Matrimonial Finance: Trusts and Company law

"It’s a set of exceptionally intelligent specialists who undertake the highest level of traditional chancery and commercial litigation."
Chambers HNW
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Chambers UK Bar
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The Legal 500

Matrimonial Finance: Trusts and Company law

Members of Serle Court have been involved in many of the highest value financial remedy cases involving international trust and corporate structures in the English courts.  Notable cases include Akhmedova v Akhmedov (which generated the largest ever financial remedy award in British history), C v C, Hagen v Hagen, Prest v Petrodel and Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman.  

When in 2018 Chambers & Partners introduced a new category for Family/Matrimonial: Trusts/Tax Experts, Dakis Hagen QC was ranked as the sole ‘Star Individual’, and the only two Juniors ranked in the practice area (Giles Richardson and Emma Hargreaves) were barristers from Serle Court.  Richard Wilson QC has been ranked in Band 1 since 2019.   

For two years Daniel Lightman QC was the only barrister not exclusively a family practitioner who was recommended in The Legal 500 for Family Law (including divorce and financial remedy).  In The Legal 500, 2021 he is the only Silk, and Emma Hargreaves is one of the only Juniors, not exclusively family practitioners to be recommended in this category.

Alan Boyle QC is recognised as one of Citywealth's Top 5 Family & Matrimonial UK Barristers 2020Daniel Lightman QC and Giles Richardson also appear on the Leaders List of Family and Matrimonial Lawyers.

Members regularly act in high-value financial remedy cases and are often instructed to advise clients, whether the spouses or interested third parties, on the intersection between family and chancery and/or company law, including issues such as sham, non-disclosure and thorny multi-jurisdictional issues. 

Our barristers are praised for their well-regarded trusts and company law expertise, in combination with their ability to adapt to the practices and procedures of the family courts.  Members regularly provide expert opinions on aspects of trusts in the matrimonial context (in particular, as to the enforceability of matrimonial awards affecting trusts overseas).

Serle Court is proud to be working with ThoughtLeaders4 as a HNW Divorce Community Partner.

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