Family and Divorce

The beginning and end to a family relationship brings emotional and financial challenges. We are compassionate and creative in our approach. We listen and provide a clear strategy to achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

Find out how we can help

"One of the best family departments in London. The firm as a whole provides a "Rolls-Royce" service, with particular expertise in cases with an international/multi-jurisdictional element"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

We are recognised nationally and internationally as one of the best family law teams in the country for our expertise in both finance and cases relating to children.

We assist clients from all walks of life and at all stages, whether at the beginning of a relationship and planning a future (for example before a wedding or when relocating to the UK) or at the end of a relationship. Many of our clients or their spouses have international connections, are high net worth individuals or professionals, and may have a public profile.

We will work with you in ways that best suit your needs. That may involve us guiding and advising in the background or representing you and fighting your corner in the courts. Regardless of how you want to use our services, we’ll support you and put you and your family’s interests first.

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

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


"Well-balanced practice with a strong offering on both the high-value financial remedy and sensitive children sides of private family law"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

"They made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Their professionalism kept me sane and focused on the outcome I needed"


"All have been excellent and have shown great diligence and practicality, along with sensitivity during a very difficult time in my life"


"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

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

"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases."

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

"I always think of them as having a Rolls-Royce service but they are particularly good when there's a European element to the case."

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

"Very strong litigation practice, with some of the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow"

Legal 500 UK

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK


If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.


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.

Financial Arrangements

The majority of divorces and separations involve consideration of the family's financial arrangements. Our lawyers are highly regarded for their ability to give practical and clear advice on the financial implications of relationship breakdown.

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.

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.

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.

Cohabitants and Unmarried Families

The impact of separation on the ownership of property and other assets is a complex area of law. Our family and property litigation lawyers are highly experienced in relation to property disputes between unmarried couples.

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.

Getting Married

Couples marrying or entering a civil partnership often don’t consider how their legal obligations will change. We can prepare agreements to provide them with certainty about their financial rights and obligations if the relationship should break down.

Moving in with Your Partner

More couples than ever are living together before marriage or choosing not to marry at all. We have experience in advising clients on the agreements they enter into before they live together.

Using a Surrogate

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

Domestic Abuse and Harassment

We are experienced in dealing with matters of harassment and domestic abuse arising in the context of a family dispute and can bring in support from colleagues in our criminal team if needed.

Working with You and Other Professionals

We will work with you in ways that best suit your needs. That may involve us guiding and advising you in the background or representing you and fighting your corner in the courts. If required, we will call on additional support from other trusted professionals

Farming and Divorce

Farming divorces are unique, fact specific and often involve highly charged emotions - and it is essential that the correct strategy is adopted from the outset. We have considerable experience of farming divorces and the difficulties these cases can present.

Anglo French Specialist Family Law Service

We provide specialist bilingual family expertise to separating couples and Anglo-French families with disputes relating to finance, children or both.

British Expat Divorce in the UAE

Family law services for British expats living and working in Dubai and the UAE

Moving to the UK

Making your home in another country can be complicated. We’ll help simplify the process.

Reputation and Media

Protecting our clients’ reputation and maintaining control when they are the subject of media scrutiny is what we do.

Kingsley Napley Anglo French Services

As part of our growing international services we offer support to Anglo French nationals and families living in the UK and British expats living in France.

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Present and future laws on prenuptial agreements – will they or won’t they stand up in court?

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

Practical tips on varying spousal maintenance – does life mean life?

No fault divorce – taking the blame out of divorce to reduce conflict and litigation

A call to arms for equal civil partnerships following Court of Appeal decision

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

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

Parenting and separation – the challenges of parental alienation and what to do about it

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

Mediating megastars – keeping it private and solution focused

Divorce in England and the UAE – the uncertainty of two discretionary divorce jurisdictions

Divorce and summertime blues in the UAE

Options in the English courts for ‘illegitimate’ children living in the UAE

What happens to a divorce settlement if a spouse dies during or after divorce proceedings?

The Child Arbitration Scheme – resolving family disputes about children outside of court

The case of Re Z: the pitfalls of informal surrogacy arrangements and the importance of transparency and trust

How can divorce and separation affect your relationship with HMRC?

Global and modern families not bound by borders – themes from the Culture, Dispute Resolution & the Modernised Family conference

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Divorce in France or in England – who plays the blame game?

Divorce in the digital age - avoiding the pitfalls of social media

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UK surrogacy law - are we finally on the road to reform?

Moving counties or countries with children after separation - where to now?

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

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The opportunities and pitfalls of surrogacy for same sex couples

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