International families

Our expert team of lawyers can help you plan for and protect all of your interests and affairs as you and your family are on the move.

Find out how we can help

"Great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases"

Chambers HNW, A Guide to the World's Leading High Net Worth Advisors

London continues to be the destination of choice for international entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and their families. We have been assisting clients with international roots since the firm’s inception in 1937 and we are very used to working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and provide a collaborative and personal service. 

Our clients often have complicated family or financial arrangements and may have married a partner of a different nationality, have chosen to work abroad, have investments or assets overseas. Some of our clients are just planning their move to the UK but many moved here several years ago and are looking to obtain British citizenship or organise their affairs to protect their and their families future.

From organising your entry or investor visa to finding a property to invest or live in;  succession, tax and estate planning; starting a new business venture or employment; dealing with a family breakdown; managing disputes and reputation; and dealing with the police and other sensitive issues - our expert team of lawyers can help you plan, protect and defend all your and your family's affairs as you are on the move. 

We work closely with other UK and internationally based professional advisors to international families, high net worth individuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and their families, providing you with a full service and meeting your needs during your journey to and whilst living in the UK.


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

Chambers HNW, A Guide to the World's Leading High Net Worth Advisors

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

Chambers HNW, A Guide to the World's Leading High Net Worth Advisors


The links below will provide further information on services we offer that may be relevant to international families.  

If you would like further information, or to speak to one of our specialist lawyers, please contact a member of our international families team.


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.

Bringing Your Family to the UK

Advising families moving to the UK and those bringing children or other dependant relatives, as well as on international adoption and surrogacy.

British Expat Divorce in the UAE

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

European Citizens and Their Families

As experts in EU free movement law we help European citizens secure their right to stay in the UK, including under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Family Tax and Structuring Advice

We understand that individuals do not live in isolation and that any structure or tax advice must be appropriate for their whole family.


Our specialist team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for over 20 years.

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.

International Personal Tax, Wealth and Philanthropic Structuring

Our clients and their families are located throughout the world. We provide clear and strategic UK tax structuring and reporting advice.

Moving to the UK

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

Moving to the UK - Pre-Immigration Tax Advice

As an internationally recognised law firm based in London, we are well placed to provide essential planning advice to individuals moving to the UK.

Obtaining British Citizenship and Staying Permanently

Whether you are looking to naturalise, or register as a British citizen, we can provide you with detailed advice and guidance.

Residential Real Estate

We advise high net worth individuals and celebrities on a wide range of residential property issues, including borrowing and lease extensions.

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.

International Families Insights

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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

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

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

The great depositions debate

Why “where” matters – jurisdiction considerations for international divorces

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

When a 'love affair' is not enough

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

International surrogacy – deadline approaching for single applicants to apply for a parental order

No deal Brexit: what this would mean for extradition?

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

Islamic marriages – are you really married under English law?

American taxpayers and their family home in the UK

International families and the price of child relocation without consent

Less hide, more seek - divorce and financial transparency

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

Will Windrush help reset attitudes to immigration?

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

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

UK Immigration Authorities complete a ‘180’ on absences from the UK

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

Dubai divorce settlements - how to spend it

Expat divorce in Dubai – the challenges of child relocation and navigating UAE residency visa options

Digital Wills in Dubai

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

Death, Dubai and registering Wills in English through the DIFC

Banks required to carry out 70 million immigration checks every quarter

Donald Trump divorce – real or fake news when valuing a family business on divorce?

Reconciliation Contracts – an alternative to divorce?

Brexit and cross-border divorces: Judicial co-operation and the special partnership

Brexit and relocating with children overseas – mind the immigration and family law gaps

Parenthood and surrogacy developments in France

Anglo French prenuptial agreements – the myths of cross channel protection and the global prenup?

Brexit - Divorced but still family

Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt – Five things to think about before agreeing to work abroad

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

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

Brexit – Trust is hard earned and easily lost for EU citizens in the UK

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

Brexit and European mobility from the Italian angle

Brexit & Article 50 - triggering history

Will EU nationals have a human right to continue to reside in the UK after Brexit?

Immigration update - How will triggering Article 50 impact employers of EU nationals?

What is behind the so called “tit-for-tat” EU and US visa spat?

Legal and practical perspectives on Brexit - a view from Republic of Ireland

Brexit: home & away

Brexit White Paper – will workers’ rights be protected?

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” - the Government reveals further details about Brexit

The Brexit ruling - did the Supreme Court get it right?

The Brexit ruling - summary of the decision of the majority

Brexit - what French nationals in the UK need to know

The Supreme Court hands down judgment in the Brexit litigation – an Act of Parliament is required to invoke Article 50

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