Welcome to ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce.
A unique community designed for all practitioners involved in HNW Divorce. Membership is free for practitioners so join below. 

Our Community Partners:
Schneider Financial Solutions 1KBW Carey Olsen 29 Bedford Row PCD Club KILLIK & Co

Through our members’ focused community, both physical and digital, we assist in personal and firm wide growth. 

Working in close partnership with the industry rather than as a seller to it, we focus on delivering technical knowledge and practical insights. We are proud of our deep industry knowledge and the quality of work demonstrated in all our events and services.

Become a member of HNW Divorce and...

  • Join a community of experts, referrers and peers 
  • Attend events in all formats 
  • Interact using our digital Knowledge Hub
  • Learn and share expertise through the Community Magazine
  • Grow your network and business
  • Build relationships through a facilitated Membership directory 

Targeted at professionals whose practice encompasses or touches upon HNW Divorce. Community members will include:

Who should join?

Solicitors Solicitors
Barristers Barristers
Wealth Advisors Wealth Advisors
Forensic Accountants Forensic Accountants
Mental Health Counsellors Mental Health Counsellors
Mediators Mediators
Divorce Consultants Divorce Consultants
Investigators Investigators
Finance Professionals  Finance Professionals
Divorce Funders Divorce Funders

Upcoming Events

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Bespoke4
06 Apr 2020
Out-Of-Court Resolution in the Corona Virus Environment & Beyond

Virtual Conference 12.00pm - 2.00pm: We will be looking at best practice for virtual DR as well as sharing our tips and considering traps and pitfalls to avoid.You will have the opportunity to listen to practitioners with years of experience of virtual DR and learn more about the new innovations springing up


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4Sight
22 Sep 2020
Trust Busting in Divorce Proceedings - NEW DATE

Our first community 4Sight event for HNW Divorce is kindly hosted by Grant Thornton. Registration is from 6pm with an informative interactive panel session on Trust Busting from 6.30pm which will be followed by drinks and nibbles. Register now for free.


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1 Day Conference
29 Sep 2020
HNW Divorce Litigation - NEW DATE

ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Litigation conference features 20+ renowned international experts drawn from the spectrum of the HNW Divorce Litigation landscape.
Benefit from a full day of insight and discussion at an unparalleled price. 


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Bespoke4
Oct 2020
Death & Divorce: Vows & Promises

Bespoke4 events are half day focused sessions. Typically registration is from 1.30pm with an informative sessions running until 5.30pm with drinks and nibbles afterwards. Stay tuned for further details and do get in touch if you would be interested in contributing.


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Bespoke4
Oct 2020
Immigration Issues on Divorce

Bespoke4 events are half day focused sessions. Typically registration is from 1.30pm with an informative sessions running until 5.30pm with drinks and nibbles afterwards. Stay tuned for further details and do get in touch if you would be interested in contributing.


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4Sight
Nov 2020
Love Hurts: Divorce Proofing Inter-Generational Wealth Planning

Our inaugural HNW Divorce Next Gen event will give Next Gen members a chance to meet and network with peers from across the industry. Benefit from a content led panel session, and meet the founding committee. We are open to suggestions for what you want in the future!


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Bespoke4
Nov 2020
Enforcing a Divorce Award

Bespoke4 events are half day focused sessions. Typically registration is from 1.30pm with an informative sessions running until 5.30pm with drinks and nibbles afterwards. Stay tuned for further details and do get in touch if you would be interested in contributing.


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1 Day Conference
Dec 2020
Complex Finances

Featuring multiple international and cross disciplinary experts drawn from the spectrum of the HNW Divorce Litigation landscape, this 1 day conference will delve into the technical details of complex finances in a divorce that practitioners face on a daily basis. 


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1 Day Conference
Feb 2021
Trusts in Divorce

Featuring multiple international and cross disciplinary experts drawn from the spectrum of the HNW Divorce Litigation landscape, this 1 day conference will delve into the technical details of trusts in a divorce that practitioners face on a daily basis.


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ArticlesWebinars
Out-Of-Court Resolution: DR in the Corona Virus Environment and Beyond

We are adapting to a whole new normal – There’s been an overnight shift to remote working for almost the entire population and the court system which has remained unchanged for decades is creaking and in many instances no longer available. This is therefore a time for alternatives to court to come into their own. We are lucky that over the years we have developed a whole range of DR. All of the forms of DR can be undertaken virtually – whether by Skype/zoom/loop up and many accredited practitioners are waiting to help.


