Expertise

Toby advises clients in relation to a broad range of family law issues arising on the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation, with an emphasis on the financial claims that arise on divorce. He has particular experience of international cases, often involving jurisdiction disputes.

Toby has significant expertise in cases concerning highly contested contact arrangements. He is an experienced practitioner in the field of international child abduction and is regularly instructed in cases concerning applications under the Hague Convention, applications for permission to relocate and decisions about a child’s habitual residence.

On the non-contentious side, Toby regularly advises in relation to pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation contracts and asset protection.

Recognition

Toby is consistently ranked in the legal directories, featuring again in the most recent editions of Chambers UK, Chambers High Net Worth and Legal 500.

Chambers High Net Worth observe that: “Clients love him because he’s unshowy but incredibly reassuring and sensible.”

The Legal 500 have credited Toby as being “extraordinarily able and extremely bright” whose “advice is thoughtful and measured and judgement is sound”.

Toby has been described by Spear’s Wealth Magazine as “unflappable” and “a sage family lawyer respected by peers for his client skills, work ethic and good judgement”.

Citywealth Leaders List have praised Toby as “fantastic with clients and a great tactician. He is equally adept at litigating outcomes in difficult cases as he is in negotiating bespoke solutions. I am quite sure he will be one of the industry leaders for years to come.”

Experience

Toby’s most recent reported cases include:

  • Cathcart v Owens [2021] EWFC 86 (High Court decision regarding the setting aside of a financial order made on divorce, in which Toby acted for the successful respondent wife)
  • JC v PC [2021] EWHC 2305 (Fam) (High Court decision in relation to the habitual residence of two children in the context of an application for their summary return to the UK, in which Toby acted for the successful applicant father)

Publications

Toby is a regular contributor of articles to legal publications and the wider media, and has been featured in the Times, the Financial Times, Spear’s Wealth, Citywealth magazine and the New Law Journal.

 

Accreditations and Memberships

Toby is a member of Resolution and was on the London Young Resolution Committee for several years.

 

Career

Toby graduated from Edinburgh University in 2001. He joined Stewarts from Charles Russell Speechlys in 2015.