‘In my experience you may have to take it so far down the court route to get to a solution, but matters shouldn’t go all the way to court unless there are serious issues,’ says Michael Gouriet, whose clients include city professionals, landed estate owners, politicians, film and music stars, and their partners.
Cases range from £1 billion-plus matters on behalf of Middle Eastern families to intricate cohabitation matters. On the latter he is bullish: ‘There needs to be reform. There’s so much judicial clamour for it.’
He is also concerned about the direction of justice, saying: ‘Court processes have been undermined by government cuts… with fewer judges and fewer court staff and more litigants in person, the court system is overcongested.’