More time together in the family calendar can often be the enemy of marriage, write Charmaine Hast and Rosie Schumm.Read More
Charmaine Hast's Service Teams
- Divorce and Separation
- Civil Partnerships
- Pre and Post-nuptial Agreements
- Cohabitation Claims and Agreements
- Children Issues
- Collaborative Family Law
- Cross-Border Finance
Charmaine Hast is known for her experience in both English and South African law and is described as "a force of nature" by sources. She specialises in acrimonious divorce and children law proceedings for high-profile individuals, including sports and media personalities.
Chambers UK, 2017
"She gives excellent advice and understands things from an ordinary person's point of view; I couldn't recommend her highly enough."
Chambers UK, 2017
Charmaine Hast specialises in complex financial litigation and prenuptial agreements. Commentators note that she is "very able, astute and hardworking, and has very sound judgement."
Chambers UK, 2016
Charmaine Hast has a ‘wealth of experience that she delivers to clients in spades’.
Legal 500, 2015
Charmaine Hast is 'an extremely astute solicitor with tremendous experience under her belt'.
Chambers UK, 2015
Charmaine Hast is noted for being 'articulate and fiercely intelligent'. Sources state that she 'gives real clear direction to clients'.
Chambers UK, 2014
Charmaine Hast is 'one in a million'.
Legal 500, 2012
Clients are full of praise for her first-class client care and excellent legal knowledge: 'She is brilliant! She is very clever and articulate and knows the law extremely well. She is also very sympathetic and pragmatic'.
Chambers UK, 2012
"An outstanding practitioner, hard as nails when it counts. Soft as a feather when needed. A great character of the matrimonial legal world. A truly unique person. One of the top flight of matrimonial solicitors bringing a rare degree of commitment, judgment and intellectual acuity to this most demanding area of law. Her clients like her dedication to their causes." Richard Todd QC
Charmaine is regarded as an expert in English Family Law. She is also a Family Solicitor Arbitrator. She has particular experience in advising on big-money and big-name divorces. She is able to advise on cross-border money matters and has a particular interest in trusts and pensions. Her practice covers divorce, separation, civil partnerships, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements, children issues, abductions and international law.
Charmainehas been named as a "Distinguished Individual" in the Spear's 2016 law index of the top 10 family lawyers. To view her profile in the Spear's index, please click here.
During the 21 years she has practised family law in England, Charmaine has represented a vast number of public figures including pop stars, actors and actresses, members of parliament, well known sports men and women, TV personalities, entrepreneurs, medical practioners, bankers, accountants and other clients' who require efficient no nonsense financial advice. She has over the years made every endeavour to ensure that she receives no publicity from these representations, in deference to the clients' need for confidentiality during a period in their lives of emotional and financial turmoil.
She established the family team at Wedlake Bell which she currently leads. She previously established and headed a Legal 500 number one Family Department in the South East. She is a member of Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) where she was one of the first accredited specialists in high net worth financial matters and child abductions.
Charmaine is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer with particular specialisms in Advanced Financial Provision II and Child Abduction. She is a past trustee of Surrey Family Mediation and a former Vice Chairman of the British South African Law Association. She is a named leading individual in London in Family Law in Chambers UK.
She is one of the few solicitor arbitrators and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is able to guide clients to a more speedy and cost effective manner of adjudicating matters rather than to resort to the court process which can be protracted and public.
Charmaine has a number of reported cases including:
- Richardson v Richardson (2) another (1996) 2FLR617
- Armstrong v Armstrong (2003) 2FLR48
- Re B (removal from jurisdiction) (2003) BWCA Civ1149*
- Re SW v RC (2008) 1FLR1703*
- B v B (Divorce: Anti Suit Injunction)  EWHC 1711
- Tracey v Tracey  2 FLR 480
* These cases were appeal cases which were successfully appealed.
Charmaine has appeared on Sky News to cover Lord Spencer's divorce in South Africa and again in October 2010 when she debated pre-nuptial agreements. During 2013 she conducted a seminar at The Cape Law Society on jurisdiction races and the most effective court to use to ensure the best financial result possible. In 2014, she was one of the keynote speakers at The Law Society Africa Conference.
In March 2015, Charmaine was widely quoted on the Wyatt post-divorce pay out, including: BBC News, the Press Association, Mail online, the Evesham Journal, Stroud Life, the Western Daily Press and the Tewkesbury Admag alongside interviews for BBC Radio Five Live, ITV, BBC, and many other publications.
In April 2016, Charmaine was interviewed by The Divorce Magazine and she discussed family arbitration - Click here to see the full interview.
Articles & Comment
12 Sep, 2016 | Charmaine Hast
22 Jun, 2016 | Charmaine Hast
Charmaine Hast, Head of the Family Team discusses how divorce affects the world of investment.Read More
27 May, 2016 | Charmaine Hast
Wedlake Bell's Family Team were instrumental in obtaining clarification from the Supreme Court on 23 May 2016 in the case of In the matter of Re D (a child).Read More
19 May, 2016 | Charmaine Hast
Charmaine Hast and Andrew O’Keeffe discuss the complications of death before divorce in an article published in Spears Magazine on 16 May 2016.Read More
07 May, 2015 | Charmaine Hast
You would be entitled to assume that your "last Will and testament" will be just that, but unfortunately for some, the provisions of a Will can be changed after…Read More