Sital Fontenelle

Partner

Family and Divorce

"an absolutely standout practitioner" who is "off the scale superb in terms of intelligence, attention to detail and commitment to her clients"

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

"Sital was fighting on my side with all her mind and heart. I never felt alone. Sital is one of a kind, I cannot recommend her highly enough!"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

Sital is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s family team, where she specialises in complex financial matters within a divorce, including international jurisdictional cases, negotiating and drafting  pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as every aspect of private children law cases. 

Sital’s areas of practice include all aspects of private family work, with particular expertise in financial remedy proceedings often involving an international dimension. Sital has extensive experience in complex cases involving off-shore trusts, family businesses, tracing assets and inherited wealth. 

Sital is an active member of the Resolution Cohabitation committee and has considerable experience in dealing with claims arising for cohabiting couples and their children. 

Sital is also highly experienced in all private children matters including applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction, change of school and child arrangements generally. 

Sital is known for her tactical approach and likes to push boundaries to find a solution for her clients when they are dealing with a difficult time in their life. She provides constructive and pragmatic advice to achieve her client's goals and strives to obtain a positive result for all concerned. 
 
Sital is recognised as a leader in her field in the legal directories, including Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019, Legal 500 UK 2019 and Chambers UK 2019.  Sital was nominated for "Associate of the Year" at the Jordan's Law Awards in 2012.

""She's absolutely committed to family law," according to peers, and focuses her practice on complex financial matters within a divorce. "She's someone you can just breathe easily with," remarks a professional adviser who works closely with Fontenelle, adding: "You know that everything's going to be taken care of and she's going to have a hawk eye on every single aspect of the case.""

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

"First-class" "highly intelligent, absolutely thorough in her work and utterly dedicated to the cause"

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

What clients and directories say

"Sital draws praise from market sources as "an absolutely standout practitioner" who is "off the scale superb in terms of intelligence, attention to detail and commitment to her clients." She frequently acts on financial disputes arising from relationship dissolution as part of her matrimonial practice."

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

"Sital’s approach is highly intelligent and constructive, laced with plenty of common sense and compassion. From a client’s perspective, she is hugely supportive, getting to the heart of the issue quickly, clearly setting out next steps and focussing on best outcomes whilst ensuring that expectations are appropriately managed. Ultimately she gets the right result for her client."

A Client of Sital's (Banker)

Sital "deals with tricky issues sensibly and well." - Chambers UK 2018
"First-class"  "highly intelligent, absolutely thorough in her work and utterly dedicated to the cause."

Chambers UK 2017

"Incredibly hardworking." "Gets great results for her clients."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

"Sital is an absolutely first-rate, outstanding lawyer. She is highly intelligent, strategically insightful and knows her law inside out. Her instincts are superb and she is direct and robust in the advice she gives. She thinks deeply and carefully about how to achieve the best results for her clients, is calm, empathetic and really listens. She is behind every one of her clients at every step and fights their corner with unswerving commitment, often going well beyond expectations. I can’t recommend her highly enough."

Laura Rosefield, Rosefield Divorce Consultancy

"Sital's skill, empathy and direct, robust and pragmatic approach, have placed her firmly in the category of a fellow professional who I do not hesitate to recommend. She has the rare qualities of being able to be detailed without over-complicating and to be pragmatic yet effective. My clients have valued Sital's input and advice, which is clear and direct."

Alan Leslie, Chartered Financial Planner

 

Publications

  • Even Hollywood wives feel aggrieved about child support, quoted in The Sunday Times, August 2018
  • "Good practice guide in Cohabitation cases" Resolution, 2017 
  • The concept of 'Special Contributions' in financial remedy proceedings - International Bar Association Newsletter, October 2016.
  • Resolution Cohabitations Agreements - October 2016 
  • Cohabitations Claims - Contributor to the Resolution Book, April 2011
  • Speaker at the Cohabitation workshops at Resolution Conference in 2011 and 2017. 
  • Interview for LNTV, impact of Imerman v Tchenguiz and UL v BK (Freezing Orders), 2010 
  • "Shared Intentions" Article examining the case of Stack v Dowden and the impact for cohabiting couples - New Law Journal, June 2007 

 

Professional societies and memberships

  • Resolution 
  • Committee member of Cohabitation Working Party 

 

"an absolutely standout practitioner" who is "off the scale superb in terms of intelligence, attention to detail and commitment to her clients"

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

"Highly regarded"

Legal 500 UK 2019

"Sital’s approach is highly intelligent and constructive, laced with plenty of common sense and compassion. From a client’s perspective, she is hugely supportive, getting to the heart of the issue quickly, clearly setting out next steps and focussing on best outcomes whilst ensuring that expectations are appropriately managed. Ultimately she gets the right result for her client."

A Client of Sital's (Banker)

Sital "deals with tricky issues sensibly and well."

Chambers UK 2018

"Sital's skill, empathy and direct, robust and pragmatic approach, have placed her firmly in the category of a fellow professional who I do not hesitate to recommend"

Alan Leslie, Chartered Financial Planner

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