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Howard Kennedy LLP

Family/Matrimonial

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What the team is known for

Robust family team advising on ADR, litigation and nuptial agreements. Handles matters across borders and has notable expertise in complex private children work, often involving child arrangement proceedings. Offers a well-rounded service through strategic domestic and international professional partnerships in areas such as accountancy.

Strengths

Interviewees describe the team as "very collaborative, very much in tune and sensitive to what other areas are about in the firm. They are a very professional outfit."

Notable practitioners

Alan Kaufman is held in high regard for the depth of his family law expertise, which draws on significant experience in acting for high-profile individuals in major financial disputes. He is also noted for his handling of ADR proceedings.
"He is very sound and a very talented mediator." "What stands out is his ability to be a part of the team."

As head of the department, Lois Langton acts on a range of matters for an impressive client base, including financial remedy cases and prenuptial agreements. She is also noted for her Children Act expertise.
"She has a thoughtful, robust and individually tailored approach to legal issues." "She is very good - she knows the papers and is on top of the details. She's very supportive of counsel and clients and she's a team player." "The work she does is brilliant."

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Overview

The team advises a variety of high net worth clients including entrepreneurs, City workers, sports & media personalities. Their experience with these clients has led to them developing a particular strength in freezing injunctions, inherited wealth and the wrongful removal of confidential information, all of which are issues which are relevant to their clients.

Leading reported cases

Arbili v Arbili [2015] EWCA Civ 542: Lois Langton successfully acted for the wife, the Court of Appeal case concerned treatment of inherited property and the use of unlawfully obtained confidential information. 

UL v BK [2013] EWHC 1735 (Fam): Lois acted successfully for the husband, this case remains the leading Family Law authority on freezing injunctions & without notice applications, it also provided clear updated guidance on Imerman principles. 

DM and LK, Re [2016] EWHC 270 (Fam): Lois acted successfully for the commissioning parents, the case is a leading authority on what constitutes an "enduring relationship" and provides guidance on the issue of consent in surrogacy agreements. 

G v G [2015] EWHC 2101 (Fam): Alan Kaufman acted successfully for a former wife, the case examined the interplay of UK and European law in a Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) application to determine jurisdiction. The ex-husband appealed to the Court of Appeal.The team again successfully challenged and defeated the application is now reported as Magiera v Magiera [2016] EWCA Civ 1292.

Members

Green, Emma

Kaufman, Alan

Langton, Lois

Smith, Jessica

Clients

Catriona Arbili

Eve Magiera

Industries

Banks

Commercial & Professional Services

Financial Services

Media

Private Clients/Individuals

Real Estate

Retail

Sport

Family/Matrimonial Department

Howard Kennedy LLP

firm
Department location

No. 1 London Bridge

London

Greater London

UK

SE1 9BG

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London (Firms)

Family/Matrimonial


Alan Kaufman
Band 4
Lois Langton
Band 4

Family/Matrimonial: Mainly ADR


Alan Kaufman
Band 2