Family Law in Partnership is an award-winning team of specialist family lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and family consultants

Charlotte Symes

Senior Associate


Charlotte is a solicitor, collaborative practitioner and mediator. Many of Charlotte’s matters have an international element. Charlotte speaks fluent French and spent 18 months living in Paris working in French law firms. She has the expertise and experience to conduct client meetings in French.

Charlotte has a corporate law background having previously worked for a City firm before moving into family law.

As no personal situation is the same, Charlotte believes in the importance of listening to her clients to provide the service that they need. She intelligently advises them of the right process for them, whether that be solicitor led negotiation, litigation at court, arbitration, collaborative practice or mediation.

Charlotte is a member of Resolution, the Family Mediation Council and the Franco-British Lawyers Society. The Legal 500 UK 2020 recommends Charlotte for her family law expertise noting that: “Charlotte Symes is a rising star associate with mastery of the detail of her cases‘”. She was also named as a Rising Star in The Spear’s 500 2019 Index of leading family lawyers.

Charlotte advises on a wide range of family matters including:

  • financial issues arising from divorce and separation of cohabiting couples, often involving complex issues surrounding businesses, tax, pensions and investments;
  • pre- and post-nuptial agreements;
  • cohabitation agreements;
  • financial claims by parents for children;
  • parenting issues involving child contact and residence; and
  • relocation of a child both within and outside the jurisdiction.

A graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge, Charlotte has an MA in French and German.

Representative matters:

  • Advised the wife in the reported case of AB v FC [2016] EWHC 3285 concerning financial provision following a short marriage in circumstances where there was little capital but the husband, a professional footballer, had a substantial earning capacity.
  • Advised a Moroccan client in French on an English pre-nuptial agreement involving assets in Morocco, Italy and England.
  • Advised the owner of a tech start-up company through financial court proceedings on divorce with issues surrounding the valuation of the business.
  • Advised a heterosexual French couple with a PACS.
  • Negotiated a successful outcome for a client in heavily contested court proceedings surrounding the beneficial ownership of a property of a non-married couple.
  • Acted for clients with investments in film partnership schemes that are the subject of litigation against HMRC, requiring complex financial orders to deal with potential tax liabilities and penalties.
  • Represented clients through arbitration to achieve a legally binding decision outside the court process.

What Charlotte’s clients say:

“Thank you so very much for all your hard work, help and professionalism on this matter. I feel I could not have been better represented and am extremely grateful.”

“You have been absolutely superb. You have made what is inevitably a difficult process as painless as it can possibly be, with patience, expertise, understanding and sound advice. You achieved a fair outcome at a sensible cost without any unnecessary stress. I cannot thank you enough and would recommend you to anyone in need.” 

“Thank you so much for your professionalism and excellent service.”

“I am hugely grateful for what you have achieved for me.  The outcome is far better than I could have hoped for.”

“You have been utterly incredible.”

“…without your guidance and patience we would not have received this ending. I recall wanting to give up as I was so overwhelmed and exhausted and you guys kept me strong and going. So the thank you and well done is deserved by both of you (Charlotte Symes and James Pirrie)!”

“I just wanted to say that you’ve been so wonderful, and made this sometimes painfully long experience much easier to deal with!”

“Many thanks for all your help! I have been very happy with your service, flexibility (meeting me at venues convenient to me) and promptness.”

“I shall be recommending both of you (Charlotte Symes and Anne Whaley) to anyone I meet who may be requiring the services of lovely good and honest people as you both are.”

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