Does High Court decision bring an end to forum shopping in divorce proceedings?
4 June 2019
Helen was named as one of just six ‘Star Individuals’ in Chambers High Net Worth guide 2018. The guide says, “She knows everything. She’s very clever and capable, she does amazingly, she is a very talented person and a big character.”
Chambers UK names Helen as one of just five ‘Star Individuals’ in Family and Matrimonial in London. It describes Helen as “consistently held out as a ‘highly effective’ litigator whose handling of complex cases ensures her ongoing position at the top of the tree”, “a “keen strategist” and sources “admire her ability to outmanoeuvre her opponents”. Chambers 2019 says “Helen Ward is widely recognised as one of the foremost family lawyers in London. She regularly acts on the most complex and high-value of divorce cases, including those with an international element. Interviewees acclaim her “incredible legal skills and determination,” while also noting that “her attention to detail is beyond limit.”
The Legal 500 named Helen as a ‘Leading Individual’. She is described as “the first choice for the rich and famous” and “superb in every way”.
Helen has featured in the top five divorce lawyers in London by Tatler magazine.
Spear’s awarded Helen the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also listed in the Spear’s 500 Family Lawyers list. Lewis Marks QC said of Helen: “Not merely one of the best, but the best family lawyer in London”. According to one peer she is revered for her discretion, forensic prowess and her “staggering amount of energy”.
Helen’s attributes are summarised by a client who published the following description of her in Tatler: “Helen has a mind like a jewelled watch and a wise and honest heart – a very rare combination. She is a tigress who never sleeps.”
Helen approaches each case with meticulous attention, exercising commercial astuteness and formidable judgement, developed over years of experience of dealing with challenging matters. Her impressive talent for achieving successful settlements has earned her the respect of not just her clients but also of her peers.
Her reputation for protecting her clients’ interests and supporting her clients through the process of being divorced is second to none, and she does so with sensitivity and utmost discretion.
Helen also possesses experience derived from the judicial role she held for many years as a deputy district Judge sitting in what is now known as the Central Family Court.
The legal directories describe Helen as “continuing to top the lists of senior legal practitioners as an absolutely fantastic expert in complex multimillion pound ancillary relief matters … No stranger to discrete settlements, nor shy of a tough fight” and “undoubtedly one of the most significant divorce personalities in the country” with an “outstanding ability to reach settlements and to advise pragmatically”.
Helen recently represented the husband in a high-profile case regarding a conflict of forum, resulting in the husband successfully resisting a divorce taking place in England and Wales and instead securing its process through the Swiss Court. The judgment of Mr Justice Moor has been reported, you can view it here.
Helen joined Stewarts in October 2012 before which she was a partner in the family department at Manches LLP.
"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