Jane Keir

Partner

Family and Divorce

Jane is co-chairing ThoughtLeaders4's HNW Divorce Litigation conference with Jonathan Hilliard QC of Wilberforce Chambers at the IOD on 29 September 2020

"Woman wins payout for stymied career in landmark divorce case"

Jane Keir acted for the wife in RC v JC [2020] EWHC 466 (Fam)

Jane Keir is a partner in the family and divorce team. Described as a "class act" by her peers and colleagues alike, she is  "absolutely dedicated to getting the job done for her clients many of whom are high profile or international".

 

Jane acts for equal numbers of men and women and many of her clients come from across the country and abroad, as well as London.  Much of her work involves an international element and she enjoys working with other lawyers, accountants, actuaries, financial advisers, wealth managers and investigators in order to provide a thorough and comprehensive service to her clients. In addition, she has immediate recourse to all the other leading teams at Kingsley Napley LLP, including Private Client, Immigration and Real Estate.

Jane's strengths lie in her early  analysis of a case and in  making the arguments that lead to an early settlement. She is highly adept at finding the right angles which can make all the difference and uncovering and using the facts to secure the best outcomes for those she represents. Jane is often consulted by senior family members for an overview as to how family wealth, often accumulated over generations, can be protected and in the use and application of pre and post nuptial agreements.

Among other reported cases, she acted for the successful wife in RC v JC, a landmark compensation case which received widespread media interest, including:

In 2018, Jane represented the successful party in protecting the wider family’s wealth in the reported case of Daga v Bangur . 

Jane is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and in November 2019, she spoke at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers meeting in Chicago on ‘Discovery Beyond our Borders' where she shared techniques and tips on financial discovery and asset tracing as between England and the USA. Jane will be chairing the ThoughtLeaders4's HNW Divorce Litigation conference in London on 29 September 2020.

Jane has won numerous industry awards and was shortlisted as Family Lawyer of The Year for the Spear's Wealth Management Awards 2019.  She is ranked in the Top Flight in Spear's Family Law Index and as a leading individual in The Legal 500, Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and Spear's 500.  

In a highly popular, albeit unusually early move, she became Kingsley Napley’s Senior Partner  in 2013, being then one of only four women to lead a UK Top 100 law firm. She fulfilled the role for five years before handing on to the current Senior Partner, Stephen Parkinson in 2018.

Jane is a very keen follower of horse racing. She owns and breeds thoroughbreds in the UK. In 2016 she was appointed a Trustee of the Racing Foundation.

"Peers say she is "top class," "excellent," and "has an instinct about things which is really impressive""

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

"When clients are at their most vulnerable, they need to know they can rely on their solicitor. Jane has it all: fabulous client care skills, in-depth knowledge of the law, great instinct, sound relationships with her peers; all delivered with a twinkle in her eye and a steady hand."

Citywealth Leaders List

What clients and directories say

"extensive experience in financial remedy cases involving considerable wealth. One source notes: "Jane is absolutely assured and has a fantastic way with clients," while another labels her "a class act."

Chambers UK 2019, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Jane is absolutely assured and has a fantastic way with clients"

Chambers UK 2019, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"A superstar"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

"an ‘outstanding lawyer’ "

Legal 500 UK 2019

"She is robust, she is tough, easy to deal with, sensible, doesn't make bad points " 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"Excellent client management skills – clients feel highly supported as she is very patient – looks at a situation very humanely" 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"“I often recommend her because she has all the ingredients of a fantastic lawyer - she is extremely clever, very client-friendly and takes just the right approach to negotiations”.

