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‘The fall in the value of the pound has thrown up some interesting issues,’ says Nicholas Westley. One of his cases involved a UK-US couple who separated two years ago, splitting their British property equally, resulting in £3-4 million for the wife and its equivalent in dollars for his client. But then the sterling crash occurred, and made the husband’s US assets worth around £2 million more. ‘The wife was saying, “To equalise the assets, you now need to give me more!”’ the former QEB barrister says. He recently moved from Lee & Thompson to Harbottle & Lewis to take advantage of the wider spectrum of practice areas there: there is often a spillover from matrimonial finance to tax and trust issues, he notes.

Nicholas Westley