Denise Head

Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors
29 Lower Brook Street
Ipswich, Suffolk | IP4 1AQ
01473 295527
Denise Head

Expertise & Career

Denise is the Managing Partner of Bates Wells & Braithwaite, co-ordinating strategy for the firm alongside Scott Emsden.

Denise specialises in the field of Family Law. Denise is able to advise and assist on all matters relating to family and relationship breakdown and, with more than 30 years of experience, can help clients to navigate the difficulties and sensitivities of family crises. Her expertise includes:

  • Separation & Divorce
  • Financial Provision
  • Business & Inherited Assets 
  • Matters involving Cohabitation & Civil Partnerships
  • Living Together Agreements
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements
  • Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Collaborative Law
  • Resolution & Mediation

Throughout her career, Denise has emphasised the importance of care and consideration, ensuring her clients feel heard and respected, no matter the issues they may be tackling. Her priority, in what can often be tense, challenging, and sensitive situations, is to ensure that her clients receive all of the information and tools they need to understand the process in order to achieve future stability and certainty. She focuses on sensitivity and a non-adversarial approach. 

Her goal is to enable her clients to make the best-informed decisions they can with the aid of sensible and straightforward advice, always moving forward with sensitivity whilst ensuring attention to detail and focussing on fairness, appropriate language and, crucially, putting children at the forefront in aiding clients to reach solutions appropriate for them and their family unit.

Denise is also a member of Resolution; an organisation that promotes conciliatory solutions to family breakdown matters, and sits on the Local Family Justice Board. Denise is a Trustee of the Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre.

The firm’s Family Law team has been recognised in the most recent editions of Legal 500 and Chambers UK.(See website news). The Legal 500 editorial features the following testimonials for Denise:

Practice head Denise Head is ‘a seasoned and passionate advocate’.  Legal 500 2024

‘Denise Head was exceptional in every way in obtaining a divorce for me. She always listened and fully advised through a very difficult divorce process, with understanding and kindness of my individual situation. Never judgmental, but always honest and positive.’ Legal 500 2024

‘Well-established and experienced. Used to dealing with the whole range of clients including high-net-worth individuals. Denise Head has a well-established reputation in dealing with childcare cases.’ Legal 500 2024


Denise studied for her law degree in Nottingham and has been with Bates Wells & Braithwaite for over 30 years, granting her unparalleled insight into the development of family law.

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