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Bradley Williams



Bradley is a director at Family Law in Partnership. He has a comprehensive family law practice specialising in complex financial remedy applications, applications regarding the property of non-married couples and private children law issues. Bradley’s clients include City professionals, business owners and executives, and their spouses or partners. Many of Bradley’s clients are international and most have substantial assets.

Bradley has extensive experience of international family law cases. His work regularly involves:

  • jurisdiction issues
  • international relocation of children
  • financial provision following an overseas divorce
  • enforcement of foreign judgments; and
  • pre and post nuptial agreements across jurisdictions, including the application of foreign matrimonial property regimes.

Bradley has dual Swiss British nationality and is fluent in German.

Representative international matters include:

  • Acted on a high profile case involving an application for permission to seek financial relief following a foreign decree of divorce and financial settlement in Australia.
  • Regularly acts on cases where there is a conflict as to which jurisdiction should hear the divorce and financial proceedings. Bradley has been involved in several cases where his quick action has established jurisdiction in England. In one recent case he successfully obtained a stay of English proceedings on behalf of his client in favour of pre-existing proceedings in Italy.
  • Regularly advises on pre and post marriage and civil partnership agreements which have an international dimension.
  • Acted on numerous cases involving the international movement of children. Bradley acted for the successful party on a proposed change of residence for a child from the British Virgin Islands to New Zealand. Bradley also facilitated the financial settlement which involved obtaining legal advice across three jurisdictions.

Bradley has a reputation as a highly skilled negotiator and litigator, with finely tuned judgment and wide ranging technical expertise. He is adept at evaluating cases at an early stage helping clients to make informed choices to achieve effective long term solutions. Whilst Bradley strives to settle his cases out of Court, he recognises that this will not always be possible or in the best interests of every client. He has acted on several landmark cases which have developed legal precedent.

Bradley is a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer, and is a Resolution collaborative specialist. He was one of the first group of lawyers to train as a family arbitrator and is able to adjudicate financial disputes. He was named Family Lawyer of the Year in the inaugural Spear’s Young Turk Awards, awards which recognise the rising stars of the private client world. He has been recommended by the Spear’s 500 Index of top family lawyers for number of years, with Spear’s noting: “There is no doubt, however, that he has made a name for himself as a natural litigator in a firm with a strong reputation for mediation and the collaborative approach….All his cases are high-end, ranging from HNWs in the £5-6million range to post nup work involving an asset pot of £2billion….Williams is unstinting in his commitment to clients“. Bradley is named as a leading family lawyer in Legal 500 UK 2020 and is recommended as a family mediator by Legal 500 UK 2017: Bradley is “an acknowledged star performer with a real flair for managing complex financial and private law children cases“….he “does not lose sight of the fact that resolving matters without going to court is generally in the clients’ interests.” Bradley was quoted extensively in December 2017’s issue of Tatler magazine in an article, “Access Denied“.

What Bradley’s clients say:

“Thank you very much for all your help and the professional support. I had professional advice that helped me navigate carefully and securely through this so difficult and life changing time”

“Bradley has substantial expertise in high value and international financial disputes and cases involving trusts and companies.  He has an impressive eye for strategy in a case and is completely on top of the detail, as well as being a pleasure to work with” (from a barrister)

“Vastly experienced and wise, Bradley is a master tactician who stays one step ahead of the process” (from a QC)

“Your advice and counsel has been nothing short of excellent”

“Your advice has been always extremely professional, trustworthy, honest and clear”

“I have been hugely impressed by your patience, diligence, clarity of mind and capacity for sheer hard work”

“I cannot thank you enough for getting me through it all”

“It is evident you have a great head on your shoulders and are very adept at thinking on your feet in an articulate way whilst remaining focused to win the point and close the argument in a logical way”

“Very responsive and extremely professional”

“I was extremely lucky to have Bradley on my side – he was brilliant”

What the Legal Directories say:

Bradley has been ranked as a leading family lawyer by the legal directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK for a number of years. The Legal 500 UK 2020 notes that “Bradley Williams is smart, clever, hardworking and doesn’t miss a trick. He knows his cases inside out and offers his clients sound well informed and astute advice‘”.