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Coronavirus in the Family Law arena

The Coronavirus pandemic has no doubt created fear around the world. With school closures, travel bans and the lockdown of many cities around the world, many of us are left wondering where the safest place for us is to ride out the coming months. Whilst it is completely understandable to want to protect ourselves, our families and our children, if looking for a safe haven results in you removing your children from their country of residence, without the consent of the other parent, you could find yourself facing civil and criminal repercussions.


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More Skype hearings prompted by the Coronavirus outbreak

Reports in some media and newspapers today, Sunday 8th March 2020, indicate that HM Courts & Tribunals Service is moving ahead with coronavirus containment plans to have more Skype type video-conferencing court hearings, particularly and initially in criminal cases, to reduce the need for use of public transport and public gathering. The family law profession will follow developments closely as it can only be a short step to the same measures in the Family Court.


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Community Magazine
HNW Divorce Magazine - Issue 1 - Valentines Special

We are delighted to bring you our inaugural Valentines edition of the HNW Divorce Magazine, where you will get the latest insights from all professionals whose practice encompasses or touches upon the HNW Divorce community.

Read Here!


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Potential Psychology and Emotional Challenges in HNW and UHNW Divorce

While we are all aware of the highly complex legal, financial, commercial and international issues raised by HNW divorces, how much do we know about the personalities that have evolved within this section of society? What might we encounter of the psychology and emotional aspects of the parties involved? HNW and UHNW individuals face and develop a set of challenges within life that might be unfamiliar to those who do not inhabit that world of affluence. The very nature of their circumstances allows them to distance and detach themselves from the everyday concerns that occupy most of the planet, the need to survive financial demands on daily basis, to make ends meet. Consequently there is often little awareness, sympathy or empathy for the human and existential struggles that they, like every other human on the planet, have to face.


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Will Marriage Story spark a debate about Family Justice?

The Oscar winning Marriage Story, released on Netflix, is a compellingly accurate, often painful to watch, account of the fallout when a marriage ends, and the damaging impact adversarial litigation can have. As family lawyers, we are all used to scoffing at TV dramas bearing little resemblance to the reality (“did you see? They used completely the wrong court forms!?  And just IMAGINE speaking to your clients like that!”), but Marriage Story really is something different.


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HNW foreign divorces with a Jersey connection

This article briefly discusses two cross-jurisdictional issues arising in foreign  HNW divorces on which we are regularly instructed to advise from a Jersey law perspective.Given Jersey's status as a leading and highly regulated, offshore financial services centre, we frequently encounter HNW and UHNW divorces featuring Jersey trust structures. In almost all cases, Jersey trusts are administered by professional trustees regulated under our Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 by the Jersey Financial Service Commission and further subject to the supervision of the Royal Court of Jersey. When beneficiaries of a Jersey trust become involved in foreign divorce proceedings, it is helpful for them to understand that the trustee(s) have a number of important decisions to make...


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Matrimonial Proceedings - Insolvency Considerations

Insolvency proceedings are a potential option for clients to consider in situations where there are unpaid debts, judgments and orders and/or concerns over the dissipation of assets.

It is recognised that insolvency can seem a nuclear option for enforcement but insolvency proceedings can be an effective strategy to maximise recoveries where a client has an outstanding award.


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How to enforce a prenuptial agreement

It is almost ten years since the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42 changed the law on prenuptial agreements, giving their enforceability a huge boost when holding that the parties would be held to their bargain in the event of a divorce where the agreement ‘’was freely entered into by each party with a full appreciation of its implications, unless in the circumstances prevailing it would not be fair to hold the parties to their agreement’’.


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The Coronavirus and Family Law

The World Health Authority is on the verge of declaring the coronavirus a pandemic, a disease found significantly on more than one continent and being spread frequently between people.  How should family lawyers take this into account in the work they are undertaking for their clients, particularly international clients or those with assets abroad?  This summary note is intended for England and Wales but has relevance for all family lawyers around the world.


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Disclosure in Financial Remedy Proceedings: no Longer a “Cheater’s Charter”?

The Family Court has demonstrated a willingness to assist a party to enforce a financial remedy order by allowing use of confidential documents where there is evidence of deliberate attempts by the respondent to frustrate English court’s orders, and where there is no evidence that the applicant acted unlawfully in accessing confidential materials.


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Child abduction—use of the 1996 Hague Convention as opposed to the inherent jurisdiction (Re I-L (children) (1996 Hague Child Protection Convention—inherent jurisdiction)

In Re I-L (children) the Court of Appeal allowed the father’s appeal and held that where the 1996 Hague Convention applies between two countries, if a 1980 Hague Convention application is made and is not successful, the applicable jurisdictional provisions are those of the 1996 Hague Convention, particularly Art 11, and the inherent jurisdiction is not available to use. Eleri Jones, barrister at 1GC Family Law, who represented the appellant father, considers the implications.


