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Will MacFarlane

Partner

T: 01225 459 917 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100
E: will.macfarlane@roydswithyking.com

Will joined Royds Withy King in 2018 and works between the Bath and London offices.



I have worked with Will over many years including on several complicated international cases.  He is diligent, always prepared to go the extra mile for a client and a pleasure to work with.

Charles Hale QC, 4PB

Will never failed to make me feel cared about for which I am enormously grateful. I really can’t thank him enough for guiding me through the maze of complexities involved and for achieving such an outstanding result.

Mrs K, Former Client

About Will

Will specialises in complex financial settlements on family breakdown, acting for clients with significant assets including businesses, offshore trusts, investments, properties and pensions located in the UK and abroad.

He joined Royds Withy King from Withers LLP as partner in 2018. After studying at the University of St Andrews and at BPP Law School in London, Will trained and qualified at Burges Salmon in Bristol before moving to London to join Withers LLP in 2010.

Will’s specialisms include:

Will’s recent work has included advising high net worth foreign nationals living in the UK on wealth protection issues. He has worked closely with family lawyers (usually IAFL Fellows) in other jurisdictions including Germany, France, Russia, Brazil, Italy and various US states when advising on international prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Will’s previous clients have included premiership footballers, investment bankers, surgeons, entrepreneurs, accountants, lawyers, landowners and those wishing to protect significant inherited wealth.

Other

Will has blogged regularly on Family Law issues and has written for the Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal on attacking real estate owned by offshore companies. In 2017, he spoke at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, delivering an update on recent developments in Family Law.

Will has been involved in the following reported cases:

  • M v M [2013] EWHC 2354 (Fam)
  • Re S (Abduction: Hearing the Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1557

Memberships

Will is a committed member of Resolution and where possible, he favours alternative forms of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration.

Interests

Outside of work, Will is a keen tennis player, enjoys country pursuits and hiking in remote parts of the world. Other interests include theatre and volunteering at his local Citizens Advice Bureau.

I am competitive but I also like to help people. In Family law, I am lucky to have found a career that satisfies both those instincts. When I meet clients for the first time, they are often in an uncertain and difficult position. I get huge satisfaction out of learning about their situation, identifying their priorities and then guiding them through the process to achieve their desired outcome. While I am no stranger to tough contested litigation, where possible I take a pragmatic approach and try to reach a settlement without the need for expensive court proceedings.

Will MacFarlane

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