Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

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Penningtons Manches Cooper is held in high regard in family law. The firm's family department advises on complex financial and children proceedings arising from divorce. It also advises on nuptial and cohabitation agreements, often with an international dimension.

A client says that "they are well connected internationally and always managed to source the best individuals with relevant local expertise to help strengthen the case we were putting forward."

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As well as matrimonial finance, Anna Worwood frequently advises on cross-border relocation matters and marital contracts. A client says: "Anna is very responsive, exceptional at understanding the bigger picture and good at giving clear advice about what steps are sensible." Peers say she has a "very strong children practice and is one of the go-to names for private law children disputes," adding: "She is a thoroughly decent lady as well."

Edward Floyd offers advice on financial proceedings on divorce, private law children matters and marital agreements. A fellow lawyer says that "his attention to detail is really strong. He is a really detailed guy and an unbelievably conscientious person."

James Stewart gets "absolutely stellar work" and is "able to pull together teams that deliver on every front," a market insider highlights. He represents clients in all aspects of family law, but particularly on intricate financial remedy cases often with complex offshore trust structures. "With numerous international contacts and local knowledge, he was able to advise on how to achieve the most successful outcome," says one client, adding that Stewart was "simply brilliant in untangling this complex financial case."

Jane Craig is "measured, calm and allows people to play to their strengths," says a fellow family lawyer; "she does not try and force everybody into a mould of what the Penningtons person should be, but allows them to flourish and to blossom." Craig focuses on complex high net worth financial claims arising from divorce. These cases often include sophisticated trust structures and multi-jurisdictional assets.

Associate-to-watch Matilda Kingham is "brilliant as an associate and absolutely a rising star - she is so bright," enthuses one source, who adds that Kingham has "cases that she manages on her own and does them phenomenally well; she grasps issues quickly because of her razor-sharp mind."

As well as matrimonial finance and children matters, Rebecca Carlyon also has particular skill in preparing marital agreements and is an accredited collaborative lawyer. "Rebecca's attention to detail is second to none," says one client, adding: "She is clever and was brilliant at collating the financial documentation needed for the case. She has great personal skills, with genuine empathy and warmth during a very difficult time, and was a huge support - always accurate, always one step ahead."

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Penningtons Manches Cooper’s family team is of the highest quality, with outstanding lawyers across all levels of the team. It includes James Stewart, Chambers HNW Family Lawyer of the Year, 2018.

We are particularly known for our expertise in complex high net worth financial cases, both nationally and internationally. We have specialist expertise in acting for trust companies, family offices and other third parties who are either joined to or obliged to intervene in, often complex, financial remedy applications.

The consequences of marital and relationship breakdown increasingly have a cross-jurisdictional dimension, particularly in London, one of the most international cities in the world. We regularly advise on choice of forum, sometimes referred to as “forum shopping”.

Our team includes six Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), and members of our team hold leadership positions in other key international family law organisations, including the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and the International Family Law Committee.

We advise on:

- international pre- and post-nuptial agreements

- choice of forum for divorce

- the international movement of children and international child abduction

- issues of habitual residence/applicable law

- international enforcement of English orders

- the management and supervision of multi-jurisdictional cases

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Department

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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125 Wood Street


Greater London



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Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

Anna Worwood
Band 2
Edward Floyd
Band 3
James Stewart
Band 1
Jane Craig
Band 2
Matilda Kingham
Associates to watch
Rebecca Carlyon
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