08 February 2019 - Article
D v D  - a case involving allegations of non-disclosure, and sharing of future income from offshore contracts entered into during marriage.
Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman [CA 2010], which changed the law on disclosure and confidentiality of documents between spouses in divorce proceedings.
Two further reported decisions of Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman  relating to the joinder of trust beneficiaries to financial proceedings on divorce and consequential disclosure.
Acting for the father in the ground breaking children’s case of C v C International Relocation , successfully opposing the mother’s application to move with the children to live in the US. This case preceded the similar decision by the Court of Appeal in the landmark case of K v K later that year (in which Withers also acted for the successful father).
OS v DS  creating a new precedent for asset-tracing.
England and Wales, 1995
‘Tax Planning for Farm and Land Diversification’, LexisNexis, divorce chapter
‘Resolution handbook on cohabitation law’, contributor
Family law piece, FT Weekend Magazine - November 2010
International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) - current treasurer of the European chapter
Chartered Institute of Arbitration
Collaborative Family Law
Resolution National Conference, Newcastle, April 2016 – panellist on ‘Cohabitation Compared and Contrasted in England and Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland’
IBC Conference on International Cross Border Estate Planning for Divorce, London, January 2016 – speaking on ‘Third Party Rights: How Does the Divorce Court Deal With Them’
STEP (in partnership with IAML) conference in London, December 2014 on the Family Business and Family Law – speaking on trusts and divorce
Legal Week Trust and Estates Litigation Forum, Provence, 2014 – chaired focus group on trust and divorce issues following UK Supreme Court decision in Prest v Petrodel Resources Limited
American Bar Association RPTE Spring Symposia, New York, 2012 – speaking on ‘When a Marriage Goes Global – International Estate Planning Aspects of Marital Planning and Dissolution’
Butterworths Lexis Nexis Matrimonial Finance and Divorce Proceedings conference, London, April 2010 and May 2011 – chair and speaker
IBC Family Law and Divorce for Private Clients conference, London, November 2010 – chairing the conference, and speaking on ‘Protection Against Cohabitants Financial Claims’
Me in a minute
Family law requires a broad spectrum of skill sets
Having worked as a farm labourer and a silver service waiter before flirting with a career in PR and politics (which involved preparing briefs for ministers on BBC’s Question Time, and a weekly bundle of press summaries for the Prime Minister in the early 1990s), I met Withers at a law fair in London and from there embarked on a legal career on which I have never looked back.
Specialising in the demanding and evolving world of family law requires a broad spectrum of skill sets (from in depth legal knowledge, litigation and negotiation to clarity of advice, strategy, and empathy) and that combined with the diverse and idiosyncratic factual nature of each and every case makes the role such an intellectually stimulating one.
Throughout my decades at Withers I have been fortunate to have worked alongside inspirational and highly talented expert lawyers both within the family law team and across the firm’s wide range of specialist areas. As issues on divorce straddle other practice areas I am often in liaison with colleagues in the property, commercial, trusts, tax, and reputation management teams whether here in London or in the firm’s offices in Europe, the US and Asia.
Outside of the law, successive knee injuries put paid to my captaincy of football teams some years back, although I still run a wandering cricket side set up at university. Besides an interest in art, I also enjoy tennis, skiing, golf and road cycling (which included a 300 mile charity bike ride over three days from Cornwall to London in 2014).
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24 July 2018 - Article