Firm Profile > Benussi & Co Limited > Birmingham, England

Benussi & Co Limited
B3 3NY

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Benussi & Co Limited typically acts in ultra high net worth financial issues that arise on relationship breakdown. Managing director Diane Benussi specialises in international family matters, particularly those involving complex cross-border trust structures. The practice also distinguishes itself in cases involving non-disclosed assets, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, as well as disputes involving children.

Practice head(s):

Diane Benussi

Other key lawyers:

Denise McKenna; Helen Jane Arnold


Benussi & Co is an exceptional, and justifiably highly regarded, specialist family law practice based in the heart of Birmingham but with a reputation that extends far beyond‘.

‘Specialists in their field using experienced professionals who provide sound advice quickly‘.

The firm benefits from having highly experienced, expert practitioners at partner level who are exceptionally well supported by extremely able fee earners‘.

It  is a cohesive team that attracts a high calibre client base‘.

Diane Benussi leads the team with some great associates too- she is the iron lady!’.

Denise McKenna has been excellent in making sure that I understand what my entitlements in law are and at making sure that my decision making process is solid and well supported‘.

‘Helen Jane Arnold is simply superb; her vast experience and considerable expertise are matched by her empathy and tenacity, meaning that her clients are always heard and understood, and their best interests pursued with vigour and determination‘.

Helen Jane Arnold is hugely experienced and this gives her an edge over her competitors. Unflappable with a wry sense of humour – you want her on your side fighting your corner‘.

This leading matrimonial and family law practice focuses primarily on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, particularly in ultra-high-net-worth and complex cases. The firm’s expertise ranges from cases involving ‘hidden’ resources, complex and cross-border business structures, family trusts, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, inherited wealth and pensions to disputes concerning children.

The firm: From modern offices in central Birmingham, Benussi & Co serves a diverse range of clients from across the country and worldwide who value its expertise, personal touch and discretion.

The services at this boutique practice range from mediation and collaborative law to arbitration, complex negotiation and robust litigation when needed.

The individuals who instruct the firm come from a range of backgrounds including ‘old’ and ‘new’ money, traditional industry, financial/professional services, the City as well as those from a ‘landed’ background, senior politicians, media and sports personalities. The firm combines a personal touch with a service standard comparable with top City firms. It can bring a new perspective, energy and thinking to long-running, complex and seemingly intractable disputes.

Benussi & Co understands that emotions often run high and that these can be an obstacle to settlement. Its lawyers and support staff are committed to doing all they can to minimise the financial and emotional strain, aiming to guide, advise and support clients, easing their worries and concerns wherever possible. Each client can be confident that: listening precedes advice, advice precedes action, and action taken is considered and strategic. The firm will do all it can to narrow the issues in dispute; encourage a constructive approach; generate viable options for settlement; and strive for a dignified outcome.

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Types of work undertaken: Comprehensive services are provided in divorce, separation and nullity; civil partnerships; financial claims arising from relationship breakdown; variation and set aside of financial orders; disputes concerning children; surrogacy; and pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements. Particular expertise is provided in matters involving an international element, substantial wealth, family businesses and partnerships, high profile individuals, trusts, farming cases and inherited wealth. Specialist experience also includes acting for clients with international and in some cases truly global business interests. These cases tend to be multi-party and involve multiple jurisdictions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior/managing partner Diane Benussi
Photo Name Position Profile
 Helen Jane Arnold  photo Helen Jane Arnold
 Diane Benussi  photo Diane Benussi
 Helen Benussi  photo Helen Benussi
 Claire Cleary  photo Claire Cleary
 Emma Gibson  photo Emma Gibson
 Lucy Johnston  photo Lucy Johnston
 Denise McKenna  photo Denise McKenna
 Rupa Parekh  photo Rupa Parekh
 Rajpreet Sangha  photo Rajpreet Sangha
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12