Family & divorce issues

This firm is among the best known names in family law.  Sources remark 'when you instruct Farrers, you are buying a platinum-edged experience'.

Chambers UK

We advise on all aspects of family law and are market leaders, as is reflected by our legal directory rankings, industry awards and strong track record.  Our clients benefit from advice that is based on years of experience, in-depth understanding, up to the minute knowledge and discretion. 

The consequences of the breakdown of a relationship are often highly emotive and require a special set of skills, both professional and personal. 

Our specialist group features some of the best legal talent in the country and advises wealthy individuals on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown (which can involve complicated tax and trusts issues) and complex children cases, including international relocation.

No matter what your requirements, every client is assigned a dedicated partner as a main point of contact, who will gather a bespoke team of specialists to cover every aspect of your case drawing on the support of our tax, corporate and contentious trust teams where appropriate.  From the very beginning, we will keep you informed of all developments giving you clear advice while taking a practical route to achieve an appropriate outcome.

Reported cases

  • 17 March 2016
    BD v FD [2016] EWHC (Fam) 595
    A case involving very substantial assets, largely inherited, and consideration of how the other spouse’s needs should be assessed. The court also considered the consequence of profligate spending by one spouse in the period leading up to the trial.
  • 02 March 2016
    T v R (Maintenance After Remarriage: Agreement) [2016] EWFC 26
    A case concerning the variation of a Maintenance Agreement under s35 of the Matrimonial Causes Act.
  • 03 February 2016
    Re B (A Child) (Habitual Residence: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2016] UKSC 4
    A landmark Supreme Court decision regarding the habitual residence of children.
  • 30 September 2015
    C v C [2015] EWHC 2795
    A significant decision regarding the use of freezing orders.
  • 18 September 2015
    Mackay v Mackay [2015] EWHC 2860
    A High Court judge recused himself from hearing a dispute over a final consent order for financial provision when it transpired that he and the husband had a friend in common.
  • 08 July 2015
    KG v LG (No 2) [2015] EWFC 64
    A former wife’s successful application for an appeal where her former husband was guilty of non-disclosure at the time of the divorce regarding his interest in two trusts.
  • 07 July 2015
    Prest v Prest [2015] EWCA Civ 674
    The Court of Appeal dismissed the husband’s appeal against a judgment summons imposing a suspended sentence of four weeks imprisonment as a result of his failure to pay the wife the sums ordered by the court.
  • 24 April 2015
    G v G [2015] EWHC 1512 (Fam)
    Application by a former wife in financial remedy proceedings seeking orders preventing her former husband’s legal team (leading and junior counsel, and solicitors) from continuing to act for him at a forthcoming hearing and redaction of his evidence.
  • 03 October 2014
    BD v FD [2014] EWHC 4443 (Fam)
    The wife made an application for maintenance pending suit at a level that substantially exceeded the marital standard of living. An order was made in the sum proposed by the husband, our client.
  • 27 June 2014
    Y v Y (Financial Remedy: Marriage Contract) [2014] EWHC 2920
    A case concerning the impact of a French marriage contract on the division of assets upon an English divorce.
  • 09 September 2013
    Re A (Children) [2013] UKSC 60
    The Supreme Court allowed a mother’s appeal and held that the English Court had jurisdiction to order the return of a child from Pakistan, who had never lived or even been to the United Kingdom, on the basis that he had British nationality.
  • 01 July 2013
    Re A (Children) (2013), Supreme Court
  • 12 June 2013
    Prest v Petrodel [2013] UKSC 34
    A case of major importance in family and corporate law, involving the doctrine of piercing corporate veils.
  • 12 June 2013
    Prest v Petrodel [2013] UKSC 34
    A decision of huge significance both to family law and company law. The Supreme Court left the corporate veil intact, but used trust principles to find that husband was the beneficial owner of various properties, which the court could then order him to transfer to the wife.
  • 02 May 2012
    Kim v Morris [2012] EWHC 1103
    A decree nisi, made in 2006 and followed by over four years of reconciliation and cohabitation, could not be made absolute.
  • 27 June 2012
    Y v Y [2012] EWHC 2063
    An important divorce case, involving a landed estate and inherited assets.
  • 24 May 2011
    Whaley v Whaley [2011] EWCA Civ 617
    A Court of Appeal case successfully defeating a husband's appeal against an order in the High Court that trust assets were resources available to the husband.
  • 27 October 2010
    Robson v Robson [2010] EWCA Civ 1171
    This important case establishes principles on how cases with significant inherited wealth should be approached.
  • 20 October 2010
    Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42
    This hugely significant Supreme Court case established the current law in relation to pre-nuptial agreements. The Supreme Court determined that the court should give effect to a nuptial agreement that is freely entered into by each party with a full appreciation of its implications unless in the circumstances prevailing it would not be fair to hold the parties to their agreement. This gave pre-nuptial agreements more weight than ever before in England and Wales.
  • 23 June 2010
    M v V [2010] EWHC 1453
    We acted for the father in connection with a mother’s application for financial relief in relation to a child, in circumstances where the parties had already reached an agreement in France regarding financial arrangements for the child and successfully persuaded the court that the English court therefore had no jurisdiction.
  • 15 May 2010
    U v U [2010] EWHC 1179
    We acted for the father who was seeking the return of his children to Nigeria following the mother’s unlawful removal of them from Nigeria to England. The High Court ordered that the children be returned.

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