Erica Shelton deals with all areas of family law, particularly complex ancillary relief cases, many involving international couples with offshore corporate, tax and trust structures.
A partner at the firm with over 30 years’ experience, Shelton has had a very busy year, with a high number of HNW divorces involving international couples, as well as complicated jurisdiction disputes involving two or more European countries.
Pre-nups, she says, are becoming more common, especially among younger couples where one or both families want to protect generational wealth should divorce happen.
Divorce rates among the over 60s are also rising. ‘People are now healthier, often still working in their 60s and with rising life expectancy, they may decide they do not want to spend another 20 to 30 years with their spouse,’ Shelton explains.
‘That can be difficult for the spouse who has not made that decision.’ The work remains rewarding. ’As ever, it’s helping divorcing spouses through an emotionally (and often legally and financially) difficult time and seeing them relieved, happier and ready to get on with their lives at the end of the process,’ explains Shelton, who has been involved in a number of high profile reported cases, including Conran and Judge, and unreported cases, including one of the largest Schedule 1 cases to come before the London Family Courts.
Described by observers as ‘very pleasant to deal with’, ‘sensible’ and ‘pragmatic’, she is also proud to have been called upon frequently by clients to be an executor and trusted advisor.