Harcourt is a recognised leader in financial remedy work providing an exceptional level of legal expertise and advocacy to help individuals resolve disputes over finances and property following relationship breakdown. Our barristers are well known for their sound advice backed by a keen commercial awareness.
The family finance team at Harcourt comprises experienced silks and highly skilled juniors able to address any financial remedy case, whatever its complexion. We have senior members who routinely deal with complex, high net worth cases involving company assets, trusts, international elements, and pensions, together with more junior members who deal skilfully with less complex cases. Our team are renowned for their assured and persuasive advocacy, representing clients before every tier of court from District Judge to the Supreme Court.
We undertake the full range of matrimonial, cohabitee and civil partnership litigation, including financial remedy applications under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, Civil Partnership Act 2004, Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) and Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 applications. We are frequently instructed in applications for financial provision after overseas divorce under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. We also have members with significant experience in relation to applications by children and dependents under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. Because many of our members practice in both financial remedies and TOLATA, we are well placed to provide expertise in disputes which involve both matrimonial and trust disputes, and members of our team have appeared in several leading cases in this area, including acting for and against third party interveners in matrimonial finance claims.
Many of our members are recognised in the leading legal directories and write and lecture regularly on family finance and property topics.
We are also mindful of the benefits to the client of resolution outside, or early in, the court process where possible. We therefore offer Private FDRs (members sit as Deputy High Court Judges and specialist financial remedy deputy district judges so are well-placed to provide this service) and alternative dispute resolution through mediation and/or arbitration.