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Mercy Messenger is a specialist family law firm, with particular experience in complex and difficult cases.

The firm: Widely regarded as one of the leading matrimonial and family law specialist practices in the UK, Mercy Messenger was established in 1983 and has since grown organically to become large enough to handle all aspects of the complex cases involved in relationship breakdowns, while remaining small enough to provide the specialised, committed service to which all clients are entitled.

The aim of the firm is to provide services of the highest quality which produce fair and effective results for all who need them, in particular spouses, civil partners and cohabiting couples. Clients come from a broad range of backgrounds, and the majority come to the firm through personal recommendation from previous clients; it also sees a lot of repeat business.

The firm has a reputation for being efficient, helpful and knowledgeable, and is particularly recognised for Child Arrangement Order work, for which the firm's child law expert invariably produces excellent results. It negotiates financial settlements with an eye to the future of its clients, and is experienced in complex situations such as child relocations; Schedule 1 and TLATA claims; liquidity and extraction of liquidity from family businesses and trusts; and variation of nuptial settlements.

The firm has established connections with the leading sets of family law chambers across the country as well as with very experienced forensic experts.

Types of work undertaken: Divorce and judicial separation: Mercy Messenger simplifies options and encourages clients to take their time and consider all steps that might be appropriate, including counselling/reconciliation; separation; judicial separation; or divorce.

Harassment, violence and inappropriate behaviour: the firm is alert to the concerns of clients feeling vulnerable or threatened in the aftermath of a relationship breakdown, or alternatively, a client that feels that they are being wrongly accused of threatening or intimidating behavior. It has extensive experience in advising clients in relation to their position in respect of protective court proceedings.

Children: Mercy Messenger assists clients in relation to deciding where and with whom a child will live; agreeing how much contact a child has with the non-resident parent or grandparent; making decisions in relation to particular circumstances affecting a child (such as schooling, health or holidays); preventing a problem from occurring in relation to a child (such as removal from the country); and determining the issue of parental responsibility for a child.

Finances: the firm is experienced in safeguarding assets for clients, including worldwide freezing orders. It also advises clients as to the right 'package' of financial settlements for them including interim maintenance and final maintenance orders; orders for sale and transfers of property; pension sharing orders; lump sum orders; clean break orders; and attachment of earnings orders.

Maintenance: Mercy Messenger explores all possible options either to reduce the burden of maintenance on a payer, or to maximise the amount and duration of maintenance for a recipient. It is also alert to using interim maintenance applications to provide funds to assist a party with the legal and other costs of matrimonial proceedings.

Pre-, post- and mid-nuptial agreements: the firm has experience in advising clients who are looking to protect pre-acquired, family or inherited wealth against the risks of relationship breakdown. Mercy Messenger can also assist clients who feel that they ought not to be held to a financial agreement which is unfair to them in the event of a subsequent breakdown of the relationship.

Breakdown of a cohabiting relationship: the firm is familiar with the relevant parts of property and trust law (as well as certain aspects of children law in so far as financial arrangements for the benefit of children within the family unit are concerned). It has extensive experience in the detailed search for evidence to assist clients' claims, and can advise on cohabitation agreements.

Confidentiality of information: Mercy Messenger advises clients when steps have been taken by their former partner to invade their personal privacy and the privacy of their documents, or alternatively the steps that can be taken within divorce proceedings to secure, if required, crucial documents.

Property issues: the firm is experienced in dealing with property issues for clients. It can protect home rights for clients in the event that the matrimonial home is solely owned by the other spouse, or obtain protective registrations to secure property interests and deal with the transfer of property between spouses once a financial settlement package has been defined.

  • Number of UK partners: 2
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Family: 100

Above material supplied by Mercy Messenger.

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