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15 May 2024

Payne Hicks Beach Family Team shortlisted at the Chambers HNW Awards 2024

The Payne Hicks Beach Family Team has been shortlisted for the Family Team of the Year category at the Chambers HNW Awards 2024.

The Chambers HNW Awards recognise law firms’ pre-eminence in key jurisdictions and reflect achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service. They honour national and international law firms across the world based on the research for the forthcoming edition of Chambers HNW 2024. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 11 July 2024 at The National Gallery.

We extend our congratulations to all of the shortlisted candidates, including firms and lawyers, as well as our thanks to Simon Christian and his team at Chambers HNW for all the hard work that goes into the extensive research process and, in turn, the awards.

The Payne Hicks Beach Family Team includes some of the pre-eminent practitioners in the field including the peerless Baroness Shackleton whose international reputation is unparalleled. The team, under the leadership of Nick Manners, has an outstanding and renowned reputation for dispensing high quality specialist advice and delivering bespoke solutions for complex family law issues to high profile, ultra-high net worth and high net worth individuals. All of our lawyers are technically excellent and well-versed in the law but at the same time recognise that family law requires sensitivity and the need to provide emotional support for clients. At the heart of the team is a desire to foster a deeply engaged connection with clients – their lives, their businesses and above all, their families.

The Family Team is frequently instructed in high profile cases and appears in the Senior Courts including the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and has been involved in cases that have developed the law in a number of key areas: notably nuptial agreements, Part III MFPA 1984, treatment of pre-acquired and inherited wealth, special contributions, compensation, the matrimonialisation of assets and the international relocation and return of children.

The past year has been another stellar year for the Family Team continuing to engage in high profile and ground breaking cases. Matters have included and are not limited to:

  • Potanina vs Potanin – Supreme Court Judgment – acting for Mr Vladimir Potanin and successfully achieving a significant landmark victory on 31 January 2024 when the Supreme Court handed down Judgment. The Judgment clarifies the test for permission for those seeking to bring applications under Part III of the Matrimonial and family Proceedings Act 1984.
  • AS v RS [2024] – acting for the Respondent Husband in this reported case that concerned an application under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 following the parties’ divorce in Malaysia and whether the applicant wife had a substantial ground to bring her application in England. The case also examined the applicable costs regime.
  • L v O [2024] EWFC 6  representing the Respondent Wife when the Judge’s decision provides some rare and helpful guidance as to the potential interim remedies that the Court can grant in a case where one party is seeking to vary, discharge or set aside a final financial order. The Final Hearing is to be heard in Summer 2024.
  • Prospective Adopters v London Borough of Ealing (1), SK (2), NS (3) and E (by the Children’s Guardian AS) (4) [2023] EWFC 294 (B) – representing the prospective adopters and successfully obtained an Adoption Order for them in this sensitive and complex case.
  • WK v GC [2023] EWFC 151 – acting for  the former wife, WK, who successfully obtained a capitalised lump sum based on an increased level of spousal periodical payments, as well as an order for costs.
  • Re S (Inherent Jurisdiction: Transgender Surgery Abroad) [2023] EWHC 347, acting ProBono, represented the mother of a transgender adolescent in a case brought under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. In his Judgment, the President of the Family Division set out his commentary as to proper engagement of s.100 Children Act 1989.

The full shortlist to the Chambers HNW Awards 2024 can be found here