Jennifer is a partner in the divorce and family team.She specialises in legal issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship.
Her practice encompasses financial remedy claims (both for married couples and unmarried parents), disputes about how children should spend their time, relocation cases and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Many of her cases have an international dimension or involve trust interests or complex corporate structures, and clients come from many walks of life - often they are high-net worth individuals and sometimes in the public eye, wishing to stay out of it.
She works with clients sensitively and pragmatically to reach a settlement swiftly and amicably. In some cases, court proceedings may be unavoidable, in which case Jennifer will litigate to achieve the best outcome for her client.
Jennifer has been involved in supporting clients on a number of high profile cases - she worked with Diana Parker in advising hedge fund manager, Sir Chris Hohn, on the biggest divorce in the English courts, successfully protecting his business from division and defending his wife's claim for 50% of the assets. The judge also agreed with Sir Chris that there should be certain reporting restrictions protecting financial and personal information (Cooper-Hohn v Hohn  EWCA Civ 896).
Me in a minute
I am passionate about law and doing the best for my clients
I like asking questions, I like writing and I like people. Career-wise, I am passionate about law and doing the best for my clients.
Becoming a lawyer was a well-trodden path in my extended family, and after reading classics at Oxford, I took up a place at law school, training at a firm in Lincoln's Inn. I qualified into the family department there in October 2010, before moving with one of the partners to Withers in April 2011.Earning clients' trust and confidence is critical in family law. We make contact at what is almost always a very difficult juncture in their lives and they have numerous questions and concerns about what the future holds, short and long-term. A key part of our job is to listen to those concerns, understand their priorities, and advise them sensitively and clearly.
My aim is always be to achieve the best result for my client - that may mean litigating or it may mean negotiating an early settlement and avoiding the expense, stress and delay of court proceedings. We try not to be in people's lives for too long.