Boodle Hatfield LLP

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Department

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Boodle Hatfield's family team is "a real class act; they know what they are doing," says a source. Other sources say their "work is not only prepared to the highest standard but the firm is excellent at being ahead of the curve."

The lawyers are said to be "extremely well versed in their area of the law." They are "modern in their outlook, have strength throughout the team, with some wise, experienced heads and some very clever younger solicitors," says a market commentator.

Notable practitioners

Emily Brand
's expertise includes complicated matrimonial finance issues, the drafting of marital agreements and advice on children arrangements. Sources say she has "a tactical overview over the whole life of the case," is "tough but kind" and is someone who is "hugely capable and highly intelligent" and "gets great results for clients."

Harriet Errington
was made up to partner in May 2020. Before then, a source said she was "very able and user-friendly - definitely future partner material." Errington is seen as an impressive younger practitioner for high net worth financial remedy proceedings and children matters.

James Ferguson
"leads the team with an authority that comes with years of high-level experience," says one source. Another says that Ferguson is "sensitive and compassionate in this area of law, always available and working towards resolving the matrimonial matters without creating additional undue stress and burden on the family." A barrister describes Ferguson as "old-school charming, but behind that insouciant veneer is a true warrior determined to do the best for his client."

New partner
Katie O'Callaghan
advises affluent clients on domestic and international financial applications arising out of relationship breakdown, as well as nuptial contracts. "She is excellent," says a well-known, senior family lawyer, adding: "What struck me was her really good judgement for someone so young, which is an instinctive thing. I was so impressed with her judgement calls, which were spot-on."