William Healing


William is a dual French and English national, he is a bilingual speaker, and many of his cases have a Francophone angle. Most cases involve high net worth assets. He has practiced family law for over 20 years. Although many of his cases involve significant court disputes, he seeks to settle out of court those cases which can be resolved early.

Many of William’s cases have an international element. He is a widely acknowledged expert on European family law issues.

William is Vice-President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (European Chapter).

He advises on international prenuptial agreements for clients involving significant assets. He is a trained mediator. William has had important reported cases raising significant points of law (Khreino (2000) – successful wife in case about the powers of the English court to freeze family assets, M v V (2010) – successful husband on the validity of a French jurisdiction agreement about maintenance, and EDG v RR (2014) – successful mother on cross border enforcement of maintenance which correctly predicted a later European Court of Justice case).

William frequently writes articles on international family law for a wide variety of publications and speaks at international conferences. He has been quoted in virtually all the broadsheet newspapers in England and France as well as appearing on national radio and television in both countries.

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  • Anglo-French and European divorces and separation disputes
  • Jurisdiction advice to secure most favourable outcome
  • International (esp. European) children cases, including child relocation
  • Complex parenting disputes involving psychological or addiction issues
  • Child maintenance
  • International prenuptial agreements
  • Acted for a party in a divorce between UK based property developer and foreign born wife with complex asset structure of properties and business interests.
  • Divorce between UK based wife and international CEO of a household name manufacturing company.
  • Successful arbitration outcome in children relocation case to Europe. Still unusual use of arbitration for child relocation.
  • Negotiated capitalized maintenance payment against international divisional head of global investment bank.
  • Acted for pre-nuptial agreement of British fiancé marrying into very wealthy European family. Client was independently wealthy but on a different scale to the new family.