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1 Hare Court

Family/Matrimonial

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A universally lauded set with distinguished matrimonial finance practitioners, 1 Hare Court has seasoned silks and highly commended juniors, who tackle the largest and most challenging and acrimonious financial disputes following the dissolution of relationships. Many of these cases involve issues relating to complex offshore assets, trusts, pensions and concealed wealth. Individuals here have decades of cumulative experience in the handling of multi-jurisdictional disputes and many are fully trained private FDR judges. Their clientele consists of exceptionally high net worth and high-profile individuals, including politicians, royalty, and multibillionaires. Sources unanimously agree that the set has "great strength in depth across the board and quality through and through."

Client service:

One source says that the clerks "have got the full package because they are competitive on their rates, upfront and responsive. If something goes wrong with a barrister's diary they will have it sorted out before you even know about it." Another interviewee asserts: "Steve McCrone, the head clerk, cannot do enough for you. He is incredibly user-friendly."

Strengths:

Ann Hussey QC
Has a wide-ranging clientele but is particularly noted for her expertise in handling disputes involving land and real estate. She regularly tackles high-value divorces with offshore assets, representing both interveners and trustees in proceedings. Hussey is sought out for her ability to handle extremely technical legal issues.
"Offers a compelling package of technical knowledge, cultivated and intelligent advocacy, genuine empathy and enormous energy." "She is measured, calm and absolutely on the ball." "An approachable team player whom you can call at any time; she deals with everything in such a responsive, open way."

Strengths:

Ben Wooldridge
Up-and-coming practitioner viewed as a rising star in the matrimonial finance Bar. His experience encompasses FDR disputes and TOLATA proceedings, as well as matters which have appeared before the High Court.
"A brilliant, meticulous junior who writes excellent, detailed notes. He is fast-thinking, very accessible, friendly and helpful." "He is absolutely excellent and way beyond his years in terms of ability." "Picks up the issues quickly and his communications are clear. He is responsive, concise and thoughtful."

Strengths:

Christian Kenny
Robust financial lawyer who has experience of handling ancillary relief cases with offshore trust structures and undisclosed assets. He is additionally noted for his knowledge of Schedule 1 and TOLATA family cases, and regularly handles cases with multi-jurisdictional aspects.
"He is well prepared, confident and able to gauge the client and what they need brilliantly." "He is a wolf in sheep's clothing and a calm, reassuring presence." "He has a really kind and gentle way of dealing with fragile clients."

Strengths:

Deborah Bangay QC
A practitioner who is well respected for her handling of financial divorce proceedings on behalf of high net worth individuals, and who has particular expertise in tax and offshore trusts issues. She is noted for her tenacity in court and offers clients a real depth of experience in Schedule 1 proceedings, among other issues.
"Highly effective, she is someone with a settlement-oriented approach but is always up for the fight when necessary." "She is absolutely fearless and her performance in the courtroom is out of this world." "She maintains a superb blend of fighting her client's corner while also being sensitive and approachable. You would not mess with her."
Recent work: Appeared in Neil v Neil, acting on behalf of a husband in his application to set aside a consent order due to fraud.

Strengths:

Emma Sumner
Acts in high net worth Schedule 1 children and ancillary relief proceedings, and is a specialist at navigating complex trust and tax structures. She often represents high-profile international individuals in the sporting and business industries. Sumner has a depth of experience of acting unled against QC opposition.
"A brilliant junior who is always on top of her game." "Has expert legal knowledge and a genuine interest in the client." "A thorough negotiator who always settles out of court when possible."

Strengths:

Gavin Smith
A financial practitioner whose practice has a particular emphasis on cases concerning maintenance disputes and the enforcement of financial orders. Smith is further well regarded for his established arbitration practice.
"A really well-prepared, smooth advocate who is very clear in court."
Recent work: Acted as a private FDR judge in BC v BG. The wife contested the initial arbitral award in the High Court, which was subsequently dismissed by the deputy High Court judge.

Strengths:

Geoffrey Kingscote QC
A matrimonial practitioner with extensive experience of complex financial remedy proceedings who regularly assists clients with multi-jurisdictional matters. He is also noted for his representation of high net worth individuals in cases involving offshore trusts. His contentious work is bolstered by an active mediation practice.
"Calm, understated, sensible and meticulously prepared, he encourages the client to look beyond the maelstrom of the litigation." "Geoffrey is technically brilliant, fiercely bright, and able to grapple with the most complex of issues and business accounts. He is a formidable advocate whom clients adore."
Recent work: Acted in CB v KB, financial remedy proceedings concerning valuations of royalty income streams and use of 'hot tubbing' for experts.

