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Kingsley Napley LLP

Family/Matrimonial

6 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Well-balanced practice with a strong offering on both the high-value financial remedy and sensitive children sides of private family law. Provides expertise in international work, particularly in relation to surrogacy and maintenance. Frequently involved in cases spanning Europe, Asia and America. Strong reputation for engaging in matters with concurrent criminal proceedings, aided by in-house strength in criminal law.

Strengths

A commentator observes: "They're practical, personable and listen to their clients, never forgetting that they come first."

"It's a brilliant team," says another source. "They are meticulous, really clever and very knowledgeable."

An interviewee labels Kingsley Napley "a consistent provider of absolute quality."

Notable practitioners

Abby Buckland is a highly respected associate with significant expertise in advising high net worth clients on matrimonial finance matters. She demonstrates additional experience handling Children Act cases.
"She's a very good litigator who knows which points to push. She's also very comforting towards and supportive of her clients." "She is very good strategically" "She is the complete package. She is totally calm even under the most challenging of circumstances and is utterly masterful regarding the law and the facts."

Charlotte Bradley draws on significant experience in international divorce matters, as well as handling nuptial agreements, jurisdictional disputes, Schedule 1 matters and allegations of abuse. Her litigation expertise is complemented by notable mediation strength.
"She has superb instincts on children and complex financial cases, and combines this with sensitivity and emotional intelligence. Clients always feel fully supported and know that no stone will be left unturned to get them the best outcome." "She is focused and empathetic with traumatised, grief-stricken clients." "She really cares about her clients and their cases, and her concern is trying to find the best deal."

Connie Atkinson takes on cross-border finance and child proceedings, offering particular expertise in surrogacy matters involving immigration issues. She regularly handles international relocations, and garners praise for her experience as a qualified mediator.
"She is a very good mediator who works through the trickiest of cases and resolves them." "She's very experienced and very calm." "She's really impressive and has a fantastic manner."

Jane Keir is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional children and finance matters, including those involving complex trust structures and nuptial agreements. She is also skilled in handling high-value Schedule 1 matters and coercive control allegations.
"She is calm and supportive with her clients, and will really fight for them if needs be. She is very well regarded among her peers as a really strong family lawyer." "She's very reasonable, very pragmatic and doesn't take bad points."

Sital Fontenelle acts for a range of high net worth professionals, handling matters such as divorce proceedings and prenuptial agreements involving significant assets. She has additional experience providing counsel on child arrangements.
"Sital Fontenelle is bright, bold, pragmatic and forward-thinking. She puts a lot of thought into strategy and how to find a way forward in matters." "Clients adore her and have no doubt that she will fight to get the best result. She cares deeply about them and has endless empathy." "She is very hard-working and committed to her clients."

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Overview

Our team of family and divorce lawyers is recognised nationally and internationally for our strategic advice, expertise in both finance and children cases and our outstanding client care.

We often represent high profile and high net worth individuals and City professionals in complex finance proceedings. This includes advising in matters involving company structures, off shore trusts and farming assets.

We frequently advise international clients on cross-border issues – with expertise relating to France and Europe generally, the US, Middle-East, India, Australia and Africa among others. We have an established network of foreign lawyers and overseas professionals and can advise with strategy and urgency from the outset.

We have in-depth expertise in advising clients in high conflict children and finance cases, e.g. involving claims of parental alienation, complex child relocation, personality disorders and addiction. We work closely with the therapeutic community to provide our clients with a wholistic service. 

We often advise in respect of nuptial agreements and represent clients in divorce cases involving English prenuptial and foreign matrimonial agreements.

Where appropriate, we offer alternatives to litigation such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

With our wider firmwide services ranging from immigration to reputation management, property, corporate, wealth and tax planning, and criminal litigation advice, we are able to provide a one-stop-shop service.

Members

Bishop, Alexandra

Buckland, Abby

Buckland, Abby

Dodds, Sarah

Evans, Lauren

Fontenelle, Sital

Freeman, Rachel

Hall, Colleen

Harrison, Mia

Keir, Jane

MacFarlane, Will

Maguire, Cate

Nevin, Stacey

Pearce, Cady

Stiles, Olivia

Family/Matrimonial

Kingsley Napley LLP

firm
Location

20 Bonhill Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC2A 4DN

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

London (Firms)

Family/Matrimonial


Abby Buckland
Associates to watch
Charlotte Bradley
Band 1
Connie Atkinson
Up and Coming
Sital Fontenelle
Band 3

Family/Matrimonial: Mainly ADR


Charlotte Bradley
Band 1