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.

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"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, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

We are recognised nationally and internationally as one of the best teams of family lawyers 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.

"A ‘stellar firm with well-regarded partners and associates alike. It is known for being very experienced in both finance and children cases. The firm as a whole provides a Rolls Royce service’. It has particular expertise in cases with an international/jurisdictional element"

Legal 500 UK 2019

""proper all-round service", "they are really good solicitors and engage with clients on a human level." "They are a team who are genuinely committed to their clients and really care about delivering justice for them""

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

"They are just a really nice firm, and do a very good job and have very good clients. They are good at cross-over complexity. It probably helps that they have lots of departments that deal with those areas and a criminal team. They are really good solicitors and good to work with, they engage on a human level and clients like them as a result. It's a proper all-round service."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018


"Provides expertise in international work, particularly in relation to child abduction, surrogacy and maintenance. Frequently involved in cases spanning Europe, the Middle East and America. Strong reputation for engaging in cases with concurrent criminal proceedings, aided by in-house strength in criminal law."

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

"I think they are excellent if cases involve an international element," says a source; "very efficient, provide comprehensive advice – sensible lawyers and a trusted set of hands."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"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


Contact our family lawyers

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.

Pensions and Divorce

Pensions are often the most valuable but also the most complicated asset to value and access during divorce proceedings. Our team of family and divorce lawyers has a wealth of experience dealing with pensions on divorce.

Reconciliation Contracts

A reconciliation contract is a form of post-nuptial agreement which can allow couples to put their marriage back on track whilst at the same time prescribing in advance the terms of a split if the reconciliation fails.

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.

Family and Divorce Insights

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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

How to have a happy divorce according to the UK’s top lawyers – Connie Atkinson shares her advice in The Sunday Times

Waggott 'meal ticket' appeal leaves lawyers waiting for maintenance guidance - Charlotte Bradley comments in Law Society Gazette

Wives are the losers as Brexit derails the Eurostar divorce dash - Stacey Nevin quoted in The Times

Government releases plans for family law in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit - Stacey Nevin comments in Family Law

Charlotte Bradley and Stacey Nevin write for International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2019

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

Managing divorce in the shadow of criminal proceedings - Alexandra Bishop and Nick Dent write for The Review

Even Hollywood wives feel aggrieved about child support

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

Wife loses fight for right to divorce

Stacey Nevin comments on landmark Supreme Court judgment

Lawyer in the news: Connie Atkinson featured in Law Society Gazette

New rules on property disclosure are hot topic for divorce lawyers

Court ruling deals another blow to "meal ticket for life" - Charlotte Bradley writes for WealthBriefing

Russell Crowe’s divorce auction shows why ‘stuff’ matters - Michael Rowlands writes for Spear's

'Does my boyfriend have rights to remain in my house?' - Sital Fontenelle quoted in The Telegraph

Sital Fontenelle joins Kingsley Napley's Family & Divorce team

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

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

Rachel Freeman joins Kingsley Napley's family & divorce team

Brexit’s impact on family justice

Charlotte Bradley and Claire Wood write for International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2017

Local family lawyers travel to Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

What should EU nationals do to safeguard rights to stay in the UK?

Kingsley Napley wins Family Law Legal Team Award at WealthBriefing European Awards

The good divorce guide: 12 questions all women should ask

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: December 2015

Kingsley Napley receives honours in eprivateclient’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ lists

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up

Along with your passport, pack a prenup

Family Law: Prenuptial agreements - the implications of gender

The Times: Are we ready for Children and Families Bill?

It’s an asset – just not a marital one!

Husbands Behaving Badly: No Place to Hide

International Surrogacy - Behind the Media Hype

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

Chris McIntosh comments on new statistics about Civil Partnership dissolutions

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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, divorce and the impact of Brexit

Using a formula for spousal maintenance - does it add up?

Dubai: The enforcement of orders made in family proceedings and the role of Interpol

Brexit and the race to divorce courts

Going your own way – top tips for limiting emotional and financial costs when divorcing

Pensions on divorce – mind the gap!

A positive start to the New Year: Remedial Order permitting single applicants to apply for Parental Orders now in force

Property prices and divorce in the shadow of Brexit

Good Divorce Week: top tips for achieving a ‘good’ divorce (and yes, it is possible…)

Divorce in England and Dubai: quick, quick, slow?

Pressing pause on parenthood – when relationship breakdown affects consent to storage and use of embryos

Islamic marriages – are you really married under English law?

Divorce by job description or love actually?

The criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour: avoiding the potential pitfalls in family proceedings

Pressing pause on parenthood – the importance of understanding the facts about egg and embryo freezing

Alternative Dispute Resolution for disagreements over children: if it's good enough for Brangelina...

Parenting under immigration and family law - Sole responsibility is outdated and at odds with the Children Act

Owens v Owens: a blow for ‘no fault’ divorce

A partial victory for paying spouses, but maintenance for life lives on

International families and the price of child relocation without consent

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

Reflections on The Split - Episode 6 – The grand finale…

Reflections on The Split – Episode 5: Affairs, betrayals and the personal nature of divorce

Less hide, more seek - divorce and financial transparency

Reflections on The Split – Episode 4: Privacy and the Family Courts

The call for Equal Civil Partnerships - are we almost there?

Surrogacy and Parental Orders for single parents - the ‘non-urgent’ road to change

Surrogacy and Parental Orders – how far does the interpretation of “enduring family relationship” extend?

Reflections on The Split – Episode 3: Behaving badly

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

Reflections on The Split - Episode 1

Divorce and maintenance orders: Waggott v Waggott signals the end of ‘a meal ticket for life’

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

Russell Crowe and the divorce auction - stuff matters

Domestic abuse and controlling & coercive behaviour in an intimate or familial relationship

International surrogacy - the legal challenges for US nationals bringing a surrogate child to the UK

Skin In The Game – how to get a divorce lawyer invested in you and your case

Top tips for “silver splitters" and those remarrying in later years

How to save money on divorce and build your best case

Divorce – how narcissists are tackled by the Family Courts in England and Dubai

US expats in the UK: The price of divorce has just increased

Coercive control and its effect on family court cases

Divorce - no laughing matter

Dubai divorce settlements - how to spend it

First cases of mitochondrial donation therapy in the UK and why the “three-parent baby” headlines are misleading

Parental alienation and intractable contact disputes – when all seems lost

De qui est-ce la faute ? Un point de vue français sur le divorce par consentement mutuel et sur le divorce sans faute

Controlling and Coercive Behaviour: Family and Criminal Proceedings update

Got the new year relationship blues? Try a reconciliation contract

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