Strengths:

John Wilson QC
Experienced family lawyer who brings overlapping expertise in broader civil issues to his practice. He is seen as one of the foremost practitioners for TOLATA issues. Wilson typically handles financial remedy cases for high net worth individuals, and draws acclaim for his further expertise in cohabitation issues.
"A formidable opponent who shows fantastic attention to detail. He is so persuasive he could sell fridges to Eskimos."
Recent work: Acted in Montalto v Popat, a cohabitation case involving a same-sex couple where there are two properties worth about £4 to £4.5 million and a string of franchise businesses held within corporate structures.

Strengths:

Joshua Viney
Impressive up-and-comer with experience of handling a broad array of matrimonial finance disputes, including Schedule 1, Part III and consent orders. His clientele consists of international and high net worth individuals, many of whom are in the midst of family proceedings following serious criminal allegations of fraud.
"Excellent at putting clients at ease and giving them confidence. He also comes up with creative solutions." "Joshua Viney is a real, spirited fighter for the client's cause. He is massively conscientious, down on the detail, and will fight any fight for you." "He offers solid advice outside of court, and is clear, pragmatic, direct and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Appeared unled in Timokhina v Timokhin on behalf of the wife before the Court of Appeal.

Strengths:

Jude Allen
Able to handle complex financial issues and private law children matters. She is practised in Schedule 1 issues and further represents clients in Schedule 3 matters. Allen is also comfortable dealing with complex trust and tax issues relevant to financial remedy proceedings.
"Thorough, calm, controlled, pragmatic and sensible." "If there is a way to settle a case she will find it." "Her client skills are excellent and she is especially good at making difficult men feel as though they are being heard. This allows them to get into the right headspace so they can negotiate sensibly and settle their cases."

Strengths:

Justin Warshaw QC
Mainly handles international work and regularly appears before the High Court and the Court of Appeal, representing an impressive clientele of high-profile individuals. Warshaw is frequently instructed in cases involving offshore jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Gibraltar and Jersey.
"A highly impressive advocate who knows his cases inside out, he is superb on technical issues." "Extremely knowledgeable and highly respected in the industry, he is hard-working, grounded and invaluably helpful." "Justin navigates through complex material at a rapid rate and is always on top of things."

Strengths:

Katherine Cook
A respected family barrister who is particularly noted for having a matrimonial finance practice consisting of high-value divorce and nuptial agreement proceedings. Her clientele is international, with notable work being done in Africa and Europe. She regularly earns instructions from some of the most prominent firms in the area.
"She is always ready to go the extra mile and really listen to the client’s needs." "Katherine pitches her case sensibly and gives realistic, clear advice to clients." "She has a light touch with opponents and gets the results."

Strengths:

Kyra Cornwall
Applies her impressive intellect and aptitude to a wide range of issues, including high net worth finance and jurisdiction disputes. Cornwall has represented her clients in high-profile disputes before the Court of Appeal.
"She maintains the right level of empathy and professionalism in cases involving vulnerable clients, who trust her and respond well during difficult conversations." "She comes up with creative solutions and analyses cases really well." "She is meticulous, intelligent and clear-thinking. She puts clients at ease while maintaining a professional persona."
Recent work: Secured £25 million on behalf of the wife in Hammoud v Al Zawawi, a Part III financial relief application following the couple's divorce in Oman.

Strengths:

Lily Mottahedan
Specialises in technical financial remedy issues, including those with trust and jurisdiction complications. She has additional expertise in declaration of marital status matters and is a fluent French speaker.
"Quick on the uptake, numerate and has good client management skills, proving kind but firm." "She provides comprehensive, well-reasoned advice and insight into the French divorce processes."
Recent work: Successfully acted in Waggott v Waggott, a landmark case on spousal periodical payments and the treatment of a spouse’s earning capacity.

Strengths:

Nichola Gray QC
Extensively experienced family practitioner who focuses on financial disputes and regularly represents wealthy individuals. She has expertise in asset tracing as it relates to offshore trusts and other concealed wealth.
"Incredibly studious and really gets into the detail of the case." "Immaculate in her preparation, she has great gravitas and good judgement, and can get the most difficult of clients on side."

