Financial Arrangements

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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 2017, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Our lawyers are highly regarded for their ability to give practical and clear advice on the financial implications of relationship breakdown or at the start of the relationship where a pre-marital or cohabitation agreement is being considered.  We have many years’ trusted experience of supporting our clients through complex financial disputes, putting our clients’ interests first and working hard to secure the best outcome. Our lawyers are recognised by the legal directories as leaders in their field.

The majority of divorces and separations involve consideration of the family's financial arrangements (including the family home, division of pensions, payment of maintenance and family owned businesses).

We work with clients from all walks of life.  We represent clients (or their partners) facing relationship breakdown who are successful entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals or professionals. Many of our clients have an international connection; they come from other countries and have assets, businesses or income abroad. If you have international connections, we can quickly arrange advice on the impact of the laws of other countries.

We also assist clients who seek advice prior to marriage or cohabitation who wish to male financial arrangements to protect them in case of a future separation.

If you believe your spouse or partner has disposed (or intends to dispose) of assets without your agreement, we can make emergency applications to a court to protect your position, whether those assets have been disposed of in this country or abroad. We can also assist if there is an order against you preventing you from disposing of your assets.

Our legal advice will be given hand in hand with the tax expertise of our Private Client team and, if necessary, we will call upon the services of trusted accountants, financial and pensions advisers.

We have equal expertise in litigation and in non-court methods of resolving a financial dispute, 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.

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WHAT IS SAID ABOUT US

"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"

Client

"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"

Client

"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

Services

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.

The Court Process

Court proceedings are not always more expensive than alternatives to litigation. We consider carefully the financial impact of starting court proceedings and how, in the long term, your interests are best served.

Reviewing a Financial Settlement after Divorce

After a divorce, there may be circumstances in which it is appropriate to revisit the terms of the financial settlement. We can review your settlement in light of the circumstances and advise you on whether changing or challenging the court order may be possible.

Trusts and Divorce

We have a wealth of experience dealing with complex trust structures in the context of divorce proceedings, which can present a number of difficulties that may involve questions of enforcement, trustee cooperation or the involvement of other beneficiaries.

Interveners and Third Party Claims on Divorce

When couples divide assets as part of financial proceedings on divorce, others may lay a claim to or have a vested interest in parts of these assets. If one of the parties challenges that interest, then the third party may be required to intervene in the proceedings. It is essential that the correct strategy is adopted from the outset in these cases, which is something our team prides itself on getting absolutely right.

Financial Provision for Children

Our team of family lawyers has a longstanding reputation in advising unmarried parents on financial claims on behalf of children under the provisions of Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.

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.

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are increasingly being upheld by the Courts and it is essential that you sign up expecting to be bound by it. If you are being asked to sign an agreement, you will need to understand the rights you are giving up by entering into it.

Postnuptial Agreements

Many couples also choose to have a postnuptial agreement when they are relocating to the UK and at least one out of the couple want to protect their assets in the event of a future English divorce. We regularly advise clients in relation to postnuptial agreements, whether freestanding or following a prenuptial agreement or foreign marriage contract.

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News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blogs

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

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My financial circumstances have changed since COVID-19 – can I vary the spousal maintenance I pay?

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

Am I stuck with my divorce settlement after coronavirus?

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

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

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

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

The great depositions debate

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

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

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

Spousal maintenance: A system of Russian roulette?

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

Pre-nups and second look States - not so different after all?

Preserving family wealth with a prenuptial agreement: how best to protect farming assets on a divorce

Pensions, divorce and the impact of Brexit

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

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!

Property prices and divorce in the shadow of Brexit

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

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

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 3: Behaving badly

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

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

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

Show me the money – key differences between French and English financial order applications in divorce proceedings

Divorce in the digital age - poacher or gamekeeper?

Maintenance pending suit and interim maintenance - where divorce meets poker

Adultery, blame and divorce - the end is nigh?

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