Sebastian Burrows

Managing Partner, Chelmsford


Described in the Legal 500 as practical, realistic and personable’, ‘pragmatic and sensitive’ and ‘excellent, intelligent and thoughtful’, I represent clients in all aspects of family law. I am well versed in handling complex and high-net-worth cases often with an international element.

Specialisms

Sebastian specialises principally in divorce and the dissolution of civil partnership and the division and sharing of high-value assets. These regularly involve successful family businesses, property and pension portfolios and City bonus structures.

Sebastian represents clients in all aspects of family law, including applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Special Guardianship Orders and in drafting nuptial agreements. His work also encompasses unmarried separations and the appropriate division of property.

Sebastian is a Resolution accredited specialist in complex financial remedies and Children Act cases.

Approach

Sebastian’s focus is on supporting clients by providing an empathetic and constructive alliance.

Training & employment

Sebastian studied at the University of Reading and qualified as a barrister in 2002. He worked for a leading City of London firm before converting to become a solicitor in 2007. He has specialised in family law throughout his career and practised in Essex since 2006 becoming a Partner in 2017.

Outside of work

Sebastian’s free time is spent with his family of five, often exploring Essex with their two Labradors. He is a Rugby fan and keen cyclist.

Sebastian is Chair of Resolution Essex and a School Governor.

Notable cases

Sebastian has acted in high net worth divorces which have included implications under DOTAS (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes) Legislation.

He has extensive experience of Children Act cases involving drug and alcohol abuse by mothers and fathers, domestic violence and non-compliance with Court Orders.

Sebastian has represented grandparents in obtaining Special Guardianship Orders in circumstances of parents’ suffering from severe drug and alcohol addiction.

He has also represented clients in resisting and applying for permission to remove children from the jurisdiction to live abroad.

Legal 500

Sebastian has been recommended by the Legal 500 since 2016 as ‘practical, realistic and personable’, ‘pragmatic and sensitive’ and ‘excellent, intelligent and thoughtful’.

Areas of Expertise
  • Child Abduction
  • Child Maintenance
  • Children Disputes
  • Children Issues
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Cohabiting Couples
  • Declarations of Trust
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Financial Settlements
  • Freezing Injunctions
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Resolution Accredited
  • Resolution Member
  • Separation Agreements
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