A level playing field in divorce – “special contribution” in the case of XW v XH
17 February 2020
“Truly excellent inspiring client-care with really solid legal analysis and a completely unstuffy approach steeped in commercial reality.” (CityWealth)
“If you have a difficult divorce, as far as I can tell there is nobody better in London than her. She’s clear, she’s strategic – what more could you want?” (Chambers)
“An expert in hard-fought matrimonial litigation, but maintains a strong reputation as a collaborative lawyer … she will negotiate hard and is open to collaborative approaches. She can see solutions that other people can’t.” (Chambers)
“She is very creative and a hard fighter who backs her clients to the hilt.” (Chambers)
Debbie’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law (complex asset valuation, business interests, trusts and wealth protection structures). She advises regularly on international pre-nuptial agreements.
One of Debbie’s particular areas of expertise is collaborative law, having co-founded England’s first multi-disciplinary group of collaborative professionals (Creative Divorce).
Debbie acted for HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg in the successful application for a reporting restrictions order relating to family proceedings –  EWHC 3095 (Fam).
Debbie also acted for the wife in XW v XH  EWFC 76 and XW v XH (No.2) (Reporting Restrictions Order)  EWFC 44) in which the wife was awarded one of the highest recorded English divorce settlements. The case dealt with issues of special contribution, privacy and whether foreign marital contracts should be treated as pre-nuptial agreements. Debbie recently represented the wife in her successful application for the continuation of the reporting restrictions order, exceptionally, in the Court of Appeal (XW v XH  EWCA Civ 549).
Debbie is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Debbie graduated from Oxford University (Jurisprudence) in 1990.
"Recommended for her matrimonial litigation practice... very expert in her field and good at handling difficult client situations"Chambers
"An expert in hard-fought matrimonial litigation, but maintains a strong reputation as a collaborative lawyer… she will negotiate hard and is open to collaborative approaches. She can see solutions that other people can’t"Chambers
"She is very creative and a hard fighter who backs her clients to the hilt. Clients love her because she can really defuse tension"Chambers
"They have star performers, strength in depth and the support of first-class supporting departments. That's the mark of a top-tier firm"Chambers High Net Worth