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

Pamela Collis



Pamela is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She is a very senior and highly regarded family lawyer who has specialised in family law for over 35 years. Pamela is known for her pragmatic and constructive style and her strategic vision.

“I believe passionately in containing family disputes where possible and finding an early resolution to avoid the lawyers being the winners! But where court is the best forum to achieve a solution, I will provide first class, robust representation.”

Pamela’s primary focus is international and domestic family law matters particularly the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, private law children matters (including surrogacy and international relocation) and pre and post nuptial agreements. Pamela regularly deals with jurisdiction issues, cross border tax issues and cases involving complex business valuations.

Pamela’s clients include senior lawyers and financial advisers, private equity and hedge fund professionals, business owners and their spouses and partners. Many of her clients are international, including foreign trustees and trust companies. Pamela has a litigation background and experience of a broad range of areas of the law including trusts, corporate and employment law. She is known for her financial numeracy and is regularly referred work by senior judges and members of the family law bar because of her depth and breadth of experience and her innovative and insightful approach to finding solutions to complex and challenging issues.

Pamela has been ranked by the legal directories, Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and The Legal 500 UK, as a leading individual in family law for over 30 years. During this time she has been described as having “the rare combination of being fiercely intelligent and having amazing client skills“, “firm but fair”, “very bright” and “there is no one who knows more about big money financial claims”. Chambers HNW has named Pamela as a leading individual in family law for many years – she is “highly experienced”….Collis advises wealthy international and domestic clients on marriage agreements, financial issues and matters relating to children’s law….”If someone wants a case to be settled, she’s the right person” “I think she is quite brilliant…she’s very experienced and knowledgeable, anything to do with finances she’s very well informed, and also she’s incredibly kind“. Chambers HNW 2019  note that Pamela is “immensely experienced” and an insider enthuses that“Pam comes across as a no-nonsense, very knowledgeable expert, all wrapped up with a heart to assist her client every way she can”. Legal Business called Pamela “tough as old boots, but only rarely, mainly she is charming”. Best Lawyers 2020 named Pamela as one of the leading family lawyers in London.

Chambers UK 2020 comments that “She combines intellectual rigour with being effective, collaborative and practical, and is up-to-date with the latest developments and best practice in family law”.  Chambers UK  2018 notes that Pamela has “earned a strong reputation for her work in financial and private law children law matters. She is regularly involved in cases with complex jurisdictional issues including cross border tax and business aspects.” The 2017 edition notes that “Clients appreciate Pamela Collis’ “very strong technical knowledge and supportive handling of difficult issues…. She advises on complex post-separation issues, including financial remedies which involve business interests, tax issues and cross-border elements.”  Legal 500 has referred to Pamela as “a class act”, an “outstanding practitioner who attracts work from the City”. She “exudes integrity, intelligence and experience and has particular strength in complicated children cases including surrogacy work”. Pamela also features in the Citywealth 2017, 2016 and 2015 Family & Matrimonial Honours Lists and the PowerWomen List. Previous editions refer to Pamela as “a “go to” family lawyer” and “a highly experienced, sensible and pragmatic lawyer to deal with all aspects of family law issues with skill and sensitivity, including high value divorces with an international element”. Pamela has been described as “a trusted adviser as well as a lawyer”.

What Pamela’s clients say:

” You were a life saver for me and I will never forget your kindness and support through the blackest of times”

“What could have been an overwhelming experience was not so because of Pamela’s constant support, kindness and experienced advice. I would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat”

“I never thought that this process would be as easy and stress free as you made it. You have been incredibly understanding throughout and always had my best interests at heart, which I couldn’t appreciate more!” 

Many thanks once again for your superb support and advice – it’s been almost a pleasure!”

“You will never know how much you helped me”

“Your expertise and support to me has been invaluable. Thank you so, so much for your wonderful support and guidance. I really appreciate the thought, wisdom and legal prowess you bring”

Open, transparent, understanding, a clear strategy, concise and decisive, and friendly too!”

“Thank you once again for your help…both myself and my brother wholeheartedly agree that we have been impressed by your approach, thank you”

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help, support and patience over the last few months!  You made what was an extremely unpleasant situation less awful by explaining everything to me in a very clear and calm way, which really helped me to not feel completely overwhelmed.”

Representative cases include:

  • Acted for the husband, a successful businessman, on his divorce. The arrangements were complicated by significant tax and other issues arising from both his and his wife’s foreign origins and domicile.
  • Acted for the husband, a Russian national, on his divorce. The financial settlement was dominated by complications arising from the husband’s investments in various film partnerships.
  • Acted for the wife on her divorce at a time when her husband’s substantial business interests were being sold.
  • Acted for the husband, a high profile individual, on his divorce which was complicated by issues of alleged money laundering, allegations of bribery and corruption and their impact on the parties’ respective corporate vehicles.

A trained collaborative lawyer, Pamela is also a member of Resolution. She has been a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers for over 20 years and she is a trustee of, and sits on the Advisory Board, of the Marriage Foundation.

Pamela’s recent blogs include:

Do I need a divorce?

Prenuptial agreements: What do I need to think about?

The New Divorce Petition Form, Adultery and the Significance both Generally and in the Jewish Faith

Surrogacy and assisted reproduction: common questions

Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements following Brexit

Surrogacy Law: Important New Developments 

A former partner at Kingsley Napley, Pamela set up Kingsley Napley’s family department before joining CKFT as a partner and head of CKFT’s family practice. On the merger of CKFT with Howard Kennedy FSI, Pamela joined the newly merged firm as a consultant. She joined Family Law in Partnership as a consultant in 2015.

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