Barbara Reeves, Partner, Family

Barbara Reeves

Partner, Head of Family

Personal Profile

Barbara is a Partner and Head of the firm's Family department. She is widely recognised as one of London's leading Family lawyers, and has been constantly top-ranked by the major professional directories, including being listed in eprivateclient as one of the 2022 50 most influential in the Private Client profession. She is an accredited specialist in all aspects of Family law, and provides a multi-faceted and flexible approach in relation to the needs of families, having led cases involving substantial wealth, complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and trust issues. Many of the cases that Barbara works on have an international dimension, including the US, Russia and the Middle-East. She is renowned for her handling of the financial fall-out from divorce, with significant experience in cases with an element of non-disclosure and enforcement issues. She is also adept in dealing with the wider issues affecting families, such as separation; property disputes; injunctions; marital agreements; cohabitation and all private children arrangements, including residence and contact arrangements, overseas relocation, surrogacy and adoption. She is a trusted advisor for many families which includes assisting with opportunities and challenges, that require the expertise of the wider firm including tax and wealth planning, asset protection, reputation management, real estate and immigration.

Barbara has acted in a number of high profile cases in relation to divorce, matrimonial finance, and financial provision for the children of unmarried parents. Her clients include high net worth and international clients from a wide range of backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, owners of family businesses, City professionals and the independently wealthy.

Barbara is a qualified mediator and is a member of the ADR Group, which is recognised for its cross disciplinary depth in the fields of family, civil, and commercial mediation. She is a member also of the Advisory Panel of Insuring Women's Futures, a programme established by the Chartered Insurance Institute, aimed at promoting and enhancing the insurance and financial planning profession’s role in relation to women and risk.

She is a member of the Development Board of the Young Vic and a trustee of the WOW Foundation.

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Partner, Head of Family, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

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