Family - Finance & Property

Areas of expertise include:

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Ancillary Relief
  • Financial Remedy
  • Matrimonial Finance
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Cohabitation
  • Pre Nuptial Agreements
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Pensions
  • Trusts
  • Farms & Agriculture
  • Social Media
  • Insolvency
  • Bankruptcy
  • Division of Business Assets
  • Foreign Assets
  • Hidden Assets
  • Freezing Orders
  • Injunctions
  • Financial Provision for Children
  • Maintenance
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Private FDR
  • Capacity
  • Court of Protection
  • Mental Health
  • Jurisdiction
  • Armed Forces

Matrimonial Finance & Property Barristers

Based in Chambers in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Leeds, Trinity Chambers' Family Group has extensive experience in Financial Remedy proceedings following divorce, separation and civil partnership dissolution.

Barristers in the team frequently provide representation in matters involving limited companies, partnerships, company directors, military personnel, farming and agricultural businesses. Members of the group have been instructed by a number of high-profile clients including actors, celebrities and athletes. The team deal with complex hidden asset cases often involving international jurisdictional issues and challenging forensic accounting evidence.

The team are also regularly instructed in disputes involving cohabiting unmarried couples, including cases where the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) applies. In addition, barristers in the matrimonial finance and property team advise on inheritance issues following divorce or the breakdown of a civil partnership, including the application of the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975.

Trinity’s members advise and represent clients at every stage of the Financial Remedy process from the First Directions Appointment (FDA) to the Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Final Hearing.

Chambers offers a full range of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options including Family Arbitration and Mediation. Several barristers in the group are qualified Arbitrators and Mediators.  Arbitration, Mediation and private FDR hearings can be dealt with in person using Chambers' extensive facilities, at external venues (such as solicitors’ offices) or remotely.

As reflected in consistent Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners recommendations, Trinity's family barristers and clerking team provide a high quality and user-friendly service. Lay clients are represented with vigour, realism and compassion. Professional clients are valued, and the Family group recognises the importance of a prompt response, continuity of barristers and good communication with solicitors at all times.

Several barristers sit as Deputy District Judges and two as Recorders. Members include some former practising solicitors.

  • "Trinity Chambers covers the full range of family law but is particularly renowned for financial remedy and public children law matters...Instructing solicitors also seek out barristers at Trinity Chambers for their experience of divorce proceedings and the division of high-value assets. The set offers a range of alternative dispute resolution options, and has a number of in-house trained arbitrations and mediators"."The clerks are excellent. They deal with queries and bookings quickly and they always manage to match the correct barrister to meet our needs." "They often arrange cover at the 11th hour for hearings that materialise at short notice." "They are excellent. They bend over backwards and I always feel looked after"

    Chambers & Partners 2021

  • "Trinity Chambers  has 'a number of excellent barristers and can be relied upon to offer a good service' with 'an excellent family team' that is 'professional, friendly, knowledgeable'. The family team takes instructions across the spectrum of family law, including public and private children disputes and financial remedy work. The set reports an uptick in matrimonial finance instructions over the past 12 months, with the team involved in high-profile and high-value arrangements including property and assets abroad, farms, and businesses, as well as complex pensions"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "A Newcastle and Middlesbrough-based set with a strong bench of family practitioners, experienced in both matrimonial finance and public law children cases. Its barristers are described by interviewees as "always well researched in the work that they do"... All the clerks at Trinity are knowledgeable, helpful and go the extra mile"

    Chambers & Partners 2020

  • "At Trinity Chambers, members are instructed across the spectrum of family law, including both children law and financial remedy"

    Legal 500 2020

  • "Trinity Chambers features an impressive team of family law specialists. Practitioners at the set work to resolve disputes through both litigation and ADR methods and act in cases of all kinds, including those relating to matrimonial finance as well as public and private children law. They are well equipped to act in divorce proceedings involving the complex division of assets such as pensions, businesses, partnerships and inherited wealth..."They are helpful, friendly and responsive." "They are always well organised and courteous"

    Chambers & Partners 2019