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Kim Beatson has headed up Anthony Gold’s family department for 22 years, focusing on matrimonial finance and children matters. She is also a member of the firm’s dispute resolution team, lending her well-established mediation expertise. Beatson tells Spear’s she sees Brexit as a challenge for family lawyers. ‘The landscape is still extremely uncertain but we are trying to protect our clients in securing favourable jurisdictions,’ she says, emphasising the importance of ‘carefully drafting jurisdiction clauses in nuptial agreements’. The highly regarded partner anticipates family law becoming even more international in future and ‘much more complex’ as Brexit transitional regulations play out. Much of her recent work has been time sensitive, with an increase in relocation cases. There was a forum race with Germany engaging the Brussels II regulation, and another case (valued at more than £12 million) which centred on whether the jurisdiction should be in England or Spain. ‘Solicitors need to be ahead of the game with rapid response rates,’ she notes. In her 34-year career, Beatson has seen ‘a move towards greater co-parenting with much more involvement by fathers’. While this has led to more disputes and opposition to relocations, she tells Spear’s: ‘Fathers quite rightly will not put up with alternate weekend contact’.

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