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Mishcon de Reya LLP

Family/Matrimonial

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What the team is known for

Well-regarded family team advising on high-value and international separation and financial remedy matters. Experienced in handling cases involving substantial assets, trusts and offshore structures, inherited wealth and foreign enforcement proceedings. Regularly engaged in divorce and ancillary relief proceedings which involve high-profile and well-known individuals. Further experience in cases involving child arrangements and relocations. Dedicated sector expertise complemented by its wider private client and commercial offering.

Strengths

"Mishcon de Reya offers a Rolls-Royce service. The have in-house experts for every issue and the advice they provide is fast, definitive and effective," notes an interviewee.

Another respondent reports: "Mishcon de Reya deals with the most difficult, complex and hard-fought family litigation with consummate professionalism, razor-sharp legal skill and dedication to clients."

A source comments: "They pay meticulous attention to detail, and each partner is well supported within the firm by associates."

Notable practitioners

Barbara Reeves heads the firm's family department. She comes highly recommended for her handling of financial remedy and Children Act proceedings for high-profile individuals. She has further experience in jurisdictional issues and surrogacy disputes.
"Barbara Reeves provides her clients with solid commercial advice and the courage to fight for their convictions. She is not afraid to speak her mind and is refreshingly pragmatic." "She's a pleasure to deal with and is very competent. She deals with children and financial cases equally effectively, and is very approachable." "She's terrific. She takes an energetic approach, makes clients think about things and be realistic, and is absolutely spot on."

Claire Yorke 's highly regarded practice encompasses financial remedy proceedings, non-disclosure claims and maintenance orders. Her experience includes wealth protection mandates such as advising on nuptial agreements. She is also skilled in acting on child relocations.
"Claire Yorke is utterly committed to her clients and has an uncanny ability to cut through even the most complex cases." "She's constructive, sensible and willing to collaborate with others for the best interests of her client." "She is very knowledgeable on both the law and the detail in her cases."

Kate Clark frequently takes on international disputes such as relocation matters and financial remedy proceedings involving complex offshore trust structures. She regularly acts on children cases involving complex issues, including parental alienation and domestic violence.
"She has empathy in spades coupled with a steely determination." "She is a really practical, hard-working, no-nonsense lawyer who works hard to complete matters." "Kate Clark's easy charm with clients belies a core of steel and ability to get the job done."

Sandra Davis is a highly respected practitioner who regularly handles financial proceedings involving complex asset structures, as well as cross-border cases and nuptial agreements. She is also commended for acting on international relocations and parental alienation allegations.
"Sandra is a tactical genius who puts her clients at ease and has her eye firmly on the right strategy in each individual case. She has seen it all before and is afraid of nobody. She is incredibly adept at getting the best out of her team." "A doyenne who brings incredible experience and wisdom tempered by an incredibly engaging personality." "She is absolutely incredible. She is very structured and very thoughtful."

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Overview

Protecting the interests of families lies at the heart of what we do. Whether it is advising on inter-generational wealth preservation or dealing with relationship breakdown, we take a strategic approach to the issues and aspirations that families have. We appreciate the complexity that wealth brings and we assist our clients and their families through all life stages. We are robust in our advice and our approach to litigation but always seek resolution with minimal acrimony. We handle every matter with the utmost discretion.

We encourage parents to put children at the centre of their decision making. With the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, we are the first Firm to partner with a therapeutic organisation to find better ways of resolving disputes that involve children. We believe in building families too and support parents undergoing assisted reproduction and surrogacy arrangements.

We understand how relationship breakdown not only affects a family but also third parties, and our clients include individuals, corporations and trustees, many of whom are international. Our ability to unpick the complexities of cross-border relationship breakdown and work with lawyers and advisors in other countries ensures that difficult matters are dealt with smoothly.

Beyond our bespoke service for the full range of issues clients may face during separation or divorce, we anticipate and meet the needs they encounter in their wider personal and business lives.

Members

Reeves, Barbara (Head of Department)

Ball, Jennifer

Beattie, Dan

Brereton, Alex

Cassidy Hope, Sheena

Clark, Kate

Davis, Sandra

Felix, Antonia

Geffin, Miles

Henley, Jo

Hines, Robert

Infante, Sarah

Lachno, Rebecca

Lesson, Melissa

Mantle, Alice

Neuberger, Saskia

Palmer-Coole, Jack

Radcliffe, Clare

Rees, James

Sangani, Krishma

Willing, Emma

Yorke, Claire

Family/Matrimonial

Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Location

Africa House

70 Kingsway

London

Greater London

UK

WC2B 6AH

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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


Barbara Reeves
Band 2
Claire Yorke
Band 5
Kate Clark
Band 5
Sandra Davis
Star Individuals