Particularly well known for its expertise in complex financial cases, those involving children and international cases.
Our family law department offers the highest quality of service to our clients, stemming from the experience and talent of outstanding family lawyers who are nationally and internationally acknowledged as leaders in their field. We provide a comprehensive service which is both solution-based and bespoke.
We act in some of the leading cases in England and Wales representing clients including professionals, entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals, landowners, those in the public eye, or for their partners.
Our team is committed to providing clients with an unparalleled level of service in a compassionate, timely and cost effective manner from our offices in London, Oxford, Reading and Guildford. Our skills include constructive negotiation, a full range of family dispute resolution services and robust and rigorous litigation where required.
We work closely with the firm’s highly regarded private client team on complex onshore and offshore tax and trust issues, as well as lifetime and succession planning. We have significant experience in disputes between unmarried couples, the ground breaking issues surrounding surrogacy, “alternative families” and complex parenting arrangements.
Penningtons Manches partners have long been recognised as thought leaders on family issues in England and Wales. Since April 2014, one of our partners has chaired Resolution, the leading specialist family law solicitors’ organisation in the country, the fourth partner from the department to do so.
Six members of our team are fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and we hold leadership positions in both the family section of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Private Clients’ Commission of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). This positions us at the very forefront of those who advise on international family law issues including “forum shopping” or jurisdiction disputes as well as international marital agreements and cases involving cross-border disputes about children.
Acting for the husband in the reported case of T v T, which is the leading case on interpretation of the EU Regulation on jurisdiction and enforcement of judgements in matrimonial matters and the matter of parental responsibility.
Advising the mother in the reported case of F v Y to resist allegations by the father of abducting their daughter from Russia. The case illustrates judicial cooperation between England and Russia.
Acting for a highly successful entrepreneur in a sector where valuations are notoriously difficult and where there are other significant and complex issues, including inherited wealth and the intervention of a third party.