"You are my security blanket"

A client of Jane's

"The ‘tough, thorough and calm’ Jane Keir ‘has seen it all’"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Clients Guide to The Law

"The "excellent" Jane Keir brings to family and matrimonial matters a "breadth of knowledge and a lightness of touch."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2016

"She's excellent, knows her stuff inside out and has a brilliant manner"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Her strengths are client care skills. She is efficient and businesslike [and] she's got a good eye on getting a case sorted and finished"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2016

"Hugely experienced"

Legal 500 UK

"Jane utilises all the experience, authority and personality that marks her out as senior partner. She is a serious, top class lawyer who flourishes in her demanding, highly impressive, role as senior partner of Kingsley Napley. She is one of the industries real Powerwomen."

Citywealth Leaders List, 2016

"Jane Keir's 'modest and straightforward manner is very reassuring.' She is 'pragmatic and sensible' and 'extremely knowledgeable about how to proceed and the best strategy to take'..."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"...Responsive, solutions orientated...a pleasure to deal with...an excellent grasp of the law and the tax consequences."

Citywealth Leaders List, "Family & Matrimonial Honours List" 

"Absolutely dedicated to getting the job done for her clients, many of whom are high profile or international. Jane utilises all the experience, authority and personality that marks her out as Senior Partner. She is a serious, top class lawyer who flourishes in her demanding, highly impressive, role as senior partner of Kingsley Napley, whilst maintaining a respected, quality family practice and consistently demonstrating an absolute commitment to her clients’ interests."

Citywealth Leaders List, 2016

“Jane Keir’s promotion to senior partner ‘emphasises the importance of family law at the firm’”

Legal 500 UK

"very clear on negotiations and extremely effective"

Chambers UK (ranked band 1): A client's guide the UK's legal profession

"I often recommend her because she has all the ingredients of a fantastic lawyer – she is extremely clever, very client-friendly and takes just the right approach to negotiations"

Chambers UK (ranked band 1): A client's guide the UK's legal profession

“A likeable and approachable character in an area of law that can easily become confrontational and over-wrought”

Chambers UK: A client’s guide to the UK legal profession

"[She] combines commercial awareness and acuity with extremely good client care skills”

Chambers UK: A client’s guide to the UK legal profession

“Jane Keir heads the family team at Kingsley Napley with ‘grace, style and a sharp intellect’ with strength across the department in both financial and children work”

Legal 500 UK

"…worth every penny and thanks again for every little bit of sympathy and patient advice.  I maintain my sanity in no small part because of your efforts on my behalf”

A client of Jane's

 

Recent cases

Jane has acted in the following reported cases among others:

  • RC v JC [2020] EWHC 466 (Fam) - acted for the wife in a successful and rare compensation case
  • Daga and Bangur [2018] EWFC 91  -  acted for the wife in contested high value finances involving trusts and non-matrimonial assets
  • AW v Executors of the Estate of HA & Others [2015] EWHC 2233 (Fam) - concerning the setting aside of a Financial Order made at the conclusion of divorce proceedings and revising the amount to be paid whilst dealing with the existence of a Prenuptial Agreement.
  • A v B & C [2012] EWCA Civ 285 - acted for the father in a ground-breaking case in the Court of Appeal as a result of which she was named as the “The Times Lawyer of the Week” in April 2012.
  • Z v A [2012] EWHC 467 (Fam) - acted for a wife, following an overseas divorce and securing a substantial order for her client and the payment of her client’s costs.

 

Publications, press and speaking engagements

 

Professional memberships and awards

  • Listed as Top Recommended Family Lawyer  in Spear's Indices 2019
  • Listed as the ‘ eminent pracitioner’ in the Chambers HNW Guide 2017 and in the current Chambers UK Family/Matrimonial Guide
  • Listed in the Top 10 Family Lawyers and Top 20 Women in Wealth, 2018, by Citywealth
  • Winner of the Citywealth PowerWomen Gold Award in 2017 for Company of the Year – Female Leadership ( Professional Services)
  • Listed in Spear's Indices - Family Lawyers 2017 as Top Recommended
  • Ranked Band 1 in the current Legal 500
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly the IAML) and speaker at the American Chapter meeting, in Los Angeles in February 2016 and in New Delhi in September 2016
  • New entry to Who’s Who in 2016
  • Winner of the Editor’s Choice Awards at the 2015 City Wealth Power Women Awards
  • The Times Lawyer of the Week; April 2012
  • Winner in 2007 of the Women in the City Women’s Achievement Awards for the legal services category

