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Matilda Kay, Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Matilda is an associate in the London family law team. She advises on all areas of private family law including divorce, financial remedy proceedings, private children work, cohabitation issues and injunctive proceedings, often with an international element. She also assists in the preparation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, working closely with colleagues in the private wealth sector in order to provide a seamless service to high net worth individuals and their families. She has an understanding of LGBT family issues, including international surrogacy.

With experience of using alternative dispute resolution as a means to settle cases, Matilda regularly assists with the negotiation of voluntary financial settlements, frequently including complex financial issues, and tries her best to resolve cases out of court in a constructive manner. When litigation is required, she acts in children and financial matters in the Central Family Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Barristers working with Matilda have described her as ‘brilliant’ and have said that her ‘clients are lucky to have her’.

In 2018, Matilda was one of five junior lawyers shortlisted for ‘Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year’ in the Family Law Awards. She is an active member of Resolution, the leading membership organisation for specialist family lawyers. After studying English Literature at Durham University, Matilda completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course in London. She trained at Penningtons Manches Cooper, qualifying into the family team in 2015. 

Recent work highlights

  • Assisting in the case of Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, in which the Court of Appeal rejected the wife’s claim for an increased share of post separation income and terminated a joint lives maintenance order. The Supreme Court refused the wife permission to appeal.
  • Representing a number of couples in international surrogacy cases involving US surrogates and successfully obtaining parental orders from the High Court.
  • Advising offshore trustees in relation to their involvement in high-value financial remedy proceedings at the High Court.
  • Advising on a multi-jurisdictional, same sex pre-nuptial agreement.
  • Representing mothers and fathers in contact disputes in private law children matters.

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