Ruben Sinha

Partner

Ruben Sinha

Partner Manchester Family

Ruben joined JMW as a Partner in May 2022. He is a specialist family and asset protection lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in top ranked teams at leading City and international law firms in both the UK and Hong Kong.

Experience

He advises on protecting wealth and issues following divorce and separation. He has significant experience advising high-net worth and ultra-high net worth clients with a focus on financial matters in complex cases often involving corporate structures, trusts and substantial family wealth. He acts for a range of clients from senior professionals and executives through to entrepreneurs and business owners from the worlds of real estate, retail, finance, sport, media and entertainment. His clients are based across Manchester and the North, London and internationally. He often works with high-profile families in sensitive matters where discretion is key.

He has particular expertise in:

  • International - Having spent five years practising in Hong Kong and acting for families across the world, he has a wealth of experience advising clients in international cases where there are assets in and connections to a number of different jurisdictions.
  • Trusts in Divorce - He has significant experience advising on trusts (both on and offshore) in the context of divorce and has been involved in cases which have shaped the law in this area. He regularly acts for divorcing beneficiaries (or their spouses) who may be attacking or defending trusts. He is also one of the few family lawyers who routinely advises professional trustees and other fiduciaries within divorce proceedings.
  • Asset Protection - He regularly works with families, private banks, professional trustees and family offices in relation to asset protection including pre and postnuptial agreements and structuring to ensure wealth is preserved in the event of a divorce or family dispute.

He regularly writes and speaks in this area and has contributed to leading journals, spoken at industry conferences and commented in the national press.

Recognition

Ruben has been recognised in the leading legal directories for a number of years and most recently:

  • Chambers HNW 2022 (Ultra High Net Worth rankings) in which sources described him as 'extremely good; very bright, very thorough and easy to deal with' and 'absolutely top notch'
  • Spear’s Family Law Index 2022
  • Chambers High Net Worth 2021 ​​in which sources commented that ‘he excels in complex and international cross-border situations, from broader family situations to more specific divorce matters. He provides a depth of knowledge and expertise in how to set up structures and trusts, in the context of these often very complex and delicate situations’.
  • Legal 500 2021
  • Private Client Global Elite ‘Ones to Watch’ 2021
  • Citywealth’s Top 100 Future Leaders 2019
  • Citywealth’s Leaders List

Reported cases

Ruben has acted in a number of reported cases, many of which have shaped the law in this field:​​​​​​

England

  • Lady Hiroko Barclay v Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay [2021] EWFC 40 (Publicity and Reporting) Acted for Sir Frederick Barclay in his widely publicised divorce from Lady Barclay. The case involved enforcement proceedings relating to a £100 million court order in one of the largest and most complex cases to have gone through the English courts. In this judgment, Sir Frederick’s team successfully opposed publication of the main financial remedy judgment.
  • D v D [2015] EWHC 1393 (Fam) Acted for the husband in a case which involved Jersey trusts, issues of non-disclosure and inherited wealth.
  • Quan v Bray [2014] EWHC 3340 (Fam) Acted for the wife in this widely reported litigation which became known as the ‘Tiger Trust Case’. The case involved a preliminary issue as to whether an offshore trust was a post-nuptial settlement capable of variation by the court.
  • AM v SS [2014] EWHC 2887 (Fam), AM v SS [2014] EWHC 865 (Fam) and AM v SS [2013] EWHC 4380 (Fam) Acted for the wife in a case which involved complex structures including a Lichtenstein foundation and BVI companies. The central issue was the extent to which the court should have regard to wider family wealth when dividing assets.
  • Young v Young [2013] EWHC 3637 (Fam) Acted for the wife in a long running and widely publicised case which involved a number of high profile witnesses. This was a complex case involving issues of non-disclosure and a web of offshore trust and corporate structures.
  • Hashem v Shayif & Anor [2008] EWHC 2380 (Fam) Acted for the respondent company in a case which involved both family and chancery proceedings. The beneficial ownership of properties owned by the husband’s company and his shares in that company were disputed. The court provided guidance on piercing the corporate veil, much of which was subsequently approved by the Supreme Court in Prest v Petrodel.

Hong Kong

  • LCYP v JEK & CTC [2019] HKCFI 1588 Acted for the successful US based husband in a long running case which involved a jurisdiction dispute, a New Jersey prenuptial agreement and a Delaware discretionary trust. This was a ground-breaking case which set new law and is now regarded as the leading Hong Kong authority on these issues.
  • RKL v WL & BKT [2014] FCMC 14906 Acted for the wife in a case involving substantial inherited wealth and a forum dispute between Hong Kong and California.​​​​​​

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