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
Court of Appeal overturns landmark decision concerning consent to puberty blocking treatment
The family court’s role in micro managing 'trivial' disputes
The recent decision has dealt with the family court’s role in micro managing “trivial” disputes in relation to children
Nesting following separation: creative solution or logistical nightmare?
Grandparents’ rights: does Thomas Markle have a right to see his grandchildren?
Reflections on ‘Torn Apart: Family Courts Uncovered’
William Longrigg quoted by Spear's on the increase in complex financial cases where sizeable assets go missing
Untangling the UK/Swiss Knot: Dealing with a cross border estate
What do the family need to think about following the death of a Swiss person with some UK connections?
Barclay v Barclay: A Stark Reminder for Badly Behaved High-Profile Litigants
David considers the Barclay v Barclay case and if the judgment should be published, given it's severe criticism of Lord Barclay's conduct
Felicity Chapman writes for eprivateclient on what happens when a party dies mid-way through a financial claim on or after a divorce
In the case of Hasan v Ul-Hasan, Mostyn J considered whether the wife could continue an application after the husband’s death.
To what extent is fault considered on a divorce?
What happens when a party dies mid-way through a financial claim on or after a divorce?
The impact of health issues when dealing with a financial claim on divorce
Celebrating Pride month - evolutions in family law
Predatory marriages - renewed call for reform
William Longrigg quoted by The Times and the Daily Mail on the High Court's ruling in Ayeh-Kumi v The Lord Chancellor & Anor
The High Court found that a wife was within her rights to divorce her husband because he worked long hours and missed holidays.
Joshua Green writes for City AM on dealing with cryptocurrency assets during a divorce
Divorces are complicated on many levels, but especially so when it comes dividing up and assigning financial assets and future payments.
Exclusion clauses in freezing orders
The principles illustrated in Crowther v Crowther and Moutreuil v Andreewitch.