Barbara Reeves, Partner, Family

Barbara Reeves


Personal Profile

Barbara is a Partner in the firm's Family department. She is an accredited specialist in all aspects of divorce and family law, having led cases involving substantial wealth, complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and trust issues. 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.

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.

Key Experience

  • B (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1082
  • Miller-Smith v Miller-Smith (No 2) [2010] 2 FLR 351
  • Miller-Smith v Miller-Smith [2009] EWHC 3623
  • F (A Child) [2008] EWCA Civ 938
  • Morgan v Hill 2006 EWCA 1602
  • Re P (child provision) 2003 EWCA Civ 837
  • Re B 2002 EWCA Civ 1225 <
  • Otobo v Otobo 2002 EWCA Civ 949
  • Acting for a client in anticipation of and following the birth of their second child as a result of an overseas surrogacy agreement. We obtained a Parental Order on an expedited basis, having worked closely with our Immigration team who had secured a discretionary stay, enabling the child to enter and reside in England pending registration as a British national and issue of a British passport.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP


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