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Boodle Hatfield LLP

Family/Matrimonial

5 ranked lawyersBand 4London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Punches above its weight with an enviable international client base of high-earning professionals. Handles a range of complex proceedings including nuptial agreements, child disputes and high-value ancillary relief. Draws on wider private client and commercial expertise to advise on the full range of matrimonial issues. Wide client base includes cohabitees and non-UK nationals whose divorces involve cross-border issues.

Strengths

A commentator observes: "Their focus is always on getting the best outcome for the client, usually by resolving conflicts in the most commercially sensible way possible."

A source reports: "The statements they produce on behalf of clients are on the money and they don't put a foot wrong. Their advice is always spot on."

"Boodle Hatfield has a highly professional and experienced team," says another interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Alexandra Hirst focuses her practice on advising high net worth individuals on complex family matters. She is routinely called upon to negotiate nuptial agreements, Schedule 1 matters and financial remedy proceedings. She is further experienced in handling cohabitation agreements.

Emily Brand regularly represents parents in multi-jurisdictional Schedule 1 and financial remedy proceedings. She is further skilled in handling international relocations and matters involving serious allegations of abuse.
"She is committed, and works hard and effectively for her clients." "She is excellent with clients and has an absolute determination to succeed. She is adept at dealing with difficult opponents and difficult cases." "Emily Brand is clever, strategically astute and sensible."

Harriet Errington frequently assists with nuptial agreements and ancillary relief matters involving substantial assets. She also has experience in abuse allegations and international abduction cases. She is recognised for acting on complex relocation cases.
"She's very analytical, pays real attention to detail and knows her cases inside out and backwards." "She is extremely capable."

James Ferguson represents high net worth individuals in relation to complex financial disputes. These involve a range of matters such as high-value trust, corporate and disclosure issues. He also routinely advises on prenuptial agreements.
"James Ferguson is very clever and insightful. He gives really sound advice." "He is a pleasure to work with and routinely achieves outstanding results for his clients."

Katie O'Callaghan has a strong and rising profile in the family law market. Her practice stretches across a wide spectrum of matters including nuptial agreements, Children Act cases and financial remedy proceedings.
"She has an encyclopaedic memory of her cases - you can ask her about any fact or document and she will recall it instantly." "She is well regarded in the market."

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London (Firms)

Family/Matrimonial


Alexandra Hirst
Associates to watch
Emily Brand
Band 4
Harriet Errington
Band 5
James Ferguson
Band 3
Katie O'Callaghan
Up and Coming