We help families and entrepreneurs from across the world with a net worth between £5m - £100m.
We have particular experience with women who have minimal experience or desire in managing their financial affairs during, or in the aftermath, of a legal separation.
We have often found that during the divorce proceedings, the “non-financial” spouse, usually a woman, is suddenly cut off from the family advisers. These could include accountants, bankers, investment managers and lawyers.
We look to rapidly fill the gaps by making new introductions and sourcing Divorce Coaches as the emotional well-being of our client is always paramount.
In the aftermath of the proceedings, we can stay involved, managing the advisers and making sure that all of our clients' needs are being met.
The first step in creating your personal financial plan is often the hardest. It involves big questions like: where do you see yourself in five years, in ten, in thirty?
We facilitate this difficult thought process. Once we have full understanding of your objectives, we can review your current circumstances and see what needs improving. Together, we will craft a precise and realistic roadmap for you and your family.
Divorce is a sensitive subject. That is why we always preserve strict confidentiality on all levels. We are used to working with families and individuals for whom privacy is paramount.
We will always be on the lookout for ways that you can further protect your interests and information.
Post-divorce you may want to move to a different country, or lose the rights to stay where you live. Planning for these eventualities is essential.
We have significant experience working with these matters, especially with regards to Visas. Through our network of trusted strategic advisers, we can help you structure the most practical solution for your particular situation.
In order to achieve a financial settlement following divorce, it is necessary for both ex-spouses to fully declare their finances by completing a Form E to enable the court to make a financial order. We can do this efficiently, minimising the stress that you have to go through.
Similarly, there are circumstances in which one party is secretive about his or her assets and fails to provide the full picture to their spouse or civil partner during the relationship and, more particularly, during any subsequent divorce proceedings.
If you suspect foul play from your spouse, we can trace assets as well as audit bank and credit card transactions, going back over many years, identifying hotels, hire cars, flights, and so on to support in the negotiation of any settlement you might be seeking.
Non-financial spouse in her early-thirties at the time of her divorce with a very young child.
Our client came to us at the height of the divorce proceedings after discovering the full extent of her husband’s infidelity.
Non-financial spouse in her mid-thirties at the time of her divorce.
A partner in a law firm was introduced to us via his divorce solicitors to help him disclose his financial affairs to his wife.
Businesswoman with adult children who took the very difficult decision to go through a divorce.
Two existing clients decided that their marriage was ill suited for both. Whilst the decision was amicable, they wanted to reach a fair decision and move on quickly.
When divorcing, the last thing you need is private details being laid bare in open court for all to see and reported by the press.
Family lawyers are simply not equipped to deal with all the issues that arise during a divorce.
These agreements are hot topics within the family office. Over the summer, I explored the impact these have on clients with Claire Gordon, a partner in Farrer & Co’s family and divorce team. We thought it would be interesting to share Claire’s thoughts.