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Elizabeth Wyatt

Partner

Partner in the private client team

My role

I am a partner who heads up the private client team, which specialises in advising professionals, and people in business, in and around the Midlands. I am a member of Resolution and vice chair of Relate, Birmingham. I am also one of the recommended solicitors for The Grandparents’ Association.

My main area of expertise is in advising people in divorce proceedings, when their financial claims are complex or high in value.

My experience

I am a divorce lawyer and I’ve been working with matrimonial clients in and out of court for over 25 years, and have been described by peers as extremely competent and a safe pair of hands. My pragmatic, supportive and down-to-earth approach has resulted in the majority of my clients being referred by personal recommendation.

I’m ranked as a “notable practitioner” by Chambers and Partners 2017 for family and matrimonial, where clients comments included “an utterly fantastic solicitor” and “a leader in the industry”, with one client was particularly happy with the “very thorough and yet easy to understand analysis of why my options were”.

Chambers has also listed me as being “experienced, firm and clear – she fought hard and I knew I could rely on her integrity“, “passionate about what she does” and “gives individual attention to each case.

‘Liz Wyatt is very experienced and has a fantastic rapport with clients.’ Legal 500, 2021

‘[Elizabeth] possesses a market-leading practice in financial remedy proceedings, including cross-border mandates. Sources enthuse: “She is one of the doyennes of family law in Birmingham.”‘ Chambers and Partners, 2021

Liz Wyatt commands a huge respect in the Birmingham legal community and she combines her legal knowledge with sound judgement.’ – Legal 500, 2022

“Elizabeth fights her clients’ corner as best she can while remaining realistic and cost-effective.”Chambers and Partners, 2022

My specialisms

  • Divorce
  • Complex financial and children matters

Blog


My latest articles

Post-nuptial (marriage) agreements – not just for the rich and famous?
Post-nuptial (marriage) agreements – not just for the rich and famous?

What is a post-nuptial agreement and why do people enter it? Find out more in this ebriefing.

Would you care for something to talk about?
Would you care for something to talk about?

Liz Wyatt explains how using tools such as the CAFCASS Parenting Plan and OurFamilyWizard can make conversations around children easier when a relationship breaks down.

Divorces – where does the blame really lie?
Divorces – where does the blame really lie?

Following the announcement by the Justice Secretary of the Government’s consultation and plan to ‘end the blame game’, how will this affect the future of divorce?

What measures are available to clients to protect their finances before or during marriage?
What measures are available to clients to protect their finances before or during marriage?

Any measure created in contemplation of divorce, or within a relatively short period before it, is potentially reviewable by the court if it is intended to defeat a spouse’s claim for financial relief.

Fictitious divorces
Fictitious divorces

Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.

BBC’s Come Home and family breakdown
BBC’s Come Home and family breakdown

I have just finished watching the lovely Christopher Eccleston on BBC iPlayer’s Come Home (#spoileralert in case you haven’t seen it yet). It’s about a family where, rather unusually, the mother leaves the marriage, her home and most shockingly, her children.

Dissolution of marriage and cohabitation – how does the law differ?

The statutory ground for divorce under the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act, amended by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage of at least […]

Brexit and Private Clients – what next?

Devaluations Over the last few days, the plummeting value of sterling and the volatility in the stock markets have been big news. Markets hate uncertainty and at the moment, there […]

Funding your divorce

Judges are well aware of this and it has long been possible to apply to the court for interim maintenance against your other half which includes an element of support […]

Ten things to do before you call your divorce lawyer

Decide if your marriage is really over or if you’re just coming to find out more. Would you benefit from going to Relate? How will you pay for the initial […]