Christine Plews Partner - Family Law

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Contact Details

“Practice group head Christine Plews acts on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as financial disputes arising from separation. Clients say: "Plews is a great adviser. She is calm, considered and practical. When emotions can be under strain, a level-headed and rational approach underpins a wealth of experience and gives her clients a feeling of complete security."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Christine leads the Family Practice Group and specialises in matters arising out of divorce and separation, including cohabitee disputes. She is an experienced mediator.

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 a member of the Law Society Family Panel and a trained collaborative lawyer and an experienced 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 one of the largest lawyer mediator practices in the area. She works closely with IFAs and family consultants. She holds a post graduate counselling qualification.

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.

Nuptial Agreements: In this developing area, Christine has advised many couples on nuptial agreements, before or after their marriage or Civil Partnership. Many have an international element and involve significant assets.

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.

“Leading Individual, specialising in high value matrimonial and ancillary relief, particularly those with business issues.”

Legal 500 2018

“Fantastic lawyer.”

Legal 500 2017

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

Chambers and Partners 2018

“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 the current approach on valuing pensions fit for mediation?

There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions.

Do you need a dispute to go to mediation?

Many years ago the court used to get involved in every case where there were children and their parents were divorcing. Are we currently in that position with referrals to mediation?

Co-mediation - working with a family consultant

For many years now family lawyers and mediators have encouraged their clients to obtain help from family consultants or therapists to support them through the difficult process of separation.

Articles by Christine

Co-mediation - working with an IFA

News

As part of Family Mediation Week, our previous blog looked at how a family consultant can provide support during mediation, but how can an IFA be used in mediation sessions?

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.

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