Melanie represented the Applicant in a First Directions Appointment during which it was possible to negotiate a Final Order. The assets involved consisted of various capital and overseas assets, including trust property. With Melanie’s expert negotiation, a Final Order was agreed whereby the Court approved the Order the Applicant was seeking, and the parties avoided … Continue reading
Sophie acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The Husband was acting as litigant in person and had continuously failed to properly engage with proceedings or comply with directions made by the Court. Due to the difficulties posed by the Husband’s lack of compliance, Sophie had to adopt a robust approach, … Continue reading
Corey acted for the Husband at a hearing to obtain both parties’ signatures to an agreed consent order for court approval, where the Wife was acting as litigant in person The draft order was not agreed, and the Judge urged the parties to discuss and agree an order to avoid a contested final hearing. With … Continue reading
Christopher acted for the Respondent Husband in a difficult case where low incomes and limited equity in the family home limited the potential for both parties to afford housing. It was already agreed that the Wife should stay in the home with the children until they had finished school. The complicating factor in this case … Continue reading
Philip acted for the Husband in a case where the Wife was making a substantial claim along with allegations of assault. He was successful in largely defeating the Wife’s claim by arguing a conduct case based on her having made what the Husband claimed were false allegations against him, and which had led to him … Continue reading
Philip acted for the Husband in a dispute centring on his pension, and the length of time since separation. He was successful in restricting the Wife’s share of his client’s pension to a small percentage, with a clean break because of the time elapsed since the separation and the circumstances at that time.
Edward represented a Wife in matrimonial finance proceedings which had concluded some years ago. However the Husband had maintained opposition to the implementation and specifics of an order that had been ordered by the Court at the conclusion of a Final Hearing. Edward secured a detailed order, precisely as sought by the Wife, which both … Continue reading
Christopher acted for Wife in a family finance case with several unusual features. The Wife alleged a history of sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, which he denied, and was unable to work due to PTSD. The Husband alleged that the wife’s allegations were themselves relevant conduct. Early in the marriage, the Wife … Continue reading
Philip represented a Father addicted to two types of drugs. Despite the Father’s challenges, Philip was able to support and represent him through the court process to successfully obtain an order for regular contact with his young child.
Philip advises and represents the Husband in a financial remedy case in which there are several properties, a valuable pension and a successful business. The case requires Philip’s expertise as it is particularly complicated by the wife and her son having combined majority interests in the limited company.
Dean represented the Wife in a Husband’s application to cease a periodical payments order. The Husband’s application was made on three grounds (i) the children of the family had reached majority since the order was made; (ii) the Wife had failed to maximise her earning potential; and (iii) the husband had accrued a large tax bill for which he … Continue reading
Edward acted for a Wife in financial proceedings after a long marriage. With his support, the matter was settled at FDR. It was agreed that there would be a sale of the former matrimonial home, and that Edward’s client would receive 95% of the net proceeds of sale. The Husband would pay the mortgage until … Continue reading
Sophie represented a Respondent Husband in financial remedy proceedings. The matter involved large assets, including two separate properties and cash in excess of £100,000. The matter was particularly unusual due to the time that had elapsed since the parties had separated. At the commencement of proceedings, the parties had been separated for some ten years … Continue reading
Sophie represented an Applicant Wife in financial proceedings. The parties had met in Asia and the Wife had made the move to live permanently with her Respondent Husband in England shortly afterwards. After a marriage of approximately ten years, the parties separated but remained living together. Throughout proceedings, the Wife remained in need of sufficient … Continue reading
Holly acted for a wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The parties had been together for over 20 years and were separated for 10 years before seeking to deal with their finances. The wife was now in a long-term and committed relationship whilst the husband had remained in the family home. The husband … Continue reading
Holly represented a Wife in variation proceedings brought by her former husband. He sought to vary a spousal periodical payments order made a few years previously, relying upon the wife’s move across the country as well as a large tax liability which he faced to argue that Holly’s client should no longer receive periodical payments. … Continue reading
Philip represented a Wife in a four-day, hotly contested hearing. Despite the marriage having been very short, and childless, his robust advocacy and negotiation skills ensured success in obtaining a substantial award for his client.
