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Specialism: Lawyers Family and Matrimonial
Company: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Location: Tunbridge Wells , England
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Average client size: Under £5 million
Fixed fee offering: Yes - We offer bespoke fixed fees for all parts of divorce and financial remedy proceedings and are happy to discuss options with clients at any stage
Number of offices globally: 1-5
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Helping a client to achieve a clean break outcome in a divorce
I advised an international client from 2015 to 2019 in connection with their complicated divorce and financial remedy proceedings. My client was referred to the firm by a previous client. Both parties lived overseas and there were assets in three jurisdictions. The case involved aspects of non-disclosure, non-participation in the proceedings, failure to comply with or lateness in complying with directions and an unwillingness to negotiate – all on the part of the other party. I had to work very closely with my client to ensure that they were not overwhelmed by the process – this was further complicated by them being overseas and therefore living in a different time zone. The case involved a high level of income on the part of my client and an extensive property portfolio which, together with other capital assets, was spread over three countries. I had to advise my client about their options whilst achieving the objective of preserving as much capital for them as possible. There had been significant historical bonuses which my client wished to preserve. I provided consistency to my client throughout and achieved a clean break outcome for them – which is a significant win given their considerable income.
Handling complex financial issues in a divorce context
I advised an international client, taking over the case from another firm in which my client had lost confidence. The previous firm had been obtaining disclosure from the other side on a voluntary basis but my client had serious concerns as to the completeness and veracity of the disclosure provided by the other party. I therefore issued financial remedy proceedings and sought the assistance of the court to obtain the appropriate level of full and frank disclosure. The matter was complicated as the other party lived in a tax-haven jurisdiction so I had to advise my client on enforcement between the jurisdictions. I had to forensically analyse the disclosure provided by the other side and the evidence provided as to their income. My client had returned to the UK and was caring for the parties’ children, often without sufficient financial assistance from the other party. My experience in dealing with complex financial issues and vulnerable clients meant that I quickly recommended that we leave the court process and undertake a private FDR, which resulted in a much quicker outcome for my client, and on a very favourable basis. Undertaking a private FDR meant that my client was able to select the location of the hearing and the private judge, which reduced the amount of stress caused by the proceedings.