The objective is to bring together up-and-coming practitioners specialising in HNW Divorce to forge networks, discuss experiences and share knowledge.
- Targeted at those with 2-12 years experience
- Unique members only knowledge and networking
- All aspects of HNW Divorce catered for
ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Next Gen will run informative panel sessions and networking events, covering the most pertinent and current issues affecting HNW Divorce - targeted at the junior practitioner in HNW divorce.
Members will include:
- Junior partners, associates, counsel at law firms specialising in HNW Divorce
- Junior barristers practicing at the commercial, chancery, family bar
- Managers / junior directors at investigation firms
- In house at banks, wealth managers and financial institutions
- Litigation funders specialising in HNW Divorce
- Forensic accounting professionals
Bringing together up-and-coming HNW Divorce practitioners to share knowledge and experience
Who Qualifies as a Next Generation practictioner?
Are their membership criteria?
Typically members must operate in fields related to HNW Divorce Litigation and have 2 - 12 years of experience.
Does my membership end once I reach 12 years in the industry?
No, this only at the point of joining
Is there a membership fee?
No, membership is free.
Senior Associate - Kingsley Napley
Abby is a Senior Associate in the Family and Divorce team who undertakes matters involving all aspects of private family law and in particular complex financial issues and private children cases.
Abby practices in all aspects of private family law, with particular expertise in cases involving:
- Complex financial disputes often involving trust assets, family wealth or inheritance
- Farming divorces
- Pre and postnuptial agreements
- All issues concerning the arrangements for children, particularly cases involving parental alienation, relocation within or outside of England and Wales and financial provision for children
- International elements including;
- International relocation (also known as leave to remove)
- Cross border matrimonial disputes
- Jurisdiction race
Abby gives clear, sensible advice and takes great care of her clients, working strategically and creatively to achieve the best possible outcome.
Abby is recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019 and she is listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 UK. She has been shortlisted as Woman of the Year - Rising Star in the Powerwomen Awards 2020.
Partner - Levison Meltzer Pigott
Alistair joined the firm as a paralegal in 2005 and qualified having completed his training contract in 2008. He was made partner in 2015.
Alistair practises in all areas of family law, in particular complex financial remedy cases often involving assets in different jurisdictions and complicated trust structures. Alistair has assisted in many of the firm’s reported cases in recent years including US v SR in 2013, AC v DC & Others and AC v DC and others (no 2) in 2012 and J v J and Jones v Jones in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Between 2015 and 2017 Alistair represented the wife in the English proceedings of MH, with reported judgments in Ireland and the CJEU on the correct interpretation of European law regarding issue and service of applications.
Alistair has extensive experience in all areas of private Children Act proceedings including leave to remove cases. In June 2015 he acted for the Mother in RC v AB who successfully obtained permission to return to Angola with her son following wardship proceedings. Prior to being made partner, Alistair assisted in the reported cases of R v F (Schedule 1: Costs) regarding costs in Schedule 1 proceedings in 2011 and Re Child X (Rights of Media Attendance) in 2009, the then leading case on the right of the media to report on private children law cases.
Partner - Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
Eesha advises individuals, trustees, beneficiaries and financial institutions on private wealth issues often involving international tax and trust matters. She also advises charities and philanthropists and executors and beneficiaries in relation to probates.
Eesha focuses on personal tax for individuals including pre-arrival planning and the remittance basis. Eesha is experienced in establishing bespoke asset holding structures for high net worth individuals, with a particular focus on non domiciles.
Eesha advises trustees and beneficiaries on complex trust law issues, charities on governance issues, philanthropists on grant making, and executors and beneficiaries on high value, complex probates.
Director - Grant Thornton UK LLP
Hannah is an insolvency practitioner with 12 years’ experience of dealing with complex, contentious assignments; with an emphasis on fraud investigation, identification of assets, tracing exercises, enforcement of judgments and recovery of assets for those who have suffered financial loss or have a claim against another party.
Hannah’s focus is on assisting beneficiaries, trustees and representatives in matrimonial, family, trust and probate disputes. She works to find strategies that ensure the most appropriate action is taken in order to achieve maximum recovery. Hannah uses the Insolvency Act, such as liquidations, bankruptcies and court appointed receiverships, along with other civil legislation, as a tool to assist with investigation, asset tracing and recovery processes.
Hannah is supported by her corporate intelligence, forensic and valuation experts and colleagues internationally when instructed to identify and recover assets, including offshore trusts and corporate structures, with the goal of working seamlessly to achieve the best results for the client.
Hannah often acts on a contingent basis and regularly engages with solicitors, counsel, litigation funders and adverse cost insurers on similar terms to ensure the most appropriate action is taken, which is focused on the client’s individual requirements
Barrister - 1KBW
A specialist family law barrister, Max’s work includes family finance (including TOLATA), divorce proceedings, private and international children cases and jurisdiction disputes.
He has advised and acted at all levels up to the High Court and is equally comfortable on his own and as junior counsel.
Prior to joining 1 King’s Bench Walk, Max held visiting lectureships in Contract Law and the Law of Trusts at King’s College London.
Chartered Financial Planner - James Hambro & Partners
Vivienne is a Chartered Financial Planner and joined James Hambro & Partners in 2018. Vivienne delights in building and maintaining strong, lasting client relationships and has had the pleasure of providing bespoke financial planning advice to wealthy individuals and their families for several years. Prior to entering the financial services profession, Vivienne qualified as an accountant and was a Director of Finance in the NHS.
Vivienne enjoys serving clients at different financial stages of their lives, helping them to achieve financial independence and security, by structuring their wealth as tax efficiently as possible, while seeking to protect the asset base for future generations.
Vivienne has particular interest in assisting people during or after divorce where during an emotional period, expert and timely advice can be crucial in determining the division and ongoing management of wealth.
Levison Meltzer Pigott
Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
Grant Thornton UK LLP
James Hambro & Partners
Oct 2020Immigration 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.
Nov 2020Love 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!
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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...Read more
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.Read more
How to enforce a prenuptial agreement
It is almost ten years since the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Radmacher v Granatino  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’’.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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...Read more
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?Read more
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 electionRead more
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 conferenceRead more
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.Read more