Judith is a Partner in the Family team.
With over twenty five years of experience, Judith works mainly in the field of high net worth divorces with a particular skill in the forensic aspect of cases, including at High Court level. She is experienced in investigating complex financial arrangements, including non-disclosure, international assets, intricate company structures, third party disclosure orders and pension schemes. Judith is also the expert in cohabitee matters, disputes between non-married couples as to their property interests and claims on behalf of their children.
She advises and represents clients in respect of claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act but is also skilled at achieving settlements in these complicated and often hotly disputed cases without the need for court proceedings.
With particular interest in pre and post nuptial agreements, Judith enjoys the negotiations and the creative challenge of drafting contracts which achieve the aim of protecting pre-acquired wealth yet still provide for the needs of both parties in the future.
Judith is a specialist in the fields of Cohabitee Disputes and Complex Financial Remedies in high net worth asset cases.
Recent examples of how Judith has supported clients include:
- representing a wife in the High Court in a reported international case involving assets in four jurisdictions in which the husband heavily disputed her claims and actively sought to hide his assets. After lengthy forensic investigations, involving six properties, seven international companies and over 40 bank and credit card accounts, obtained orders for the client with a total value exceeding £10m including a costs order on an indemnity basis. Now instructed to assist with the enforcement of the order overseas;
- providing advice to the wife of a director and major shareholder in a well-known company following a lengthy separation. The wife’s claims for a home and maintenance had been agreed but not her claims against the husband’s business interests. Obtained term maintenance and a lump sum order by instalments, secured against the husband’s shareholdings;
- dealing with a wife in divorce and financial claims, in circumstances where she earned over £1m. Accountants were appointed to advise on the wife’s likely future income and achieved a clean break agreement as to the husband’s claims without the need for court proceedings, including the transfer of jointly owned properties to the husband to provide him with an independent income and secure housing; and
- drafting a pre nuptial agreement for a future husband, involving the protection of his multi-million property investments from the future claims of his wife, properties in two jurisdictions and issues as to maintenance and risk.