Praise abounds for Julian Ribet. One QC dubs him ‘an extremely able, top-rank practitioner’, while another refers to the LMP partner as ‘impressive, diligent and practical’. The experienced family lawyer, mediator and arbitrator’s clients include HNWs, City and sports professionals and their spouses. He has built a reputation on an ability to trace substantial business and family assets, and for his mastery of inherited wealth, tax, pensions and offshore trust matters. He says that, though the spouse initiating the divorce has to decide on the basis to commence (‘usually adultery or unreasonable behaviour’), clients can be surprised: ‘The truth is that the reason given for the marriage failure is likely to have little or no impact on the eventual financial settlement,’ he says. ‘Many clients believe that to be at “fault” will cost you financially and are sometimes pleasantly surprised that it does not. Clients are also often concerned that they will not be able to obtain a full picture of their spouse’s finances and are reassured by the court’s approach on disclosure issues.’ Ribet acted in the widely reported case AC v DC, in which he was successful in unwinding an intricate overseas transaction with which the husband tried to stymie his client’s financial claims. Recently, he drafted a complex post-nuptial agreement covering close to £450 million of inherited family assets, and advised on a pre-nuptial agreement based on assets valued at $2 billion.