Michael Gouriet


Michael is a partner in the divorce and family team.

Michael has been an integral member of the market leading divorce and family team at Withers for nearly 30 years.

Michael advises on all aspects of family law (including pre- and post-nuptial agreements) with particular emphasis on the resolution of financial issues for wealthy individuals whether married or unmarried and usually with international interests. Michael has acted in numerous divorce cases involving trusts and businesses. Michael also has extensive experience of children law matters, including international relocation.

His breadth of work involves close liaison with many other specialist practice areas at Withers including the contentious trusts and estates team and the wealth planning teams in London, US, Switzerland and Asia (often stress-testing wealth holding structures and advising families on succession).

Michael’s wide variety of clients (from UK, Europe, US, Middle East and Russia) include business owners and entrepreneurs, financiers and other city professionals, landowners, sports and music stars, politicians, and their spouses/partners.

Michael provides expert media commentary on family law issues, and he has chaired and lectured at various family law conferences in England and abroad.

Michael is a certified family law arbitrator, and a trained collaborative lawyer. He has been a member of Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee since its inception in 1995.

Michael has for several years been listed as a leading family lawyer in the legal directories (including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Spears, and Citywealth) in which he has variously been described as ‘a real class act’; ‘measured, sensible and knows his law’; ‘highly intelligent, very efficient and a pleasure to deal with - a really strong practitioner’; ‘is just excellent and often sought after by high net worth individuals’; a ‘first-class lawyer’; and ‘he has encyclopaedic knowledge in the area’.

When not at his desk, Michael enjoys playing and watching sport (including running his own cricket side, tennis, road cycling and skiing), and spending time with his family.

Segretaria Laura Hall


His advice, both personal and professional, and the ensuing settlement, so meticulously and cleverly worked, that remains not only intact, but still capable of producing the positive ‘echo’, or effect to this day.

Nick Luke

‘When he’s on the other side of a case you know he’s going to take the right points. He knows the law, he’s all over the detail of the case and he knows what positions to take.’

Chambers UK 2018, London

Your drafting is world class and your diligent attention to detail made every step of the process feel as robust and fair as possible – thank you.


He is a true gentleman, he’s never riled and very clever, he glides along effortlessly. Michael is impressive – he’s so calm and meticulous, and a good draftsman.

Chambers HNW 2018, London

Michael Gouriet provides wise and considered advice with a perfect bedside manner.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

He is a great lawyer who has an incredible technical mind.

Chambers UK, 2021

Michael Gouriet goes the extra mile and really works hard to find a solution. He is very experienced in cohabitation cases and complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

He is excellent, he has an exceptionally good brain. He is extremely technical and extremely well regarded.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Michael Gouriet is brilliant. He is methodical, attentive to detail and hugely knowledgeable. You know if you’re against him that he’ll be all over everything, so you’d better be prepared.

Chambers HNW, 2022

Michael Gouriet is a standout lawyer. He is an incredibly thoughtful and superbly clever lawyer. He is client-friendly, pragmatic and considered in his approach.

Chambers HNW, 2022






D v D [2015] - 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 [2013] relating to the joinder of trust beneficiaries to financial proceedings on divorce and consequential disclosure.

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

ThoughtLeaders4 – DR Future of Family Practice May 2022 ‘Deal making’

Resolution National Conference, Birmingham, May 2022 – Cohabitation agreements

ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Trusts and Divorce conference January 2021 - ‘Divorce proofing – surviving an attack’

Il mio profilo in un minuto

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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