Sital Fontenelle

Partner

Family and Divorce

“Sital Fontenelle is one of the most energetic partners in family law, and her enthusiasm is infectious”

Legal 500 UK 2021

“Sital Fontenelle works hard to achieve the best results for her clients. She makes herself available 24/7. She is very dynamic, uses good judgement and is an excellent strategist”

Legal 500 UK 2021

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 2020, Legal 500 UK 2019  and Chambers UK 2020 as well as being listed in the 'Recommended' tier in the Spear's 2021 Family Law IndexShe won silver in the Woman of the Year - Future Leaders (Partner) category at the Powerwomen Awards 2020.  She was also shortlisted in 2018 for the Family Lawyer of the Year - Partner in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2018. 

"Sital is one of the most dynamic lawyers I know," says a family barrister; "she must have jumping beans for breakfast! She is full of energy. Like the rest of the team she is very realistic with her advice, which is brilliant. There is no telling the client what they would like to hear or sugar-coating it. She is very direct, but because she has such a vivacious personality she can be direct and it comes across in the most palatable way."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

"She's got it all," observes one source. "She's very technically competent, she's got the client care skills and she works phenomenally hard.""

Chambers UK 2020

"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 Fontenelle in particular stands out for her tireless pursuit of doing right not only for her clients but for her team too.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

She's extremely good technically and provides a great service to clients."

Chambers UK  2021

She is extremely dynamic; you know she is on the ball and you know she is always up to speed. She is fully committed."

Chambers UK 2021

"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

"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 "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

"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

 

Reported cases

  • X v Y (Child Arrangements Order) [2019] EWHC 2872 (Fam) - Appeal to the High Court in respect of first instance judge’s decision unilaterally to make an order that the child live with his mother. Permission to appeal granted and substantive appeal resolved at hearing.

 

Publications, press and speaking engagements

 

Professional societies/memberships and awards

 

"She has clearly amassed a wealth of experience. Her specialism is in cases that involve complex financial matters, often involving parties based abroad. Her committed approach to determining outcomes is impressive."

Chambers UK 2021

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 2019

"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)

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