Wealth Planning – matrimonial considerations

Particularly well known for its expertise in complex financial cases, those involving children and international cases.

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Family Law Services at Penningtons Manches

Wealthy individuals need to plan for a variety of challenges – tax, marital difficulties, business and economic risks, succession and trust disputes. At Penningtons Manches, our family law and private client teams work closely together to ensure that our clients have access to the best possible expertise.

We have an understanding of international and domestic tax and trust law; proven experience in dealing with cross-border disputes and corporate transactions; and huge expertise in the fields of international divorce and relocation. Working together collaboratively our teams, who are based in our offices in London, Oxford, Reading and Guildford, can service the needs of clients operating in both a domestic and international context, be they individuals, family offices or institutional clients such as trust companies or private banks.

International pre-nuptial agreements and matrimonial or cohabitation agreements are an often neglected area of estate and wealth planning. While relocating individuals, entrepreneurs and families may devote significant amounts of time and resources to wealth planning, such wealth can be decimated by divorce and relationship breakdown in many jurisdictions, including England.

Family businesses and partnerships are often vulnerable on divorce which, in extreme circumstances, can lead to the winding up of the entire enterprise. We can advise on minimising the business risk of divorce and relationship breakdown on partnerships and all family businesses. Our advice highlights the need to give careful consideration to the matrimonial aspects of wealth protection and family governance in tandem with the wide spectrum of other legal advice required.

We offer expert advice on:

  • domestic and international pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • international family law
  • choice of forum for divorce
  • choice of habitual residence/applicable law
  • the financial consequences of marital and relationship failure in various jurisdictions
  • the consequences of international relocation including potential exposure in the event of divorce
  • international enforcement of English orders
  • the management and supervision of international family law litigation
  • wider trust, private client and family governance considerations

Recent work highlights

Strong Russian relationships

Acting for clients with interests in the Russian Federation and Ukraine and working with leading Moscow and Kyiv-based family offices and law firms on an ongoing basis on family, trust and private client issues.


International relocations

Advising many clients in the drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements in anticipation of an international relocation.


Entertainment industry advice

Acting for clients in the entertainment industry advising on the drafting of “mirror” agreements in England and California as well as working with US private client lawyers regarding Californian gift tax and other considerations.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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