Charles Russell Speechlys is known for its sophisticated, pragmatic and humane approach towards issues concerning family breakdown, children and relationship agreements.
We listen to clients' concerns in order to understand their needs and then advise and support them, managing expectations to achieve workable outcomes.
How we do this is as important as what we do. Often there is a range of possible approaches that can be taken – to negotiate, litigate, collaborate, mediate or arbitrate – and we help clients establish the best options available to them.
Recognising the value of a constructive and sensitive approach, our broad range of exceptional lawyers, offered at different rates, work alongside clients to provide an attentive, personal service tailored to each individual case.
Sometimes advice is sought at the beginning of relationships. Our team can establish with clients whether they might benefit from a formal agreement when entering into marriage or a civil partnership, living together or remarrying.
At other times, advice is sought upon relationship breakdown – an event that occurs in all types of families. This includes considering divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and the separation of unmarried couples of all ages, as well as post-marital agreements. Families often have complex financial portfolios and structures, many of which have an international element, whether that involves living abroad or having property or business interests outside the UK. We have a great deal of experience of advising on these international aspects, such as the choice of country in which a client's best outcome lies. Established professional networks, including the International Academy of Family Lawyers, are used to provide local overseas advice when necessary.
We also advise onshore and offshore trustees in connection with English family court proceedings and the enforcement of awards against them made by English courts.
Much time is spent supporting parents making decisions about future arrangements for their children, including where they might live (either within this country or a planned move abroad), how they are to be educated and the time parents propose to have with their children.
Our award-winning team has a reputation for excellence in the field of family work and is placed within the ‘Magic Circle’ of specialist family lawyers. All of the team are members of Resolution, the specialist professional organisation whose members are recognised for their constructive approach in this area.
Charles Russell Speechlys is a full service firm and this allows for a multi-faceted approach to professional work. In addition to family law needs, our colleagues can advise on ownership of property or business interests - and can help to implement solutions with tax planning and company advice. The firm can also ensure that clients' privacy and reputation are protected.