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Osbornes’ managing partner Mark Freedman is clear why HNWs should choose his firm: ‘A first class service from a team of lawyers who are ranked as a leading family department in London, and who hold external accreditations of excellence.’ Freedman recently acted for a ‘well-known’ TV personality in ‘highly contested’ proceedings — a case involving property in London and business interests which were also under threat of corporate litigation while family proceedings were ongoing.’ He also acted for a property billionaire in a complex case focused on offshore trusts, and an inventor (‘who most would consider a British institution’) in their complex divorce and financial proceedings ‘set within very difficult and sad circumstances — including the unusual appointment of a litigation friend’ — a high value case of in excess of £5 million, ‘built up over a lifetime of innovation was at stake, over a relatively short and childless marriage’. While he says the ‘emotional impact of pieces of paper’ (like the Decree Absolute — the court’s final order that officially ends a marriage) often catches clients by surprise, Spear’s wonders if anything surprises the family lawyer himself, and asks if he has had any unusual requests in his time. ‘Quite a few,’ he admits. ‘All of which have to remain confidential I’m afraid!’

Mark Freedman