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New partner strengthens Penningtons Manches Cooper's family law team in Oxford

Posted: 01/05/2024

Leading family law specialist Jolene Hutchison has joined the Oxford office of top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper as a partner.

With nearly two decades of experience, Jolene offers a depth and breadth of expertise in all aspects of family law. She has developed particular capabilities in the resolution of complex financial matters arising on divorce, and in tackling the difficulties encountered when unmarried clients separate. 

The majority of Jolene’s cases involve complicated financial arrangements and often have an international element. She has developed an excellent reputation for her expertise in matters involving intricate income structures, pensions and private limited companies, and is regularly sought out by clients for this type of work. Jolene’s clients span a wider range of backgrounds, including professionals, entrepreneurs, family business owners, and those with independent wealth.

Jolene also has significant experience in advising on complex private law children disputes. This had included defending and progressing allegations of coercive control, and advising on a range of international child relocation cases.

Prior to joining Penningtons Manches Cooper, Jolene was a partner at IBB Law, where she led the family law practice. Jolene is consistently ranked as a leader in her field in Chambers and Partners and a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.

Commenting on Jolene’s arrival, Anna Worwood, head of Penningtons Manches Cooper’s family law team said: “Jolene’s deep knowledge and experience will be a real asset to the team in Oxford, and to the family law practice more widely. We’re excited to welcome her aboard and I’m sure she will quickly become an invaluable member of our department.”

Jolene said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Penningtons Manches Cooper. The family law practice is extremely well respected and has a brilliant reputation when it comes to both technical expertise and great client service. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues and helping to contribute to the ongoing growth of the family team, particularly in Oxford and the surrounding region.”

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s family lawyers currently act in many of the leading cases in England and Wales and several hold leadership positions in organisations including Resolution, the UK’s leading specialist family law solicitors’ organisation, the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the International Bar Association.

The family practice plays a key role in Penningtons Manches Cooper’s private wealth group, a major area of strategic development for the business. Its specialists are nationally and internationally acknowledged as leaders in their field and provide a comprehensive service for private individuals, family offices and their advisers, entrepreneurs and business owners.

Jolene’s arrival brings the total number of family partners at the firm to 15 – the largest cohort amongst the top tier firms ranked by the leading legal directories.

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