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Alexandra Hirst

Alexandra Hirst

Associate

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Named as Family Associate of the Year in the City Wealth Future Leaders Awards 2018, Alexandra is an Associate in Boodle Hatfield's leading Family team. Experienced in representing clients in relation to divorce and the resolution of financial issues, she advises on cases involving substantial sums with complex asset structures (often conducted in the High Court). Her clients come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including media, finance, the arts and sport.

She is expert at drafting and negotiating agreements which regulate the distribution of assets on the breakdown of relationships, to include pre- and post-nuptial agreements for spouses and cohabitation agreements for unmarried partners.

In addition to her specialist knowledge of complex financial litigation, Alexandra also advises parents in respect of disputes concerning the care of and financial provision for their children. She has experience of acting for parents who are seeking to move with their children to another part of the country or to another jurisdiction.

Clients praise her for her expertise beyond her years and her empathy.

Alexandra trained with Boodle Hatfield and qualified in September 2014.

Recent projects

  • Acting for the wife in the case of WM v HM [2017] EWFC 25, involving arguments relating to pre-marital wealth and special contribution.
  • Acting for the husband, a successful entrepreneur, in a case involving complex arguments as to when the parties separated and the valuation of the family business.
  • Acting for the wife, who was the financially stronger party, in a very short marriage case. The husband sought a substantial lump sum payment but settled his claim on the basis of no payment or transfer of assets to him.
  • Acting for a third party company in Schedule I proceedings alongside corporate advisors. A charge was placed on the father's shares in a company as security for outstanding maintenance payments. The charge was lifted to enable the company to proceed with a significant transition event and an alternative form of security was found to protect the mother.
  • Acting for the financially weaker spouse in a same sex marriage and obtaining a significant financial award for the client in circumstances where the other spouse asserted that there was no claim.
  • Advising a large Family Office in relation to a long term strategy for wealth protection for future generations, in the event of relationship breakdown or divorce.
  • Negotiating a pre-nuptial agreement on behalf of a multi-millionaire heiress in order to ring-fence pre-marital dynastic assets.
  • Securing a negotiated settlement on a favourable clean break basis on behalf of a husband client, preserving a family business based in Mayfair.

Awards and Press

Alexandra Hirst was Gold winner of the Family Lawyer of the Year-Associate at 2018 at the City Wealth Future Leaders Awards 2018. She was also named as one of the 2017 ePrivate Client Practitioner’s Top 35 Under 35.  She is a contributor to articles in the legal and general press (including Daily Telegraph, Times Financial Advisor and Prime Resi), and annually contributes to Tolley's Estate Planning.

Qualifications / Memberships

  • MA, University of Cambridge
  • GDL, LPC at BPP Law School
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society

Languages

French (fluent)

Recent awards

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Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

London Mayfair

Mayfair Office

6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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Oxford Office

6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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