Strengths:

Nicholas Cusworth QC
Highly respected practitioner who specialises in large-scale financial remedy proceedings for high-profile and high net worth individuals worldwide. He is additionally noted for his experience in complex proceedings involving trusts. Cusworth also sits as a deputy High Court judge, and is further praised for his proficiency as an FDR judge.
"He has natural authority and an instinctive feel for what judges want." "His cross-examination is magical." "He is a fantastic FDR judge and one of the best trial advocates you could want."
Recent work: Appeared for the husband in Giusti v Ferragamo, which concerned an appeal by an applicant wife against an order staying her petition on the grounds that proceedings were continuing in Italy.

Strengths:

Nicholas Wilkinson
Handles private matrimonial finance matters for a high-profile clientele. His cases are often complex and involve technical aspects relating to tax and trusts. His work has regularly taken him to the High Court and as far as the Court of Appeal, and he has been led by some of the top finance silks in the market.
"He is an intelligent thinker and highly persuasive. He engenders sympathy for his client and puts their case across in a compelling way." "He grasps the details of complex situations, works in a constructive, focused way, and remains calm with clients, even when the temperature rises." "He is a man of integrity whom I can trust, and always behaves professionally in court."
Recent work: Appeared in O'Dwyer v O'Dwyer, the only reported post-Waggott v Waggott decision in relation to the application/amortisation of a recipient spouse’s capital towards meeting their needs.

Strengths:

Nicholas Yates QC
Focuses on the financial side of relationship dissolution, handling complex cases relating to significant assets and jurisdictional disputes. He also leads negotiations in high-value postnuptial agreements.
"User-friendly for instructing solicitors and presents complicated legal concepts to clients in an accessible way. He cuts through the issues and advises on where a case would finish at trial if litigated." "He is a master of the detail, who is charming and inspires confidence. An absolute pleasure to work with." "Nicholas is very engaged with the work and gives the impression that your case is the most important he is working on."

Strengths:

Nigel Dyer QC
An expert in multi-jurisdictional divorce who has led landmark cases in the area. He has particular interest in cases with complex asset tracing and business structures. Dyer is frequently sought out for his expertise in Part III matrimonial finance issues and is further renowned for his experience as a private FDR judge.
"First-class counsel for high net worth and complex financial matters. Exceptional with clients and supremely effective in court, he always takes a pragmatic approach." "Nigel’s razor-sharp intellect coupled with his listening skills and understanding of the situation are excellent." "Nigel Dyer is a proper old-school silk; he's a polished, class act."
Recent work: Represented a wife in an appeal case looking at her legal status (trespasser or otherwise) while living in a house, owned by her husband, which was to be sold following divorce proceedings.

Strengths:

Phillip Blatchly
Handles matters in the private client sphere relating to family breakdowns and focuses on complex cases involving trust structures and non-disclosure of assets. His advocacy is notable for its utilisation of technical legal points to progress cases. He is experienced in related private client issues such as Inheritance Act proceedings.
"Exceptionally good at working through the detail of a case. He prepares well and fights points while remaining pragmatic." "Phillip explains things in a way that clients can understand" and is "a punchy and formidable advocate."

Strengths:

Rachel Spicer
Has a strong matrimonial finance practice representing clients of mid to high net worth and is also well versed in private law children issues. She has particular expertise in child maintenance matters.
"Rachel is completely on top of the papers that you send her." "Her approach to detail and absorption of vast amounts of information and documentation is brilliant." "She is tenacious, tough, and will not stop until she gets the result for the client."

Strengths:

Rebecca Bailey-Harris
French-speaking matrimonial practitioner and former professor of law who specialises in cases across borders, particularly Brussels II and jurisdictional disputes. Sources respect her for her wealth of knowledge in this area.
"Applies her throbbing brain expertly to international issues." "If you have a complex case she can simplify matters and come to an amicable settlement. She is easy to deal with, she cuts through all the rubbish and she reaches an agreement if there is one to be made."     
Recent work: Represented the Russian multibillionaire husband in Potanin v Potanina.

