Our family law department offers the highest quality of service to our clients, stemming from the experience and talent of outstanding family lawyers who are nationally and internationally acknowledged as leaders in their field. We provide a comprehensive service that is both solution based and bespoke.

We act in some of the leading cases in England and Wales representing clients including professionals, entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals, landowners and those in the public eye or for their partners.

Our team is committed to providing clients with an unparalleled level of service in a compassionate, timely and cost-effective manner. Our skills include constructive negotiation, a full range of family dispute resolution services and robust and rigorous litigation where required.

We work closely with the firm’s highly regarded private client team on complex onshore and offshore tax and trust issues, as well as lifetime and succession planning. We have significant experience in disputes between unmarried couples, the ground-breaking issues surrounding surrogacy, ‘alternative families’ and complex parenting arrangements.

Penningtons Manches partners have long been recognised as thought leaders on family issues in England and Wales. In 2014, a partner from our firm will chair Resolution, the leading specialist family law solicitors’ organisation in the country, the fourth partner from the department to do so.

Five members of our team are fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) and we hold leadership positions in both the family section of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Private Clients’ Commission of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). This positions us at the very forefront of those who advise on international family law issues including ‘forum shopping’ or jurisdiction disputes as well as international marital agreements and cases involving cross-border disputes about children.

We offer expert advice on:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Family dispute resolution services
  • Financial claims on divorce or separation
  • Children — domestic
  • Children — international and abduction
  • Cohabitants’ claims
  • Family wealth protection
  • Injunctions and emergency remedies
  • International family law
  • Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements
  • Same-sex families 

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