Henry Hood

Henry Hood

Partner

Henry Hood

Partner

Henry is the Head of the Family department with over 20 years’ experience in family law following a career in commercial litigation.

Henry is a specialist in high value divorce with extensive experience of financial claims involving substantial wealth and complex UK and foreign assets. His work includes sensitive children matters, where his expertise and understanding are highly regarded. Henry also regularly advises on pre-nuptial agreements in the context of family wealth protection planning.

Henry’s clients include UHNW individuals and their spouses, ranging from bankers, entrepreneurs, senior lawyers and substantial property owners, both urban and rural. Henry has a particular focus on landed estates due to his farming background which means he is particularly conscious of the range of complexities arising in such cases, including dynastic trusts, partnerships and liquidity.

Henry is an accredited Resolution Specialist in advanced financial provision and private children law; he is an accredited mediator, a collaborative lawyer and a family arbitrator (finance only).

Henry is highlighted as a Top Recommended Family Lawyer in the Spear’s Indices 2019. He was awarded the Career Achievement Award at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2019, and is also recognised in the Honours list as a leading lawyer in family and matrimonial work, the highest category of the Citywealth Leaders List 2019.

 


Department

Awards

Chambers & Partners UK 2021

Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial

“He's sensitive, thorough and knowledgeable on all aspects of matrimonial matters. Henry uses his experience wisely.”
“He's 100% committed, reliable and thorough.”
“He's incredibly knowledgeable; he has been in the industry for such a long time that there isn't much he hasn't seen. He stands up for you and fights your corner.”
Legal 500 Leading Individual 2021

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Leading Individual in the ‘Family: Mediation’ section

“Henry Hood is an extremely effective mediator: his experience and charm give him the magic touch for unlocking intractable problems”
“Henry Hood is an excellent mediator. He has a warm and conversational approach that puts clients at ease. He draws on his experience to move past issues and guide clients to be solution focused”
Legal 500 Leading Individual 2021

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Leading Individual in the ‘Family’ section

“Henry Hood is extremely good, sensible and a very safe pair of hands – a class act who makes clients do the right thing”
“Henry Hood is urbane, charming and highly experienced. He keeps the temperature down in potentially acrimonious litigation. He is unflappable and committed to his clients, providing them with confidence, and gives sensible and pragmatic advice with a keen eye on costs”

Chambers HNW 2020

Ranked Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

“Henry is described by Chambers as “a specialist in complex financial proceedings and children cases.” He is further described as “sensitive, thorough and knowledgeable on all aspects of matrimonial matters.”
“A client notes Henry “uses his experience wisely. I appreciated that he aimed not to be confrontational.” A market source highlights “he is charming, he is a gentleman. He could not be a nicer person to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2020

Ranked in Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial

“Henry Hood uses his many years of experience wisely and objectively. He has a vast knowledge of previous cases and, no matter how complex an issue is, he always gave careful consideration as to how to act.”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual in the ‘Family’ section

“'Henry Hood commands a lot of respect'.”
“'Henry uses his vast knowledge of previous cases wisely and always gives careful consideration about how to act'.”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual in the ‘Family: Mediation’ section

“'Henry Hood is an extremely competent practitioner, his calm and authoritative manner provides great reassurance in troubled times.'”
“Henry brings a combination of considerable personal skills and his business acumen as a former commercial litigator to his mediation work, and is excellent.”

Chambers HNW 2019

Ranked in Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial

“Recognised as a 'class practitioner with a real sense of integrity'”
“Henry is 'completely focused on his clients' and 'very charming'”
“He is praised for being 'an absolutely lovely man'”

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2019

Career Achievement Award

Spear's 500 2019

Listed as a Distinguished Individual in the Family Lawyers section

Chambers UK 2019

Ranked in Band 2 in The Family/Matrimonial section

“Described as 'fiercely protective of his clients and totally committed to getting the best outcome for them'”

The Legal 500 2019

Leading Individual in The Family and Family: mediation sections

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 2 and listed as a Leading Individual in the Family/Matrimonial section

“Praised for giving 'an enormous amount of thought to his cases' and as being 'very supportive' with 'superb technical skill'”

Chambers UK 2017

Ranked in Band 3 and the Family section

“Noted as 'a solicitor with enormous experience and gravitas' who 'gives enormous thought to the tactical and strategic implications of decisions' ”

