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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Family/Matrimonial

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What the team is known for

Strong regional presence with standout teams in both Reading and Oxford. Often handles cases with a strong international element, including cross-border disputes in which children are involved, advising on care arrangements and surrogacy cases. Frequently advises high net worth individuals on complex financial settlements and nuptial agreements. Able to offer alternative dispute resolution options, including collaborative law and mediation.

Strengths

One client reports: "The team put me at ease and inspired confidence at every step. I never felt any doubt that they knew what they were doing and always felt that they had my best interests at heart."

Another notes: "I found their work excellent - they got to the bottom of issues quickly, provided good service and got me a good result."

Notable practitioners

Bethan Thomas is a senior associate in the firm's Reading office. She assists clients with a range of matrimonial finance work, with notable experience in cases that have international elements, and is also able to advice on private children disputes.

Jane Mitchell is based in Oxford and comes highly recommended by sources, who say: "She is enormously experienced, has fantastic judgement and is always very thorough and careful in both her preparation and her consideration of the issues that arise." She advises clients on divorce proceedings and related financial disputes, as well as on Schedule 1 Children Act matters and the creation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Reading-based Kerry Fretwell is "very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with," according to a client. She advises on a range of financial matters including high-value divorce proceedings and the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She also assists clients with private children law matters.

Ruth James is based in the firm's Oxford office, and frequently advises clients on complex matrimonial financial disputes involving overseas assets and trusts, as well as tax and business concerns. She also advises on matters concerning child contact and residence orders, including cross-border cases.

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Overview

Our family law department offers the highest quality of service to our clients, stemming from the experience and talent of outstanding family lawyers who are nationally and internationally acknowledged as leaders in their field.

We act in some of the leading cases in England and Wales representing clients including professionals, entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals, landowners, those in the public eye, or for their partners.

Our team is committed to providing clients with an unparalleled level of service in a compassionate, timely and cost effective manner from our offices in London, Oxford, Reading and Guildford. Our skills include constructive negotiation, a full range of family dispute resolution services and robust and rigorous litigation where required.

We work closely with the firm’s highly regarded private client team on complex onshore and offshore tax and trust issues, as well as lifetime and succession planning. We have significant experience in disputes between unmarried couples, the ground breaking issues surrounding surrogacy, “alternative families” and complex parenting arrangements.

Six members of our team are fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers. We are at the very forefront of those who advise on international family law issues including “forum shopping” or jurisdiction disputes as well as international marital agreements and cases involving cross-border disputes about children.

Family/Matrimonial Department

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Department location

9400 Garsington Road

Oxford Business Park

Oxford

Oxfordshire

UK

OX4 2HN

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Oxford and surrounds

Family/Matrimonial


Jane Mitchell
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Reading and surrounds

Family/Matrimonial


Bethan Thomas
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Kerry Fretwell
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