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Caroline East, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Caroline is a senior associate in the family law team in the London office. She studied law at BPP Holborn, gaining a distinction in the LPC while working full time at a foreign exchange trading software solutions provider. She has also spent time living and working in Geneva and Paris. She trained at Manches and, upon qualification in 2008, joined the family law department.

She undertakes all aspects of divorce and private family law, with particular emphasis on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown. She also has experience in drafting pre-nuptial agreements and resolving disputes arising from the breakdown of relationships between unmarried people. The cases she works on often have an international dimension.

Caroline is a member of Resolution and L'Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) and speaks French. She has written for New Law Journal and the Russian Investment Review. She was noted in The Legal 500 2013 for her sensitivity towards clients.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a husband against a wife who was resident in a non-EU Member State Lugano Convention country where the matrimonial assets were situated in a number of different jurisdictions and held under corporate and trust structures.
  • Advising a high net worth individual in a forum dispute where there were competing proceedings in England and Cyprus.
  • Acting for an American wife based in England in respect of her financial remedy application, including maintenance pending suit to include provision for legal costs, which involved family trust and inheritance issues.
  • Assisting in advising an unmarried English mother of two children who were the subject of financial proceedings under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, against a high net worth Canadian father who was resident in Canada.
  • Advising a husband-to-be in relation to an international pre-nuptial agreement seeking to exclude corporate assets and future inheritance from the marital property available for distribution in the event of divorce.

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