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Jane McDonagh

Spear’s Review

Jane McDonagh’s practice at Simons Muirhead Burton is thoroughly international in nature and concentrates on financially complex cases that involve assets held in multiple jurisdictions.

She works in the Middle East frequently – as well as Europe and the US – and is well versed in Sharia Law and cross-border disputes involving custody of children.

Jane is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the Family Mediators Association. She is a widely respected, knowledgeable and skilful lawyer who aims to apply both legal ability and compassion to her cases, approaching each of them as a unique set of circumstances.

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Jane McDonagh, founder of Simons Muirhead Burton’s Family Law Department, could not be clearer that individuals navigating divorce or separation need a lawyer who is tough, tenacious, and undaunted by the challenges. 

But Jane also understands the need for compassion. Though every case is different and deeply personal to the client, the right application of these skills has been an important part of her success. ‘[Jane is] completely calm and considered in what can often be a highly charged emotional situation... always clear in her advice, and supportive when hard decisions need to be made... understanding, not only of the intricacies of the law, but also of the personal difficulties her clients face,’ says one client. 

Jane’s practice is financially complex and international (she is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers) and uses her niche expertise in Sharia law to great effect. She brings clients a ‘solid’ track record in the Family Courts and varied experience of dealing with cross-cultural challenges, family matters, children with special needs or the forensic analysis of business assets. 

A recent case for the wife of a politically sensitive HNW resulted in ‘years of hard-hitting litigation’, with assets spread across various jurisdictions’. ‘We achieved an extremely good outcome for our client,’ she says, ‘despite significant headwinds’. 

Other highlights include highly contested proceedings involving Ukraine, Egypt, Oman, Iran and Dubai. McDonagh’s team covers everything from assisting with cohabitation and nuptial agreements to forensic disclosures and child abduction cases. She stresses that each client’s circumstances are different, depending on where they are in their relationships.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2023, Family Lawyers

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