Divorce

Your divorce or separation presents unique challenges. The quantum of resources and the lifestyle enjoyed during your relationship means that a personalised and nuanced approach is essential.

Our work regularly involves substantial assets and incomes, both here and worldwide, as well as complex trust, tax, offshore and corporate structures. Obtaining the right advice and support ensures that your assets and personal interests are protected.

Acting for a number of high profile and high net worth individuals, our Family team is here to guide and assist you through the difficult times by providing you with sound advice, representation and effective planning to minimise the impact of separation and divorce on your family and on your finances.

We have extensive experience in dealing with the financial consequences of divorce, including applications for financial support, variation of nuptial settlements and trusts, freezing injunctions and financial claims for children.

We have particular strength when it comes to disputes over inherited wealth, unlawful removal of a spouse's confidential information, and freezing injunctions.

Increasing numbers of cases have an international dimension to them and there is often more than one country that has jurisdiction to deal with a divorce. The choice of country can have a significant impact on the outcome of a financial case and it is critical to seek advice at the earliest opportunity to enable you to make an informed decision as to the preferred jurisdiction as soon as possible. We have worldwide connections through our different international networks which enable us to liaise with colleagues abroad to help you make the right decision to help protect you, your family and your finances.

Your reputation is also a valued asset, and many high net worth and high profile clients are understandably concerned to maintain their privacy. You can be assured of our complete discretion at all times and we have experience in dealing with applications to exclude the media entirely or to restrict the details of the case that the media can report. For clients that come to us after the publication of private or defamatory material, members of the family team work closely with our specialist lawyers to offer a complete service when seeking relief for such publications. Dealing with the financial consequences of a divorce or separation involves the disclosure of sensitive personal and financial information. We are in a position to offer first-class advice in this respect having acted successfully for clients whose confidential information has been intercepted.

A key tool for the protection of wealth is a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement. Recent developments in case law mean that growing numbers of wealthy individuals are seeking to protect their assets by providing a framework for the division of finances in the event of separation. Our team is experienced in drafting and negotiating nuptial agreements (frequently with an international element) tailored to meet your specific needs.

If you are not married and are cohabitating, you also need to consider protecting your wealth in the event of your relationship coming to an end. We can help you understand your rights in respect of such relationships and we advise on all aspects of cohabitation, including the drafting of cohabitation agreements and the resolution of issues arising from separation.

In all these cases we provide you with a personalised and dedicated service committed to protecting your wealth and looking after your welfare.

Our Family team has extensive experience helping high profile and high net worth clients deal with the financial consequences of divorce and relationship break up.

Our recent work has included:
  • Acting for the husband in a case involving a Liechtenstein Foundation and multiple off-shore structures
  • Acting for a world-famous musician and composer in divorce and financial remedy proceedings that were started 20 years after the parties separated and which involved particular issues as to the extent to which assets were generated pre- or post-separation
  • Acting for a wife in a Court of Appeal case concerning the treatment of inherited wealth
  • Acting for a wife in bringing committal proceedings against her high-profile husband for failure to comply with orders
  • Acting for a wife in drafting a post-nuptial agreement involving substantial assets and trust and corporate structures across multiple jurisdictions.