Court of Jersey as an Advocate on 20 February 2020.

Over the last 12 years, Catia has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in various areas of law, but primarily in family law and probate. She is an experienced matrimonial lawyer who undertakes work in complex and/or high net worth financial matters in the context of both divorce proceedings and non-matrimonial proceedings such as financial applications for unmarried parents. She also has experience in private children’s proceedings, comprising of residence and contact matters, parental responsibility disputes and injunctions (non-removal and non-molestation) as well as child maintenance matters. Her probate work includes drafting Wills, arranging registration of Wills of Immovable Estate, obtaining Grants of Probate for local and foreign estates and administering Movable Estates.

Catia holds memberships in the Jersey Family Law Society and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Catia was recently awarded The Law Society’s prize for the highest mark in the ‘Civil and Criminal Procedure’ paper and the ‘Trust Law’ paper.

Catia speaks both English and Portuguese and outside of work Catia likes to stay active by going to the gym and spend time with her family and friends.


Divorce is so difficult and having to walk through this alone would have been unthinkable. Catia Tavares was there every step of the way. Nothing phased Catia or the rest of the team at Sinels. Dealing with the divorce itself and handling expertly the complexities of the ancillary matters due to the various businesses and trusts involved has made my journey as smooth as possible. In addition, Catia has been available at all times to sort out the expected as well as the unexpected elements of my particular case.

Jennifer Lapidus

Being a non-native and finding myself on the wrong end of a domestic breakup, the kindness, understanding and clarity given to me by Catia Tavares, of Sinels was a life saver, when one is stressed, fearful and confused to have a professional clear the way is more than a relief, with her guidance, I quickly began to understand and know what to do with the situation, I will be forever grateful for her Humane professionalism and legal advice.

Lynn Lewis

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