Family

A family problem or relationship breakdown is seldom straightforward. Those with significant wealth or who lead lives in the public eye have an extra burden. Not only can problems be extremely draining both emotionally and financially, they also have the potential to damage careers and reputations.

Beyond offering a premier service for the full range of issues clients face during separation or divorce, we are also able to meet the needs they encounter in their wider personal and business lives. This includes reputation management, corporate and commercial advice and a wide variety of litigation issues.

We understand the complexity that wealth brings. As experts in wealth preservation and protection, we assist our clients and their families through all life stages, not just divorce.

We put children first. We handle a large number of defended relocated children cases. We are the first firm to enter into a partnership with a therapeutic organisation, setting up a relationship with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships to find a better way of resolving disputes relating to children.

Our dedication to pushing the boundaries for the benefit of our clients sets us apart from other family lawyers and their firms.

Services

  • Arrangements for children
  • Children Act claims
  • Civil partnerships
  • Cohabitation
  • Divorce
  • Pre and post nuptial agreements 

Experience

  • Securing the largest award ever ordered in contested matrimonial finance litigation (£330 million), beating the record previously achieved for a client in 2013.
  • Acting for the successful wife in the Court of Appeal in Jones v Jones, the leading case on the treatment of pre-acquired wealth.
  • Acting for an UHNW UK resident Russian father who successfully opposed his wife's application to relocate with their children back to Russia.
  • Acting for a highly successful UK businessman in financial proceedings arising from his divorce. His business assets were built up pre-marriage, and the case involved difficult arguments concerning the valuation of pre-marital assets and the extent to which they can be "ring-fenced" from division on divorce.
  • Acting for a husband in relation to the capitalisation of his former wife's claim for an increase in the maintenance she received. The need to negotiate a private, amicable settlement was particularly significant given the pending sale of the husband's business and the significant impact this would have on the husband's personal net worth.

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