Pamela is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She is a very senior and highly regarded family lawyer having 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 highly regarded legal directories, Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK, as a leading individual in family law for numerous years. During that time she has been described as “firm but fair”, “very bright” and “there is no one who knows more about big money financial claims”. Chambers HNW 2016 names Pamela as a leading individual in family law – 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“”. Legal Business called Pamela “tough as old boots, but only rarely, mainly she is charming”.
Chambers UK 2017 notes that “Clients appreciate Pamela Collis’s “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.” Chambers UK 2014 highlights her “astute litigation skills” while the 2015 edition describes her as “very approachable with an incisive grasp of potential pitfalls.” The 2016 edition of Chambers notes that Pamela is highly regarded for her “client focused approach”. 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 2016 and 2015 Family & Matrimonial Honours Lists and the Power Women 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:
“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”
“Many thanks once again for your superb support and advice – it’s been almost a pleasure!”
“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”
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 a member of Collaborative Family Law, an accredited member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution. She has been a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers for over 20 years and she sits on the Advisory Board of the Marriage Foundation. Pamela is the family law contributor to Halsbury’s Law Exchange and regularly speaks at legal seminars.
Pamela’s recent blogs include:
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.