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The health and safety of our clients and colleagues is our highest priority, so we’re now offering virtual consultations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for all clients who wish to speak to one of our team, without needing to come in to our offices. To arrange your consultation, call us and we will book in an appointment at a time to suit you.

Our team of elite divorce lawyers and family solicitors in London Chancery Lane is led by Managing Partner Gavin Scott and located at 8 Fulwood Place, just a 2-minute walk from Chancery Lane and a 5-minute walk from Holborn tube stations.

We are highly experienced in advising and acting in all areas of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and protecting the welfare of children during a divorce or separation.  While our divorce lawyers have a reputation for being excellent litigators, we encourage dialogue between spouses and will also guide you on the more amicable approaches including alternative methods of dispute resolution, in the interest of reducing time, cost, anxiety and stress.

Our domestic and international clients range from high-net-worth individuals with complex financials to local professionals with more straightforward matters. Many of them have complex businesses, pensions and trust arrangements, inherited or overseas assets and may have a public profile.

 

Protect your assets

We have a strong success rate in resolving financial disputes, whether you are looking to protect your wealth or secure your financial position for the future. We work hand-in-hand with our in-house accountancy team to ensure you get the best representation and financial outcome.

Many of our family solicitors are Resolution Accredited Specialists, so we’ll always provide the best divorce lawyer to meet your specific needs.

 

By your side

We combine our keen legal knowledge with a very personable approach and client care. We will actively work towards achieving an out-of-court settlement. If this is not possible we are highly experienced in litigation to achieve a fair resolution.

Alternative routes to court (arbitration, mediation and collaborative law) encourage ex-partners to find solutions through dialogue, often reducing conflict and expense later.  That’s mainly due to litigation often being required when the parties are at odds on child arrangements and how finances should be divided.  Waiting for a hearing at the Family Court certainly won’t speed things up and will require more of your divorce lawyer’s time – which in turn will have a bearing on cost.

An amicable route will more often reduce the issues in dispute or make them easier to agree, leading to a smoother, quicker resolution.

 

Children and family finances

In divorce proceedings, the welfare of children is of the utmost importance on all levels, including in the eyes of the court.  Hostile divorces can have a detrimental impact on children, so the court tends to be more obliging where steps have been taken to protect them through a more amicable resolution.  We, therefore, advise all parents that court proceedings should be considered a last resort.  Our family solicitors are here to help you and your children during the transitional period of legal separation. That includes connecting you to support groups and informing you of your legal options should disputes arise.

Very few cases only involve legally ending a marriage or relationship. Arrangements usually need to be made for any children of the family along with finances including property, investments, businesses, pensions and income.

Other factors affecting financial settlements include the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage and the contribution made by each spouse to family life, assets and wealth.

The same applies to child arrangements.  Will they be managed between parents, or will involvement from the Child Maintenance Service be needed?

Many clients return to us long after divorce when their circumstances change.  For instance, when amendments to maintenance are sought by a divorced parent who believes that the previously agreed level of maintenance is too low, or too high. On occasions, it may be possible for a former spouse to receive a large ‘capitalised’ sum of money in place of ongoing spousal maintenance to finally achieve a clean break.

Your team in London Chancery Lane

Gavin Scott
Known for my direct and proactive approach, my priority is making sure my clients understa...
Managing Partner, London Chancery Lane
Mira Gohil
I have practiced family law in London and the Home Counties for over 14 years. My professi...
Partner, London Chancery Lane
Alice Wightman
I advise on all areas of family disputes with particular experience in complex financial r...
Senior Solicitor, London Chancery Lane & Victoria
Sue Nightingale
Having specialised in forensic accounting for 15 years, including 11 with the forensic tea...
Director of Forensic Accounting

Our cases have included...

Representing celebrities and sports professionals in divorce proceedings, including with child and financial arrangements.

Acting for wife in financial remedy proceedings with assets up to £5 million including a number of significant collections that involved specialist valuers.

Acting for the wife in a multi-million-pound case involving properties in England, India and Kenya, international business interests and a disputed interest in land in India.

Representing the father in an estimated £9.5 million case with the mother bringing proceedings in Spain under the Hague Convention.

In-house accountancy support

“The firm benefits from having an in-house forensic accountancy support for the really complex financial cases.”  Legal500

The team can track down assets across the world, understand complicated financial structures and provide accurate valuations.

Come and see us

8 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HG

Our office on Fulwood Place is close to both Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn, and is situated on a quiet street just minutes from the Central Family Court and the Royal Courts of Justice.

Local tube connections are available via Chancery Lane (2 minute walk) and Holborn (5 minutes) and via Farringdon Station and Charing Cross (a few minutes cab ride).

Other nearby offices can be found in Victoria and the Home Counties.

We are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Frequently asked questions

How old does a child have to be to decide which parent they live with in the uk?

Currently in the UK, the courts will listen to a child’s opinion on where they want to reside from the age of 16. While younger children can make their opinion known, it will have no legal bearing. A child’s wishes and feelings are just one of the considerations for the court, and may be given different weight subject to other factors, including the age of the child, how mature they are for their age, whether they are likely to have been influenced, if their decision is spontaneous or carefully considered, if they can explain their reasoning and how the child might be affected if their opinion is ignored.

If you have any concerns about this, please get in touch with us and ask to speak to a child lawyer.

 

What is a child arrangements order?

A child arrangements order is a formal court order that sets out the overall arrangements for the child or children including where they will live and what the arrangements are for the care of a child between the parents.  This includes where a child will reside, where they will spend time and with whom.  These legally binding orders can also provide for other provisions including holiday periods, birthdays and any other agreements concerning parenting or welfare.

 

What is a special guardianship order?

An SGO is similar to a child arrangements order in that it sets out parental responsibility, but also enables a guardian (or guardians) to make day-to-day and future decisions on behalf of the child, up until the age of 18.  SGO’s are less permanent than adoption orders.

 

What are my rights in a divorce?

You may be entitled to various financial provisions on getting divorced such as maintenance payments, pension orders, a lump sum or property orders including the right to continue living in the family home.  Parents have to agree on arrangements regarding their children.  These issues are dealt with during the divorce process and in separate procedures afterwards.  It is usually in everyone’s interests for divorcing spouses to discuss and agree on as much of these things as possible then to seek legal advice from a family lawyer.

 

Does adultery affect divorce settlements in the uk

No. There are no such penalties and you can’t sue your ex.  Adultery is one of the five facts that can be used to evidence the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.  However, with adultery being hard to prove, a lot of people choose to use one of the other four facts, for instance, unreasonable behaviour.

 

It is very important to speak to a divorce lawyer before applying for a divorce. Understanding your position and next steps at a very early stage may well put you in a better position once the divorce gets underway.

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Stowe Family Law LLP
8 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HG
DX 207 London/Chancery Lane
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