What we do
Legal advice may be needed at the start of a relationship. A prenuptial agreement sets out how you will manage your finances and divide up your property should the relationship fail. The UK courts have recently confirmed their importance, and will follow them unless it is unfair to do so.
Cohabiting couples do not have the same rights as those who are married or in a civil partnership. We recommend that you enter into a cohabitation agreement to protect yourself.
The breakdown of a relationship can have many legal consequences. We advise you not only in the process of separation or divorce, but also on the consequences for your children and in respect of your assets. There are various ways of resolving financial issues. We offer collaboration and mediation as alternatives to the traditional court process. If agreeement cannot be reached, it is for the court to decide on a fair division of capital and pensions, the matrimonial home, other assets, and maintenance. We will support and guide you.
We have a lot of experience in advising clients with large incomes and substantial assets. We often represent couples who live or work abroad, in preparing pre-nuptial agreements, advising where best to start proceedings if a relationship breaks down and in acting quickly where children are involved and may be taken out of the UK.
Why Cripps Harries Hall?
Our expertise, a service that is second to none and lawyers who are sensitive to the emotional issues that you may be facing. Our lawyers belong to Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. It's a non-confrontational approach, considering the needs of the whole family and especially the interests of children.
Our family team is ranked number one by Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to UK Solicitors and Alex Davies is recognised by The Legal 500 as a "well regarded family lawyer". Alex Davies is also recognised as a prominent figure in the Citywealth Leaders List 2013.
We offer meetings outside normal business hours - in London as well as in Tunbridge Wells.
For confidential advice or further information please contact Alex Davies.
Cripps' lawyers receive plaudits in leading high net worth publication
Cripps Harries Hall is proud to announce that eight of its Private Client partners have been recognised as Leading Lawyers in the Citywealth Leaders List 2013.
Our team has extensive experience of dealing with a wide range of family issues. Here are just a few examples of how we have helped our clients.
- Representing wife where husband's business interests were worth in excess of £37m and total assets in the region of £40m.
- Representing wife in a complex divorce where total matrimonial net assets exceed £14m, £2.5 of which were held in a discretionary offshore trust.
- Drafting a complex pre nuptial and co-habitation agreement where total annual income was in excess of £1.2m and assets £3m.
- Advising husband regarding a complicated pre nuptial agreement where assets were worth in excess of £6m.
- Representing a mother in a complex Schedule 1 Children Act application and application to suspend contact.
- Acting for wife in a complex Hague convention, leave to remove and financial issues including the temporary wrongful removal of child to Belgium.
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Family law - Transitional Arrangements & Other Matters: Child Support 2012 - November 2012
Transitional Arrangements & Other Matters: Child Support 2012
Family law - Child support: a new era dawns... again - October 2012
In the Department of Work and Pensions' most recent consultation paper, concerning the changes to the child support system, it is stated that child support "must cease to be a weapon of control or revenge" between former partners.
CrippsLife issue 17 - Summer 2012
News, reviews and legal issues.
CrippsLife issue 15 - Summer 2011
Welcome to the latest issue of CrippsLife featuring news, reviews and legal issues.
CrippsLife issue 14 - Winter 2010
Welcome to CrippsLife and to a fresh look for our magazine previously called Private Lives. This reflects our new corporate identity and we hope you like it.
Private Lives issue 13 - Autumn/Winter 2009
The first hints of winter frosts are felt in Tunbridge Wells as this edition of Private Lives goes to print. Summer in Devon seems distant a memory now: at Paignton Zoo the keepers are busy with animals indoors and at Salcombe Dairy the ice cream delivery bicycle is garaged until the spring. Increasing unemployment affects clients at all levels and Roger Byard, back from his sabbatical, is giving strategic advice although there is a sense the worst may be behind us.
Private Lives issue 12 - Spring 2009
These are difficult times for everyone. The news is full of stories of redundancies, restructurings and businesses collapsing. But it doesn't all have to be negative; in every downturn there is an upside that can work to your advantage. In this issue, we take a look at some of the opportunities available. If you are a leaseholder, this is an excellent time to make an offer for the purchase of the freehold. Freehold values are calculated based on the value of the property;so if the property has dropped in value, so will the price of the freehold.
Private Lives issue 11 - Summer 2008
Summer has arrived with all its usual unpredictability; brilliant sunshine one day and monsoon rains the next. At Benington Lordship in Hertfordshire the Bott family plan their Chilli Festival with anticipation, hoping for good weather.
Almost one in five women stop paying into a pension after a divorce
Alex Davies, private client partner at solicitors Cripps Harries Hall, comments
Financial News - 1 in 5 Women Forget About Pension After Divorce
Alex Davies, Private Client partner at Cripps Harries Hall, comments
One in five women 'stop paying into pension after divorce'
Alex Davies, private client partner at Cripps Harries Hall,
Pension advice essential during divorce, research finds
Alex Davies, private client partner at Cripps Harries Hall, comments
Divorce and the family business
The breakdown of any relationship can be difficult, but even more so when the relationship also extends into the business world
What happens to trusts in a divorce?
The creation of a trust may be a legitimate tool to protect a family's assets, but to what extent are they effective in divorce?
Relocation, Relocation, Relocation
The decision to separate is never an easy one, in particular when there are children involved. Separation inevitably involves some degree of upheaval, and for the children's sake, it is generally accepted that the less change the better.
When parents split up it is well known that the child's relationship with one or both parents can suffer.
To keep up to date with news about family issues visit our blogBlog»
What others say
"Once again, many thanks for all your help and understanding. I too have enjoyed, if that is the right word, working with you on this and very glad I was recommended to you."
Mr S, Client
"Exceptional at the partner level", with "a good support structure".
"I was very reluctant to involve any firm of solicitors but as a rsult of the meeting with Alex I was wholly reassured on this thanks to his sympathetic and comprehensive review of all that might be involved."
Mrs J, Client
"It was extremely useful to get Alex's insight and experience and I now look forward to the next steps with more confidence."
Mr T, Client
Peers describe the team as "really excellent with great strength at the junior end," while clients applaud its responsiveness, support and efficiency.