Christopher represented the Wife throughout this case, at every hearing up to and including the final hearing. The couple’s marriage had been medium term, with two children, the eldest of which had significant health issues. The Wife had given up her career to look after the children and now earned a part-time salary, received tax … Continue reading
Philip represented a Husband with a very substantial pension in a financial remedy case. He successfully defeated the Wife’s case that she should obtain a pension sharing order and spousal maintenance based on a shortfall in her income.
Edward acted for a Husband in matrimonial finance proceedings following a long marriage. The parties’ child was now in adulthood. Before Edward became involved, the Wife had defended the divorce and then made an application for maintenance pending suit, which had resulted in the Court making an order for interim periodical payments and a costs … Continue reading
Christopher acted for a Wife in a divorce settlement following a marriage of 15 years. The couple originally met overseas in the Wife’s home country, then moved to the UK. At the time of the marriage, the Husband already partly owned a successful import export business, and owned two properties in the UK. The couple … Continue reading
Holly represented a Husband in financial proceedings following a marriage of 10 years. The main asset was the family home which had a reasonable level of equity but was subject to a mortgage in both parties’ names. Holly’s client also had a large Armed Forces pension following years of service, over half of which was … Continue reading
Philip represented a Husband and obtained a non-molestation injunction against the Wife due to domestic violence perpetrated upon his client by her.
Philip represented a Husband and succeeding in having a final financial remedy order varied so as to allow his client to buy out the Wife’s share of the matrimonial home, rather than it being sold as previously ordered and as she wished.
Edward represented a Wife in financial proceedings brought by the Husband after a long marriage. The parties’ children had all turned 18, and the couple’s principal assets were in properties in the UK and abroad. There were also significant pensions, including some which were already in payment and others whose fund status had changed during … Continue reading
Clive acted for a Husband who had suffered significant injuries in a road traffic accident and who had subsequently received substantial damages for those injuries. The Wife now sought to make a claim for a lump sum payment based upon her perceived entitlement to some of the compensation monies. Clive successfully persuaded the Court that … Continue reading
Melanie represented the Applicant at a First Directions Appointment (FDA). In this case it was possible to convert the FDA into a Final Dispute Resolution (FDR) hearing regarding the Applicant’s variation for periodic spousal maintenance on a joint lives basis to a fixed term with a Section 28(1A) bar precluding the Respondent from making any … Continue reading
Dean represented the husband in a divorce in which the marital assets included two companies and, in addition to the family home, a foreign property and a further property in this country, together with pensions. His client wished to secure a share of the family home, and the companies, which he operated himself. He also … Continue reading
Christopher represented a Mother in a case where the Father was a high earner, meaning that the top-up provisions under the Children Act Schedule 1 were engaged. There had been a separation agreement whereby the Father paid substantial maintenance and provided a home for the Mother and child. However, due to the Father’s controlling behaviour … Continue reading
Holly represented a Wife in financial proceedings brought over a decade after the parties’ separation. The Husband alleged that they had reached an agreement at separation which gave Holly’s client half of the then marital assets in the form of £20,000 of endowment policies, while he kept the family home and took on the marital … Continue reading
Holly acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The couple had already agreed the sale and division of the family home, and an actuary’s report had been obtained containing guidance on how to equalise their pension incomes. Both were near to retirement age, and the outstanding issues were what ongoing financial … Continue reading
Holly represented a Husband in financial proceedings following a marriage of less than two years. Both parties had come to the marriage with properties of their own, and were able to agree that they should be excluded from the division of assets. The main issue was how the family home – which had been purchased … Continue reading
Melanie represented the Applicant at a Financial Dispute Resolution appointment (FDR) to agree a final order. The Respondent was seeking to give the Applicant a lump sum award which Melanie resisted on behalf of her client. With Melanie supporting her client, the Court approved the Final Order which was sought. In other words, instead of … Continue reading
Louisa acted for a client in financial remedy proceedings following a long marriage. There were three children, the youngest of whom was 16. The matrimonial assets (2 properties, pensions and other savings) derived largely from damages received by Louisa’s client following childhood accident. Additionally, there were factual issues about whether the other party was now … Continue reading
Holly was instructed shortly before a final hearing to represent a Wife in financial proceedings. The main issue involved the family home and how the net proceeds should be split. There were a number of uncertainties which complicated the financial split. The children were living with different family members, and it was not clear with … Continue reading
Holly represented a client who was seeking to reduce the periodical payments that he made to his former wife. He had agreed a generous provision some years earlier but was now struggling to maintain the payments. Also, changes in the circumstances of the wife, including a move away from the former family home, brought about … Continue reading
Melanie represented the Respondent in a contested final hearing. The Applicant was seeking 45.5% of the net proceeds of the former matrimonial home. Melanie argued on behalf of her client that this was not a single issue case of housing need and that conduct and contributions also needed to be taken into account. Based on … Continue reading
Philip acted for a Husband who had fulfilled the role of carer whilst the Wife built up her career. He successfully settled the case to his client’s satisfaction, the husband receiving by far the greater share from the matrimonial home, a significant pension share and maintenance.
