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Michael Rowlands

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Michael is a partner in the family team with particular expertise in high net worth divorce/Schedule 1 claims and complex disputes involving children, including child relocation, abduction and claims of alienation. He regularly acts for high profile individuals, sports personalities and international families with multi-jurisdictional interests.

He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and works closely with offshore lawyers and fiduciaries in respect of financial planning (pre- and postnuptial agreements) and divorce. Michael has a growing practice and expertise relating to the expat communities in the UAE, Oman and Bahrain.

Michael has acted on significant reported cases, including: M v F (high value Schedule I proceedings); BJ v MJ (dealing with overseas trusts); P v P (appeal regarding division of ownership in offshore company); and Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky (high profile variation of maintenance).

He has a deep understanding of the impact of addiction, behavioural and psychiatric issues on family breakdown and he collaborates with experts in those fields to support his clients.


Qualified in 1986. Former head of family team at Cripps Harries Hall. Joined Kingsley Napley in 2010.


Michael regularly blogs, writes press articles and speaks at conferences on family law issues.