Top Recommended Family Lawyers
‘Most family lawyers really ought to be able to resolve things through negotiation,’ says the impressive Michael Gouriet.
Gouriet is speaking in relation to a major settlement in a £1 billion Middle Eastern case, just one major piece of work in a banner year. Gouriet conducts work on behalf of international families, with an increasing number of cases involving third-party intervention from trustees and companies.
‘The rich are extremely rich,’ Gouriet observes, ‘and inevitably will structure their wealth to preserve it for generations.’ In this vein he is active on a great deal of high-end prenup work: in the past year, for instance, he handled a matter involving assets held across England, Switzerland, Germany and Brazil.
Another area of expertise for Gouriet is cohabitation — he is the longest-serving member
of Resolution and is a firm advocate of reform.
He emphasises the need to be creative: ‘A lot of cases now steer outside the court system into a private dispute resolution forum and/or arbitration. It’s like the private healthcare
system — a cost-efficient way of resolving disputes in a much timelier manner.’