Michael Gouriet

Partner  |  Withers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Dispute resolution
Asset protection
Family law

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Working with expert lawyers in other jurisdictions in negotiating a number of complex cross-border pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Negotiating settlement of a £1bn Middle Eastern divorce case with complex offshore holding structures. Acting for claimant in a financial dispute following the breakdown of a long-term cohabiting relationship involving financial and trust claims against properties in various European countries and invoking questions of jurisdictional reach.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Focus on client service. Know the law. Be confident in and trust yourself. Respect your colleagues and opponents. Be discrete and at all times respect the privacy of clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open,” Sir James Dewar.