Kirsty Kelleher

Kirsty Kelleher

Kirsty Kelleher

Associate

Kirsty is an Associate in the Family and Relationships Group and is based in London. 

Kirsty advises clients on a broad range of family law issues that arise following the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation, with a particular emphasis on financial claims arising on divorce.  Kirsty has particular experience of high value domestic and international cases involving complex corporate or trust assets, and often involving jurisdiction disputes.

Kirsty’s practice also includes advising on children disputes (including applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and leave to remove applications) and orders to protect clients from domestic violence such as non-molestation and occupations orders.

On the non-contentious side, Kirsty regularly advises clients on the protection of family wealth through pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

In addition to her family practice, Kirsty also advises clients in relation to will and probate disputes including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.  

Work highlights

  • Trusts: advised many clients on trust assets, both on-shore and off-shore, as part of financial remedy proceedings. For example, representing a husband in financial remedy proceedings where the majority of the assets were tied up in discretionary family trusts and acting for a wife in the defence of a claim to vary a trust of which she is a beneficiary.   
  • Variation of maintenance: successfully advised and acted for various clients in the bringing and defending variation of maintenance claims. For example, successfully acted for a wife in a claim against her former premiership footballer husband seeking an extension to a term of maintenance together with an upward variation and capitalisation of maintenance.
  • Choy v Tan: leading jurisdiction family case in the Court of Appeal where we were successful in arguing that the case should be heard in London and not the Far East.
  • Leave to Remove Children: successfully acted for a mother who wanted to return home to Germany from the UK with her two young children. 
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements: advised and prepared various pre-nuptial agreements for parties wishing to protect their assets in the event of divorce.  For example, a wife who wished to protect £20 million of assets in her sole name including trust assets and a wife who wanted to protect the majority of her £10 million of assets for the benefit of her children from her first marriage. 
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975: successfully acted for a widow in defence of a claim brought by her deceased husband’s ex-wife.

Memberships

Kirsty is a member of Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. 

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