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Company

Hunters Law

Position

Partner

Index

Legal Directory & Hommes d'Affaires

Family Lawyers

Advice type

Children

Financial remedies

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Client types

Entrepreneurs

Business owners

Non-domiciles

Sports people

Geographical focus

France

India

Sector focus

Legal Advisory Services

Sports & Leisure

Profile

Jay Patel

Description

Jay Patel joined Hunters as a partner in the family department in 2018, where he acts for high net worth individuals in divorce cases involving substantial and complex assets, including businesses, offshore assets and trust interests. He has extensive experience in international work, including child abduction and applications for permission to take children to live abroad, as well as in financial claims in respect of international assets. ‘I act as their trusted adviser with the sole aim of achieving the best outcome for them,’ he says. ‘It is not only a matter of providing clear and concise legal advice, but understanding the client and their needs and goals, and being there for them every step of their journey.’

Patel – who is also a family mediator, accredited by both the Law Society Family Panel and Resolution – has worked closely with the Iranian and Indian communities. He refers to himself as the ‘Asian divorce lawyer go-to’, and has had a very successful year acting as such. ‘I have been instructed on a number of cases with regard to the status of Islamic Nikkah marriages in the UK, following the Court of Appeal decision in Ahkter v Khan, which is subject to an Appeal to the Supreme Court. The impact of the decision will be on wives applying for financial remedy orders against their husband.’ He has also been commissioned to provide an article to clarify the impact of the decision.

‘I have also been instructed by a celebrity hairdresser to act on the dissolution of his civil partnership and financial remedy claims involving big money with offshore assets,’ Patel continues. ‘I am currently involved in a case involving bigamy which I believe will be reported by the court as it touches on conduct which generally is limited to financial conduct.’

As a mediator, Patel assists separating couples in making important decisions with regard to the care of their children and their finances without recourse to court proceedings. ‘The mantra is, it is always in the best interest of the client wherever possible to agree matters rather than have a decision imposed by the court, with the additional costs and stress associated, as well as delay in resolving matters,’ he says.

Patel issues court applications as a last resort, preferring to have a solicitor-led negotiated settlement, utilising his negotiating skills ‘to achieve a fair outcome for my clients’. Where an agreement cannot be reached, he utilises private FDRs and arbitration. ‘I have no hesitation in issuing a court application to protect the interests of my client where urgent action is called on to preserve assets, or there is no real hope of agreeing an out of court settlement. My skills as a mediator help me to have an open mind and balance views to arrive at a fair outcome.’

Rank: Recommended

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