Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute

Our Family Law barristers act for separating couples who are not married, or who have a Civil Partnership, where there are property and financial disputes, usually under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA).


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Civil partnership and cohabitation disputes cover arguments over ownership or division of property and financial assets where your relationship means that divorce and matrimonial finance law doesn’t apply.

Becket Chambers’ Family Law barristers have significant experience in cases involving property and financial disputes where the couple were not married. These cases usually fall under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA).

It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re of the same sex and in a Civil Partnership, or whether you simply have no legal relationship other than having lived together in a home that you both contributed to somehow. Our Family Law team members have extensive experience and can provide advice and representation.

(If you and your partner are or were married you need to look at the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance section)


If your relationship has broken down but you and your partner weren’t married – a case may involve:

  • Property claims between unmarried and same sex couples including TOLATA claims
  • Financial remedies on the dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Declarations of Trust
  • Constructive Trust

Our TOLATA specialists have extensive experience in this area – from dealing with couples who own multiple properties, to sorting out how various types of contributions to shared property will be recognised when that property is divided.

We can support and assist you with advice drafting documents and representing you during proceedings.

Barristers in the Family Law Team are also available on a Direct Access basis.


Civil partnership and cohabitation Barristers

Our Family Law barristers offer expert advice in disputes over ownership or division of property and financial assets where people are in a Civil Partnership, or have no legal relationship.

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Melanie McIntosh

2002 (Lincolns Inn)

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Daniel Hooker

2008 (Middle Temple)

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Edward Kenny

2009 (Middle Temple)

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Nicole Jennings

2016 (Middle Temple)

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Allen Worwood

October 2019 (Inner Temple)

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Nathanael Harding

2015 (Middle Temple)

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Magdalena Cass

2019 (Middle Temple)


"That’s amazing, thank you for doing a great job. Client is over the moon."

Miss M from solicitors instructing Corey Mills

"Just a note to say she’s been fab on my case, I’ve been in contact more than I usually would as the client very vulnerable, and Cara looked after her brilliantly and with care."

Miss H from solicitors instructing Cara Radford

"Very happy today thank you.....Barrister was great, listened to me and put forward what he needed to."

Client instructing Chris Wall through Solicitors - July 23

"Thank you again for your support within the hearing today, I am very grateful for your professionalism and it has been refreshing to be heard and for someone to be able to fight for me, instead of having to fight for the children myself- with no legal background, expertise, or knowledge at all!"

Client instructing Edward Kenny through Solicitors in Children Proceedings

"Just like to say thank you to you and Nathanael for all your hard work so far with my court case hearing."

Client instructing Nathanael Harding through solicitors

"Sita is outstanding. I can always rely on her to go above and beyond on every case I instruct her on."

Miss G from solicitors instructing Sita Cox