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Schillings, a law firm representing corporate organisations and high profile individuals, has increased its family department to meet the growing demand from its clients.

Schillings has recruited Davina Hay to join its family law department alongside Keith Schilling (pictured), Rachel Atkins and David Greer.

A litigator with expertise in family law, Hay advises on separation, divorce and ancillary relief, jurisdictional disputes, multi-jurisdictional divorce cases involving significant assets and enforcement issues.

Before she joined Schillings, Hay trained and qualified at a City law firm where she spent six years acting for a number of well known actors, successful entrepreneurs and international clients.

Schillings’ family department is led by Keith Schilling, the founder and senior partner of the firm, who represented Shan Lambert in her successful appeal in 2002, achieving the first 50/50 split of assets in a "big money" divorce.

Working alongside Schilling is partner Rachel Atkins who earlier this year, together with associate David Greer, acted for a celebrity father in a test case following the introduction of new rules allowing media attendance in family proceedings, and succeeded in application to exclude the media from attending court hearings concerning his child.

Schilling says: "In the last few years we have seen a significant increase in the demand for advice from high net worth and high profile individuals in connection with matters relating to divorce, often involving multiple jurisdictions, children and most notably pre- and post-nuptial agreements."

Hay adds: "Clients, even those without a high public profile, are increasingly finding themselves the subject of intrusive press interest following relationship breakdown or in the event of disputes involving children. Aside from the unwanted emotional strain at an already stressful time, the financial consequences of the resulting reputational damage can be devastating. However, it is possible to manage such threats and give clients the space to resolve family issues free from unwanted media scrutiny."

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