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Simons Muirhead & Burton, Jane McDonagh, London, ENGLAND

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Jane McDonagh

Work 020 3206 2700
Simons Muirhead & Burton

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Family department


Head of family law. Jane McDonagh has twenty five years’ experience in the field. She established the family department at Simons Muirhead & Burton in 2011 and has grown the group rapidly in size and reputation since then. Jane helps clients resolve many of the problems to occur after a relationship breakdown, whether arising from divorce or separation, involving financial arrangements or the issues over children. She also advises on and prepares pre-and post-nuptial agreements, and parenting agreements to include all forms of same-sex parenting arrangements.

A large proportion of Jane’s cases have an international element and she has a great deal of experience acting for clients in multi-jurisdictional cases. Habitually she deals with cases of a complex and multi-faceted nature; cases involving intricate financial structures including trust corporations and assets held offshore.

Jane’s client base is diverse. She acts for TV and media personalities, city workers, and other high net worth individuals.

Jane is a family mediator and collaborative lawyer, and this training informs her approach to cases generally.


Trained Alsop Wilkinson solicitors (now DLA); 1988-91, Schillings, associate solicitor; Swepstone Walsh Solicitors, 1991-93, associate solicitor; David Price & Co, 1993-96, associate solicitor; Simons Muirhead & Burton, 1998 to date.


Quo Vadis; Resolution.


Nantwich & Acton Grammar School; Sheffield University; Chester School of Law.


Jane volunteers as a bereavement counsellor at Caris Islington.

London: Private client


Within: Family

Simons Muirhead & Burton has a ‘rising family department that is easily able to take on the well-established ‘Magic Circle’ firms’. Jane McDonagh  leads a ‘very strong young team and guides it well- it is a star firm of the future’. The department ‘attracts high calibre clients’ mostly drawn from the music and arts industries who are generally wealthy. New recruit from Farrer & Co senior associate Tessa Bray  ‘achieves excellent results with the minimum of fuss’.

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