"A champion for the client – he will relentlessly pursue the best possible result for his client"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Michael joined Kingsley Napley in August 2010 as a partner in family law, specialising in family law, including children, money and nuptial agreements.

With nearly 30 years of experience, he is renowned for his exceptional client care skills and results, looking after the difficult situations. He is also a collaborative lawyer.

Michael specialises in complex families where wealth is often intergenerational and multijurisdictional.  Michael has been involved in leading cases on trusts and offshore wealth and works with families planning marriage and international relocation, particularly between America, the UAE and offshore tax jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, Michael qualified in 1986 at Stitt and Co (Temple). He joined Kingsley Napley in 2010 from Cripps Harries Hall where he was Head of Family Law for 13 years. 

Michael is recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers UK and has been included as a "prominent figure" in the Citywealth Leaders List for a number of years and he is listed in the 2016 Spear's Top 50 Family Lawyers' index.

What clients and the directories have said

"Sharpest of brains and works tirelessly for his clients"

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

"Relentlessly pursues the best possible outcome for his clients."

Legal 500 UK

"I consider Michael Rowlands one of the top family lawyers in London. He is technically brilliant, with a phenomenal intellect built up over many years. He is adored by clients for his approachable rapport and is phenomenally committed to achieving the best terms for each client. He has all the qualities and attributes you would want from a family lawyer"

Citywealth Leaderslist 2017

"[Michael Rowlands] is an exceptional man and my first point of contact for any family law matter. I greatly admire how he takes a client carefully and gently through the difficult process of matrimonial dispute, and I trust him."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2016 

"Michael has exceptional standing in the market. He is a class operator who always goes the extra mile with clients. He has a particular expertise in middle eastern cases where he has forged strong connections as well as in the New York US market. He is equally able handling children disputes as he is family trusts and companies. He is an all round performer and his clients hold him in high regard."

Citywealth Leaders List, 2016

"Patience, great kindness, understanding and communication; and also very personable, with a dose of good humour at a difficult time for me"

A client

""very smooth and calm" in heated situations. He acts for high net worth clients in divorce proceedings"

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

"He has a heavyweight ancillary relief practice, and is ‘steely’"

Legal 500 UK

"A class act with good judgement"

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

"a great champion of his clients"

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

"Michael has huge experience acting for the wealthy and their spouses. He is a brave and persistent fighter for his clients and this he connect this to very sound judgment. His client care skills are exceptional"

Citywealth Leaders List

"'famously fights his client's corner to the final bell'"

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

"Clients sing his praises because he gets results: 'When things got really tough, he made me feel everything was going to be OK ... and it was!'"

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

 

Recent reported cases

  • Re: B [2015] EWCA Civ 1302
  • BJ v MJ (Financial Remedy: Overseas Trusts) [2011] EWHC 2708 (Fam)
  • P v P [2010] 1 FLR 1126
  • P v P (Financial Relief: Procedure) [2009] 1 FLR 696
  • Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky [2009] EWCO6791 

 

Professional societies and memberships

 

Publications, talks, interviews and articles

 

"One of the top family lawyers in London"

Citywealth Leaderslist 2017

"He is an incredible champion for the client. He won't pull any punches and won't leave a stone unturned in making sure that his client gets a good deal."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

"Sources say he is 'absolutely superb: he has the ability to relate to his clients and to achieve their goals in a practical way.'"

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

"Michael has exceptional standing in the market. He is a class operator who always goes the extra mile with clients. He has a particular expertise in middle eastern cases where he has forged strong connections as well as in the New York US market. He is equally able handling children disputes as he is family trusts and companies. He is an all round performer and his clients hold him in high regard"

Citywealth Leaders List, 2016

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mrowlands@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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