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Michael Rowlands

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Michael is a partner in the family team, dealing with all areas of family law, with particular emphasis on high net worth divorce/cohabitation claims and complex disputes involving children, including child relocation and abduction. He regularly acts for high profile individuals and sports personalities and in cases involving international families with multi-jurisdictional interests. He works closely with offshore lawyers and fiduciaries globally in respect of financial planning (pre- and postnuptial agreements) and divorce and he has a growing practice connected to the expat community in the UAE. Michael has acted on a number of significant reported cases, including: BJ v MJ (dealing with overseas trusts); P v P (appeal involving the division of the ownership in an off shore company); and Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky (high profile case on variation of maintenance). Michael is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. He has a deep understanding of the impact of addiction, behavioural and psychiatric issues on family breakdown and collaborates with experts who can provide clients with specialist support.

Professional Memberships

Resolution and the Family Mediators Association.


Qualified in 1986 at Stitt and Co (Temple). Joined Kingsley Napley in August 2010 from Cripps Harries Hall, where he was head of family law.


Michael regularly contributes articles to the press and speaks at conferences, including at UKESAD 2016 where he spoke alongside a leading US therapist on working with families affected by addiction, behavioural and personality disorders.