Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

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Payne Hicks Beach has a highly esteemed family department that "offers the right home for the most discerning and high-profile clients." The team represents a wide range of clients, with particular expertise in advising international ultra high net worth individuals.

A London barrister says clients' "individual needs will be met by a highly qualified team with a depth of experience of such cases. Clear-sighted strategy and legal expertise will guide their case at every stage." Other sources note that "they never disappoint in terms of how they deliver," and that "this is their bread and butter."

Notable practitioners

Ben Parry-Smith advises on the full range of family law cases and is "someone who has the most extraordinary energy for cases," a source says, adding that "he goes above and beyond the call of duty for his clients and he has great instincts for cases." A London barrister says Parry-Smith "instils confidence by his mastery of the case."

Fiona Brown advises on matrimonial finance aspects of divorce. A London barrister says she is "the most intelligent solicitor I work with," adding that "she is fantastic at drafting, with a very good capacity to absorb information. She is very impressive."

Star individual Fiona Shackleton is a highly experienced family lawyer who advises some of the highest-profile clients on sophisticated divorce proceedings, including those with an international dimension. A market insider says she is "the most well-known divorce lawyer in the country and she has the most extensive contacts in the country," adding that she has an "innate capacity to know where the case is going to go." Another source says she is a "phenomenal tactician, always three or four steps ahead of the curve. She is a force of nature, absolutely phenomenal."

Nick Bennett joined Payne Hicks Beach from Farrer & Co in October 2019. As well as divorce work, Bennett has particular expertise in pre- and post-nuptial agreements with an international dimension. A source enthuses that "when emotions run high, he is very unflappable," adding that "Nick engages with his client intellectually." Other sources note that he has a "high attention to detail and will robustly argue his client's corner."

Philip McGuirk is a specialist in family law who deals with both domestic and international financial remedy proceedings, pre- and post-nuptial contracts, cohabitation contracts and child relocation disputes. Sources say he is "calm and measured" and has a "fantastic eye for detail," as well as being someone who "creatively resolves disputes."

Rebecca Cockcroft , co-head of the family department, represents clients in financial remedy disputes, cohabitation contracts and child arrangements. "What is great about Rebecca is she is really on top of the details," says an interviewee, adding: "She has great legal acumen but is also a really compassionate person and very warm with her clients." Another source says she is "very emotionally intelligent," with a "really good insight into what the problems are."

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Payne Hicks Beach is one of the country's leading family law firms and includes some of the most pre-eminent individuals in this area of the law. 

We offer advice from partners who are known as leaders in family law and who act successfully for clients in the most high profile of cases that regularly appear in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. 

With a large team of experts whose experience is unsurpassed in working for ultra-high net worth individuals and public figures, we often act in relation to the most noteworthy cases where pre/post-nuptial agreements are involved. 

We have unmatched expertise in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including Part III claims (where divorces take place abroad and financial matters are resolved in the UK), pre- and post-nuptial agreements, the treatment of pre-acquired and inherited wealth, and the complex issues involved when children are removed from the home jurisdiction. We are specialists in surrogacy, adoption, fertility and modern family.

We offer experienced and intelligent analysis of complex financial circumstances - often international, together with a sensitive and authoritative approach to guide our clients and obtain the best possible outcomes through this difficult time. 

Given the nature of our clients, we understand the importance of preserving their confidentiality and exercising discretion at all times. We provide the utmost levels of discretion for our clients for whom confidentiality is the most valued asset.


Cockcroft, Rebecca (Head of Department)

McGuirk, Philip (Head of Department)

Beccle, Simon

Bennett, Nick

Booth, Matthew

Brown, Fiona

Buckmaster, Camellia

Campbell-Hewson, Claudia

Carrington Brook, Emma

Cockcroft, Rebecca

Connell, Ian

Costley, Catherine

de'Sanna, Vicky

Devereaux, Orlaith

Finucane, Sorcha

Forsyth, Louise

Foy, Emily

Gerrard, Kelly

Helm, Emilie

Hingston, Victoria

Manners, Nick

McMullan, Beth

Moger, Joshua

Parkes, Katie

Parry-Smith, Ben

Parry-Smith, Ben

Savill, Isabella

Scarratt, Luke

Shackleton, Fiona

Williams, Sarah

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Department

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Department location

10 New Square

Lincoln's Inn


Greater London



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Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

Ben Parry-Smith
Up and Coming
Fiona Brown
Band 3
Fiona Shackleton
Star Individuals
Nick Bennett
Band 3
Philip McGuirk
Band 2
Rebecca Cockcroft
Band 3