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Weightmans

Family/Matrimonial

2 ranked lawyersBand 3MidlandsUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Experienced team handling complex financial disputes and cases involving children. Well placed to assist with international aspects of relationship breakdowns. Knowledgeable in cases involving trusts, family businesses and overseas assets. Also demonstrates expertise in drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Provides alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation and collaborative law proceedings.

Strengths

Interviewees describe the department as "very strong in both private children matters and ancillary relief, including high net worth cases."

One client appreciates that "their communications were always accurate and made in a timely manner."

Notable practitioners

Fiona O'Sullivan advises clients on financial remedy proceedings and nuptial agreements, often involving significant trust assets. One client highlights her "excellent knowledge of the area she is working in – it is clear she has a wealth of experience in different situations."

Tania Derrett-Smith is well versed in both financial remedy proceedings and children matters. One interviewee enthuses: "She goes above and beyond for her clients; thoroughly prepared, realistic and provides excellent advice."

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Family/Matrimonial


Fiona M O'Sullivan
Band 2
Tania Derrett-Smith
Star Associates