Family

"They give clear direction and deal very well with international twists. They know how to get a good result with clients."
- Chambers and Partners 2014 guide to the UK legal profession

“Clintons is ‘especially dynamic and forward-thinking’.”
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Legal 500 2013 edition

Clintons has one of the leading family law practices in the UK

Our Family Law practitioners are recognised as experts in their field and have been involved in many of the leading family law cases over the last decade(including the groundbreaking case of Parlour v Parlour and the widely reported Court of Appeal decision in Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky).  The firm is well known for representing high profile and high net worth individuals; at the same time it represents a broad range of people from all walks of life.

Maggie Rae, who is ranked as a “senior statesman” in the Chambers and Partners 2014 guide to the legal profession ”…is highlighted as ‘a lateral thinker and a problem solver - she has enormous experience of dealing with complex cases with international elements’.  Sources also highlight her expertise in mediation and collaborative law, which complements her experience in handling finance and children disputes.” Maggie is one of the country’s leading authorities in the complex area of the law on pensions and divorce. She is a director of Penfam and was recognised in the Court of Appeal decision of Martin Dye v Martin Dye for her work in the area.

Liz Vernon, who is the head of department, “…handles high-value matrimonial finance cases and children disputes. Sources note that ‘she can be aggressive when she needs to be and also conciliatory.’”  (Chambers and Partners 2014 guide to the legal profession).  Liz routinely acts for high profile clients in substantial financial disputes before the courts.

Clintons is well known for taking an innovative approach in creating solutions to difficult problems, carefully taking individual needs and issues into account. Above all we understand that every case is different. We will provide the highest standards of professional representation whilst being entirely supportive during a difficult time.

Approach

We are here to fight our client’s corner when required and when asked to do so, and we have a breadth and depth of experience in taking cases to court at all levels and all stages. 

We are also pioneering and experienced in all areas of alternative dispute resolution, be that mediation; collaborative law; arbitration or otherwise.  Maggie Rae and Paul Newton are trained mediators, and, unusually, all members of the department are qualified collaborative lawyers. 

Marriage and civil partnership breakdown

Clintons has very considerable experience in dealing with the financial consequences of marriage and civil partnership breakdown. We often advise on complex cases involving businesses and trusts, both locally and internationally. Where appropriate we will call upon associated experts both here and in other countries to provide sound support and robust solutions.

Relationship breakdown – unmarried couples

The breakdown of these increasingly common relationships raises important legal issues which are commonly misunderstood. Specifically, complex problems can arise in relation to children and property.  We provide a specialist service in these circumstances which is supported by a depth of experience unrivalled in our profession. We also advise on cohabitation arrangements to minimise any negative impact in the event of possible future breakdown.

Pre-nuptial agreements

As the incidence of divorce rises, couples may seek to agree at the outset what may happen if the relationship comes to an end. We have a wealth of experience to help ensure that our clients are properly protected for the future.

Children

One highly specialised aspect of our work is advising on the difficult and emotive issues concerning children. Clintons has considerable experience in this area.  We also deal with adoptions both in this country and for those seeking to adopt from abroad. 

The Clintons' Family team consists of  Liz Vernon, Maggie Rae Tim Bienias, Catherine Bell, Paul Newton, Patrick Kearns, Meme Smart and Frances Petterson.

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