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Farrer & Co | Frederick Tatham, Associate

Practice areas

  • Family and Divorce

Freddie advises on a broad range of private family law matters, including divorce and separation, financial claims, nuptial agreements, cohabitation and private children law matters. He specialises in high-value and complex matrimonial finance disputes, often with an international element. 

Freddie acts for high net worth and ultra high net worth clients in a broad range of family law matters. He has experience of litigation at all levels, including in the UK Supreme Court, but is committed to achieving solutions outside court wherever possible. Clients appreciate his commercial approach, looking to resolve matters quickly and efficiently, and keeping costs to a minimum. He has acted for a number of high-profile individuals for whom discretion is a key consideration.

Freddie has particular experience of resolving complex international financial disputes and enforcement of financial orders where one party fails to comply. He handles high-value pre- and post-nuptial agreements with care and sensitivity. He also deals with child arrangements on divorce in a manner that is consensual and child-focussed.

Freddie was part of the team advising Yasmin Prest in the landmark case of Prest v Petrodel in the UK Supreme Court. It was a highly complex divorce case, the importance of which extends far beyond family law and into company law. A panel of seven judges ruled unanimously in Mrs Prest's favour, with the then President of the Supreme Court highlighting it as one of the five most significant cases heard since the Supreme Court was established in an interview in The Independent. The case was reported widely, including by the BBC, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

More recently, Freddie acted for Julia Goddard-Watts in Goddard-Watts v Goddard-Watts in a successful application to set aside a financial consent order on the basis of material non-disclosure by the husband. Mrs Goddard-Watts was awarded a significant additional sum. The case was reported by The Times.

  • IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053
    Acting for a former model in her application for financial remedies on divorce, involving high value assets in multiple jurisdictions. The case concerned whether the parties’ long pre-marital relationship amounted to quasi-marital status, thereby enabling the wife to share in the significant assets generated in the husband’s business during the relationship. The court considered the relevance and impact of the parties’ spending the entirety of the husband’s pre-marital wealth during the marriage due to their very high standard of living. A further issue was whether the wife’s daughter from a previous relationship was a “child of the family”.

    Goddard-Watts v Goddard-Watts [2016] EWHC 3000 (Fam)
    Acting for a former wife in her renewed application for financial provision following the successful set aside of a consent order on the basis of non-disclosure of assets by the husband.

    Prest v Prest [2015] EWCA Civ 714  
    Acting for a wife in successfully dismissing the husband’s appeal against a four-week prison sentence for breach of a financial order.

    KG v LG (No 2) [2015] EWFC 64
    A former wife's successful application to set aside a financial consent order where her former husband was guilty of non-disclosure at the time of the divorce regarding his interest in two trusts.

    Mackay v Mackay [2015] EWHC 2860
    Acting for a husband defending an application to set aside a final order on the basis of non-disclosure.

    Prest v Petrodel [2013] UKSC 34
    Acting for the wife in her successful appeal to the Supreme Court in a case of major importance in family and corporate law, involving the doctrine of piercing corporate veils.

  • ePrivateclient named Freddie a "Top 35 Under 35" – an award designed to identify, recognise and promote the rising stars among private client practitioners. Freddie has been listed in ALM’s Private Client Global Elite 2019 and was also recognised as "One to Watch" in 2018.

    Freddie is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

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