Marcus Dearle

Marcus Dearle

Marcus Dearle is a Partner at Miles Preston, Immediate Past Chair of the International Bar Association Family Law Committee, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is a 26-year veteran of Withers in London and Hong Kong and has over 34 years of experience acting in complex domestic and international family law cases. Marcus has specialist expertise, in particular acting for trustees in HNW and UHNW divorce and trust cases, advising on UHNW pre- and post-nuptial agreements (PNAs) and dealing with international divorce litigation involving PNAs and trusts. He also has recognised pioneering expertise in international surrogacy law and medico-legal/fertility law issues. In addition to being admitted in England and Wales, he uniquely practises in Hong Kong family law from London. He is also admitted, but not practising in, the BVI. Marcus is recognised as a leading trusts and divorce litigation practitioner, advising UHNW clients in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite directory: the directory is entirely reliant on peer nominations. He represented the trustee, HSBC International Limited, in the landmark Otto Poon Court of Final Appeal case and for the financially stronger husband in LCYP v JEK: both are Hong Kong cases. He currently represents Sir Frederick Barclay in his divorce - defending him in complex committal proceedings involving international trusts. He took over the case just after the family remedy trial judgment on 31 March 2021: see the reported judgments – Barclay v Barclay [2021] EWFC 40, 5 July 2021, and Barclay v Barclay [2022] EWHC 2026 (Fam), 28 July 2022.

Publications

Family Asset Protection: Divorce, Finance and the Media | 9mos

Chapter: Hong Kong

This first edition, written by leading family law and contentious trusts specialists from around the world, provides a highly practical and up-to-date jurisdictional comparison focusing on family asset protection issues in a divorce context on the topics of trusts, pre- and postnuptial agreements, f...

Chapter: England and Wales

This first edition, written by leading family law and contentious trusts specialists from around the world, provides a highly practical and up-to-date jurisdictional comparison focusing on family asset protection issues in a divorce context on the topics of trusts, pre- and postnuptial agreements, f...

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