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Family: Property & Finance

Our specialist family property and finances team have a wealth and breadth of experience and expertise in all aspects of the financial consequences of relationship breakdown (whether following marriage, civil partnership or unmarried-cohabitation).

Regarded as hugely knowledgeable and accessible by clients, the team thrive on working collaboratively with instructing solicitors to deliver the best possible results. Exceptional client-handling is one of the stand-out qualities of our barristers working in this sensitive and often highly-charged area of law.

The dedicated team cover:

- Matrimonial finance following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership
- TOLATA claims over property and all other claims arising from unmarried cohabitation
- Financial provision for children under Schedule 1
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act

In an emergency when assets are at risk of being disposed of, we will provide urgent advice and representation to obtain the necessary orders to prevent financial loss. Please contact our senior clerk (Mark Williams) on 0113 228 5043.

Matrimonial Finance

Members of the team are instructed by an impressive client base covering all aspect of Financial Remedies on divorce from high-value cases to needs-based cases made complex by limited assets.

The team combine commercial acumen and a strong understanding of business and finance. This includes having a thorough understanding of the application of the chancery principles in the Family Court.

We advise in writing and in conferences on all aspects of matrimonial property and finance, including on the terms of marital agreements whether pre-nuptial, post-nuptial or separation agreements.

We facilitate and host private FDR's and early neutral evaluation: the barrister of your choice to conduct the FDR, at a convenient location and on a date fixed to your availability.

Unmarried-Cohabitation

Disputes arising from cohabitation are often complex and require specialist counsel: we provide that expertise. We advise and represent in all aspects of complex cohabitation disputes between unmarried couples but particularly claims over property under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA).

The team has significant experience of advising on and obtaining the full range of financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Inheritance Act

Our team advise and represent where financial provision is sought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act following the death of a family member. Early advice pays dividends in these often-complex applications.

Family: Property & Finance Barristers

David de Jéhan

Called 1988

Deborah Shield

Called 1991

Julia Nelson

Called 1993

Stuart Roberts

Called 1994

Marisa Lloyd

Called 1994

Daniel Pitt

Called 1995

Elizabeth Darlington

Called 1998

Ian Pennock

Called 2001

Paul Edwards

Called 2003

Kate Clarkson

Called 2011

Iain Hutchinson

Called 2013

Areas of Expertise

Matrimonial finance following the breakdown of a marriage or the dissolution of a civil partnership

TOLATA claims over property and all aspects of disputes arising from unmarried cohabitation

Financial provision for children under Schedule 1

Claims upon death under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act

Complex business arrangements

Farms & agricultural assets

Inherited wealth & non-matrimonial property

Trusts

Assets held abroad & jurisdiction disputes

Large pension arrangements

Third parties claiming beneficial interests in matrimonial assets

Asset bases comprised of significant Personal Injury awards

Annulment of sham bankruptcies designed to defeat the other spouse's claim

Terms of marital agreements whether pre-nuptial (ante-nuptial), post-nuptial or separation agreements.

Fees

Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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