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Andrew Barton

Partner

  01392 210700
  family.exeter@stephens-scown.co.uk

Andrew is a partner specialising in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown.  Named as a leader in his field in the Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession and recommended in Legal 500 UK, Andrew specialises in high value and complex financial work. This includes complicated pension issues, tax and valuation issues, claims against trusts, businesses and farms, inheritance issues and pre-acquired wealth. He acts for a varied and wide range of clients.

Andrew is recognised in the CityWealth Leaders List – an international guide to the most recognised and highly regarded figures in private wealth management for ultra high net worth private clients.

Andrew attended University in Birmingham and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. He is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family law professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. .

His recent work includes:

  • representing client on choice of jurisdiction and subsequent financial claims against former spouse
  • obtaining worldwide freezing injunction for wife and later securing for her sufficient from those assets to purchase herself a property on divorce
  • representing the beneficiary of a dynastic trust and partnership against former spouse’s claims
  • drafting and negotiating a pre-nuptial agreement on a £20m case recording arrangements that would be put in place on divorce
  • Successfully restricting former spouse’s claims against £7m asset pool after long marriage

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, as well as playing modern jazz piano and chess.

Legal 500 UK 2017:  "is ‘a fantastically energetic and efficient solicitor with excellent technical and legal knowledge and an ability to think outside the box". Legal 500 UK is an independent guide to the legal profession who recognises top lawyers.

Legal 500 UK 2019: “is ‘technically excellent’ and ‘isn’t afraid to take an inventive approach to litigate or settle cases and ensure the best for his clients’; he has a strong practice in financial cases involving international assets, financial provision following a foreign divorce and jurisdiction issues. Senior associate and ‘exceptionally hard-working solicitor

Chambers and Partners 2016 - Andrew is valued by sources for being "very knowledgeable and approachable". He handles complex divorce matters, often involving agricultural property or cross-border issues, and is also noted for his expertise in prenuptial agreements.

Chambers and Partners 2017 – Andrew is noted for his work on high net worth financial cases, with a special focus on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Impressed clients describe him as "the consummate, unflappable professional."

Chambers and Partners 2019 – an experienced practitioner representing clients in complex divorce settlements. He also advises on inherited wealth, pensions and trusts. Sources describe him as being "always calm, fantastically efficient, having a great knowledge of the law and understanding particularly technical points," before going on to note: "He is particularly good at dealing with complex pension and business issues."

“I feel fortunate that the failings of my previous solicitor led me to instruct you in the matter of my divorce - I do not think it would have reached as clean and fair a resolution for both parties had you not undertaken this work on my behalf. I very much appreciate the considered advice you provided and the resulting positive outcome for my family and I, despite the difficult situation and personalities involved”. A happy client

Andy has a calm, reassuring manner and draws on a wealth of experience to give consistently honest and reliable advice. Without his guidance through the maelstrom of my divorce, I do not believe I would have achieved such a successful outcome". A happy client

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