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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Karen Wilsher

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Private wealth; family.


Karen specialises in the resolution of high-value financial claims for spouses and cohabitees, complex issues concerning arrangements for children, including the international relocation of children, and cases with a public law element. She acts for spouses, parents and other relatives and is also able to assist schools and charities in respect of child law issues. Karen’s clients are based both in England and overseas and many of her cases involve international elements. Karen is a mediator, collaborative lawyer and a member of Resolution, and she is committed to resolving family issues in a constructive and conciliatory manner. Experience: acting for parents in relation to complex child cases, including those with a public law element and including acting for the mother in the reported case of Re K (Children) 2008 before the Court of Appeal; advising on the resolution of matrimonial financial issues, including cases involving complex asset structures, high-value assets and international elements and including acting for the wife in the reported case of W v W in relation to the capitalisation of spousal maintenance payments; acting for parents in child law cases with an international element such as applications to relocate a child overseas, including acting for the mother in the reported case of S v H (Abduction: Access Rights ) [1997]; and acting as a mediator and collaborative lawyer in relation to financial issues and the arrangements for children following the breakdown of marriages and relationships.



South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Leading individuals

Karen Wilsher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, 'the overall level of service is exceptionally high and advice is strategic but is in line with common sense’. The team attracts high-net-worth and often well-known clients where substantial assets and the need for discretion are paramount. It also handles nuptial agreements and proceedings under the Children Act. Shona Alexander jointly heads the team with Karen Wilsher, who is singled out as ‘an outstandingly good lawyer who has good client skills and is able to build rapport with even the most difficult of clients’. Senior associate William Rollin is a ‘first-rate’ lawyer ‘who can navigate the most complex legal situations’, and fellow senior associate Felicity Chapman specialises in collaborative lawyer and handles both financial and children's issues arising from relationship breakdowns. Emma Humphreys is also a noteworthy individual.

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