Relationship breakdown is difficult enough. Where it brings with it issues about children or money, guidance from an outstanding legal team can make all the difference.
The best advice in the worst of times
To practise family law at the highest level takes more than mastery of the law itself. It needs judgement, empathy, discretion, common sense. It involves a commitment to putting the welfare of children above all, as well as an understanding of the most complex financial arrangements. It demands a deep understanding of how to build an agreement, and how to succeed in court when there is no agreement to be found. It needs a willingness to listen.
Our approach is humane, sophisticated and pragmatic. We understand the needs of people with complex lives. Many of our clients are from international families. They often have significant assets. Several are in the public eye. We have pioneered a cross-disciplinary approach to family law, and work alongside our experts in tax and trusts, trust disputes, corporate law, immigration, property disputes and other areas of law to deliver a smart, bespoke service to our clients.
Today our work is not just about what happens once a relationship, be it marriage, civil partnership or unmarried cohabitation, breaks down. It is ever more important to plan for the future and we advise on a great range of relationship agreements and wealth preservation strategies.
Flexibility is key to our approach. With a leading family mediation practice as well as arbitrators and collaboratively trained lawyers, we are not afraid to recommend innovative ways to resolve disputes. Litigation should usually be the last resort, but we protect our clients’ interests fiercely - and successfully - when court proceedings are required.
We will always give you clear, realistic advice. We tell you what you need to know, even if it is not what you want to hear. We listen to your concerns and priorities and help you find the solution that works best for you, however difficult the circumstances. We are on your side.
Meet the Team
Guidance where Domestic Abuse alleged
High Court finds former unmarried couple hold weekend home as beneficial joint tenants (despite just one funding the whole £1,550,000 purchase price)
The rise of cost sanctions in family law proceedings (even against successful parties!)
“Do I have to mediate?”
A trained impartial mediator can work with a divorcing couple if they cannot sort matters themselves.
Domestic Abuse Bill - strengthened protection for victims
The conveniences and inconveniences of forum non-conveniens
Common sense prevails in husband’s attempt to charge former wife rent to live in matrimonial home.
Sarah Jane Boon
Sarah Jane Boon quoted by the Evening Standard on the Court of Appeal's decision in the Derhali divorce
For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer
The end of the blame game - introduction of no fault divorce
Matt Foster writes for Family Law Journal on the enforcement of child arrangements orders
Matt Foster argues that the enforcement of child arrangements orders requires a pragmatic approach outside the legislative framework.
Lockdown 3.0 - Exceptions to the 'Stay at Home' message; a reminder of the coronavirus rules affecting families
Brexit dos and don'ts for family lawyers before 31 December
What do the new Christmas rules mean for children with separated parents?
Miranda Fisher quoted by Tatler on the rise in the use of prenuptial agreements
Untangling the UK/Swiss Knot: Wills for Swiss/UK couples
Before Heidi and Henry “settle down”, they decide to go on a free-ride skiing adventure. Do they need Wills?
Untangling the UK/Swiss Knot: Getting married: Do they need a pre-nup? What is a matrimonial property regime?
Before they tie the knot, Henry’s parents want him to have a ‘pre-nuptial agreement’, to protect family money in case of a divorce.
James Riby and Melania Constable write for Lexis PSL on insolvency and divorce in the time of coronavirus
Michael Wells-Greco quoted by the Daily Mail on the need for changes to the law around transgender parents