Lawrence Stephens

We are a *team of bright minds

Practice areas:
Expertise includes:
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
  • Financiers
  • High-Net-Worth Individual
  • High-Net-Worth Individuals
  • Medical Professionals
  • Non-Domiciles
  • Politicians & Senior Civil Servants
  • Sports & Media
Other languages spoken:
Gujarati and Hindi
Jay Says:
“I am firm but fair. I am interested in solutions not problems. I am fiercely protective of my clients and will not hesitate to take what ever steps that are necessary to protect their interests including the issue of Court proceedings.”

Meet Jay

One of the UK’s leading family lawyers, Jay Patel has twenty years’ experience acting for clients on a range of family law matters, from divorces and dissolution of civil partnerships to financial claims and settlements, cohabitation agreements, child arrangement orders and both pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Approaching each case with empathy, proactivity and a commitment to working in his clients’ best interests, Jay has built up a solid reputation as a trusted and highly knowledgeable family lawyer across London and the wider legal industry; he is currently ranked in the Legal 500 and is Recommended in the Spear’s 500 list for 2023.

Jay primarily acts for HNWIs on both domestic and international divorce cases which involve substantial assets, including companies and off-shore assets held in trust; previous clients have included entrepreneurs, foreign nationals, non-domiciles, politicians and sports professionals.

In addition, Jay is an accredited member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and is a Resolution-approved mediator with the ability to provide mediation services in both English and Gujarati.  A skilled Children Act practitioner, Jay has also worked on a number of child abduction cases as well as applications for leave to remove children permanently abroad.

In his spare time, Jay enjoys playing football and is a life-long Spurs fan and season ticket holder.

Experience Highlights

  • J v H [ 2022] EWFL 133 – Freezing Order. Successfully defended application for a worldwide freezing order of assets within financial remedies proceedings on behalf of ULHNW Wife.
  • Acted for celebrity hairdresser on the breakdown of his civil partnership and financial claims arising from his relationship in RCJ.
  • Acted for ULHNW Husband within divorce and financial remedies claim with net asset worth of £120m including the value of his Oil Brokerage which was purchased by US private equity during the course of the proceedings.

"Professional. Efficient. Personable. Jay is professional, knowledgeable and kind. I highly recommend his firm. Jay helped me through a difficult divorce case and made me feel at ease during this difficult time."

Charlotte Shaw