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Victoria Patel Associate T:01244 896606 M:07467 956522

A family lawyer, expert in the financial consequences of relationship breakdown.

Victoria advises on the finances of relationship formation and dissolution ­– divorce, civil or unmarried partnerships and co-habitation, and on disputes related to children's wellbeing covering contact and living arrangements as well as finances.  She specialises in investigating the extent of marital assets, pursuing and securing undisclosed assets, often urgently, and negotiating fair division on a voluntary, non-confrontational basis outside the court.  Additionally, Victoria negotiates and drafts pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and financial agreements between unmarried couples prior to co-habitation.

Victoria's clients include high worth individuals, landowners, company directors, business and property portfolio owners, professionals and their spouses.

Examples of how Victoria has helped clients include:

  • securing 100 per cent of UK marital assets for a wife by serving proceedings on an obstructive, internationally based husband which enabled progress for the wife in the UK;
  • ensuring a father could share his children's care after the mother attempted to terminate all contact by demonstrating allegations of a mental disorder were false;
  • securing a departure from equality for a husband in a multi million pound matrimonial pot by demonstrating his contribution to the marital assets was intellectual property on which his company's success was founded; and
  • successfully preventing a parent's secret relocation of their children with an urgently granted prohibited steps order, re-establishing the status quo and contact arrangements.