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Farhana Shahzady

Partner

Biography

I am a Partner in the Family team in London. I have over 17 years’ experience in family law, dealing with complex cases and high net worth clients as well as more everyday cases.

I deal with the full range of matrimonial, co-habitation and separation issues, including dealing with same sex relationships and modern families. I have a particular expertise in contested financial and children disputes at court.

I also have considerable experience in dealing with child related disputes, regarding issues such as relocation, school fees and top up child maintenance. I regularly represent both mothers and fathers.

My clients value my strategic and results-driven approach, which often leads to early settlement. I’m an astute litigator, but also committed to keeping things out of court whenever possible. As a collaboratively trained lawyer I'll always try to explore alternative dispute resolution, since this is often cheaper and less acrimonious. If it’s necessary to go to court however, I’ll always discuss how costs of the case can be best managed since I know this can be an added stress for my clients at an already difficult time.

Testimonials

"An extremely calm and collected lawyer who has a clear eye for detail combined with an approachable client manner" – Chambers & Partners (2018) 

"Solves problems in a pragmatic way" – Legal 500 (2018) 

Described as “very bright and able” – Legal 500 (2017)

"Farhana Shahzady is recommended in Family. She is described as “outstanding” and “fights hard for her clients”  – Legal 500 (2015)

Publications

  • Thomson Reuters Masterclass on Spousal Maintenance, 2015
  • Expert Guide: Divorce Law – "He Doesn’t Love Me Anymore But Will He Still Maintain Me" – 2014
  • Previous contributor to Westlaw Encyclopedia
  • I have written a number of articles, including "For richer for poorer" and "What’s mine is yours but hands off my bonus"; I also regularly blog on family law issues.
  • Appeared on The Restoration Man on Channel 4 talking about property issues
  • Online legal adviser for the Divorce Club website, appearing in videos to explain family law issues
  • I regularly provide comments for national press, such as the Daily Express

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I originally studied Philosophy and also have a Masters degree examining our system of human rights and obligations. I have always been interested in fairness, justice and upholding the rights of the individual, which is why family law is perfect for me.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Using my knowledge and expertise to advise my clients and move their case forward at a difficult time. I know how incredibly tough it can be when there's a relationship breakdown, and I'm happy to take the legal brunt to make things easier for them.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I love to spend time with my family and friends  but also volunteer for Rights of Women and am actively engaged in Resolution which is an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family cases.

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