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A popular family solicitor to HNWs and their spouses, Matthew Humphries has particular expertise resolving complex financial claims after family breakdown, and advising on nuptial agreements. Recent highlights include representing ‘a number of corporate entities defending claims in multiple jurisdictions against very valuable assets… The complexity of the laws involved and the impact of the proceedings in various jurisdictions was incredibly interesting,’ he says. He says managing the court process remains the ‘main challenge [but] this is not always a disadvantage for our clients.’ He’s noticed fewer clients opting to mediate: ‘Many more clients seem to want their lawyers to be involved in the negotiations rather than to conduct them direct with their spouse or partner via a mediator.’ What could the public better understand about family law? ‘That lawyers, in the main, are here to help,’ he says. ‘Not every idea we have is either bad or proposed simply to generate more work or fees. Most of our proposals are solely motivated by the client’s best interests.’ Humphries qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and joined Stewarts in 2010. Clients are grateful: ‘He encapsulates everything you expect from a top-tier family law practitioner, bright and strategic with an undoubted knowledge of the relevant law,’ one says. ‘Top rate in all respects… You feel you are in the best hands possible.’

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