The latest lawyer to be made a partner on Stewarts’ phenomenally successful family team, Carly Kinch has already amassed serious experience across ‘all aspects’ of family law. She specialises in the resolution of complex financial issues, including the negotiation and drafting of marital agreements. She says she has had a busy 12 months assisting department head Stephen Foster with a ‘very significant’ case representing a ‘well-known’ entrepreneur with assets of more than £350 million. It involved a complex corporate structure (holding a ‘world-leading’ organisation) with arguments around the disparity between the parties’ respective contributions to the welfare of the family, and how such contributions should be reflected in the division of assets on divorce. Many of her cases involve international issues, trusts, family businesses and inherited wealth. Kinch also advises on children-related disputes, including issues of residence and contact, relocation, paternity and financial provision. What separates the great from the good in family law? ‘Approach,’ she says. ‘There are many excellent lawyers – but the best are commercial and pragmatic in their advice, and create bespoke settlement structures suited to their client’s particular needs.’ Kinch began her career at Stewarts as a paralegal over ten years ago, before working her way up to senior associate and finally partner in May 2018 (something she was ‘obviously thrilled’ about, she says).