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.  

Currently on maternity leave. For further assistance please contact another member of the Family team.

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

TRUST ASSETS

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.


COURT OF APPEAL

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.


CHILDREN MATTERS

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.


INHERITANCE ACT CLAIMS

Successfully acted for a widow in defence of a claim brought by her deceased husband’s ex-wife.


Recent articles

Videos

Divorce decisions: Understanding tax implications

It is crucial to understand the tax implications that may arise when dividing assets during a separation. Tax can significantly impact the net equity and assets available for distribution between parties.

09/07/2024

Podcasts

Protection of assets pre-marriage and considerations on wealth planning

In this episode, we discuss the protection of assets pre-marriage and the key considerations for wealth planning for the future.

05/07/2024

Videos

Divorce decisions: Co-parenting with care for the wellbeing of children

Parents must remember to keep the best interests of their children at the forefront of their minds when making decisions following separation.

03/07/2024

Announcements

DMH Stallard appoint Alicia Cenizo as partner in London

Alicia Cenizo joins from Streathers where she led the firm’s Family department in the city.

07/05/2024