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"Imogen is very client-focused and able to deal with difficult and demanding clients in a firm but friendly way. She provides firm advice and prepares thoroughly."Legal 500, 2023
"Imogen has excellent attention to detail, is always well prepared and her written documents are clear and persuasive. She has a sympathetic approach with nervous clients but does not shy away from giving clear and forthright advice when required".Legal 500 2022
"‘Imogen has great attention to detail around the facts of the case but also has the ability to pick up the more subtle nuances between parties enabling her to tailor her advice to clients so that it is sensitive, detailed and pragmatic."Legal 500 2021
"I have known Imogen for more than 20 years, she is a go to barrister for both specialist Matrimonial Finances and complex Children Act matters. Imogen’s client care to both her lay and professional clients is second to none."Head of Family, Top 100 Law Firm
"You are a Miracle Worker! I cannot even begin to thank you for all that you did for me, which went way above the call of duty."Client
A highly experienced barrister working exclusively in family law, Imogen is sought after for her expertise in representing clients in both complex finance and children cases. Recommended in The Legal 500 as a leading barrister in her field, clients appreciate her approachable manner, attention to detail and dogged determination. She is valued for her ability to handle sensitive and complex cases in a calm and robust manner. She represents clients at all levels of the family court. She has a busy practice and is always pleased to discuss a case prior to instruction on a confidential basis. Her client care is excellent and she aims to work as a team with all those who she is privileged to represent.
In private law children cases, Imogen’s work is centred on representing clients in complex and significant cases. These include allegations of parental alienation and intractable contact disputes, where expert evidence is required from psychologists or other professional experts. Her cases often have an international and cross-jurisdictional element. Imogen’s work includes relocation cases, where a party wants to take a child abroad, on either a temporary or permanent basis.
Imogen represents individuals in financial remedies upon divorce and in cohabitation disputes. In financial remedies cases, she represents medium to high net worth individuals. Her cases involve consideration of business assets, pension funds, disclosure issues, tax issues and third party interests. She is recognised as a leading individual in The Legal 500 for her financial remedies work. Her experience includes claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
She is a regular contributor to Family Law LexisNexis: The evolution of spousal maintenance – where are we now? February 2020 and Financial remedies after Covid-19, what can we expect? The founder of the Pump Court Breakfast Briefing she hosts lively and informative events for family law professionals.
Imogen’s work is centred on financial remedies, including married and cohabiting couples and private law children cases. She brings commitment, excellent negotiation skills and sound judgment to her cases. In her work she is known for her tactical experience and legal expertise. She is patient, a good listener and strives to build a caring and supportive relationship with her clients. Her warmth and compassion belie a steely determination to achieve the optimum result. Often the best results can be achieved through negotiation but this is not always possible.
In court, Imogen uses her eloquence and advocacy to full advantage. She is available to advise during every stage of the case and is happy to speak to solicitors in confidence prior to instruction. Her strong interpersonal skills mean she is comfortable dealing with people from all walks of life. Her clients include company directors, professionals and musicians. She aims to provide an excellent service to all, regardless of wealth or status.
Setting aside a financial remedy order following the making of a final order in the husband’s absence. Consideration given to the implications of Covid-19.
A case where there were alleged to be substantial assets held abroad in Nigeria. Both parties were medical consultants. The case involved expert evidence as to valuations of property, tax and pensions. A successful outcome was achieved for the client.
A complex variation case under MCA 1973 Section 31, involving a substantial £3 Million pension pot. A successful outcome was achieved for the client.
Complex litigation, involving MCA 1973 S. 25(2)(g), where one party had dissipated hundreds of thousands of pounds. Consideration of all the possible outcomes and in particular the relevance of MAP v MFP  EWHC 627, given one of the parties’ mental health.
Schedule 1 to Children Act 1989 case involving internationally recognised musicians. A successful outcome was achieved for the mother and the case settled without the need for a contested hearing. The case was sensitive as the parties were high profile in the music industry.
Case involving a property tycoon with substantial business and property interests. There was satellite litigation in the Chancery Division that had to be considered during the progression of the case.
An unusual case where the District Judge was asked to make an interim remedy in respect of the parties’ dog. The court considered the interrelation between realty as in land and personal possessions. An interim order was made an Imogen’s client was permitted to see the dog. Wickes v Wickes  Fam 65 and BR v VT  EWHC 2727M v M (2016) Acting for a dentist who allegedly had offshore trusts in the British Virgin Islands. A complex case involving third party disclosure from the trustees, negotiations with the Inland Revenue regarding tax appeals and accountancy evidence. Court threatening to join the trustees and make indemnity costs orders in the event that disclosure did not take place.
Acting for a dentist who allegedly had offshore trusts in the British Virgin Islands. A complex case involving third party disclosure from the trustees, negotiations with the Inland Revenue regarding tax appeals and accountancy evidence. Court threatening to join the trustees and make indemnity costs orders in the event that disclosure did not take place.
High Court forum shopping case, involving consideration of the appropriate forum for financial remedies litigation. Whether the case should be tried in England and Wales or USA (Georgia). Heard before Mr Justice Holman.
Acting for the wife in a case involving a military pension, business accounts, where both parties had been in the medical profession.
Acting in a financial provision case where a notice to show cause application was made by the husband 8 years after the consent order had been lodged with the court. Successfully resisting the application on the part of the wife. Case involved potential cross-examination of a witness via video link from the Middle East.
Acting in a financial provision case involving a substantial property portfolio that required division following a long marriage. The case involved expert accountancy evidence.
Acting for a wife seeking to vary a consent order under S 31 MCA 1973 to extend the term of maintenance beyond the child’s 21st birthday to enable her to remain in the former matrimonial home. A successful outcome was achieved.
Imogen undertakes complex private law children cases. Below are some examples of her work.
Acting for a party in a non-convention case where allegations of child abduction and were made. The children were brought to this country from an African nation. The case involved jurisdictional issues and consideration of expert evidence. All contact had stopped following the alleged unlawful removal but was re-instated by the court to included overnight stays. There were allegations of physical and emotional abuse and parental alienation. A children’s guardian was appointed for the children.
A complex relocation case, involving aspects of emotional abuse, parental alienation with the need for expert psychological evidence and the involvement of a children’s guardian. The case had cross-jurisdictional considerations and the need for mirror orders.
A private law case that involved parental alienation, allegations of domestic abuse and a request for psychological evidence. All contact had broken down. A successful outcome was achieved and all contact restored, including overnight stays.
Acting for a medical professional where child arrangements had broken down and no contact was taking place. Allegations of parental alienation were relevant to the determination and the court found in favour of my client. A shared care order was made and the judge declined to make a specific issues order in relation to schooling.
Successfully resisting an application for leave to remove three children from the jurisdiction to the USA. Acted for the father.
Case involving parental alienation where a 14-year -old boy was refusing to see his mother. The Family Separation Clinic was involved to see whether they could facilitate in the re-introduction. The case resulted in a successful outcome for the mother and child.
Child arrangements case where contact was re-instated, to include overnight contact after a gap. It involved sensitive issues and the introduction of the father’s new family.
Family Law Act injunction involving a wealthy elderly married couple. The issues in the case involved DOLS (deprivation of liberty safeguarding orders), multiple experts and the Official Solicitor. Imogen had to consider “Wookey capacity” and the ability of the court to make injunctions where a party was subject to DOLS.
Advising in an international relocation case and successfully resisting the relocation on behalf of the father of the child concerned.
High Court case on paternity and DNA samples from abroad. Required detailed consideration of the law as to the obtaining of DNA samples.
Successful appeal on the right of a child to be brought up by a natural parent.
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