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Gouriet is one of the few lawyers in London with expertise in cohabitation issues and has campaigned for greater protection for these couples. Equally, he has experience with multijurisdiction pre-nups, big-money divorces, and emotionally hard child relocation cases. A qualified arbitrator, he notes that judges have been restricting the duration of spousal maintenance claims, but feels this is unlikely to make London a less attractive divorce jurisdiction: ‘There are many different reasons why London may be classed as the world’s capital of divorce, including the English courts’ wide discretion and their extensive powers of enquiry on financial disclosure.’ Recent cases have involved challenges that range from valuing a client’s private equity interest to assessing exposure of inherited wealth.

Michael Gouriet