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Family law is an increasingly complex area and requires a demanding set of skills. An experienced and intelligent analysis of complex financial circumstances – often international – is needed, together with a sensitive and authoritative approach to guide clients and obtain the best possible outcomes through often difficult times.

"Payne Hicks Beach are arguably the strongest family law firm in the country, providing enviable strength in depth in both financial and private children law areas “Chambers UK "The best legal team money can buy. Unbelievably thorough, first-class litigators, highly respected in the field. Supremely well connected internationally and ideally placed to help in cases involving multi-jurisdictional issues“ The Legal 500 UK

Clients come to us with complex needs for which we provide highly bespoke advice. Whether advising on civil partnerships or cohabitation, pre-nuptial agreements or surrogacy, separation or divorce for clients in London, the UK or overseas, our lawyers understand the importance of preserving their confidentiality and exercising discretion at all times.

Our highly regarded family team combines top flight expertise and an unrivalled depth of experience in this area of law with the ability to access advice and assistance from exceptional lawyers, attorneys, counsel, advisers, mediators and experts world-wide.

Members of the department are regular contributors to the evolution of the law as well as improvements to best practice. Our lawyers are active in Resolution (a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems), the International Academy of Family Lawyers (which provides an international network of top family lawyers), the Family Law Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers for Children.

With top ratings in Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and The Legal500 UK guides, the department is recognised as frequently advising in some of the most high-value and high-profile matrimonial finance cases in the market, including cases involving complex international aspects. It also has a great pedigree in high-end pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Chambers HNW 2021 writes that the family team at Payne Hicks Beach advises on complex, high-profile and high-value family matters. Quotes include, “they have such a super team of lawyers that are real experts in their field” and “they’re really dynamic and energetic.” With another source highlighting the quality of the family team: “Their family law team is excellent. They are extremely dedicated, extremely hard-working and very results-focused.”

The Legal 500 UK describes the team as “stellar” and writes that the team provides “an unrivalled service that is discreet and client-focused, and it has an extremely clever team with some of the biggest names in London family law: it is an extraordinarily impressive firm“. Chambers & Partners UK comments ” a platinum edged service – they are extremely well run with top quality from top to bottom, a really classy operation“. Chambers further praises the department saying “they are obviously a heavyweight practice: the place exudes gravitas”.