Caroline Holley


Caroline Holley

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  • British Legal Awards Associate of the Year Shortlist
  • Spear's Wealth Management Awards 2014 Young Turk


Trained at Farrer & Co (2004-2006); Solicitor in the Family team 2006; Partner since 2013.


University College London; Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris; Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milan; College of Law, London.


Resolution (the former Solicitors’ Family Law Association); AIJA (Association International des Jeunes Avocats); ABA (American Bar Association); UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats).

Caroline Holley is ‘marvellous’

Legal 500

Caroline advises a diverse client base on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular focus on cases involving an international element.

Her practice ranges from drafting and negotiating pre-nuptial agreements to advising in complex financial disputes arising out of all aspects of relationship breakdown.

She also has considerable experience advising in private law children matters, including in relation to contact disputes, relocation applications and abduction. Her practice involves a significant level of international work and she has particular expertise in complex cross-jurisdictional cases. She speaks French and Italian and frequently uses her language skills and experience to assist clients whose cases involve international elements. She has also spent time on secondment with a top family law firm in Los Angeles, California.

Caroline recently advised in the important case of Prest v Petrodel which was heard in the UK Supreme Court. The extremely complex case, the importance of which extends beyond family law and into important aspects or trust and company law, was ultimately decided in her client’s favour.


Testimonials & Achievements

  • Caroline Holley is ‘marvellous’, Legal 500
  • Nominated for Associate of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2012.
  • Winner of the Family Lawyer award at the Spear’s Young Turks Awards 2014.
  • Named as a Rising Star in Spear's Wealth Management magazine's list of leading family lawyers in the country, May 2014.
Articles Caroline has written include:

Reported cases

  • 09 January 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 14 May 2010
    U v U [2010] EWHC 2472 (Fam)
    Successfully seeking the summary return of two children to their father in Nigeria.
  • 20 August 2008
    W v H [2008] EWHC 2038 (Fam)
    A "big money" case concerning practice and procedure where one party seeks to shorten the litigation on the basis that an agreement has already been concluded (and the other party disputes that).