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In a relatively short space of time, central London firm Ketley Miller Joels Ltd has become a leading matrimonial and family law practice. It is well known for handling complex financial claims on separation and divorce and has particular expertise in claims involving unmarried parties and financial provision for the benefit of children.

The firm: The practice was opened in May 2010 by Mary Ketley, Clayton Miller and Jessica Joels. Jessica Joels retired from the partnership in 2013, and Philip Cooper was made a partner in February 2014. The team are all members of Resolution and are committed to resolving cases in a constructive and cost-effective way.

The team has been involved in numerous reported cases. These include successfully acting for the applicant in the leading authority on cases concerning Schedule 1 of the Children Act, Re P [2004] EWHC 3180 (Fam). Other cases of note include B v B [2003] 2 FLR 285, P v P [2004] EWHC 3180 (Fam), Hudson v Leigh [2009] EWHC 1306 (Fam), Re H (A Child) [2010] EWCA, Hussein v Ahmad & Others [2014] EWHC 721 (Fam), Whaley v Whaley [2011] EWCA Civ 617 and Thiry v Thiry [2014] EWHC 4046 (Fam).

Ketley Miller Joels Ltd is able to deal with sensitive matters with the utmost discretion and as such is regularly referred high-profile matters where it is very important to keep matters out of the public eye. All cases are partner-led, a key requirement for a client base that is predominantly high-net-worth. Its work runs from matrimonial and complex nuptial agreements through to matters relating to children, TOLATA applications, Schedule 1 and the less usual declaration of marital status and nullity cases. In the past 12 months Ketley Miller Joels has also represented clients in a number of wardship and child abduction matters.

Types of work undertaken: Divorce and nuptial agreements: Ketley Miller Joels Ltd deals with all aspects of divorce and judicial separation, including foreign marriages, tracing hidden assets, asset freezing, offshore companies and trusts, family or business assets, pension issues, variation of maintenance orders and enforceability of foreign orders. It has the expertise to deal with emergency applications in freezing assets or securing interim financial provision where necessary. Pre-nuptial agreements, the subject of many recent high-profile cases, are becoming increasingly attractive when considering asset protection. The firm advises on and drafts these agreements.

Children: the firm deals sensitively with all issues relating to children, including arrangements for children on separation, and disputes on, for example, education or taking a child to live abroad. It also deals with financial support for children, including maintenance, school fees and housing, whether as part of a divorce settlement or for unmarried families. The firm has extensive experience in dealing with emergency applications in relation to children, for example, abduction, refusal to return and orders protecting children. There are also many other areas of concern in relation to arrangements for children, such as paternity testing, issues relating to step and grandchildren or adult children with a disability, on which the firm can advise.

Cohabitation: Ketley Miller Joels Ltd can advise on all areas relating to cohabitation, including agreements which can be entered into before and after cohabitation and which provide contractual certainty regarding financial matters. There have been recent changes in the law in this area and the firm ensures clients are advised on how best to protect their financial interests. Where there is a dispute as to property, the firm advises clients on the best way forward. As above, the firm is also well able to advise on any disputes involving children, whether arrangements or financial matters.

Inheritance problems: the firm has expertise in challenging wills where inadequate provision has been made for a dependant such as a former spouse, cohabitee, child or relative. Often a former dependant will have an existing maintenance order and will need to ensure provision for the ongoing payment of this maintenance from the estate.

Civil partnerships: Ketley Miller Joels Ltd advises on and prepares civil partnership agreements for same-sex couples dealing with all financial matters including pensions, offshore trusts and company structures. It is also able to advise clients on options concerning the dissolution of civil partnerships.

  • Number of UK partners: 2
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 4
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Family: 100

  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Gujarati

Above material supplied by Ketley Miller Joels Ltd.

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