Anglo French Specialist Family Law Service

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We provide a specialist family expertise to separating couples and families with Anglo-French connections. This is widely recognised as the leading service of its kind in England.

French speakers in the team include partner Claire Wood, who represents French clients and advises in Anglo-French cases, sometimes involving proceedings in more than one court. Claire and Charlotte Bradley who also has a substantial French practice, are recognised family law experts in the legal directories.

We can help you to resolve disputes regarding divorce or disputes between unmarried couples, whether there are aspects relating to finance, children or both. We also regularly advise on the preparation of prenuptial agreements involving French couples who live in, or are planning to move to, London. Our clients in our Francophone work are diverse but include many professionals from the financial sector, entrepreneurs and high profile clients from the world of media and sport.

We routinely advise in cases with important points of law or where clients have substantial assets. We are known for the unusually diverse range of cases in which we are involved. We will discuss the right strategy with you whether negotiated, or where necessary court based to secure the best outcome. We are expert at giving advice to secure the best jurisdiction.

If there is a dispute about the children when a relationship breaks down, whether or not the parents are married, the child’s country of residence at the time proceedings are issued will in most cases be where the proceedings take place.

In cases where there are English elements to the situation, we advise clients on a successful strategy for negotiation or before the English court. In situations where the children are French resident, we can refer you to a leading French family lawyer so that you are expertly guided through French proceedings.

We are frequently instructed in child relocation disputes. We give early strategic advice on the right steps to maximise your chances of successfully bringing or defending an application to relocate with children.

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

 

For more information in relation to Anglo-French cases please contact Charlotte BradleyClaire Wood, or a member of our team 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

Anglo French Prenuptial Agreements

It is important to take advice on the value of a French marriage contract here in England, as the law in England and Wales works very differently to French family law and also on how an English prenuptial agreement might apply abroad. These questions affect international couples.

Anglo French Divorce and Separation

There are important differences in the financial outcomes between English and French law (or the laws of other Francophone countries) in situations of separation or divorce. Clients often have a choice of where to bring proceedings, so seeking early advice is often of vital importance to the outcome.

Anglo French Disputes Involving Children

In cases where there are English elements to the situation, we advise clients on a successful strategy for negotiation or before the English court. In situations where the children are French resident, we can refer you to a leading French family lawyer so that any French proceedings can be handled effectively for you.

Anglo French FAQ

We have set out frequently asked questions relating to the significant differences in the outcomes between family proceedings in England and France in respect of finance and children.

Service Spécialisé En Droit De La Famille Anglo-Français

Nous assurons des prestations juridiques bilingues spécialement destinées aux couples en instance de séparation et aux personnes ayant des relations familiales franco-britanniques.

Contrats Prénuptiaux Franco-Britanniques

Le droit d'Angleterre et du pays de Galles ayant des mécanismes très différents du droit de la famille français, il est important d'obtenir des conseils sur la valeur que revêt un contrat de mariage français en Angleterre.

Divorce Et Séparations Des Couples Franco-Britanniques

Les conséquences financières sont très différentes entre le droit français (ou d'autres pays francophones) et le droit anglais en cas de séparation ou de divorce. Il revient souvent aux clients de choisir la juridiction pour leur affaire, et c'est pourquoi, en fonction du résultat recherché, il est crucial de solliciter des conseils juridiques aussi tôt que possible.

Litiges Franco-Britanniques Impliquant Des Enfants

En cas de contentieux relatif aux enfants suite à une rupture, et que les parents soient mariés ou non, le pays de résidence de l'enfant au moment où l'affaire commence est dans la majorité des cas le lieu où l'affaire sera réglée.

Questions Fréquentes

Les questions ci-dessous exposent certaines des différences les plus importantes entre l'Angleterre et la France pour les affaires de droit de la famille relatives aux finances et aux enfants.

Anglo French Specialist Family Law Service Comment

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Blogs

Divorces franco-britanniques – Faire le bon choix sur où divorcer

Anglo French divorces – making the right choice about where to divorce

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

Divorce en France ou en Angleterre : à qui la faute ?

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

The ultimate European divorce – what a Brexit vote could mean for UK and EU couples and their children

The challenges with family law agreements for international couples

Alors que l’institution du mariage est désormais accessible à tous, d’autres statuts juridiques demeurent réservés à certains types de relations seulement – une étude comparative entre l’Angleterre et la France

Marriage for all but other relationships only recognised for some – comparisons between England and France

La décision dans l’Affaire de divorce Cooper-Hohn laisse la capitale du divorce en alerte

La couverture médiatique des dossiers de divorces : les leçons à tirer de l’Affaire Cooper-Hohn

Il était une fois… Deux villes – les différences en matière de divulgation patrimoniale dans les dossiers de divorces en France et en Angleterre

A tale of two cities – the differences in financial disclosure in divorce cases whether filing in London or Paris

French marriage contracts versus English prenups – mind the gaps

The voice of the child in family courts

International divorce – do you need to divorce in the same country you were married?

Taking children abroad - for holiday and forever

Cross border pre-nuptial agreements - the great divide

Madrid - London - Edinburgh: short-haul distances but a world apart when relationships break down

Preparing for the best outcome in child relocation cases

« Intolérable Cruauté » et l’incertitude des « pre-nuptial agreements » en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles

From Paris with love – the growing influence of continental matrimonial property regimes

Filing for a "Eurostar" divorce - Paris or London?

Foreign pre-marriage contracts

The European marriage contract - a different animal to the pre-nup?

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