Family finance

Park Square Barristers Family Property and Finance team are dedicated to providing exceptional legal advice and representation to individuals who are experiencing the financial consequences of relationship breakdowns.

Our team of family finance barristers have a deep understanding of the legal issues involved in family finance cases and a wealth of experience in handling complex financial disputes arising from divorce, separation, co-habitation, and other family disputes at all levels of the family court, including the High Court.

At Park Square Barristers, we understand that disputes over family finances can be emotionally charged, therefore whatever the circumstances, we strive to deliver an exceptional and sensitive client service that protects client interests and achieves the best possible outcome.

We are instructed by many well-respected family solicitors, and work collaboratively to provide strategic support to help achieve creative out-of-court settlements or, where necessary, to deliver strong and robust advocacy. We understand and value the importance of reaching an appropriate settlement where there are more modest means available for division.

Our areas of expertise in family finance include:

Divorce and Separation

Park Square Barristers have extensive experience in handling complex high-value financial disputes arising from divorce and separation. We work closely with both our lay and professional clients to identify and value marital assets, including property, investments, pensions, and businesses.

Unmarried Cohabitation

We understand that non-matrimonial finances can be just as complex and highly charged as matrimonial finances. Our barristers have a wealth of experience in handling a range of non-matrimonial finance cases, including advice and assistance with:

  • Co-habitation arrangements: the financial implications of co-habitation, including ownership of property and other assets, and the division of property in the event of a separation.
  • Civil-Partnerships: the financial aspects of civil-partnership dissolutions, including the valuation and division of assets.
  • TOLATA Applications: the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and can assist with disputes related to co-owned property.
  • Cohabitation cases: disputes arising between cohabiting partners, including disputes over property, financial support, and other assets.

 Relationship breakdowns and children

Children are often at the centre of the discussions between parties following relationship breakdowns. Our barristers are adept at advising on issues relating to children and co-parenting and routinely act in cases involving claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 for financial support for children, including claims for maintenance, school fees, lumps sum payments and housing.

Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act

Our family finance barristers advise and represents individuals in cases where financial provision is sought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, which allows certain family members to make a claim against an estate if they have not been adequately provided for.

Disputes arising over the ownership of assets held in trust or inherited during a marriage or relationship require specialist counsel, and our barristers have significant experience in this often-complex field of law.

Pre- and Post-nuptial Agreements

Our barristers can assist with the drafting and negotiation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, which can help to clarify financial arrangements and protect assets in the event of a future separation or divorce. We regularly deal with cases involving multiple parties and interveners, as well as cases involving complex issues of conduct.

Private FDRs

Due to the continued pressure on the family justice system to handle the increasing numbers of cases that require court time, Private “Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments” (FDR) are becoming an increasingly popular way for parties to reach a final settlement of the financial issues arising from a divorce or separation.

These appointments can be held in our spacious and comfortable Chambers, and our barristers are adept at conducting these private negotiations and hearings, which invariably result in the parties reaching agreement, or there being a narrowing of the issues that aid resolution shortly afterwards.

Family Mediation

Park Square Barristers offer family mediation services for clients searching for a swifter, private and satisfactory solution. More information on our mediation services can be found here.


To discuss your case or to instruct Counsel, please contact our Family Clerking team:


Family Clerks: 0113 2135216 or

Individual Family Clerks:

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212

The team