Strengths:

Rebecca Carew Pole QC
Focuses her matrimonial practice on contested financial disputes, mostly for high net worth clients. She additionally handles complex financial remedy applications for notable individuals, and is at home undertaking complex jurisdiction disputes.
"Charming with clients, calm during conferences, cool as a cucumber and knows how to deal with difficult issues before the court." "Rebecca is extremely capable and her suggestions are always invaluable to the case. She talks to you and listens with  empathy towards your situation." "Accessible and really puts herself out for the client. She is incredibly diligent and creative."
Recent work: Appeared in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in £500 million financial remedy and unprecedented privacy proceedings.

Strengths:

Richard Sear
A widely commended junior who often handles financial remedy proceedings for high net worth businesspeople with assets in offshore trust and company structures. He also has expertise in assisting clients with Part III matrimonial finance matters. Market sources regularly attest to his intellectual prowess.
"Very bright and always well prepared, his understated manner is very reassuring to clients." "He takes a sensible, straightforward approach, is detailed in his preparation, and knows the papers inside out." "Richard is astronomically intelligent."

Strengths:

Richard Todd QC
Extremely well-regarded financial practitioner who handles disputes relating to significant assets and trust structures following relationship breakdown. He has unique expertise in international cases, in particular those relating to the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong, where he has been called to the Bar. Todd is at home with some of the most technical legal issues in the area.
"Always effective even in the face of the most aggressive opponents." "He displays impressive judgement and has an uncanny ability to see the solution." "Richard is a go-to silk for high net worth contested applications."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a husband resisting an ex-wife's claim of USD6 billion.

Strengths:

Simon Webster QC
Instructed by the nation's leading firms in some of the most substantial financial remedy proceedings globally. His practice sees him handling disputes, often involving trusts, for high net worth clients. On taking silk he was firmly established as one of the most sought-after matrimonial finance juniors at the Family Bar.
"A complete pleasure to work with, very supportive, and calming with clients. He has good judgement and you feel very at ease when you instruct him as he has everything under control and covered." "A bright, charismatic and brilliant advocate." "He is always extremely professional, charming and excellent with clients."

Strengths:

Stephen Trowell QC
A matrimonial finance practitioner who participates in significant financial remedy proceedings relating to unique matters of jurisdiction and ownership. He is recognised for his ability to think on his feet in court.
"Measured, practical and smart in the way he engineers his cross-examination. His eye for detail is exceptional." "Gives sound and reliable advice in a way that can be accepted by clients, even though it may be unpalatable." "He is a meticulous preparer who does not miss a trick."

Strengths:

Thomas Harvey
Has a strong matrimonial finance practice for one of his call and has represented parties at all levels up to the Court of Appeal. He has particular expertise in cases concerning the interplay between agreements to compromise and subsequent claims for financial relief, and is noted for having appeared in cases unled.
"His written work is of an incredibly high standard. He is able to put clients at ease within seconds of meeting him. Simply brilliant!" "His attention to detail is excellent and he is very responsive." "He really rolls up his sleeves and works hard. He is full of common sense and fights his client's corner."
Recent work: Represented the wife in Haskell v Haskell, an application involving a multimillionaire husband who claimed to no longer be able to afford the rent of the applicant's home where she lived with her children, from which they were facing eviction.

Strengths:

Timothy Bishop QC
Regularly handles the most substantial of matrimonial financial cases across multiple jurisdictions, and uses his wealth of experience in this area to assist high net worth clients including business people. He is routinely recognised by senior solicitors as one of the foremost matrimonial finance barristers.
"One of the big beasts. He's an outstanding advocate and hugely knowledgeable in relation to complex offshore work." "He has got a vast amount of experience and encyclopedic knowledge." "Tim operates in a fair and appropriate manner, and adopts a calm, measured and effective approach."
Recent work: Represented the wife of a Russian multibillionaire in her application for financial relief following divorce.

Strengths:

Tom Carter
Mainly handles complex, high-value financial remedy work, often involving complex commercial issues. His cases are frequently international in nature, hotly contested and centred on substantial assets. He also has expertise in FDR proceedings.
"A totally safe pair of hands, who is calm and on top of everything." "Brilliantly prepared, energetic and solution-oriented," he "fights his client's corner incredibly hard."

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Ann Hussey QC
Band 3
Deborah Bangay QC
Band 1
Geoffrey Kingscote QC
Band 2
John Wilson QC
Band 3
Justin Warshaw QC
Band 2
Nichola Gray QC
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