Christine Plews Partner

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“Christine is top-notch. She is the go-to person for high-value cases that require careful handling.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“Fantastic lawyer.”

Legal 500 2017
Christine leads the Family Practice Group and specialises in divorce and financial issues on separation, including cohabitee disputes.

Main areas of practice

Dealing with financial matters following a divorce and where there are significant family or business assets is her main area of expertise. 

She is an accredited Resolution Specialist panel member as well as being a member of the Law Society Family Panel and a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator.

Clients

Christine can help a wide variety of clients but, in particular, those who like to work in collaboration with her to achieve the right result.

Significant experience

Mediation: As an accredited Resolution mediator, Christine has been dealing with high value family financial claims for over 20 years and is a Resolution accredited specialist in Advanced Financial provision and children matters. Her mediation practice continues to develop.

Collaborative law: A trained collaborative lawyer since 2005. She helped launch collaborative law in the Oxford area and remains involved in the development of this area of dispute resolution.

Owner managed businesses: She also specialises in the division of business assets following divorce or separation of a family member and dealing with money and property issues arising out of relationship breakdown, whether the couple have been married or not.

International: Christine has a developing reputation for dealing with family disputes where there is an international element, particularly with regard to Ireland, France, Germany and Belgium where she has links with other lawyers. Her expertise lies in English law but she is also well informed about issues relating to children or assets in other jurisdictions.

Significant cases

Other expertise

Cases involving couples who are unmarried but have business or property assets together. She has a particular expertise in Prenuptial Agreements.

“I really appreciate your tone in the letter which is formal yet trying to keep things as civilised as possible.”

Dr N Oxford

“Your helpful advice at this most difficult time has been of exceptional standard and your personal empathy and that of your team has been appreciated enormously”

Mrs R Oxford

“Reliable, sensible practitioner with a clear sense of the law. She is sympathetic, understanding and sees the wider emotional context of complex situations and the added difficulties these can create. ”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016

Expertise

Christine’s Blog

Is there a cheaper way to settle financial disputes during divorce proceedings?

Is arbitration the answer to settling financial disputes quickly? Our family law expert discusses a case that involved an arbitrator.

Can you make a reluctant former partner pay up?

A recent case has acknowledged that there are no short cuts to obtaining maintenance orders. Our blog considers the Hadkinson Order and how it can be used in divorce cases.

Valentine's Day proposals – balancing the romance and practicalities

Valentines Day is one of the most romantic days of the year. If you are planning to propose or have been proposed to then consider a pre-nuptial agreement to protect yourself financially if it came to divorce.

Articles by Christine

Marriage and wealth preservation – what our survey tells us

News

In today's society second marriages and blended families are becoming more common. But how can you preserve your wealth when you enter into a marriage?

To unbundle or not to unbundle

Article

Many family solicitors will be relieved about the recent ruling in the case of Minkin V Lesley Landsberg.

Important changes to pensions.

News

Important changes are being introduced to pensions on 6th April 2015; new legislation is increasing the flexibility afforded to individuals in deciding how to operate their pensions.

Related Knowledge & Resources

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Brexit: what this means for Family Law

The Brexit vote will likely have a knock-on effect on a range of family matters governed by the current system, which pulls together strands of EU and domestic legislation into a single Family law regime.

To unbundle or not to unbundle

Many family solicitors will be relieved about the recent ruling in the case of Minkin V Lesley Landsberg.

Client guide: Final Hearings in Financial Remedy Proceedings

Our Family team provide a helpful guide on what to expect at a Final Hearing in Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Client Guide: Excluding people when making a Will

Blake Morgan provide a summary guide on excluding people when making a Will.

Client Guide: Divorce and your Will

If you are going through a divorce or separation it is important that you plan for your future by reviewing or making a Will.