Family & Divorce

Our Family Department boasts solicitors who are experienced and qualified children and finance mediators and a Family Law arbitrator (CIArb), who can hand down binding judgements. The department also has the only Family Solicitor in England and Wales to be listed as an e-Private Client 50 most influential solicitors.

Charmaine Hast who established the Family Department is nominated as ‘Spears Family Lawyer of the year 2024’.

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 every aspect of international law.



We use our extensive legal knowledge and sensitivity as well as commercial sense, to navigate clients through one of the most difficult and emotional experiences of their lives. The department boasts solicitors who are leaders in their field including, mediation, arbitration and a specialist children law department who are able to deal with, leave to remove children abroad, abductions, surrogacy agreements and all aspects of children work.

Wherever possible, our Family team assists clients to resolve disputes through negotiation and agreement but where this is not possible, we are able 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.

For a confidential, no-obligation call-back from one of our Family lawyers, please email your contact details and a brief summary.


Handles issues for individuals with highly complex wealth structures, both domestic and offshore. Also maintains complementary strength in its private client team.

Chambers UK, 2022

Charmaine Hast maintains strength in assisting high net worth individuals with international matrimonial disputes, and has additional expertise in offshore trust structures and tax issues.

Chambers UK, 2022

Wedlake Bell LLP is known for its skill at handling complex prenuptial agreements where the assets are worth hundreds of millions (sometimes billions) and where there are significant international issues to be considered. Head of department Charmaine Hast is an 'inspirational leader and clients love her' - she is a dual-qualified South African lawyer. Trisha Siddique specialises in Sharia law and high-net-worth divorce cases. Conrad Adam is now at Adler Family Law Solicitors LLP.

Legal 500, 2022

Wedlake Bell has a solid reputation for high end family law cases.

Legal 500, 2022

People, all about the people. Truly fantastic team relationship breakdown.

Legal 500, 2022

The team at Wedlake Bell has fantastic knowledge of the law and can provide clear advice to clients about any issues in respect of relationship breakdown.

Legal 500, 2022