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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

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The family team at Payne Hicks Beach advises on complex, high-profile and high-value family matters. An interviewee notes: "They have such a super team of lawyers that are real experts in their field."

A source highlights the quality of the family team: "Their family law team is excellent. They are extremely dedicated, extremely hard-working and very results-focused." This source adds: "They're really dynamic and energetic."

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Ben Parry-Smith is "incredibly good at putting clients at ease," says a source, who continues: "He can talk equally well to financially naive people and titans of industry." Parry-Smith represents high net worth clients in complex divorce and children matters. An interviewee notes: "He is great, he is always very thorough. He has a very tactical brain."

"Exceptionally good" Fiona Shackleton is "the queen in this area of work," enthuses a source, who continues: "She is the top solicitor out there." She represents high net worth clients in complex family law matters. An interviewee notes: "Fiona Shackleton is a golden star. She's a first-class lawyer," adding: "Her client-handling skills are excellent." Market sources say: "She remains unsurpassable in the divorce world" and "is just an extraordinary solicitor."

Nick Bennett represents high net worth individuals in complex family matters including high-value divorce and financial matters. An interviewee says: "He is very practical and cuts to the heart of things." This source adds: "He is very intellectually bright."

Philip McGuirk advises high net worth clients on complex financial remedy work. A source says: "He is very commercial and has excellent judgement." Another interviewee explains: "He has got a very strategic and meticulous brain and way of thinking. He always looks to the longer-term objectives. He is really good at analysing the weaknesses and possible problems of a case and plotting that out from the beginning."

Rebecca Cockcroft advises on a comprehensive range of family law issues including divorce and children matters. A source explains: "She is very emotionally intelligent, she really get the subtleties of her cases." This source continues: "She offers the wraparound complete client service. Her clients love her, which is hardly surprising. She deals with every problem they have."

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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

Buckmaster, Camellia

Campbell-Hewson, Claudia

Cockcroft, Rebecca

Connell, Ian

Costley, Catherine

de'Sanna, Vicky

Devereaux, Orlaith

Forsyth, Louise

Foy, Emily

Gerrard, Kelly

Gray, Sorcha

Helm, Emilie

Hingston, Victoria

Manners, Nick

Moger, Joshua

Parkes, Katie

Parry-Smith, Ben

Parry-Smith, Ben

Savill, Isabella

Scarratt, Luke

Shackleton, Fiona

Williams, Sarah

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

Payne Hicks Beach LLP


10 New Square

Lincoln's Inn


Greater London



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Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

Ben Parry-Smith
Band 4
Fiona Shackleton
Star Individuals
Nick Bennett
Band 4
Philip McGuirk
Band 2
Rebecca Cockcroft
Band 3