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Farrer & Co | Sarah Hutchinson, Partner

Practice areas

  • Family and Divorce

Sarah advises on all aspects of family law, protecting her clients’ interests and resolving their legal issues. She gives pragmatic advice, acting with sensitivity and consideration of the family as a whole and is recognised as much for her empathetic approach as for her incisive thinking. Sarah is a trained family mediator.

Sarah has considerable experience in advising on complex contentious and non-contentious family law matters in an international and domestic context. She supports individuals seeking to resolve challenging financial issues further to a marital or relationship breakdown and disputes relating to children. She also advises on pre-and post-nuptial agreements.

She is particularly well-known for her wide-ranging knowledge of the law relating to children, as well as the impact of relationship breakdown on children. She has been recommended in the Legal 500 for her skill in private children disputes.

Sarah has extensive experience of litigation but is also committed to achieving solutions outside of the court setting where appropriate and possible.

She acts for a wide range of clients, both male and female, from professionals and entrepreneurs to homemakers. Her clients value her sensible, pragmatic approach and appreciate her emotional intelligence as well as her technical legal expertise.

Expertise

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    BD v FD [2014] EWHC 4443 (Fam)
    A maintenance pending suit application which was rejected by the court on the basis that the wife's interim budget manifestly exceeded the standard of living of the marriage and court intervention was not required to ensure her interim needs were met.

    Y v Y [2012] EWHC 2063 (Fam)
    An important divorce case, involving a landed estate and inherited assets.

    NA v MA [2006] EWHC 2900 (Fam)
    A rare case about a post-nuptial agreement.

  • Sarah has been a recommended individual in the Legal 500 for a number of years.

    Clients and other professionals describe Sarah as “a star”, having “a superb manner” and being “very down to earth”. Clients instruct her because she is “sensible, pragmatic, bright and incisive", “prepared to go that extra mile”, and especially for her “deep understanding of the emotional as well as the legal aspects of litigation” (Legal 500, previous edition). She has been recommended in the Legal 500 “for her skill in private children disputes”.

  • Sarah was nominated as Family Law Partner of the Year (Family Law Awards 2018). She is listed in the Spear’s Wealth Management Magazine 2018 Index of Top Recommended Family Lawyers, the Private Client Global Elite 2018 and the Citywealth Leaders List 2018.

    Sarah is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and Resolution.

    Sarah has written articles in family law publications and regularly speaks at international family law conferences.

    As well as acting for clients as their solicitor, Sarah is also instructed by separating/separated couples, including parents, to act as a mediator to assist them to find a resolution regarding any family issues. Sarah trained with the Family Mediators Association in 2015.

    Sarah is part of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum, the Graduate Recruitment Interviewing Panel, and the firm choir.

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