Divorce and Family (London team)
Highly sought after by high-profile clients and ultra high net worth individuals. Well versed in handling matrimonial proceedings with international elements. Celebrated litigation expertise.
Chambers & Partners 2015.
The divorce and family department in London is top ranked by Chambers and Partners and has received special recognition for its client service.
Our team of divorce solicitors in London are nationally and internationally recognised as leaders in their field. All lawyers within the department are members of Resolution (the recognised professional body of specialist family lawyers). A number of the Partners have been elected as Fellows of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
All of the Partners handle complex high value cases, often involving significant assets and trusts based abroad. Clients of the department are from a wide range of backgrounds including City professionals, entrepreneurs and those in the media, sports and entertainment industries.
Divorce and Family Partners - London
Head of Department, Stephen Foster, is regarded as one of the UK's leading divorce solicitors with "an ability to think outside the box. He works hard to get the very best results for his clients". He has been described by the Legal 500 as having "incredible insight", and an "unparalleled ability to handle extreme pressure and to get to the crux of a difficult problem very quickly". Stephen is ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500.
Helen Ward has been described by The Lawyer as "the UK's leading divorce lawyer" and is particularly well-known for her ability to tackle the most complex, high value international cases. She represented the wife in the case of Charman in which she successfully secured the highest award as yet determined by a Court in the UK. Helen is described by the Legal 500 and Chambers, as "the extraordinary and brilliant Helen Ward", "absolutely a class act ... If you want a star, there she is."
Debbie Chism is one of London's leading divorce lawyers, ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners and noted as a "well-known expert in high-value divorces" (Legal 500). She is noted for a tough yet pragmatic approach: "She doesn't fight for fighting's sake, but wants to settle cases on the best possible terms". Clients report her as "very natural and easy to communicate with" whilst the leading legal directories comment on her "razor-sharp negotiating skills".
Emma Hatley has won legal awards for her expertise and is a nationally recognised leading divorce lawyer, ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners. She has been praised in Legal 500 for her "outstanding intellect, hard work and constructive approach". She was pivotally involved in the reported cases of Sorrell [2005 EWHC 717] and Charman [2006 EWHC 1879] and is regarded as a star of her generation. Emma is described by Chambers and Partners as "extremely thorough and diligent and provides fantastic client care".
Richard Hogwood is a highly regarded family lawyer and is recognised by Chambers and other independent publications for his expertise in handling divorce cases with complex tax and trusts issues. Legal 500 described Richard as a "star in the making". and Citywealth's Leaders List described him as "...ahead of his age and stage and above the level of his contemporaries..."
Sam Longworth has particular interest and expertise in the resolution of complex financial issues for high net worth individuals both married or unmarried. Many of his cases involve trusts, tax issues, inherited wealth and the tracing of assets. Sam also advises on disputes relating to children including contact, paternity, residence and financial provision. Sam was winner of Citywealth 'New Leader of the Year' award in 2013 and has been included in Spear's Leading Rising Stars Index.
Matthew Humphries specialises in all aspects of divorce and family law and he has a particular focus on the resolution of financial disputes for high net worth individuals. Matthew can also advise on pre and post nuptial agreements as well as disputes relating to financial provision for children. Matthew is a member of Resolution's Cohabitation Working Party and has experience of cohabitation claims including the property rights of unmarried families.
Toby Atkinson specialises in a broad range of family legal matters, with an emphasis on financial claims arising from divorce. In 2014, he was nominated as a 'Rising Star' in the Thomson Reuters' London Super Lawyers List. He was also recently named in Citywealth's 2015 Leaders List which described him as "a calm, sensible and pragmatic lawyer with sound judgment... one to watch".