Naming Bradley as a leading family lawyer, Chambers UK 2018 notes that Bradley is “a very impressive lawyer”. Chambers UK 2017 notes that Bradley is known for “his work in arbitration, ancillary relief, arbitration and assets division for unmarried couples. He is respected for his ability to handle both alternative dispute resolution proceedings and traditional litigation, with sources commenting: “He is willing to take a case however far it needs to go and doesn’t lose his nerve when a judicial decision is the only option left. It’s unusual to find someone who embraces alternative outcomes and collaborative law on the one hand, but who has the skills and attitude required to follow the litigation route when needed.” Earlier editions of Chambers note that Bradley “has astute judgment and is completely professional” whilst Legal 500 comments that he is “tenacious yet realistic….someone who is always determined to achieve the right outcome for his clients“. The 2015 Chambers directory refers to Bradley as “a skilled negotiator” while the 2014 edition notes that Bradley is “a prodigious hard worker who is bright and determined, without being strident or unnecessarily argumentative“.

The Legal 500 UK 2017 directory ranks Bradley as a leading family lawyer and recommends him for family mediation. He is ‘an acknowledged star performer with a real flair for managing complex financial and private law children cases’ and “he does not lose sight of the fact that resolving matters without going to court is generally in the clients’ interests.” Earlier commentary notes that he “analyses every detail of the case” (2015), with the 2014 edition noting that he is particularly well regarded for his international expertise.

Bradley’s reported cases include:

  • AB v FC [2016] EWHC 3285 – Bradley acted for the wife of a professional football player on a case concerning financial provision following a short marriage in circumstances where there was little capital but the husband had a substantial earning capacity.
  • JL v SL (No 1) [2014] EWHC 3658 (Fam), JL v SL (no 2) [2015] EWCH 360 (fam) and JL v SL (no 3) [2015] EWCH 355 (fam) – a case concerning the treatment of inherited funds and post separation accruals on a divorce.
  • Solovyev v Solovyeva [2014] EWFC 1546 – this case which was heard before the President of the Family Division involved a husband and wife from Russia and concerned the recognition of overseas divorces by the English courts.
  • B v S (Financial Remedy: Marital Property Regime) [2012] (High Court) – Bradley acted for the wife on a case concerning the effect of a separate property regime and a post nuptial agreement.
  • Grubb v Grubb [2011] (Court of Appeal) – Bradley acted for the husband in a case in which the Court of Appeal considered what constitutes the “reasonable needs” of a spouse in a case involving inherited wealth.
  • H v H [2009] (High Court) – An important case which clarified the law in relation to pension sharing orders.
  • McFarlane v McFarlane [2009] (no 2) – Bradley was part of the team acting for Julia McFarlane on her application to vary the now famous ground breaking order of District Judge Redgrave.
  • Blades v Philips [2008] (Court of Appeal) – Bradley was a part of the team acting for Ms Blades on her application for permission to appeal.
  • Bradley v Bradley [2008] (Court of Appeal) – The Court of Appeal overturned a stay of an order for the payment of a lump sum which had been made against Bradley’s client. The Court of Appeal found that there was no jurisdiction to make an order for security for costs “by the back door.”
  • Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Boyle [2008] (Court of Appeal) – Bradley successfully acted for the father in overturning a flawed CSA assessment.
  • B v B [2007] – Before the President of the Family Division. Bradley successfully acted for the husband in defending an application by the ex-wife to overturn a consent order. The Court upheld the agreement reached by the parties.
  • Smith v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions [2006] House of Lords – Bradley successfully acted for Helen Smith in her fight against the Child Support Agency.
  • Miller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane [2006] (House of Lords) – Bradley successfully acted for Julia McFarlane in the ground breaking decision concerning spousal maintenance.
  • McFarlane v McFarlane; Parlour v Parlour [2004] (Court of Appeal)
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