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Neil Hobden

Neil Hobden

Neil Hobden
National Head of Family Law

  • T: 0370 086 4236
  •  I: +44 (0)121 625 4236
  • M: 07713 782370

Neil heads the Family team at Shoosmiths.

He advises on all aspects of Family law, usually where the assets are substantial or there are complex issues.

Neil has almost 30 years' experience in these cases. He is also able to draw on the expertise of Robin Cooke who is the team's Forensic Accountant.

Though based in Birmingham, Neil acts for clients from across the country and overseas.

His focus is the financial aspect of relationship breakdown. Neil has a good deal of experience of cases involving business interests, inherited wealth and "hidden" assets.

Many of Neil's clients enjoy a high profile and all value his discretion in what are often sensitive matters.

Neil is as adept at negotiating settlements as he is litigating to protect his clients' interests. He takes a strategic approach at the outset. Having been divorced himself he understands the stresses and strain upon his clients and their families.

Neil works closely with our Wealth Protection team on asset protection issues. He has a great deal of experience of drafting Pre and Post Nuptial agreements.

He is one of the few solicitors outside London listed as a Prominent Figure in the prestigious Citywealth directory and has been ranked for many years in the Legal 500 and Chambers directories.

"Praised for his exceptional knowledge, proactive nature and exceptional service." Legal 500 (2017)

"a real feel for the commercial resolution of a dispute" Legal 500

"very efficient and strategic" Chambers

"highly regarded...fights assiduously for the best interests of his clients" Legal 500

"attracts praise for his work on high net worth divorce" Chambers

"a very good eye for detail whilst never losing sight of the bigger picture" Legal 500

"no nonsense and practical approach" Chambers

"there is nobody else I would have preferred in my corner..." Chambers (client)

"has good awareness, is very knowledgeable and is tactically sound..." Chambers

Neil is happy to speak by phone- without charge or obligation - to discuss the issues in a particular case and explain how he and the Family team might help.

My education:

BA Law and English - American Studies 2:1 (1981) ( University of Sussex )