Connie Atkinson

Senior Associate

Family and Divorce

"Growing in poise and experience. She has an eye for detail and a strong sense of direction for her cases"

Legal 500 UK 2019

"You have a special knack of reassuring and calming which really helped me through the last 14 months or so"

One of Connie's clients

Connie is a Senior Associate in the family team and has experience of dealing with all aspects of private family work relating to both finances and children.

Connie’s areas of practice include all aspects of private family work with particular expertise in cases involving:

  • International elements including;
    • International relocation (also known as leave to remove)
    • Cross border matrimonial disputes
    • Jurisdiction races
  • Company and or trust assets
  • Pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Issues concerning the arrangements for children  - for example where children will live and with whom they will spend time, a relocation within England and Wales or financial provision for children
  • International surrogacy

Connie regularly assists clients who need help with their separation and the practical and financial implications arising out of this.  Most of Connie’s clients or their partners work in the City and many have an international connection.  Connie therefore regularly works with solicitors in other jurisdictions.  Connie has expertise in international surrogacy cases and helps parents with the parental order applications required following their children’s birth.  On these cases, she works closely with members of our immigration team to resolve any issues in bringing the children home.

Connie is also a qualified mediator and assists as a mediator for clients in respect of all practical and legal issues surrounding family relationship breakdown. She is recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer in Legal 500 UK 2019 for Family: Mediation.

Connie was one of the legal advisers on the script of The Split, a BBC drama series that aired in April to May 2018.

Connie joined Kingsley Napley as a trainee in 2008 and qualified into the family department in 2010.  Prior to joining the firm, she worked at a South Devon law firm where she undertook both children and financial work.  Connie obtained a law degree from Exeter University before attending the Collage of Law in Guildford for her legal practice course.

“Thank you so much for all your support, patience and brains throughout, it was quite a rocky ride and you always managed to stay so calm”

What clients and directories say

“You have a special knack of  reassuring and calming which really helped me through the last 14 months or so. There aren't too many things that can be more stressful than the possibility of losing your child (other than knowing for certain).”

“Your calmness and professionalism stands in stark contrast to the chaotic irrational aggression of your opposite number.”

“Thank you for absolutely everything - for your legal advice, appearances at court, counsel and, yes, friendship throughout the process(es). We always felt that the advice and encouragement we got from you went well beyond a simple fee paying client.”

“As ever it has been a pleasure to work with you on this case - and it was as ever brilliantly prepared and evidenced to the highest standard.”

“Thank you for all the time, effort and support that you and Charlotte have given to help us over the last year. We both really appreciate everything you have done to help us achieve what we believe to be the best for our family”

“You two have truly been fantastic. I know I can always count on you all! You've been so great!”

“Connie's ability to execute was outstanding”

 

REcent CASES

  • Y v Y (Financial Remedy: Marriage Contract) [2014] EWHC 2920 (Fam) - financial remedy proceedings in the High Court concerning the weight to be given to a foreign marriage contract
  • Re: N 2016 UKSC 15 - intervening on behalf of The International Centre for Family Law Policy and Practice
  • Re: R 2016/1437 - intervening on behalf of The International Centre for Family Law Policy and Practice 

 

​PUBLICATIONS

 

Professional Societies and memberships

 

Further information

In her spare time, Connie enjoys cooking (and eating), netball and running.  Connie started the Kingsley Napley Netball team in 2010 which currently plays in Topcorner’s Southwark league.

Related Services

Alternatives to Litigation

Going through litigation and the court system is not always the best route for everyone faced with divorce or separation. We can guide you through alternatives to going through court such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

Considering Divorce or Separation

Considering divorce or separation is stressful and affects people in different ways. Our experienced family lawyers will listen and discuss the options with you.

Choosing the Right Divorce Jurisdiction

Separating couples who between them have residences, domiciles and/or nationalities involving more than one country may have a choice as to where they divorce or where they dispute financial arrangements for themselves or children. Lawyers call this a choice of jurisdiction or forum.

Financial Arrangements on Divorce

A number of factors are taken into account when considering financial arrangements on divorce. Our lawyers are experts in advising on and negotiating financial settlements for our clients.

International Family Law

Whether you or your partner live abroad or hold assets abroad. We can assist with immigration questions, property, succession and tax planning.

Mediation

Mediation is a way of resolving issues directly with the help of a mediator. Our mediators are also family lawyers and so have a specialised knowledge of the issues involved.

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are increasingly being upheld by the Courts and it is essential that you sign up expecting to be bound by it. If you are being asked to sign an agreement, you will need to understand the rights you are giving up by entering into it.

Thinking about the Children

We have considerable expertise in guiding our clients through the legal issues affecting their children and placing them at the centre of all decisions made following separation to minimise any potential distress for them.

Thinking of Relocating

Our experienced lawyers can advise you on your relocation plans, ensuring that your move overseas, to the UK, or within the UK, is well planned.

Using a Surrogate

We're experienced in advising on all aspects of international and domestic surrogacy arrangements.

Insight from Connie

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Blogs

Surrogacy: a gift without price – differences of opinion and a call for reform

Recent international surrogacy case addresses immigration issues and challenges in bringing children home

Divorce and separation – putting children first and how to support them

Impact on UK immigration status when relationships break down

Surrogacy – a welcome change as intended parents become entitled to adoption leave and pay

Reflections on the Families Through Surrogacy conference in London 2015

The further use of discretion in considering time limits for parental orders

The voice of the child in family courts

The contact calendar: family planning for separated parents

Madrid - London - Edinburgh: short-haul distances but a world apart when relationships break down

Summer surge in children applications - dealing with the queues in Court

#PrideMatters : Spotlight on surrogacy

Surrogacy and Parental Orders – how far does the interpretation of “enduring family relationship” extend?

Reflections on The Split - Episode 1

International surrogacy - the legal challenges for US nationals bringing a surrogate child to the UK

IWD: Women and finances on divorce – show me the money

Surrogacy and Parental Orders - welcome news for single applicants

Parenthood and surrogacy developments in France

Surrogacy and separation – when relationships break down during the surrogacy journey

Regulating Relations – parenthood through assisted reproduction in Australia and abroad

Comparing family law in Australia v England and Wales – a world apart in more ways than one

Mediating megastars – keeping it private and solution focused

Where there’s a surrogacy arrangement, there’s a Will

No fault divorce – let’s take the blame out of it

The presumption of parental involvement and the changing attitudes to children’s care

Taking children abroad - for holiday and forever

Mediation - the ‘new’ requirements before issuing court proceedings

Preparing for marriage: the views of a family lawyer

No such (resulting) trust: Russian husband loses out on claim to family’s £40m London home

Child maintenance – what happens if the presumed parent is not the parent after all?

Child Maintenance: Out with the old, in with the...?

Superstars' super quick divorce

To annul or not to annul...?

Time for no fault divorce?

Surrogacy: who’s the Mummy?

Divorce: Rise in divorce rates

Inheritance: Rights for unmarried couples

Foreign pre-marriage contracts

An increase in divorces for the over 60s

Relocation, relocation...

Are "shot-gun" civil partnerships responsible for the rise in dissolutions?

No such thing as a common law

Kluge debt? Get advice fast!

Matter of Trust

Could signing a Pre-nup increase your inheritance?

What's mine is yours...depending on what it is and when I got it.

Pre-nup reform?

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+44 (0)20 7369 3792

catkinson@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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