 

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Spear's 2020 Top Flight Family Lawyers
 

"You made a terrible time so much better and I owe you hugely for this. I don’t think I could’ve got through it without your advice steering me through that dark patch. Your sympathy and direct advice was invaluable"

A client of Jane's, 2020

"One of the best" and "a really good example of how family lawyers should be"

Chambers UK 2020,  A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"She is robust, she is tough, easy to deal with, sensible, doesn't make bad points" 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"Absolutely excellent," and "She has a very high profile and she's also extremely good at client care. She's a very hard worker and she's very well respected."

Chambers UK 2018, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

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Many couples also choose to have a postnuptial agreement when they are relocating to the UK and at least one out of the couple want to protect their assets in the event of a future English divorce. We regularly advise clients in relation to postnuptial agreements, whether freestanding or following a prenuptial agreement or foreign marriage contract.

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Insight from Jane

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News

Lawyer in the news - Jane Keir featured in The Law Society Gazette

Your marriage on the rocks but still willing to give it one more try? ... then a post-nup is just what the Doctor ordered

Having a divorce wobble? Try a reconciliation contract - the new pre-nup

How real openness turned Kingsley Napley into London’s ‘best law firm to work for’

Brexit’s impact on family justice

Kingsley Napley wins gold for 'Female Leadership in Professional Services'

PRESS RELEASE: Kingsley Napley receives double honours in Citywealth’s Power Women Awards

Three-parent families may be as good as two, judges rule

Everything you need to know before getting a divorce - Jane Keir quoted in Good Housekeeping

Have I lost out in my divorce settlement? Unexpected expenses were added to my share of the family home - Jane Keir writes for Moneywise

Jane Keir named in Spear's Indices 2019 listing for Top Recommended Family Lawyers

Divorce Day - Jane Keir comments in Mail on Sunday’s This is Money section about ways to reduce the costs of a marriage break-up

UK targets overseas territories transparency - Jane Keir quoted in Financier Worldwide Magazine

Jane Keir ranked in Citywealth's top 10 Family & Matrimonial Lawyers

New rules on property disclosure are hot topic for divorce lawyers

“But who drives the tractor?” – Jane Keir in BDLN on why sexism is alive and well in professional services and how to tackle it

The surprising new way to save your marriage: discuss divorce terms — while you're still together

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Blogs

Surrogacy wars – where does the balance lie?

10 things you need to know about farming divorce

The importance of mentoring and supportive leadership

Playing catch up – legal issues arising from the go-ahead for mitochondrial transfers?

Could a modern redefinition of marriage be the key to divorce reform?

The great depositions debate

Pre-nups and second look States - not so different after all?

Courts must not rip up precedent on pre-nups

‘It takes a lot to persuade a judge to send someone to jail’ – an expert opinion on the Al Zawawi divorce

Pensions on divorce – mind the gap!

What happens if a pension sharing order is not passed on after divorce?

Less hide, more seek - divorce and financial transparency

Reflections on The Split – Episode 2: Heads, hearts and prenups

English Court of Appeal follows US case example in deciding earning capacity is not a matrimonial asset to be shared

Brexit: A racing uncertainty

Got the new year relationship blues? Try a reconciliation contract

Reconciliation Contracts – an alternative to divorce?

Brexit report on justice for families, individuals and businesses – the family law challenges ahead

Brexit & Article 50 - triggering history

IWD: Don't forget the chaps today…

Delay in making a decree absolute — an exception rather than the rule

The Children Act 25 years on - and why the laws on cohabiting couples need reform

Farming divorces – any closer to equality?

Preventing parental child abduction - International Travel Child Consent Agreement

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+44 020 7814 1273

jkeir@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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