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Family

We listen and give you clear, objective advice when your world turns upside down

Human relationships are complex; marriage and partnerships especially so.  Even the best of relationships can go off the rails.  The breakdown of a relationship can be one of the most stressful and traumatic periods of your life.  You will of course be concerned about financial and property arrangements and how any children may be affected.

Clients from all walks of life come to our experienced family law specialists for advice on issues including:

  • Pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements and claims
  • Dissolution of civil partnerships
  • Divorce and separation
  • Financial claims arising on divorce or dissolution
  • Separation agreements
  • Disputes over the arrangements for children
  • Financial provision for children
  • Protective injunctions.

We take time to get to know our clients as individuals so that we understand what matters to them.  We support you through what may be stressful and uncertain times with clear, objective advice that aims to deliver the best outcomes possible for you and your family.

We prefer to enable clients to come to an amicable agreement that is fair to all parties, regardless of the issues.  This can help to reduce stress and also reduce costs. 

We are members of Resolution, a national group of 6,500 family lawyers committed to a non-confrontational approach to family problems, encouraging solutions that consider the needs of the whole family and especially of children.

Our experienced, specialist team of family lawyers will sometimes reach out to colleagues in other parts of the firm to advise on issues such as tax and trust issues or company law. 

We can also call on other experts outside the legal field.  These may include counsellors, forensic accountants, valuation experts and barristers.  We aim to provide you with the best overall package of advice in your particular situation, so that you gain optimal results.

 

Meet the Head of Divorce and Family – Tracey Dargan

Tracey has over 25 years' experience as a family lawyer including 12 years working in London.  Tracey helps people to unravel their legal, financial and practical ties when a relationship breaks down, and her work often involves dealing with complex financial matters.  She also helps parents to settle the caring arrangements for their children, as well as any other issues that may arise in respect of their children’s upbringing.  In addition, Tracey helps people to regularise the financial aspects of their relationship, through cohabitation agreements and pre/post nuptial agreements.

What does she like about working for Longmores?

“We genuinely care about our clients and are there for them when they need us.  We deal with each case efficiently, keep our clients informed and try and resolve matters as swiftly as possible, for the sake of our clients and their children.  We provide honest, clear and pragmatic advice.  If a case cannot be settled, we will use our skill to fight for their best interests.”  

 

Examples of our work:

Acted for a client in relation to the negotiation of a pre-nuptial agreement involving assets of over £100m.  Our client’s fiancé was extremely wealthy.  Whilst our client had accumulated her own wealth and was self-sufficient, we negotiated a pre-nuptial agreement that provided her with a substantial lump sum for each year of marriage, subject to an agreed maximum sum, which exceeded her expectations.

Acted for a wife in relation to divorce and finances, in the backdrop of proceedings relating to the arrangements for her children abroad.  Secured the jurisdiction of the English court in relation to the divorce and finances.  This case involved assets of around £20m, including the husband’s business, personal properties and various cash assets, located on and offshore.  Negotiated a favourable settlement for the wife that provided her with 50% of the cash assets and 40% of her husband’s net equity share in the business.

Acted for a father in children act proceedings involving an application by the mother to remove their child from the jurisdiction to live in the US.  The mother was due to marry her fiancé, who lived in the US, and was seeking permission to remove the child after their marriage had taken place.  Successfully obtaining an order that prevented the mother from removing the child from the jurisdiction.

 

Related Services:

Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements  Co-habitation  Civil Partnerships

Divorce & Separation  Financial settlements on divorce and separation  Arrangements for Children

Tracey Dargan

Partner and Head of Divorce and Family

Kerrie Hall

Senior Family Solicitor

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I have worked with Tracey on a number of complicated cases that required two senior lawyers. Her organisation is second to none, with everything checked and digested and ‘where it should be’. Add this to Tracey's considerable technical skill and her ability to inspire, with justification, full confidence in her clients, and you have a formidable family solicitor.
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Tracey has a realistic approach which aids settlement prospects, though is unafraid to stand her ground when necessary.
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New divorce law to end the ‘blame game’
9 Apr 2019 - posted in Blog
Author: Tracey Dargan

The Government have today announced that divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage.

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How to achieve a ‘Good Divorce’
22 Feb 2019 - posted in Blog
Author: Tracey Dargan

This heading may seem a contradiction in terms, at such an emotional and difficult time, but if the parties can see their way to managing...

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8 Feb 2019 - posted in Blog
Author: Tracey Dargan

Valentines is a time of romance for many, when couples show their love and affection for each other by exchanging cards and gifts. For many,...

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