Family/Matrimonial - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Advises high net worth individuals on a range of matrimonial finance, disputes, prenuptial agreements and private children law matters. Offers clients niche expertise in the application of bankruptcy law and Shari'a law to finance matters.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "It's gone from strength to strength and is now the prime niche firm. It's immensely strong and gains enormously for being extremely focused."
Department head Frances Hughes is described by one source as "the best of all solicitors out there for matrimonial finance work - incredibly bright and thorough, she's charming when she needs to be and can also be tough." She has a formidable reputation for her representation of high net worth clients in matrimonial finance disputes and pre and postnuptial agreements.
Pauline Fowler is noted for her expertise in finance cases, especially those with a cross-border element. Sources note that she "has an instinctive feel for family law and can really turn a case around." Another commentator notes that "she knows when to be firm and when to be more conciliatory."
Alex Carruthers is widely recognised as a solid choice for high net worth clients seeking advice on matrimonial finance disputes.
Renato Labi handles a range of divorces, prenuptial agreements and private children law matters. He is also noted for his specialist knowledge of bankruptcy law as applied to family cases.
Ann Ison advises a diverse clientele on financial disputes and prenuptial agreements. She has developed substantial niche expertise in advising on Shari'a law in the context of prenuptial agreements.
Mark Harper recently joined the firm from Withers. He is noted for his handling of finance disputes and prenuptial agreements, and for his specialist expertise in international cases and matters concerning trusts.
Since publication, Joe Vaitilingam has joined Vaitilingam Kay.