Melanie represented the Respondent in a two-day contested hearing. The case involved substantial assets including non-matrimonial and inherited property. After hearing Melanie’s evidence and submissions, the Court awarded considerably less than what was being sought by the Claimant – both in terms of capital and lump sum awards.
Melanie acted for the Respondent in an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite application involving complex issues of international law, issues of jurisdiction, substantial property and financial assets. The Application was opposed by the Respondent who was seeking for the application to be dismissed. Melanie successfully persuaded the Court declined to grant the application and dismissed the … Continue reading
Melanie acted for the Respondent in an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite application involving complex issues of international law, issues of jurisdiction, and substantial property and financial assets. The Application was opposed by the Respondent who was seeking for it to be dismissed. The Court declined to grant the application and dismissed the application with costs … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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