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Partner London Family
Patrick joined JMW in October 2020 as a partner in the London Family Team.
Patrick graduated from Loughborough University in 1987 and then went onto The College of Law in Guildford. Patrick qualified in 1992 and joined Royds Treadwell (now Royds Withy King). He was made a partner and head of the London Family Department in 1997. He remained with RWK for 28 years until joining JMW.
Patrick applies the wealth of experience he has accumulated by finding sensible, early compromises where possible and taking up a robust settlement position where necessary. Where court applications arise, he undertakes much of the advocacy himself.
He advises on all aspects of divorce and separation including:
- Civil partnerships.
- Resolution of financial matters for divorcing or separating couples.
- Arrangements for children following relationship breakdown.
- Wealth protection guidance including cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements.
- Cohabitation disputes.
Patrick is an expert in complex financial proceedings upon divorce, which often involve cross-jurisdictional issues, offshore trusts and overseas assets. He has a particular interest in untangling corporate structures and disputes arising between company directors and shareholders and these usually require a forensic examination of company accounts prior to valuation.
Patrick has been acknowledged regularly as a leader in his field by the Legal Directories. The Legal 500 UK has recognised Patrick’s “vast experience of representing High Net Worth (HNW) spouses often with international connections“
Recent testimonials include:
“Patrick Hart as head of team is exceptional. Deeply knowledgeable with a modesty and good humour. Great fun to work with.” Legal 500 2020
“Patrick Hart is a fantastic lead partner – combination of strong technical skills, humour and great client skills.” Legal 500 2020
“Patrick Hart is a vastly experienced divorce lawyer and one of the country’s leading solicitors in representing HNW spouses. He is a superb leader and excellent tactician. His clients adore him.” Legal 500 2021
“Patrick Hart is very experienced. He has an aura and intelligence – he adopts a very logical approach. He is also very compassionate and tried extremely hard to protect me.” Legal 500 2021
"Patrick Hart is one of the best divorce solicitors in the country. He has an instinctive grasp of the strengths and weakness of his client’s case and is able to identify which points to press and which to leave well alone." Legal 500 2022
"Patrick Hart is very experienced – a very steady hand on the tiller guiding clients through tricky cases. He is a brilliant negotiator and super to work with." Legal 500 2022
In years gone by Patrick was a keen sportsman (rugby and football). He played competition chess. He applies those skills now to provide an assured approach to his work and tactical planning to the cases he takes up. Resolution Holborn Law Society
Patrick is a member of Resolution and Holborn Law Society