London, United Kingdom
Legal - Trusts
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
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Sarah Higgins has over 30 years of family law experience, focusing on financial applications – often involving international elements and trusts – and complex children cases.
Higgins receives high praise from clients and colleagues alike, with observers noting that she is ‘very strong technically’ and ‘very impressive’.‘She knows exactly what she’s talking about,’ says another.
Clients are ‘a range of married, unmarried, parents, grandparents, trustees... old money or new money,’ says Higgins, who also notes an increase in international work since she started at the firm in 1990.
‘The pandemic has put additional pressure on the court system, which has accelerated the trend to resolve matters out of the formal court system, whether by way of solicitor assisted negotiation, mediation, arbitration and, in particular, private Financial Dispute Resolutions.
‘The pandemic has also, of course, put pressure on many relationships and marriages, with people forced to stay under the same roof, and stress arising from the uncertainty and financial pressures. Unsurprisingly, this has kept the team busy.
‘There have been particular issues thrown up by the pandemic, such as variation applications, questions of whether financial orders can be set aside and difficulties with children’s arrangements for those quarantining.
‘The needs of clients have not changed however – to be listened to, supported and ultimately – whether by litigation or otherwise – to have their issues resolved, so that they can move on with their lives.’