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Portrait of Patrick Dunsmore
Areas of expertise: Family law


Patrick is an associate in the family law team in London. He acts for clients in all areas of family law, providing advice that relates to divorce and separation, cohabitation, financial matters, children, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Patrick is fluent in Russian and Spanish, having studied these languages at the University of Bristol, and his work often involves an international element. He also assists with complex, high-profile Russian matters in the High Court.

Before joining Penningtons Manches Cooper, Patrick trained and worked at other City-based firms with leading family law practices. Prior to law, Patrick worked in sales, marketing, and business development roles for over four years in Russia, Ecuador, and Spain. He was employed by Deloitte CIS in Moscow from 2012 to 2014. 

To utilise his experience working abroad for commercial organisations, Patrick approaches client matters with an open mind, cultural sensitivity, and financial acumen when seeking to resolve their family law issues.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a Russian client on his financial and children applications at the High Court in England following a Russian divorce.
  • Assisting a public figure with preparing their pre-nuptial agreement.
  • Acting for a client as they applied for permission to relocate with their children from England to their native Morocco.
  • Representing a US client in financial proceedings in England involving a mixture of US and UK assets.
  • Advising a Russian client on whether a Russian court order for child maintenance could be enforced against them in England.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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