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Using Arbitration to settle Family Disputes – less Hollywood, more Privacy

Paul Hollywood is a highly public judge on one of Television’s most popular shows, with over 6 million viewers watching him and his taste buds push Great British Bake Off contestants to tears, frustration and occasional joy but when it comes to his divorce, he and his wife of over 20 years have chosen for their financial arrangements to be adjudicated in private.


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60 seconds with
60 Seconds with Jane Keir

Jane Keir is one of the most well known and recognisable faces of family law. As co-chair of our inaugural conference we got her thoughts on the industry and what to look out for on the 19th May. 


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Divorces, Death and dealing with the Deceased Estate

Boris Berezovsky was born in January 1946. He was a Russian business Oligarch, government official and mathematician. Berezovsky was politically opposed to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin...


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Cryptoassets and Divorcing a ‘Cryptoqueen’: Part l - Identification, Valuation and Preservation

In just ten years, cryptoassets have become a £100 billion industry. We now face the alarming prospect that millions of pounds can be hidden behind a few lines of computer code without ever touching a bank account. If your soon-to-be ex-partner has made a fortune with Bitcoin, how do you get a share?


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Gender identity and UK family law: Reform is needed

Over the last 50 years we have seen the dynamic response of the law in England and Wales to developments to modern families such as adoption, IVF, surrogacy, civil partnerships and same sex marriage. It is therefore disappointing that further, much needed and planned legislative reform in the sphere of family law with the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill (introducing No fault Divorce) and the Domestic Abuse Bill (increasing the protection for victims of domestic abuse) has fallen away due to the election


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60 seconds with
60 Seconds with Bill Hewlett

Bill Hewlett is pioneering a new approach to divorce and separation. We caught up with him prior to Bill speaking at our inaugural conference


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60 seconds with
60 Seconds with Nick Holland

Given the increasing focus on HNW divorce litigation and the prevalence these cases can get from the media, we caught up with Nick Holland from McDermott Will & Emery to get his different perspective on divorce litigation. 


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60 seconds with
60 Seconds with Laura Rosefield

Prior to speaking at our inaugural conference we caught up with Laura Rosefield, one of the leading Divorce consultants 


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What we say

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What our members say

"I’m very excited about the innovative approach that ThoughtLeaders4 are taking to the issue of high net worth divorce and the changing demands and needs of clients in 2020."

Laura Rosefield - Rosefield Divorce Consultantcy

"Given the continued development of the area I am excited to participate in the ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce conference. Especially the constructive debate on trusts in divorce and the family courts approach."

Nick Holland - McDermott Will & Emery

"I am delighted to be able to bring about a discussion that questions the fundamental principles upon which family law and mediation are predicated."

Bill Hewlett - Bill Hewlett Therapeutic Mediation

"This is a really unique and exciting approach to the industry; a true community feel and I am very pleased to be part of the Next Gen."

Abby Buckland - Kingsley Napley

"The approach is impressive and refreshing and I am delighted to be on board"

Metta Macmillan-Hughes - Lennox Paton

What our
members say

"I’m very excited about the innovative approach that ThoughtLeaders4 are taking to the issue of high net worth divorce and the changing demands and needs of clients in 2020."

Laura Rosefield - Rosefield Divorce Consultantcy

"Given the continued development of the area I am excited to participate in the ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce conference. Especially the constructive debate on trusts in divorce and the family courts approach."

Nick Holland - McDermott Will & Emery

"I am delighted to be able to bring about a discussion that questions the fundamental principles upon which family law and mediation are predicated."

Bill Hewlett - Bill Hewlett Therapeutic Mediation

"This is a really unique and exciting approach to the industry; a true community feel and I am very pleased to be part of the Next Gen."

Abby Buckland - Kingsley Napley

"The approach is impressive and refreshing and I am delighted to be on board"

Metta Macmillan-Hughes - Lennox Paton
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Our HNW Divorce Community Partners:
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For help with Event queries, Next Generation or Elite Circle contact:


Paul Barford

Founder / Director
020 7101 4155
email Paul

For help with Partnership queries contact:


Chris Leese

Founder / Director
020 7101 4151
email Chris

For help with Membership queries contact:


Danushka De Alwis

Founder / Director
020 7101 4191
email Danushka

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