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Family & Divorce
Wedlake Bell’s Family department boasts solicitors who are experienced and qualified mediators, collaborative solicitors, family law arbitrators (CIArb) and one of the e-Private Client 50 most influential solicitors 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Our Children team are reflected in the reported surrogacy case of Re AB (Surrogacy: Consent)  EWHC 2643 (Fam).
For a confidential, no-obligation call-back from one of our family lawyers, please email your contact details and a brief summary.
The Office for National Statistics: statistical bulletin: Civil Partnerships in England and Wales in 2017
On 16 August 2018, the Office for National Statistics published their statistical bulletin in relation to Civil Partnerships in England and Wales in 2017. In summary, some of the findings… Read more →
Wedlake Bell’s family team appeared in the list for 2018 as one of eprivateclient’s Top Family Law Firms at their awards evening
On Monday 2nd July 2018, Charmaine Hast and Sarah Campbell attended Dixon Wilson’s offices for the 2018 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms awards evening, sponsored by Close Brothers. eprivateclient explain… Read more →
“Rise of women backing out of divorces as court settlements shrink” – Charmaine Hast comments for The Telegraph
Partner and Head of our Family & Divorce team, Charmaine Hast, has had her comments on the increasing number of women “backing out” of divorces for The Telegraph. On the… Read more →
“Why is London the ‘divorce capital of the world’?” – Charmaine Hast comments for The Financial Times
Partner and Head of our Family & Divorce team, Charmaine Hast, has had her comments published in The Financial Times on whether London or Switzerland is the best jurisdiction to… Read more →
High Court Family judge finds “rich and privileged” 83 year old husband in contempt and incarcerates him for 14 months
On 15 March 2018, His Honour Judge Wildblood QC, sitting as a Judge of the High Court, sentenced husband, John Ralph Hart, to 14 months imprisonment as a result of… Read more →
“Key considerations for those contemplating a divorce” – Sarah Campbell writes for YourMoney.com
Associate in our Family & Divorce team, Sarah Campbell, has written an article on the things to consider before divorcing for YourMoney.com. Sarah writes “It isn’t unusual for individuals to… Read more →
Domestic violence statistics – 14 December 2017
The Ministry of Justice published its Family Court Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales, July to September 2017, on 14 December 2017. The statistics demonstrated that when compared to July to… Read more →
Aviva’s Survey in relation to Divorce
Recently Aviva have announced the findings from their research in connection with individuals’ experiences of divorce. Back in 2014, at the time of their previous survey, they had found that… Read more →
Private Law cases That Return to Court: A CAFCASS Study
In November 2017, a CAFCASS study regarding private law cases that returned to Court was published. The authors explain that “it was undertaken within the context of a 20% rise… Read more →
"Wedlake Bell LLP has a ‘strong team of fee earners possessed of the highest calibre of legal knowledge'."
— Legal 500, 2018
"I think Wedlake Bell offers excellent value for money compared with others."
— Chambers UK, 2018
"Wedlake Bell LLP has a ‘very busy’ practice headed by the ‘indomitable’ Charmaine Hast, who ‘works incredibly hard for her clients and gets excellent results for them – clients such as footballers, captains of industry, and the rich and famous’."
— Legal 500, 2017
"Conrad Adam is particularly good on ‘tricky technical points’."
— Legal 500, 2017
"Senior associate Trisha Siddique is ‘a strong money practitioner who listens well to her clients’."
— Legal 500, 2017
"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