Edward represented a husband in his application for financial remedies on divorce. The parties had separated several years previously, after a long marriage of almost three decades. Upon separation, the husband had received a sum of money from the wife and moved out of the family home, which was the sole asset. In this case, … Continue reading
Philip represented a wife, succeeding in re-opening a final financial order decided 4 years previously. He obtained a substantial increase in the capital payment in accordance with the set-aside principles set out in the Supreme Court’s decisions in Sharland and Gohil. His client was completely delighted.
Christopher represented the husband in a fully contested financial dispute between him and the wife. Christopher’s client lived in the UK and owned a property portfolio of several properties. The wife was not a UK national, and lived abroad. The case involved a significant factual dispute, with the husband claiming that the wife owned two … Continue reading
Christopher represented a wife in a divorce and matrimonial finance case, where the assets comprised the family home, a property portfolio and the wife’s pension (acquired prior to the marriage). In this mid-term marriage, the wife was in her mid-60s and the husband in his mid-50s, and they had no children. The family home had … Continue reading
Christopher acted for a wife in a finance case with an interesting legal argument – despite the assets being modest. The parties separated in 2003, but didn’t resolve matters until an FDR in September 2015, with the husband to pay a lump sum within 42 days. The husband failed to pay the lump sum, and … Continue reading
Holly represented a wife in financial remedy proceedings which involved extensive and varied assets. The parties owned the family home, numerous investment properties, plots of land, companies, vehicles and a SIPP. There were extensive liabilities to be considered and issues of liquidity, with the husband’s business ventures being highly leveraged. Directions were made for the … Continue reading
Holly represented a husband in complex financial remedy proceedings. Without recourse to his wife, he had sold the family home and distributed the sale proceeds amongst his family. The wife obtained an injunction, freezing his bank accounts and preventing him from dealing with his pensions other than the monthly income payments. He was ordered pay … Continue reading
Edward acted for a wife in her ex-husband’s application for financial remedies following their divorce. It had been a long marriage, but the parties had been separated for many years and any children were now adults. At the time of separation, they had been legally represented and an agreement drawn up, but this order had … Continue reading
Holly acted for a wife in her application for financial provision following divorce after a long marriage. The case was relatively complex, as the husband had a large property portfolio, numerous chattels including classic cars, a SIPP pension and two companies. Holly advised the wife on an ongoing basis from before the FDA to settlement … Continue reading
Holly was instructed to represent a client at final hearing as he sought a lump sum to assist him with future accommodation. The couple had two young children who had to be housed, and the case involved allegations of conduct as well as a sizeable inheritance received by the wife during the relationship. The case … Continue reading
Dean acted for the husband in a financial dispute following a long marriage in excess of 15 years. The wife’s position was that the fact that the husband had committed bigamy by remarrying prior to their divorce amounted to conduct that the court should take into consideration when dividing the marital assets, and that she … Continue reading
Melanie represented a Respondent in a complex matrimonial finance case which had been listed for a two-day final hearing. The case involved a number of different assets including property, business and trust assets. There were also issues between the parties regarding their incomings and outgoings, earning capacity and housing need. Melanie successfully negotiated a settlement … Continue reading
Acting for a wife who had brought into her second marriage a property and various savings. The H asserted that he had made an equal contribution and that his needs (including repayment of a family debt) meant that he should receive more than a 50% share of the assets. The H also claimed that he … Continue reading
John acted for the Respondent husband in a complex case involving property held under ancient trusts by a university. The case centred on arguments about the true trading value of the various aspects of the farm’s businesses – including stabling, grazing, livery and riding tuition as well as crops, and required John to engage in … Continue reading
Philip acted for a wife in circumstances where the husband had claimed that he no longer had the proceeds of sale of the former matrimonial home. He was successfully in obtaining orders against the husband’s family members and an order that over £40,000 be paid into Court.
