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Kerry Fretwell, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Kerry is a partner in the family law team in Reading who specialises in acting for mid to high net worth individuals. Having trained and practised in a leading firm in London, she has been a partner for over 18 years and has more than 26 years’ experience working on mid to high net worth cases. Kerry regards her ability to offer a London quality service at regional rates as one of her strengths. Familiar with the London bar and courts, Kerry’s cases come from London, down to the South Coast and through the Cotswolds, and she acts for company directors, lawyers, accountants, bankers and their spouses.

A member of Resolution, Kerry has sat on one of its committees for many years, spoken at various conferences, including to the judiciary, and written many articles on family law. She is happy to negotiate out of court settlements where required but also recognises when litigation is appropriate. Kerry qualified as a mediator in family law in 2017, and enjoys her mediation caseload.

As well as negotiating financial settlements on divorce, Kerry's practice includes children work and acting for mothers and fathers in contact, residence and leave to remove disputes. She has developed an expertise in financial settlements between unmarried parents, applications for children on behalf of unmarried mothers and acting for interveners. Kerry also has many international clients; she enjoys supporting all her clients through the settlement process and fighting for them robustly.

According to Chambers UK, Kerry has an ‘excellent eye for detail, incredible thoroughness and top-notch judgment’. She is also praised by Chambers as being ‘a good technician’ with a ‘quiet and calm authority’. 

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a wife in a four day High Court hearing and achieving our open offer, in excess of the figure the respondent husband was offering.
  • Representing a husband with a very senior position in the insurance industry and negotiating a financial settlement prior to the start of court proceedings.
  • Acting for a father over a long period of years while he obtained residence of his four year old daughter and achieving a costs order against the mother when she issued an application for a name change. The father achieved a clean break in respect to his wife’s maintenance claim.
  • Advising a husband whose second wife insisted that she was entitled to half of his assets, despite only a two year marriage and making no financial contribution. She was awarded a lump sum equivalent to his open offer which was 25% of what she was seeking.

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