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Divorce & Financial Remedy

St John's Chambers is one of the foremost sets practising family law on the Western Circuit. Practitioners at the set are well known for their expertise in high-value financial remedy work. Barristers at the chambers are also known for their experience in cross-border issues arising from financial remedy and child protection mandates. Interviewees regard this as 'one of the top leading sets in Bristol and the South West.' "

Chambers UK  2020
Family/Matrimonial

St John’s Divorce and Financial Remedy team has expertise and considerable experience across the whole range of matrimonial law and financial remedies associated with the break-up of a relationship, whether upon divorce, after cohabitation, or on the dissolution of a civil partnership.

We are one of the leading Chambers in the South West for advising and representing clients in all financial and property disputes, including time-critical applications to preserve assets. Our barristers are experts in pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as financial and property trusts, advising clients both in the UK and overseas.

We have particular expertise in high net worth and international cases and in matters relating to jurisdiction disputes. In financial claims we represent all parties including interveners and third parties, as well as spouses and partners, and we work alongside experts such as valuers, pension specialists and accountants to reach the best financial solution for each client.

Areas of expertise:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Cohabitee disputes (including claims under ToLATA 1996)
  • Preparation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
  • Civil Partnerships Act 2004
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • CMS Tribunals

Our team of barristers have built up significant experience in Family ADR including representation of cohabitees in mediation and private FDRs. We also offer a private FDR service.

We enjoy a reputation for the friendly and practical legal service we provide, and our large and established legal team means we can provide advice at all levels of dispute, regardless of the complexity and value.

Members also undertake injunction and committal work relating to all family finance matters as well as offering an independent settlement advice service.

Our barristers are often quoted in articles about family law, or indeed publish their own, both in the mainstream and legal press, along with specialist journals and via their own respected family law blogs. Barristers have been featured in a variety of publications and BBC programmes.

Our clerking team are always accessible, and take care and time to understand the case or the individual personalities involved when recommending individual barristers. Read more.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.

Publications and training

Members regularly conduct seminars in Chambers, at solicitors’ offices, or at other chosen venues throughout the UK. We maintain close ties with academics and our members include several published authors, as well as writing for legal periodicals. Please contact Luke Hodgson on 0117 923 4709 or email luke.hogdson@stjohnschambers.co.uk.