Family Finance Team
1 Garden Court's Family Finance Team undertakes a complete range of work from big money cases involving complex trust arrangements to modest value claims. Members of the team are experienced in advocacy at all levels of court and in providing specialist advice in conference or in writing. Areas of specialism include preventing the dissipation of assets, cases involving foreign or off-shore assets, complex trust arrangements, orders in respect of pensions and acting for interveners.
Most members of the team specialise in associated areas of practice including:
- TOLATA/ cohabitee disputes
- Schedule 1 applications
- Inheritance Act claims
- Child Support Act work etc.
- Professional negligence
The range of experience from Queen's Counsel to junior tenant ensures that cases and clients can be matched to the most suitable counsel. The team includes several members who have been recognised in Chambers and Partners as Leading Juniors in their field, and several members who have part-time judicial appointments.
The Family Finance Team team aims to provide a constructive and civilised approach to cases and are mindful of the costs of litigation and the benefits to clients of early compromise. Several members are trained mediatiors and 1 Garden Court was the first Chambers in the country to start a family mediation scheme. Where necessary, however, all members are experienced in contentious litigation, including emergency applications such as freezing injunctions, final hearings and the enforcement of orders.
Members of the team have been reported in the cases of Dukali v Lamrani (the Attorney General intervening)  EWHC 1748 (Fam) Holman J, Fisher Meredith v JH and PH (Financial Remedy: Appeal: Wasted Costs)  EWHC 408 (Fam), Mostyn J, N v N (Ancillary Relief)  2 FLR 1093, 4 Eng Ltd v Harper and others (No 2),  EWHC 2633 (Ch);  WLR (D) 307 ,Dixon v Marchant  1 FLR 655,Wood v Rost  2 FCR 728 & Young v Laurentani  2 FLR 1211.
Members of the team regularly present talks at 1 Garden Court's evening lectures, which are CPD and NPP-accredited. In the past twelve months, topics have included trusts and family law, now child support regime, cohabitee disputes, enforcement of orders, prenuptial agreements, maintenance in high income cases and unlocking Matrimonial assets.
In addition, members also regularly lecture to Resolution branches around the country and with organisations such as Central Law Training.
Articles & Publications
The team includes the co-author of 'Unlocking Matrimonial Assets', and the contributing editors to the Family Finance Teamsection of 'Butterworths' Civil Court Procedents.
Articles on recent developments in Family Finance Team, cohabitee and other associated areas of law are regularly published by members of the team in Family Law, Family Law Week, The Review and the Family Law Journal.
The convenors of the team are Janet Bazley QC and Susan Jacklin QC