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Protecting the interests of families lies at the heart of what we do. Whether it is advising on inter-generational wealth preservation or dealing with relationship breakdown, we take a strategic approach to the issues and aspirations that families have. We appreciate the complexity that wealth brings and we assist our clients and their families through all life stages. We are robust in our advice and our approach to litigation but always seek resolution with minimal acrimony. We handle every matter with the utmost discretion, a given in any situation, but even more so because many of our clients are high-profile and often in the public eye. 

We encourage parents to put children at the centre of their decision making. With the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, we are the first Firm to partner with a therapeutic organisation to find better ways of resolving disputes that involve children. We believe in building families too and support parents undergoing assisted reproduction and surrogacy arrangements.

We understand how relationship breakdown not only affects a family but also third parties, and our clients include individuals, corporations and trustees, many of whom are international. Our ability to unpick the complexities of cross-border relationship breakdown and work with lawyers and advisors in other countries ensures that difficult matters are dealt with smoothly.

Beyond our bespoke service for the full range of issues clients may face during separation or divorce, we anticipate and meet the needs they encounter in their wider personal and business lives. This includes reputation management, tax, corporate and commercial advice and a wide variety of litigation issues. We can also draw on our colleagues’ expertise in Mishcon Private, to deal with any other matters that arise from issues around trusts, wills and immigration or matters involving property, art and other luxury assets.

Key Areas Of Expertise

We advise and represent parents and families on all aspects of child arrangement orders, specific issue and prohibited steps orders, applications to change a child's name and applications for leave to remove a child to another country (short-term or permanently).

We assist couples with matters that arise from cohabitation, property issues, and arrangements for children, financial and other arrangements, and relationship breakdown.

We handle all aspects of divorce and/or dissolution from petition to final decree. We have extensive experience of cases where a party is domiciled and/or resident in a different country.

We assist and represent parties in relation to non-molestation orders, occupation orders and coercive control issues.

We help clients enforce financial orders through use of the court's disclosure powers, charging orders, third party debt orders and all other available options. We also assist with the enforcement of orders made in relation to arrangements for children.

We deal with all aspects of financial applications stemming from relationship breakdown, whether from divorce/dissolution, separation or in relation to children.  

We advise clients in relation to proposed agreements, including obtaining advice from overseas lawyers as appropriate, and prepare the relevant documents where agreement is reached.

We assist clients with the legal aspects of family-building, including through assisted reproduction or surrogacy.

We advise parties and trustees on wealth planning and the consequences of relationship breakdown for a trust.

We work with a wide range of addiction specialist professionals as a dedicated point of contact for all enquiries in line with a family’s needs.

We have a French speaking Team providing specialist family law advice to clients with connections to francophone countries.

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