Firm Profile > Benussi & Co Limited > Birmingham, England

Benussi & Co Limited
B3 3NY

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Benussi & Co Limited typically acts in cases involving net assets of between £3m-£30m and has extensive experience of cases involving substantially higher assets. Diane Benussi has a formidable reputation for her work on UHNW financial issues that arise on relationship breakdown. Helen Jane Arnold also specialises in UHNW cases where there are business structures, trusts or a variation of post-nuptial settlements. In addition Arnold is a trained mediator and a collaborative lawyer. Helen Benussi is another key member of the team. Denise McKenna specialises in international family law matters and those cases with complex business interests.

Practice head(s):


The team is extremely knowledgeable and has a high class reputation which is well deserved. Its communications are always clear and concise and the lawyers respond quickly to all reasonable requests‘.

Benussi & Co is unquestionably one of the city’s leading specialist family law practices. The collective experience of the team is very extensive. It deals regularly with high-value claims of considerable legal and factual complexity. The team provides an exceptionally attentive service ‘.

‘Helen Jane Arnold is excellent. Calm, focused, knowledgeable and wise‘.

Helen Jane Arnold is vastly experienced and she is always cool, calm and collected, and a reassuring presence in any court or conference room. Denise McKenna’s background in commercial litigation affords her valuable insight into cases involving business assets‘.

The team is reliable and offers first-class advice and guidance. The lawyers act with the clients’ best interests. Denise McKenna is a caring individual who takes time to fully understand her clients’ circumstances and develops a fantastic working relationship with them‘.

‘Denise McKenna was the most knowledgeable, compassionate and supportive lawyer I could of asked for. Denise handled my divorce with the highest level of duty of care, she was practical and objective but 100% focused on my divorce and held me close when I was at my lowest‘.

‘Benussi is well known as a specialist/boutique firm. It has an excellent reputation throughout the Midlands and attracts high-net-worth clients. Denise McKenna is a thoughtful and diligent lawyer who takes a practical approach‘.

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.

For more information please go to

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 Helen Jane specialises in family law with a focus on UHNW cases…
 Diane Benussi  photo Diane Benussi Diane is the senior partner of the firm with over 30 years’…
 Helen Benussi  photo Helen Benussi Helen previously worked as a Tax Accountant for a Big Four and…
 Claire Cleary  photo Claire Cleary Solicitor.
 Emma Gibson  photo Emma Gibson Emma specialises in cases involving children both under the umbrella of Court…
 Lucy Johnston  photo Lucy Johnston Senior Associate Solicitor, specialising in complex private Children Act matters and HNW…
 Denise McKenna  photo Denise McKenna Denise is a senior associate specialising in International family law matters, particularly…
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12