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Spanish, Portuguese and British Legal Services

If you are having issues within your marriage or with your partner, then this can be a very difficult time for families. If you own property abroad and/or you live abroad, then this may exacerbate the pressures. Some of our lawyers are bi-lingual or have a good understanding of Spanish and Portuguese culture and language. Several of our barristers have been raised in, worked in, and currently live for much of the year in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. 
The barristers in our family law team take a friendly and personable approach and aim to assist clients coming to an early settlement to reduce the stress of long-running cases. 
In Chambers we have a specialist family team who can provide the following:
  1.  Advise prior to buying property abroad and/or prior to moving abroad. Their advice can set your mind at ease in order that, if problems do occur in the future, you are prepared for any unfortunate eventualities. 
  2. Advice in relation to potential international tax issues.
  3. Advice prior to any legal proceedings being commenced as to the best course of action for you to undertake. It may well include which country any potential legal proceedings should be commenced in and how to best progress the matter.
  4. Assistance in preparing court documents or letters to the other side.
  5. Representation at Court. 
Advice can be given in paper form or in conference via video link or where possible face-to-face in the country where you reside.
In highly unusual, complex cases we have a network of experts and Kings Counsel who we can call on.
New Walk Chambers family law barristers offer expertise in all aspects of international family law matters including:
Pre-nuptial and other relationship agreements.
Financial and/or property arrangements and settlements.
Cases involving children, including custody and visitation arrangements.
Divorce proceedings, nullity, and the validity of marriage.
Care proceedings and adoption.
Contact and residence disputes.
Other private law disputes over children, such as where a child should be educated.
Disputes over the movement of children, both within England and Wales and internationally.
International child abduction.
Financial relief orders under the Matrimonial Causes Act, the Children Act and TOLATA.
Forced marriage.
Inheritance Act claims where inadequate provision has been made for a dependant.
Domestic violence applications.
Court of Protection matters.
Issues relating to divorce or separation including the arrangements for children and the division of marital assets. 
Being part of a multi-disciplinary barristers’ chambers, our chambers can access expert advice on other areas of law that commonly impact on family breakdown, including housing, immigration, welfare rights and criminal law.
We have Counsel of differing levels of price range who can assist individuals with the more straightforward cases through to cases involving High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs) with substantial and diverse investments and assets.

We can assist individuals who may live in Spanish or Portuguese speaking countries such as those listed below and who may wish to resolve their family matter in the UK.
Spanish speaking countries or where Spanish is widely spoken:
U.S.A., Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico, Equatorial Guinea, Belize, Andorra, Gibraltar, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia and Spain including the Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Majorca (Mallorca), Menorca/Minorca (Menorca), and Formentera) and the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, and La Graciosa.
Portuguese speaking countries or where Portuguese is widely spoken:
Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, Portugal (including Madeira) and Macau.
The Spanish, Portuguese and British Legal Services group consists of: 

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