With over two decades of experience acting for UHNW and HNW individuals on divorce, civil partnerships, financial remedy claims and children issues, Jay Patel has built a reputation as one of the top figures in family law. He works for clients from India and the Middle East, and has a key understanding of the cultural and religious issues such clients have to tackle. Other clients are predominantly in media, sport and business and, because of the nature of their professions, Patel is used to dealing with cases that have an international element. In particular, Patel’s experience, knowledge and commitment to achieving the best outcomes for his clients sets him apart from the rest. He is conscious of the need for privacy so as to safeguard his clients’ reputation, which can be damaged when private lives are subject to public scrutiny. Arbitration has been popular for many of his clients because it is a forum that allows them to protect their privacy. Patel became a partner in the Hunters family team in August 2018. Prior to the move to Hunters Solicitors, Patel was joint head of family for Shoosmiths LLP in London. He is also a Resolution accredited mediator and listed in the Legal 500. A highlight of Patel’s year has been settling a case for the owner of an oil brokerage company where the assets exceeded £100 million on terms favourable to him, including ring-fencing an increase in the value of the business post separation.