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Will MacFarlane

Partner

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

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



Will MacFarlane brings excellent tactical instincts to his work. He also has brilliant client care skills. He is widely respected by the very best in family law in London and the South West. He is definitely one to watch in the family law world.

Legal 500, 2020 - Will MacFarlane

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

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.

He is a recommended lawyer in the London edition of Legal 500 for 2020.

Will’s specialisms include:

  • complex financial settlements on divorce
  • drafting and advising on international and domestic prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements
  • international cases involving offshore companies and trusts and competing proceedings in separate jurisdictions
  • disputes over child arrangements
  • financial claims on behalf of unmarried parents under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
  • acting for parents wishing to relocate abroad with their children.
  • acting for parties wishing to vary or extinguish ongoing spousal maintenance orders

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. He has been quoted in The Times on no fault divorce and recently featured in the Weekend FT answering readers’ questions on divorce.

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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