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Queen Elizabeth Building QEB

Family/Matrimonial

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QEB boasts sought-after silks and juniors with valued expertise in matrimonial finance law, who act for a high-profile, high net worth client base in the full gamut of family proceedings. Cases undertaken by the set frequently involve highly complicated issues relating to such things as trusts, offshore accounts and prenuptial agreements. Many of them are multinational in nature. Although primarily known for their strength in finance proceedings, some members are also proficient in the handling of children cases. Sources agree that the barristers "have huge strength and depth across the board at senior silk and junior level," and are "consistently brilliant."

Client service:

One solicitor says: "The clerking service is first-class. All the clerks from the senior clerk down are cooperative and willing to help in any way they can." Howard Rayner leads the team.

Strengths:

Amy Kisser
Inspiring impressive market reaction, this practitioner handles high net worth financial cases. She is noted for her specialism in cases involving complicated corporate and trust structures and assets.
"Has excellent judgement and comes up with creative solutions to difficult problems." "She prepares her cases in staggering detail, and both her client care skills and advocacy are first-class." "Amy provides clear, strong advice to the client and is always able to fully grasp the issues in a case."

Strengths:

Catherine Cowton QC
Expert family finance practitioner who is well respected for her high-profile practice, which consists of both significant litigation and private FDR hearings. Her expertise additionally extends to Schedule 1 cases. She has handled cases arising from the dissolution of civil partnership and cohabitation.
"A lawyer of fierce intellect who cuts to the chase and is hugely supportive to the instructing solicitor." "She is thoroughly prepared, incredibly commercial, and a good lateral thinker whose strategy is spot on." "Catherine prepares the case like no one else and knows every single detail."

Strengths:

Charanjit Batt
Predominantly a financial practitioner handling moderate and high net worth divorce proceedings. She has broad international expertise and is an expert in jurisdictional and enforcement issues. Batt has experience in the area of offshore trusts considered in relation to acrimonious financial remedy proceedings.
"She is tough and her advocacy is fantastic." "Utterly on top of things, she makes the client feel completely at ease and works brilliantly as part of a team."

Strengths:

Daniel Bentham
Financial remedy specialist noted for his understated yet precise advocacy. He mainly represents high net worth clients in complex matters involving business interests and trusts. Bentham boasts further proficiency in jurisdiction disputes and in cases involving international tax and enforcement issues. He wins acclaim for his attention to detail and client care.
"Incredibly bright, totally unflappable, highly persuasive and very elegant." "A polished advocate who is a quick-thinking, sensible negotiator." "Incredibly cerebral and makes the best points in the best way."

Strengths:

Duncan Brooks
Family junior offering deep expertise in significant financial remedy cases, who is also widely regarded for his arbitration, FDR and wider dispute resolution practice. He has expertise in jurisdictional disputes and matters involving trusts and third parties.
"Completely imperturbable and knows his way around numbers and spreadsheets." "He is very knowledgeable and so authoritative and sensible that he has the ear of the court - he is destined for greatness." "Duncan has amazing judgement and is incredibly pragmatic. If there is a deal to be found he will find it."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Clarke
Leading financial junior specialising in high net worth divorce cases of high technical complexity, many of which involve asset issues. She is commended for her sharp and assertive advocacy, and is widely regarded as operating at the level of a silk.
"An absolute star who commands an excellent practice. She is a breath of fresh air, who is straight to the point and charming."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the husband in Pierburg v Pierburg, a high net worth jurisdiction dispute which determined the definition of 'residence' in divorce proceedings.

Strengths:

Fitzrene Headley
Respected junior with a fast-growing practice in matrimonial finance proceedings. She is frequently instructed by the top London family firms, and has appeared unled before the High Court. Headley has experience of handling cases that include enforcement applications, trusts, and pensions. She frequently takes on matters with significant multi-jurisdictional elements.
"Outstandingly driven and knowledgeable." "She gives clear advice and is a fierce advocate in the courtroom."

Strengths:

James Ewins QC
Specialises in large-scale financial remedy proceedings concerning complex international wealth and trust structures, including pensions and trusts. He is also experienced in jurisdictional disputes and international enforcement matters.
"Hugely intelligent and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the case law and issues. He is an excellent private FDR judge and has a nice, measured manner which clients respond to." "Fantastically numerate and an ace strategist, he has such a quick and incisive grasp of the underlying numbers and fact patterns in a case, as well as the ability to take a step back and look at the big picture."

Strengths:

Joseph Rainer
Rapidly rising junior who is instructed in the full range of private family law matters, more particularly financial remedy proceedings. He has expertise in cases concerning TOLATA, as well as those relating to pensions, enforcement and asset structures, and has handled a number of matters that are international in nature.
"Super intelligent, helpful and incredibly hard-working. The level of his written work is fantastic." "A down-to-earth and focused advocate." "His detail is impressive and he is a whiz with numbers."

Strengths:

Lewis Marks QC
One of the prime leaders in London family law, who handles the most significant financial cases, many of which are international in nature. He is renowned for his technical proficiency and superior courtroom skills. Sources extol his impressive all-round abilities both inside and outside the courtroom.
"Each consultation is a tour de force of the law and clients come away with huge respect for him."
Recent work: Acted in XW v XH, representing a husband in his wife's appeal against an award of £118.7 million.

