With 42 per cent of marriages ending in divorce, it is important when advising wealthy clients to put mechanisms in place to protect family assets. Jenny Cutts and…Read More
Our experienced Family Team can advise you on all matters relating to family law, from the most simple of cases to the more complex and sensitive situations including international law.
"I've been very impressed with them. The thing I really like about them is that they have the expertise to cover everything; they don't need to go to counsel and they're able to work internationally."
Chambers UK, 2017
"Well-organised and client-focused".
Legal 500, 2016
"From the beginning I just feel like everything has been really well managed. The firm has a really great atmosphere and is really professional, comfortable and welcoming."
Chambers UK, 2016
"They are an increasingly substantial presence in divorce work and are supported by a great team."
Chambers UK, 2016
Charmaine Hast has a ‘wealth of experience that she delivers to clients in spades’. Hast advised on a prenuptial contract worth £2.5bn.
Legal 500, 2015
Charmaine Hast heads the team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which also includes collaborative specialist Conrad Adam, shari’ah law guru Trisha Siddique and children law practitioner Gemma Vines.
Legal 500, 2014
We use our broad experience and detailed insight of family law to provide our clients with first class advice on a range of matrimonial matters. The department boasts solicitors who are leaders in their field including, mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and a specialist children law department who are able to deal with, leave to remove children abroad, abductions, surrogacy agreement and all aspects of children work.
The department prides itself on acting for well known personalities in every sphere of life and despite many public figures being represented by the family department, confidentiality and ensuring that the media are excluded is the departments priority.
Our extensive knowledge in this area means we can advise people who may be married, living together, in civil partnerships or living as husband and wife in accordance with Shariah Law.
Our Family Team has the advantage of a dedicated data protection and information law specialist, which enables us to provide expert advice in this specialised and complex area.
This specialist expertise sets our Family Law team apart and means that we can advise you on protecting your persona, confidential and sensitive information, protecting your dignity and emotional wellbeing and giving you peace of mind.
Pertaining to the Ashley Madison Cyber-Attack we can advise and assist in matters relating to:
- Personal and confidential information;
- Protection of private material (including sensitive photographs and recordings);
- Misuse of social media;
- Subject access requests under the Data Protection Act 1998; and
- Compensation for distress caused by misuse of personal information.
Wherever possible, our Family Team helps clients to resolve any disputes through negotiation and agreement but where this is not possible, we are ready to protect and promote our clients' interests with robust action.
Our Family Team can provide advice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, civil partnerships, divorce and separation, issues involving children and can help with a number of alternatives to court-based process.
Many of our clients require help on an international basis so we have developed an extensive network of expert lawyers who are ready to help protect and promote our clients’ interests in foreign jurisdictions.
We also have Shariah law experts who work with respected professionals and Shariah Councils to achieve outcomes that are in accordance with Shariah law and compatible with civil legal proceedings.
Whatever the situation, we ensure that matters are dealt with sensitively and with our clients’ best interests to the fore.
For a confidential, no-obligation call-back from one of our family lawyers, please email your contact details and a brief summary.
04 Oct, 2016
12 Sep, 2016
More time together in the family calendar can often be the enemy of marriage, write Charmaine Hast and Rosie Schumm.Read More
26 Jul, 2016
Will London’s status as a favoured place for international couples to get divorced change because the UK has voted to leave the European Union?Read More
24 Jun, 2016
This note deals with the operation of Article 50 of The Treaty of the European Union (also known as The Lisbon Treaty) and the complexities involved in unravelling…Read More
22 Jun, 2016
Charmaine Hast, Head of the Family Team discusses how divorce affects the world of investment.Read More
27 May, 2016
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 and Andrew O’Keeffe discuss the complications of death before divorce in an article published in Spears Magazine on 16 May 2016.Read More
02 Dec, 2015
Rosie Schumm says a loan from the Bank of Mum and Dad for a marital home comes with strict conditionsRead More
14 Oct, 2015
Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil claim they were cheated out of their rightful share after their husbands failed to reveal assetsRead More
28 Jul, 2015
Eleanor Metcalf explains how to avoid inheritance tax disasters.Read More
23 Jul, 2015
The Ashley Madison hacking scandal is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the site's reported 37 million users around the world. News reports suggest that…Read More
24 Jun, 2015
Since 1 June 2015, parents travelling to South Africa with a child under the age of 18 must, in addition to producing a valid passport and (where required) a valid…Read More
22 Jun, 2015
In the recent case of 'R (on the application of IM and MM) v HFEA  EWHC 1706 (Admin)' the High Court has refused to grant permission for the parents of a deceased…Read More
07 May, 2015
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
05 May, 2015
Gemma Vines reflects on the price one would put on the anguish and heartache caused to a father who had been misled for 17 years that his "son" was in fact the child…Read More
29 Apr, 2015
Gemma Vines considers practical issues when contemplating mirror orders on an application for leave to remove.Read More
01 Apr, 2015
20 Mar, 2015
Charmaine Hast talks to International Business Times about why the case could be a warning for other wealthy businessmenRead More
13 Mar, 2015
It is indeed a frightening prospect when one severs the ties of matrimonial "bliss" and a decree absolute is granted confirming that one is free to remarry, to then…Read More
11 Mar, 2015
Today the Supreme Court handed down a potentially landmark divorce judgment. The case, Wyatt v Vince, centred on whether a spouse could bring a financial claim…Read More