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Caroline Penfold



Formerly head of the family law team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Caroline is a partner in our family law team following the merger of RadcliffesLeBrasseur and Weightmans.

Caroline advises on all aspects of private family law including divorce, complex financial and property cases often involving substantial assets and an international element, disputes over children including residence, contact and removal from jurisdiction, emergency injunction and enforcement proceedings.

Caroline is highly skilled and experienced in advising her clients on divorce, matrimonial finance, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, civil partnerships, children matters, including residence and contact, domestic violence and emergency relief and enforcement of orders and agreements.

Caroline is included in the Chambers High Net Worth 2022 guide, which ranks the leading and most dedicated lawyers for family/matrimonial high net worth work.

Notable cases:

  • Re. H (A Child) [2002] EWCA Civ 2005 — Children — condition attached to Contact Order.
  • A v B [2005] EWHC 314 (Fam) — Separation Agreement.
  • Tracey v Tracey [2007] 1FLR196 (Court of Appeal) Overruling [2006] 1FLR903 — Lump sum payment of school fees.
  • Q v Q and ORS [2008] EWHC 1874 (Fam) — Dispute over ownership of property.
  • D v D [2015] EWHC 1393 (Fam) — Successfully defending non-disclosure allegations brought by wife.
  • WM v HM (2017) EWFC 25 — Linear approach to historic valuation of a high-value manufacturing business, special contribution, sharing principle and pre-marital property issues.
    • Martin v Martin [2018] EWCA Civ 2866 — Court of Appeal decision addressing the approach the Court should take to the valuation of shares in a private company and how to determine non matrimonial wealth.

Caroline is part of the winning team named Family Law Firm of the Year at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards.

Winner of the Family Law Firm of the Year - North Award at the Family Law Awards 2022

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