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Ann Northover

Ann is a highly regarded family law specialist who joined Family Law in Partnership as a consultant in 2016.

Ann’s expertise in family law derives from over 20 years in practice, and she is known for her astute and incisive yet sensitive approach to resolving her client’s issues in the context of the needs of the wider family.

The focus of Ann’s practice is on complex relationship issues, with particular emphasis on the finances and the wellbeing of and arrangements for any children affected.

“I believe each client deserves great respect, clarity and transparency of process. I regard my role as being to provide expert and meaningful support through what is often a very challenging time for a client. I am passionate about gaining a deep understanding of my clients in order to achieve the best outcome for them, drawing upon my dispute resolution and, where necessary, litigation skills.  I want to complete my work with my client feeling fairness has been achieved, and that they are well-equipped to face the future.”

Ann has considerable experience in dealing with trust and tax issues for trustees, settlors or beneficiaries, complex pension structures, nuptial agreements and business assets. Ann’s diverse client base is both international and UK based. Read Ann’s recent blog on financial relief after an overseas divorce.

Representative matters:

  • Acted for offshore trustees holding considerable assets in this jurisdiction wishing to preserve trust assets from attack. Comprehensively advised on their intervention into complex multi-party English divorce proceedings, prioritising the importance of the court making any orders based on the actual commercial reality of the situation. Also managed the disclosure process via the English and offshore courts.
  • Acted for the wife of a prominent businessman on divorce, to achieve a capital and income clean break where there were complex tax, security and structuring issues.
  • Acted for the husband in negotiations leading to a nuptial agreement, which involved complex worldwide assets and interests, including inherited and pre-acquired wealth, held in various structures.  The nuptial agreement sought to preserve the dynastic nature of a substantial part of his wealth, while seeking to make proper and fair provision for the wife and any children on any subsequent divorce.
  • Acted for the wife in children proceedings where the husband had significant addiction issues and the adolescent children required mental health intervention and support. Successfully negotiated a child arrangements order for the wife which also furthered the best interests of the entire family.

What Ann’s clients and peers say:

Ann has a great client manner and sense of humour. …she is always able to stand back from the immediate situation and see both sides of the argument.  In contrast, some lawyers will and can only see cases from their own client’s perspective.”

“I found myself in a position I never expected to be in, and with no idea how to handle the legal situation, the kids or myself.  Ann listened to what I want to achieve, gave me pragmatic advice and the odd telling off, and guided me to a solution which has worked fairly for everyone, and minimised the impact on the children.”

“I feel so fortunate in finding you as my solicitor.  You expertly and compassionately guided me through what were some very difficult times and achieved an amazing settlement for me.”

“I found our discussion informative and highly constructive and was not, I am sure, your only client to have walked out of your office with a profound sense of relief.”

“I really enjoyed working with you [on this case] and look forward to the next one – we make a great team!”

“I have found your “tough” and professional approach to be extremely valuable from a client’s perspective.”

“Thank you for all your help in my case and, for believing in me.”

“I would like to thank you again for your very precious support. You really have been of great help and I am very grateful.”

“Thank you for your support during such a distressing period of my life – I could not imagine what would have happened if you had not been there as my lawyer.”

“ I have given your name to a dear friend  in great difficulty and told her I have absolute faith in you.”

“Once I found you, I knew I had to keep you as my lawyer.”

Ann is ranked as a leading family law specialist by the legal directories and is recognised for her expertise in family law by both Citywealth and SuperLawyers. She features in the Citywealth Family & Matrimonial Honours List 2017 and 2016: “Her intellect is formidable but not at the expense of her ability to engage with clients.” Chambers UK 2018 notes that Ann “focuses on the financial issues associated with relationship dissolution as well as matters involving children. Her expertise includes dealing with trust and tax issues on behalf of trustees, settlors and beneficiaries.” Chambers UK 2017 notes: “Ann Northover possesses particular expertise in representing professionals in matters involving complex trust and pension structures. She is described as “pragmatic and excellent with the client” by sources.” Chambers HNW 2016 and 2017 rank Ann as a leading family lawyer – “she is praised by sources for being “very sensible, very easy to deal with and straight down the line”. Northover has particular expertise in complex divorce cases, children’s law proceedings and nuptial agreements while she also has experience of assisting with tax and trust matters relating to divorce. Interviewees praise her as a “very sound and practical specialist” She is “very, very bright…and very strategic around cases” “She is particularly good at dealing with complex offshore structures” observes a barrister”. Legal 500 UK 2016 and 2017 rank Ann as a leading family law specialist noting that Ann has “immense expertise and wisdom, and you know her judgment will be spot on” She is described as “fantastically competent and knowledgeable with a practical and unfussy approach. She is completely focused on her clients’ best interests“. Chambers describes Ann as a “very sound and practical specialist” who “deals with complex matrimonial finance matters and prenuptial agreements, often with multi-jurisdictional considerations. Sources praise her talent for lateral thinking”.

A trained collaborative lawyer and mediator, Ann is a member of The Law Society, the Family Mediators Association, the International Bar Association, Resolution (the family lawyers association) and The Royal Society of Medicine. Ann qualified as a solicitor in 1992 at Stephenson Harwood. She became a partner at Gordon Dadds in 2002 and joined Forsters LLP as a partner in 2004 where she headed the family department for 10 years.

Take a look at Ann’s recent blog posts:

Financial Relief after an Overseas Divorce

Stop Press! Supreme Court upholds gay pension rights in line with EU law

Pension Inequality for Same Sex Couples? Walker v Innospec

DB v PB: English divorce of Swedish nationals and the impact of prenuptial agreements

An end to pension inequality for married and civil partnered same sex couples?

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