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Ben Parry-Smith Ben Parry-Smith

Ben Parry-Smith

"cracking judgment….even at the early stages, his instinctive feel for a case is very strong”

Chambers UK 2019

Ben advises on all aspects of family law including: children, divorce/civil partnership, co-habitation, pre/post nuptial agreements, complex financial disputes and jurisdictional issues. He has dealt with a number of cases involving the relocation of children and on matters involving same-sex parents. A significant number of his cases have an international element.

Ben read law at Merton College, Oxford;  trained at Mishcon de Reya and joined Payne Hicks Beach on qualification.

Between 2009 and 2013 Ben delivered a legal aid and legal skills training project at the National University of Rwanda. This project has now been incorporated within the work of Cherie Blair’s Africa Justice Foundation. When able, he assists/advises students at BPP Law School’s Pro Bono Clinic (Family).

Qualified 2008, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2008, promoted to associate 2015, partner 2018.

Cases of interest include: 

  • Work v Gray (Court of Appeal) [2017] EWCA Civ 270
  • X v X [2016] EWHC 3512 (Fam): considering whether a previous judgment should remain anonymised
  • X v X (application for a financial remedies order) [2016] EWHC 1995 (Fam)
  • Work v Gray (Phase II: Computation and Distribution) [2016] EWHC 562
  • Work v Gray [2015] EWHC 834 (Fam)
  • Chai v Khoo (aka Peng) [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam)

What people say: 

  • Chambers UK 2019: Ben is listed as "Up & Coming" - one source commends his "cracking judgment", adding: "even at the early stages, his instinctive feel for a case is very strong"
  • The Legal 500 UK 2019: ranked as a Recommended Lawyer - Newly promoted partner Ben Parry-Smith is "supremely competent and gifted at negotiation"
  • The Spear's 500 2019: Rising Star Family Lawyer: Young Turk with a focus on complex finances and private children law.  Ben is described as having "spotless credentials"
  • The Lawyer Hot 100 2019: Ben is listed in The Hot 100 Litigators 2019
  • Spear’s Family Law Index 2018: Rising Star Family Lawyer: Young Turk
  • The Legal 500 UK 2017: listed as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and comments that “the fearless, charming and pragmatic Ben Parry-Smith punches well above his weight and already does top-quality work - he is one to watch"
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