Philip acted for the wife, where the husband was refusing to co-operate with the sale of a house following final orders. He was successful in obtaining orders that his client should have possession of the house (and evict the other party), take over the sale and have her costs paid out of the other party’s … Continue reading
Philip acted for the husband in an appeal against a final order for financial remedy. He was successful in appealing the order, and obtained a substantially greater share of the proceeds of the former matrimonial home for his client.
Holly represented a wife in her application for interim periodical payments under s.27 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (failure to maintain). The wife argued that after their short marriage the husband had failed to provide her with sufficient financial support. The husband claimed that he had insufficient funds with which to assist her and … Continue reading
The husband, a financial expert, was suspected of hiding away significant financial assets. The wife was unable to afford legal representation to trial, and was considering giving up. The husband was refusing to negotiate at all, and was waiting for the wife to run out of money. John successfully persuaded the court to make a … Continue reading
Corey acted for a husband with mental health issues in an application for financial remedy following divorce, in a case listed for financial dispute resolution hearing and where several very young children were living with the wife. The case involved three properties – one in joint names, the others owned individually by each party, and … Continue reading
Ronald represented, on a direct public access basis, a wife who was having difficulty managing her emotions and accepting the end of the marriage despite the husband’s cohabitation with a new partner. Whilst she wanted a significant proportion of assets that were in the children’s bank accounts to be ring-fenced, Ronald had to advise her … Continue reading
Ronald represented a husband whose health issues had prevented him from working for long periods. The wife was a ‘high-flying’ professional who had been the main earner during the marriage. The couple’s teenage child had chosen to live with the husband. The husband’s intention was to present a case that he would seek employment, that … Continue reading
Ronald represented a wife in a case where the assets were under £200,000, primarily comprising the value of the former matrimonial home and some savings. The parties had a young child, who lived with the wife. With her earning capacity limited in comparison to her husband’s, the wife wanted a periodical payments order, and for … Continue reading
Ronald represented a Respondent wife through the Direct Access Scheme at a two-day trial at short notice. This was an involved case, where there was already a maintenance order made against the applicant husband in Belgium and a significant proportion of the assets, that amounted to only £350,000, being ‘ring fenced’ into the children’s bank … Continue reading
Dean acted for the wife. Prior to these proceedings, the husband had spent a great deal of time working abroad and whilst doing so had formed a long-term relationship with another woman with whom he had had a child. He subsequently moved his ‘second family’ to the UK. The husband now sought to reduce the … Continue reading
Dean acted under the Direct Public Access Scheme at final hearing for a wife who had previously represented herself throughout the proceedings. In addition to providing representation at the hearing, he assisted the client in drafting witness statements, preparing the court bundle, index and requisite court documents before the hearing. The wife sought a share … Continue reading
Acted for the husband in financial remedy proceedings in which the husband had received a large inheritance shortly before the parties divorced. The wife sought to argue that the inheritance formed part of the marital assets and that she was entitled to half of the same, the husband asserted that the inheritance was his to … Continue reading
Dean acted for the husband in financial remedy proceedings in which the marital assets included a property portfolio valued in excess of £1 million. Following negotiations a favourable agreement was reached for his client, ensuring that further hearings and the resultant legal fees were avoided.
Dean acted for the wife in proceedings for financial remedy following divorce. The parties had drafted their own separation agreement without the assistance of solicitors when they separated three years previously. The husband now sought to rely on the agreement whereas Dean’s client did not wish to be bound by its terms. Dean’s case was … Continue reading
Edward acted for a husband at final hearing. The wife contended that there had been agreement at separation and husband had already received 50% of the capital at the time of separation. It was held that husband was further entitled to half of the remaining capital at the time of trial and a clean break.
