Dean Thistle's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Mediation to enable financial settlement on good terms

Dean was instructed by the husband in a financial claim on divorce. The client wished to ensure that he and his wife remained on speaking terms for the benefit of their children and thus a mediation/round-table meeting was arranged at which the parties were legally represented. The marital assets included four properties, together with significant Continue reading

Securing a lump sum payment for a Wife

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

Retaining ownership of companies and properties

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

Defending marital assets from an accusation of bigamy

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

Acting for wife in case of ‘second family’

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

Representation at final hearing

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

Inheritance as part of marital assets

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

Reaching agreement on property portfolio

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.

Preventing enforcement of separation agreement

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