Debbie Chism

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Debbie's leading national reputation in family law is built on over 20 years' experience advising high net worth individuals. Debbie’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law (complex asset valuation, business interests, trusts and wealth protection structures). She advises regularly on international pre-nuptial agreements.

One of Debbie’s particular areas of expertise is collaborative law, having co-founded England’s first multi-disciplinary group of collaborative professionals (Creative Divorce).

Debbie acted for HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg in the successful application for a reporting restrictions order relating to family proceedings.

Debbie also acted for the wife in XW v XH [2017] EWFC 76 and XW v XH (No.2) (Reporting Restrictions Order) [2018] EWFC 44) in which the wife was awarded one of the highest recorded English divorce settlements. The case dealt with issues of special contribution, privacy and whether foreign marital contracts should be treated as pre-nuptial agreements. Debbie recently represented the wife in her successful application for the continuation of the reporting restrictions order, exceptionally, in the Court of Appeal.


Debbie graduated from Oxford University (Jurisprudence) in 1990.

Professional Memberships

Debbie is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.