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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 who specialises in acting for mid to high net worth individuals. Having trained and practised in London, she has been a partner for over 15 years and has more than 23 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.

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.

As well as negotiating financial settlements, Kerry's case load includes children work and acting for mothers and fathers in contact, residence and leave to remove disputes. She has also developed an expertise in financial settlements between unmarried parents and in applications for children on behalf of unmarried mothers.

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 an intervenor in long running divorce proceedings and obtaining an 80% indemnity costs order for the intervenor.
  • Acting for the wife on a variation of maintenance application and obtaining an agreement following a private FDR for hundreds of thousands of pounds when the husband’s position was to offer nothing.
  • Advising a wife in complex variation of maintenance proceedings and in a consequent leave to remove application to Sweden.
  • Obtaining a no contact order for a father with residence of his daughter in respect to the child’s mother.
  • Acting for a mother in protracted children and financial proceedings and obtaining a section 91 (14) order in the children’s proceedings and a financial lump sum on a capitalisation of maintenance.

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