High Net Worth Divorce

 

High Net Worth Divorce Solicitors Leeds

At Consilia Legal, we pride ourselves on being experts in the field of private family law and we have a wealth of experience dealing with complex high net worth divorce cases for clients both locally and nationally.

When divorcing couples with high net worth assets enter into negotiations to settle financial matters, often negotiations can be protracted. With our expert advice and support, we will work with you to achieve the best outcome for you in the most cost-sensitive manner.

Our experience in dealing with high net worth individuals ranges from business owners with companies worth in excess of £1,000,000 to dental practitioners/surgeons, farmers and bankers. We have advised and assisted on a variety of high asset value cases involving a multitude of assets including businesses, trusts, offshore funds, international pension funds and multi-asset investment portfolios.

At Consilia Legal we understand the importance of obtaining expert advice early on in the process to ensure that matters do not escalate to court proceedings which in turn increases legal costs. We aim to resolve matters pragmatically whilst ensuring that a thorough review of the finances is undertaken employing the assistance of the most reputable surveyors, valuers, actuaries, accountants and financial advisors where necessary. The appointment of experts may be appropriate if, for example, if there are concerns that certain assets have been concealed or if complex business valuations are required.

We also have expert knowledge and experience dealing with international divorces concerning overseas assets and foreign jurisdiction and have a strong connection with barristers who also specialise in this area to ensure that the very best advice is provided to our clients.

Financial disclosure 

Before we can enter into financial negotiations and provide our clients with specialist legal advice, it is essential that we have sight of full and frank financial disclosure from both parties. This will enable us to assess what is in the ‘pot’ and how we can assist in ensuring our client retains a fair share of the matrimonial wealth.

Following receipt of the financial disclosure from the our client’s spouse, we can engage in a thorough investigation of their assets. We can also raise any questions in relation to the disclosure they have provided. At this stage we can address if further information needs to be obtained to ensure that there is a true picture of the finances of the marriage as a whole.

Important considerations

As experts in the field of high net worth divorces, we have the requisite knowledge and experience to ensure that important issues are considered as part of the case management, including:

  • Tax considerations such as Capital Gains Tax (CGT) upon the transfer of assets after the permanent year of separation;
  • The remit of company valuations and where appropriate discounts are to be applied for factors such as illiquidity, minority shareholdings and risk;
  • Enforcing orders overseas and whether foreign lawyers will need to be appointed;
  • Capitalisation of maintenance and whether Duxbury applies;
  • Different pension arrangements including final salary schemes, armed forces pensions and defined contribution schemes and any inherent benefits underlying certain schemes.

Our approach

We have a team of highly experienced solicitors who will expertly guide you through your divorce. As well as having expert knowledge, we pride ourselves on being approachable and having a strong rapport with our clients. We understand that divorce can be a highly emotive and distressing time. When emotions are running high, this can impact upon what seems fair, however we will be clear and commercial in our advice on what matters are relevant within the parameters of family law.

We also pride ourselves on being transparent in our fees and keep our clients regularly up-to-date on legal costs being incurred.

Location

We have many clients across the UK and it is not essential that you are able to visit our offices in Leeds and Harrogate. With the help of video and telephone conferencing including the use of Skype, it is easy for us to take detailed instructions without seeing you in person.

Our prices are competitive particularly for those clients based in the South of England, including London.

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What Our Clients Say About Our Family Law Services

Laura Clapton has been brilliant and very professional through the Mediation process. I highly recommend her.

Jen Huggett

Absolutely five star service from Laura Clapton and her team, always kept informed of progress, and Laura was always available on the end of the phone to answer any questions. Highly recommended, thank you Consilia Legal.

Jane C

Professional and personal. Vicky was very caring and listened to my issue, advice was clear and easy to understand. Vicky ensured my mind was at ease and I knew my options. Excellent service. Sarah really knows the family sector, she puts you at ease instantly and ensures you are aware of all the options. Would definitely recommend this service. Thank you for your help.

Catherine White

Vicky guided me through the legal context of an employment and was very efficent, approachable and supportive. I would highly recommend this company and Vicky to others who need legal support and advice. Many thanks.

Maureen Sheridan

Had a great experience working with Victoria. Felt completely comfortable asking all kinds of questions and she always explained them really well.

Julia Mariani

I often get clients asking if I can assist with employment and family matters. As this is not my area of specialism I am conscious to help assist by passing them onto a trusted source who will look after the client in the best manner possible and with the same approach and ethos as myself. For employment and family matters I recommend to Consilia Legal as they contact the client promptly and provide practical no nonsense advice at a great value. I have no hesitation in recommending their services and will continue to direct my clients to them for this type of legal advice.

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What our clients say about Consilia Legal on

  • review rating 5  Received a really good service from Marie and the team including Emma, who offered valuable support throughout. I contacted Consilia following a recommendation from a union representative. Was given great advise through her trusted associate who offered an accurate and professional assessment. Marie secured a really good outcome due to her knowledge, perseverance, conscientiousness and genuine desire to try and get the best outcome on my behalf. A lot of genuine empathy and respect expressed and a brilliant negotiator. Very well informed, experienced and brilliant communicator. True to her word re costs as discussion was upfront and honest. Very reasonable rate compared to other firms. Would recommend to others Thank you very much!

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    5/26/2019
  • review rating 5  I would have no hesitation in recommending Consilia Legal. Being in the more than capable hands of Marie & Andy collectively, helped me through an employment issue, which was difficult at times. However the support I received was highly proffessional, with a very caring approach at all times & they guided me through the process. Thank you so much. Elaine

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    7/22/2019
  • review rating 5  I would like to say a big thank you to Emma Cartlidge Employment Solicitor. She was extremely professional, friendly and polite and very thorough in her work. Emma helped me with my matter making sure to stay in touch and keep me fully informed at all stages. The service from Consillia Legal has been amazing. Everyone I have spoken to has been super friendly and so helpful including Matt on Reception and Victoria who I spoke to for initial advice. This is definitely a 5-star rated law firm and I would not hesitate to recommend Emma and her colleagues. A big thank you !

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    1/09/2020
  • review rating 5  Marie Walsh is undoubtedly the best employment solicitor in Leeds, if not the whole of Yorkshire. I always knew this from her great reputation and she recently assisted me with a very complex and difficult matter. Marie handled the situation with a pragmatic approach and endless patience. I cannot recommend her enough - she is an absolute superstar! I also dealt with Andy Boyde in her absence who was extremely professional and great to deal with.

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    1/05/2020
  • review rating 5  Professional, swift responses and detailed answered. Received THE BEST customer service from Andy Boyle at Consilia. Definitely Recomendd!

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    3/18/2019
  • review rating 5  I was most impressed with the speed and efficiency which Andy Boyde at Consilia Legal handled my case. I selected Consilia Legal after reviewing previous feedback which had positive comments regarding the areas I was interested in. The way my case was handled turned a stressful situation into a quick and stress free process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Consilia Legal.

    thumb Craig S
    1/02/2019
  • review rating 5  Andy Boyle provided a very friendly, good and fast customer service. I would recommend using this practice.

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    1/02/2020

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