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  • Overview

    Our specialist family lawyers in our offices in Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway are experienced in negotiating financial resolutions and divorce settlements, as well as acting for clients in financial remedy court proceedings. 

    Whilst we have a particular expertise in acting for high net worth individuals, we have a broad range of experience in the team and will allocate your case to the most appropriate lawyer for dealing with your financial dispute on divorce. We provide fair and pragmatic advice that is easy to understand and tailored to your individual circumstances. 

    We will consider your financial resources and needs, and those of any children involved, and discuss with you the most appropriate way of addressing the financial issues in your case. This may be through mediation, through voluntary financial disclosure between lawyers or, in some cases, through an application to the court for financial orders.

    We will advise you about the various financial claims available to married couples and civil partners upon a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, including claims for periodical payments (maintenance), lump sums, orders in respect of property ownership, and pensions. We are able to advise and assist in relation to child maintenance, making claims through the Child Maintenance Service and financial claims for children.

    Your lawyer will give you realistic and practical advice about your case and will carry out a 'cost-benefit' analysis with you when deciding upon the most appropriate course of action. We will continue to apply this 'cost-benefit' analysis throughout the course of your case.

    We will also discuss whether your case is appropriate for collaborative law. Four lawyers in the team are qualified collaborative lawyers; Joanna Pratt, Kirstie Law, Desmond O'Donnell and Helen Waite.

    If you decide not to commence divorce proceedings immediately, but still wish to address financial matters with your spouse or civil partner, we can advise you about Separation Agreements. We can act for you in negotiating the terms of a separation agreement and draft an agreement for signature.

    Our team of lawyers dealing with financial settlements has strong relationships with specialist family law barristers both in London and the South East. We will work with you to choose the most appropriate barrister for your case, should it be necessary to involve one. We also have good relationships with local accountants, independent financial advisers, surveyors and pensions experts.

    Examples of how we have helped:

    •   Divorce and financial proceedings through collaborative law
    •   Divorce and financial proceedings including a foreign company 
    •   Former spouse stopped contributing to the family expenses
    •   Multiple assets outside of the UK
    •   Instructing experts in relation to pensions and foreign assets on divorce 

    For further information please contact one of the team.


      

  • Related Client Stories

    Dividing jointly owned company assets to preserve their equity on divorce

    Joanna acted for a client with regard to their divorce and financial proceedings through collaborative law. Most of the parties’ assets were held in limited companies to which either or both of the parties were shareholders.

    Instructing experts in relation to pensions and foreign assets on divorce

    Anna has been acting for a client in financial proceedings. The client is financially vulnerable, having predominantly been reliant on their spouse’s financial support during the marriage.

    Dealing with foreign assets on divorce

    Anna acted for a client with regard to their financial proceedings. The client had multiple assets outside of the UK. During proceedings, the value of these assets and various foreign liabilities were contested.

    Transfer of money during a divorce and the involvement of international companies

    Desmond acted for a client in divorce and financial proceedings. The parties’ family home was put up for sale shortly after the parties separated and a buyer was found.

    Former spouse ceases to pay maintenance

    Sarah acted for a client with regard to financial and divorce proceedings. Following separation, the client’s former spouse stopped contributing to the family expenses.

    Claim brought against the Estate of a late father by the spouse

    We advised the beneficiaries on a claim brought against the Estate of their late father by the spouse of the deceased under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

  • Latest Updates

    ARBITRATION – The Pros and Cons

    Arbitration is becoming increasingly common, as an alternative to the court process in addition to using a solicitor to negotiate a settlement, collaborative law and mediation.

    Can you protect your business when faced with divorce?

    The answer to this question is the lawyer’s favourite answer of “it depends”. 

    Dealing with finances on divorce – how does it work?

    One of the main concerns for those taking advice from a family solicitor is often the “cost of the divorce”.

    Why pensions are an important asset during a divorce

    Pensions are just one of the assets a court will give consideration to when dealing with finances on divorce. Pensions can be dealt with by way of pension sharing, pension attachment or offsetting. In this article, we consider the importance of dealing with pensions on divorce.

    Divorce in later life

    For family law solicitors who specialise in financial remedy proceedings, the phrase “each case depends on its own facts” is a well-worn adage.  This statement is perhaps so obvious as to be trivial – surely every legal case depends on its facts?  But the statement is an acknowledgement of the extremely high level of judicial discretion in financial cases arising out of a divorce.

    Pandemic Unlocks Family Law Flood

    Desmond O’Donnell recently wrote a piece for Wealth Briefing Magazine, looking at child arrangement and maintenance payments during coronavirus.

    COVID-19 and remote mediation

    Whilst it has for years been possible to deal with the divorce paperwork online, the procedure for dealing with financial and children issues has historically required both parties to attend hearings.

    What happens when an ex-spouse does not abide by the terms of a settlement?

    Over recent weeks there has been some surprise in the world of family law at the decision made by banker Kerim Derhalli to pursue his former wife - Jayne Richardson Derhalli - for ‘back rent’ in relation to her occupation of the former £6 million matrimonial home in London, and maybe slightly more surprise at the fact the application has so far been successful.

    Ending the ‘Blame Game’ – The Need for Divorce Reform?

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At every stage in instructing TS&P (and I have used them for Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Employment Law) I have always been very impressed with the quality of the people I have dealt with. Keep doing what they are doing and they will keep my business as well as be warmly recommended by me.

Client

I have found both Una and Desmond very professional, knowledgeable and understanding people. It is good to deal with 'humans' when having to work on personal documentation.

Client

I found Sarah very approachable and her advice pragmatic. She immediately understood my situation and I felt comfortable in sharing information about my situation. The written advice that followed was easy to understand and I felt clear about my options.

Client

Their technical and experiential knowledge in divorce law and experience in presenting legal arguments at court are real strengths.

Client

The 'very personal' family team is 'always accessible' and 'very knowledgeable.'  

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They just led the way for me, steered the way for me through it...I didn't have to worry about anything they just were very proactive.

Client

During the initial meeting with Helen, she had a manner about her that was reassuring and professional. I knew the company she represented was expensive, but felt absolute confidence in her to deliver if it was required.  

Client

Helen was very patient with me, as she often needed to translate documents from legalese to layman. The advice was always solid, but commensurate with the outcome I was seeking.

Client

Helen Waite carried out my instruction, she listened to what I wanted/needed. She kept me well informed on what was happening or not happening.

Client

Helen kept me informed, listened to what I wanted to say, achieved a great outcome for me.

Client

I feel that the compassion and determination of Sarah gave me hope and a will to push through such a painful time. I felt very confident in her letters and phone contact. She also made me laugh, which was hard at the time.

Client

The most reassuring and professional service you could get. Everything felt real and true, no false hopes but always reality which is what you need through emotional times,

Client

Very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

Client

Demonstrated a good understanding of the current laws pertaining to my particular case and ensured that my best interests were represented.

Client

Sarah came highly recommended via a family friend. I am based in the USA and was looking for an attorney that could handle a UK-based legal matter for me.

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