Strengths:

Lucy Stone QC
Eminent financial practitioner who represents ultra high net worth individuals in substantial financial remedy proceedings. Her practice spans the globe and she has experience of representing prominent families.
"A brilliant team leader and client manager." "Peerless in her attention to detail and care for her clients, she produces beautiful advocacy that is so effective." "She is an incredibly warm and empathetic individual who always follows up after cases to check on how the client is doing."

Strengths:

Marcus Lazarides
Specialises in complex family finance work, and is particularly noted for cases where he navigates intricate corporate and trust structures containing significant assets. He is also well versed in disputes with an international dimension. Sources praise him for his calm and understated advocacy.
"A cerebral and tenacious barrister who gives his all in the service of the client." "A calming influence and a voice of reason, he is always spot on with his analysis of the case."

Strengths:

Marina Faggionato
Family junior recognised for the strength of both her complex high net worth finance and private children practices. She tackles cases of an international nature, and is also a qualified arbitrator. She is especially experienced in matters involving offshore assets.
"Constitutes the perfect blend of intelligence and approachability. She is down to earth and has a real sense of fairness." "An outstanding junior destined for the very top. Her grasp of detail in even the most complex cases is truly impressive and is matched by her level of service."

Strengths:

Matthew Firth
Focuses his family practice on financial remedy proceedings, engaging in high-value disputes on behalf of wealthy individuals. His experience includes company valuation and non-disclosure disputes.
"Grasps the complexities of the case and takes care to understand the client’s position. Matthew has an impressive knowledge of the relevant law, is thorough in his preparation, and provides robust, clear advice. He is always willing to pick up the phone to keep you updated and to provide advice as the case progresses."

Strengths:

Morgan Sirikanda
Family practitioner focusing on complex, high-value matrimonial finance cases, often including an international element. He maintains a practice which is notable for its specialism in financial remedy proceedings with complex business aspects.
"A bright, sensible, no-nonsense advocate who gets on fantastically with clients. His drafting is excellent." "Extremely calm under pressure and works collaboratively with solicitors. He will get the right outcome for your client." "His command of the detail and his knowledge of the law are at silk level."

Strengths:

Rosemary Budden
Focuses on matrimonial proceedings on behalf of wealthy clients, often involving complex corporate, trust and tax elements. Budden also has experience of issues involving cohabitees.
"Good for complex financial cases as she is detailed and amazingly well prepared." "She has a wonderful bedside manner and is first-class when dealing with vulnerable people."

Strengths:

Samantha Singer
Has a practice comprising high-value divorce proceedings undertaken on behalf of high-profile individuals. She is noted for her routine instruction by high-ranking London solicitor firms. Singer has expertise in sensitive and high-profile matters, acting both led and unled.
"Clear and concise with excellent advocacy and client skills." "She is first-class on her feet and unfazed by appearing against leading counsel." "The complete package. Her preparation and documents are excellent, and she is an assured advocate when in court."

Strengths:

Sarah Phipps
Experienced family junior frequently instructed by London's leading firms in high net worth financial remedy proceedings. She handles divorce cases which often have international elements attached, and has experience of dealing with complex trust and business issues.
"Particularly excellent at grasping the details of my case." "A delight to work with. She is clear in her advice, firm when necessary, and fantastic with clients. Sarah is one of most polished and experienced juniors around."

Strengths:

Stewart Leech QC
Leading family silk known for his Anglo-French practice, who represents extremely wealthy clients in complex financial remedy proceedings. He is also noted for his assistance with matters that involve corporate issues. Sources highlight him for his excellent client care.
"Measured, calm, incredibly diligent and a team player, he is an understated but extremely persuasive advocate who is extremely technically able." "He tells you how it is, and is a go-to person for cross-jurisdictional issues."
Recent work: Represented the husband in Pierburg v Pierburg, a high net worth jurisdiction dispute concerning England and Germany.

Strengths:

Tim Amos QC
Highly experienced and respected money practitioner with a specialism in high-value Anglo-German disputes owing to his expertise in the field and professional-standard fluency in the German language. He has additional expertise in Austria and is noted for his skill in tackling complex jurisdiction issues. Amos is also respected for his standing as both collaborative counsel and a resolution mediator.
"An exceptional matrimonial barrister who is completely thorough and has excellent client skills." "He performs particularly brilliantly in cases with an Anglo-German dimension." "One of the very best for really complicated, international finance cases."

Strengths:

William Tyzack
Versatile family junior with a mixed practice comprising both international finance and children proceedings. He handles matters including those relating to leave to remove, abduction and divorce. Tyzack has expertise in trusts and Schedule 1 disputes.
"A talented, articulate and responsive junior who is great with clients." "He is particularly great at guiding clients through the most complex of multi-jurisdictional disputes."  "Charming, persuasive and has the case law at his fingertips."

Family/Matrimonial Department

Queen Elizabeth Building QEB

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Queen Elizabeth Building

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Catherine Cowton QC
Band 3
James Ewins QC
Band 2
Lewis Marks QC
Star Individuals
Lucy Stone QC
Band 1
Stewart Leech QC
Band 1
Tim Amos QC
Band 1