Considering Divorce or Separation

"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

The breakdown of a marriage and subsequent decision to divorce is stressful and will affect people in different ways.  Our experienced family lawyers provide sympathetic advice and will guide and support you through the legal and practical considerations of a divorce. We will listen and discuss the options open to you, working alongside you to minimise the distress the end of a relationship can bring.  

We work with clients from all walks of life.  Many of our clients facing divorce (or their spouses) have international connections, are high net worth individuals or are professionals. 

Our experienced team understand the fundamental importance of  thinking about the children in a divorce.

We have considerable experience representing clients throughout a divorce until a final decision is made by the court; but we are equally comfortable assisting clients ‘behind the scenes’, whether they are seeking to agree matters directly with their former partner or representing themselves in court.

We have equal expertise in litigation and in non-court methods of resolving a divorce, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.  We will spend time understanding your goals and priorities so that we can achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

We tailor our approach to you and your priorities and we will make sure you are fully supported both through the process and after it. During the divorce, we regularly work with mediators, counsellors, family therapists and other medical professionals. We make sure our clients are fully supported once the divorce is finalised, with help from trusted financial advisors and counsellors.

We will advise you on all aspects of your divorce, including:


"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

"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


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.

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


"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

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


"Rolls-Royce service and particularly good when there's a European element to the case"

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

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"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


Divorce Process

On the breakdown of a marriage we will advise you through the divorce process, financial arrangements and with any issues relating to your children.

Divorce involving Personality Disorders and Addiction

We are uniquely placed to understand and engage with the impact of addiction and mental health issues on relationships.


Although your relationship may have broken down, divorce is not the only option. While for the majority of couples a divorce is the sensible way to formalise their separation, many decide not to divorce immediately or at all.

British Expat Divorce in the UAE

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

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.

Financial Arrangements on Divorce

A number of factors are taken into account when considering financial arrangements on divorce. Our lawyers are experts in advising on and negotiating financial settlements for our clients.

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.

International Divorce

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments and are recognised leaders in international family law.

International Surrogacy Guide - Frequently Asked Questions

We have set out a number of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to commonly experienced international surrogacy arrangements.

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.

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Kingsley Napley hosts close-to-call debate about whether family justice can be served through remote hearings

Out of court - Jane Keir shares her views on remote justice in Spear's Magazine

Valuing your business for divorce proceedings during the uncertainty of COVID - Connie Atkinson writes for Business Matters

Lawyer in the news - Jane Keir featured in The Law Society Gazette

When solicitors divorce - Connie Atkinson writes for The Law Society Gazette

Everything you need to know before getting a divorce - Jane Keir quoted in Good Housekeeping

Have I lost out in my divorce settlement? Unexpected expenses were added to my share of the family home - Jane Keir writes for Moneywise

General Election: Brexit relief will be short lived, warn City firms - Stacey Nevin comments in Law Society Gazette

Charlotte Bradley and Stacey Nevin write for International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2020

Jane Keir named in Spear's Indices 2019 listing for Top Recommended Family Lawyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rachel Freeman joins Kingsley Napley's family & divorce team

Brexit’s impact on family justice

Charlotte Bradley writes for International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2017

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

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

The good divorce guide: 12 questions all women should ask

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

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

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What to do when wider family members are drawn into the divorce process

Convergent Divergence: When bankruptcy and the family courts collide

White v White: 20 years on from seminal farming divorce case

Claiming for maintenance in England when divorcing elsewhere in the EU: Will Brexit close the Villiers loophole?

Co-parenting during COVID-19 – what if we cannot agree on our child returning to school or nursery?

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Navigating a high conflict divorce

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The melting pot of a divorce, a pandemic and an uncertain housing market

Coronavirus and fluctuating pension values – will it affect my divorce settlement?

Loosening lockdown: practical points for separating couples

The impact of the coronavirus crisis on business valuations in divorce settlements

Ways of protecting family wealth on divorce

Compensation claims on divorce - when the clocks can’t be turned back to recover loss of future earning potential

Unprecedented times – but unprecedented enough to launch a Barder application?

Moving abroad or returning home with children and the risks of child abduction during the coronavirus crisis

Am I stuck with my divorce settlement after coronavirus?

The juggling act of a single mother, home school teacher and head of a family team during the coronavirus crisis

Resolving family disputes through mediation, arbitration and private FDRs during the coronavirus crisis

Navigating relationships through the coronavirus crisis

COVID-19: overcoming the challenges of co-parenting for separated and divorced parents

COVID-19 and self-isolation: what to do when the danger is at home

Reflections on The Split – S2, E6: …and that’s a wrap

Reflections on The Split – S2, E5: Sex tapes, bugging and workplace relationships

Reflections on The Split – S2, E4: Child arrangements, adoption and a potential sex tape scandal

Reflections on The Split - S2, E1: The Defoes are back – affairs, prenups and pregnancies

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020: How to support your child through divorce

How to enforce a prenuptial agreement

The advantages of mediation in resolving family disputes

The disclosure of law firm partnership capital and income in divorce proceedings

The ripple effect: the family law consequences of allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace

Cryptoassets and divorcing a ‘Cryptoqueen’: Part l - Identification, valuation and preservation

Brexit and family law – what will happen to divorce, financial proceedings, prenups and cases involving children?

The financial consequences of relying on sole domicile in your divorce petition

Sex addiction and divorce

The great depositions debate

Using arbitration to settle family disputes – less Hollywood, more privacy

Why “where” matters – jurisdiction considerations for international divorces

The Indian “joint family” and the challenges of protecting family wealth on divorce

Co-parenting with my ex - how do I do it?

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – what it means and where it is at now

Controlling and coercive behaviour - “This isn’t what love should feel like”

Spousal maintenance: A system of Russian roulette?

Practical tips and legal issues to consider when separating from your spouse or partner

When a 'love affair' is not enough

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

Brexit and the race to divorce courts

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