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Family & Divorce
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.
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.
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 administrative de-linking of divorce proceedings from financial remedy proceedings
As from yesterday (19 June 2017), divorce proceedings across the country are being administratively “delinked” from financial remedy proceedings. The background to this is that back in 2015, administration changes… Read more →
Can I challenge our divorce proceedings?
My husband and I are going through divorce proceedings and I believe he has not disclosed assets honestly. What recourse do I have to challenge this and what are the… Read more →
The International Family Law Arbitration Scheme (“IFLAS”) – New Scheme launching in September 2017
Financial settlement upon divorce can sometimes vary enormously from one country to another. This can result in a husband and wife both “racing” to start proceedings in one country over… Read more →
The Relationships Alliance Manifesto 2017
The Relationships Alliance has released its “Relationships Alliance Manifesto 2017”. The Relationships Alliance is made up of four charities namely Relate, OnePlusOne, Tavistock Relationships and Marriage Care. They explained that… Read more →
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Mills v Mills – permission to appeal to the Supreme Court granted
On 8 August 2017, the husband in the case of Mills v Mills was granted permission to appeal on the ground of “whether, provision having already been made for the… Read more →
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