Relationship breakdown is inevitably stressful, particularly where complex financial situations are involved. Sadly, the apparent lack of clarity in the law can often aggravate the situation.
Our family law specialists can give you clear advice on all financial aspects of divorce. We have a wealth of experience in the most challenging cases and routinely deal with high-value claims involving complex trust structures, offshore assets, significant businesses, inherited wealth, tax concerns and a broad range of international issues.
Negotiating a financial settlement is rarely straightforward: litigating a case almost never is. We take a pragmatic, realistic and commercial approach to our work with you. We are committed to achieving the best outcome, to reaching that outcome in the best way and protecting your privacy. We are among the most effective litigators in the jurisdictions where we operate and are well versed in all forms of non-court dispute resolution, settling a high proportion of cases away from the Courts.
We work alongside our colleagues specialising in tax, trusts & succession, commercial litigation, company and property law across our UK and international offices when required. This ensures you are provided with a full service bespoke legal team which can deal with all issues that may arise. This also makes us a natural choice for trustees and other third parties who find themselves involved in divorce proceedings.
Our approach is tailored to each individual case. We deliver commercial, objective and practical advice to enable you to make the right decision. Clients benefit from our approachability, understanding and realistic perspective.
Meet the Team
Sarah Jane Boon
Sarah Jane Boon quoted by the Evening Standard on the Court of Appeal's decision in the Derhali divorce
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.
Will couples who were locked down together stay together? Cohabitation in the wake of COVID-19
When the first lockdown measures were introduced, many couples were faced with an ultimatum: either move in together or isolate separately
Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Wills for mixed US/UK couples
Before Chris and Sam “settle down”, they have decided to go on a sailing adventure. Their parents are insisting that they make Wills.
Sarah Higgins writes for Family Law on pension sharing in a needs case
Grandparents and their children’s divorce
Guardianship of grandchildren following parent’s death or divorce
“Step parents” and their partners’ children
What happens to the children if the natural parent dies and what is my position as a step parent?
James Riby quoted in The Times on the extra £30m awarded to ex-wife of dotcom tycoon in one of Britain's largest divorces
Sarah Whitten quoted in the Financial Times on the issues that wealthy divorcees face in their new-found financial freedom
Sarah Jane Boon
Sarah Jane Boon quoted in International Adviser on the impact of no fault divorce
Sarah Higgins quoted by Bloomberg in an article on the no-fault divorce reforms
Sarah Higgins quoted by LexisNexis on the Ministry of Justice's new divorce reforms
Graeme Kleiner and Sarah Higgins write for STEP Journal on the role and impact of offshore ‘firewall’ legislation in England and Wales divorce cases
William Longrigg quoted in The Times on the government's proposed divorce law reforms
William Longrigg quoted in the Financial Times’ special report on ‘Watches and Jewellery’ discussing the division of jewellery in divorce
Divorce law round table covered in The Times
Sarah Anticoni comments on mood for clean breaks in divorce cases in The Daily Telegraph
Charles Russell Speechlys recognised in the latest edition of The Spears 500
The annual report is based on peer nominations of the UK's leading private client lawyers.
Miranda Fisher shortlisted for Lawyer of The Year (Family) at the Spear’s Wealth Management 2017 Awards
Miranda’s nomination is in keeping with the acknowledgement by Spear’s of the firm’s achievements and professional proficiency.
Reforming our divorce laws
Family lawyers are calling for 'no fault' divorce.