Edward acted for a wife in a four-day final hearing. The husband sought the transfer of the former matrimonial home into his name. The wife sought an order for sale. It was held that the home should be sold. The wife was awarded in excess of 75% of the capital.
Edward acted for Ms. Wyatt in the case of Wyatt v Vince  UKSC 14 when it was originally heard in the High Court.
Clive represented a husband in a case involving substantial family-held farming assets. The case involved him in obtaining and assimilating expert valuation evidence of those assets and accountant’s reports obtained in the case.
Clive represented a husband and was successful in obtaining the immediate order of sale of the family home. This enabled his client to re-house himself and provide accommodation for when his children came to visit.
Clive acted for a party who lacked litigation capacity. The case involved properties being owned both in the UK and in France.
Philip acted for a husband, where his client had paid for and supported the wife’s move from abroad, and her obtaining professional qualifications in this country. In these unusual circumstances, he succeeded in obtaining an order that the wife receive nothing from the husband. “Upon meeting you for the first time that morning, I was … Continue reading
Philip acted on behalf of a husband whose highly successful career had been cut short by mental illness. Philip’s understanding and expertise enabled him to help his client cope with his mental health issues whilst also supporting him against an extremely acrimonious wife. With Philip’s help, the husband was able to advantageously settle his matrimonial … Continue reading
Philip acted for a wife in financial remedy proceedings and succeeded in obtaining a higher settlement than usual to enable her to have a garden to pursue her love of gardening. An unusual decision, but an example of how carefully pursuing an unusual point can result in success for the client.
Philip acted for a husband through the Direct Public Access Scheme in an intractable dispute over the marital property, in which the wife was representing herself. Philip’s considerable negotiation skills enabled him to succeed at the FDR stage in persuading the court and the wife to settle on his client’s suggested terms.
Philip acted for a wife in a complex dispute over matrimonial property and spousal maintenance in circumstances where the husband’s wealth was masked by international share arrangements and his company’s dealings. With Philips expertise and representation in this area, the hearing resulted in a substantial settlement in favour of the wife amounting to a great … Continue reading
Christopher acted for the Defendant in a case where a property was held in the Defendant’s sole name, having inherited it. The Claimant made no contribution to the acquisition of the property and lived in it without paying any rent or making any contributions to the outgoings or for living costs. Significant work was done … Continue reading
Christopher acted for the wife in a low asset case where there were insufficient assets for both parties to be rehoused. The husband had remained in the family home. Christopher successfully persuaded the court that the only way for the wife and child to be rehoused was for the family home to be sold and … Continue reading
Christopher acted for the wife in complex financial remedy proceedings. Assets included the family home, 2 investment properties in the USA in the husband’s name, the husband’s quarter share in a property owned with his mother and the wife’s half share of a property owned with her sister. Both husband and wife had shares in … Continue reading
Christopher acted for a wife in the High Court in financial proceedings in a case involving a successful company and a large property portfolio. The husband had severely beaten the wife and his conduct was a significant factor. This case particularly involved Christopher’s skills in: Supporting an emotional client through court proceedings Dealing with large … Continue reading
Christopher acted for the husband in contested financial remedy final hearing. The main issue was as to whether monies used to buy an investment property had been lent to the husband by a friend or were the parties’ savings, and whether monies provided by his parents were gifts or loans. Christopher successfully argued that the … Continue reading
Corey acted for a wife in proceedings brought against her husband’s property. The husband ‘sold’ the property to a relative under its true value, behind his wife’s back, in order to avoid her obtaining any share of it. Corey successfully persuaded the court to grant an Order setting aside the transaction. The property was later … Continue reading
Corey acted for a husband in proceedings settled with wife concerning jointly owned property. When the husband died before property was sold, the wife moved back into property and refused to leave. An order was granted to the husband’s estate for the wife to vacate and the family home to be sold.
