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Elizabeth Carson, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Elizabeth has experience in all aspects of family law, and particularly in cases with an international dimension. She often advises clients on complex financial disputes where there are assets in multiple jurisdictions, including offshore trusts. She also represents parents in disputes concerning children, involving issues such as how much time the children should spend with their parents, their health and education, as well as where they should live. She has extensive experience in cases involving the international relocation of children.

Recognised as being calm and empathetic, Elizabeth takes a practical and strategic approach to her work, negotiating and litigating to ensure the best outcome for her clients. She also works closely with colleagues in the private wealth sector to advise high net worth individuals on all aspects of wealth protection, including cohabitation and nuptial agreements, and financial provision for children.

Elizabeth graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002 and was admitted as an attorney in New York in 2003. She practised as a commercial litigator in New York and Paris before qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. Since then she has worked exclusively as a family lawyer. She speaks fluent French and has a good working knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for the successful husband in the important case of Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, in which the Court of Appeal terminated a joint lives maintenance order and rejected the wife’s claim for an increased share of post separation income. The Supreme Court declined the wife permission to appeal the decision made by the Court of Appeal in Mr Waggott’s favour.
  • Enabling an American client to return home to the US with her child after contested international relocation proceedings.
  • Securing a significant financial settlement in a case where there were assets located in multiple European and Asian jurisdictions.

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