Corey acted for a wife in proceedings brought by her for a share of husband’s property. The husband had owned the property prior to the marriage, but had other assets. Corey’s expertise demonstrated that the husband did not comply with court directions for disclosure of his assets, debts and income. As a result, his client … Continue reading
Corey acted for a wife in proceedings brought by her husband for a share in joint property. The husband had run up substantial debts by taking out loans secured on the property. The final hearing focussed closely on the purpose of the loans and how the monies had been spent. The Court accepted Corey’s argument … Continue reading
Corey acted for a wife who owned a large portfolio of properties prior to her marriage, as well as some further properties acquired during the marriage. After a short marriage, with little financial contribution by the husband, who had built up a substantial private pension, he brought proceedings for a share of all the wife’s … Continue reading
Corey acted for a wife on her (and her husband’s) second divorce. His client retained the former matrimonial home from her first marriage and divorce. There had been little financial contribution from her second husband, who claimed an unrealistic level of interest in the wife’s property and sought to force a sale of it. Corey … Continue reading
Melanie acted for the Applicant in a seven-day contested final hearing involving extensive business assets and complex valuation issues. The case highlights Melanie’s experience in dealing with: examining and assimilating very large volumes of evidence the minutiae of an extensive and complex asset portfolio. The Court found in her client’s favour and handed down an … Continue reading
Melanie acted for the Respondent in a complex pensions case which required expert evidence and managed to negotiate a settlement whereby the Respondent retained the bulk of his pension.
Melanie acted in a complex contested final hearing against a background of mental health issues and allegations of threatening behaviour – the majority of which were found to be disproved. The case involved Melanie in ensuring that a vulnerable client was able to fully participate in proceedings and resulted in her successfully persuading the Court … Continue reading
Melanie acted for the Applicant in a high-value case involving a number of complex issues. Both parties were engaged in a family-owned business, so the case involved complex negotiations over business and private assets, extensive overseas holdings, pensions and properties held on trust and extensive expert evidence. Melanie successfully secured a negotiated settlement of over … Continue reading
In financial remedy proceedings acting for the applicant wife, John secured the equivalent of 75% of the overall matrimonial assets available for distribution. The husband sought to argue exceptional contributions. John conducted a lengthy, detailed examination of the witnesses in court to persuade the judge that there were hidden, undisclosed assets. This case required the … Continue reading
The husband had paid substantial maintenance to the applicant wife for a number of years, and then fallen on financial hard times. John successfully argued that such contributions were exceptional, having compared the husband’s lifestyle to that of the wife, and that the entire case should be re-assessed in light of the husband’s new position. … Continue reading
In a case involving a Premiership footballer, John advised on procedural matters, case funding, and failure to provide maintenance (spouse and child). The case particularly highlighted: the difficulties in a case where one party holds all of the wealth. John was able to advise the client of the implications of a legal services order, and … Continue reading
Sandria represented a mother in a case running (to date) for over 7 years. Following the original separation, the father took her to court for shared care arrangements over their two children. The couple, who lived close to each other after separation attempted to divide care by alternate weeks, but without success, and the case … Continue reading
Louisa acted for the Husband in a case where the Wife was seeking not only a larger share of their capital assets but also spousal maintenance payments at a high level for a number of years given that she had not worked since the birth of the couple’s children. The impact of the Wife’s claims … Continue reading
Louisa acted for a Wife who alleged that she had been badly treated by her husband during their marriage. Although these allegations were not likely to affect the overall outcome of the case, she was particularly anxious about having to give evidence at the hearing. The Wife wished to retain more than 50% of the … Continue reading
Louisa acted for the Wife who asserted that a binding agreement had been reached at the time she and her ex-husband had separated. The Husband sought to persuade the court that there had not been a concluded agreement and that the Wife should pay him an additional sum even though they had separated many years … Continue reading
Holly acted for a husband in matrimonial finance proceedings following a long marriage, during which the parties had lived in Australasia. The wife was seeking ongoing maintenance for the parties’ joint lives by way of a significant pension share. The husband sought to minimise any pension share on the basis that the wife was considerably … Continue reading
Holly succeeded in securing the family home for a wife so that she could continue to operate as a foster carer from the property in which she was already registered and established. This outcome highlights Holly’s approach to negotiating results of mutual long term benefit to both sides, since it enabled Holly’s client to secure … Continue reading
Holly acted for a husband at a final hearing to determine the level and duration of spousal periodical payments he should pay to the wife; her pension share award; and the split of the proceeds of sale of their former matrimonial home. This latter issue was particularly complex, since the property was subject to a … Continue reading