Chambers HNW 2017

Ranked in Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial

The Legal 500 2017

Listed as a leading Individual in the Family section and was recognised as a Leading Individual in the Family: Mediation section

“Highlighted for being a 'first-rate mediator'”
“Described as 'judicious in his approach and well versed in generating thoughtful solutions for participants to consider'”

The Legal 500 2016

Recognised in the Family section

“The Midas touch on high-value cases”

Chambers UK 2016

Listed as a Leader in his field in the Family/Matrimonial and Private Children section

“Described as 'empathetic, pragmatic, straightforward and gently persuasive'”

Chambers UK 2015

Listed as a Leader in his field in the Family/Matrimonial and Private Children section

MEMBERSHIPS

Henry is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, the Lowtonian Society and is a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) and Agricultural Law Association. He is accredited by Resolution as a specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Private Children Law.

Department

Awards

Chambers & Partners UK 2021

Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial

“He's sensitive, thorough and knowledgeable on all aspects of matrimonial matters. Henry uses his experience wisely.”
“He's 100% committed, reliable and thorough.”
“He's incredibly knowledgeable; he has been in the industry for such a long time that there isn't much he hasn't seen. He stands up for you and fights your corner.”
Legal 500 Leading Individual 2021

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Leading Individual in the ‘Family: Mediation’ section

“Henry Hood is an extremely effective mediator: his experience and charm give him the magic touch for unlocking intractable problems”
“Henry Hood is an excellent mediator. He has a warm and conversational approach that puts clients at ease. He draws on his experience to move past issues and guide clients to be solution focused”
Legal 500 Leading Individual 2021

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Leading Individual in the ‘Family’ section

“Henry Hood is extremely good, sensible and a very safe pair of hands – a class act who makes clients do the right thing”
“Henry Hood is urbane, charming and highly experienced. He keeps the temperature down in potentially acrimonious litigation. He is unflappable and committed to his clients, providing them with confidence, and gives sensible and pragmatic advice with a keen eye on costs”

Chambers HNW 2020

Ranked Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

“Henry is described by Chambers as “a specialist in complex financial proceedings and children cases.” He is further described as “sensitive, thorough and knowledgeable on all aspects of matrimonial matters.”
“A client notes Henry “uses his experience wisely. I appreciated that he aimed not to be confrontational.” A market source highlights “he is charming, he is a gentleman. He could not be a nicer person to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2020

Ranked in Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial

“Henry Hood uses his many years of experience wisely and objectively. He has a vast knowledge of previous cases and, no matter how complex an issue is, he always gave careful consideration as to how to act.”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual in the ‘Family’ section

“'Henry Hood commands a lot of respect'.”
“'Henry uses his vast knowledge of previous cases wisely and always gives careful consideration about how to act'.”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual in the ‘Family: Mediation’ section

“'Henry Hood is an extremely competent practitioner, his calm and authoritative manner provides great reassurance in troubled times.'”
“Henry brings a combination of considerable personal skills and his business acumen as a former commercial litigator to his mediation work, and is excellent.”

Chambers HNW 2019

Ranked in Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial

“Recognised as a 'class practitioner with a real sense of integrity'”
“Henry is 'completely focused on his clients' and 'very charming'”
“He is praised for being 'an absolutely lovely man'”

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2019

Career Achievement Award

Spear's 500 2019

Listed as a Distinguished Individual in the Family Lawyers section

Chambers UK 2019

Ranked in Band 2 in The Family/Matrimonial section

“Described as 'fiercely protective of his clients and totally committed to getting the best outcome for them'”

The Legal 500 2019

Leading Individual in The Family and Family: mediation sections

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 2 and listed as a Leading Individual in the Family/Matrimonial section

“Praised for giving 'an enormous amount of thought to his cases' and as being 'very supportive' with 'superb technical skill'”

Chambers UK 2017

Ranked in Band 3 and the Family section

“Noted as 'a solicitor with enormous experience and gravitas' who 'gives enormous thought to the tactical and strategic implications of decisions' ”

Chambers HNW 2017

Ranked in Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial

The Legal 500 2017

Listed as a leading Individual in the Family section and was recognised as a Leading Individual in the Family: Mediation section

“Highlighted for being a 'first-rate mediator'”
“Described as 'judicious in his approach and well versed in generating thoughtful solutions for participants to consider'”

The Legal 500 2016

Recognised in the Family section

“The Midas touch on high-value cases”

Chambers UK 2016

Listed as a Leader in his field in the Family/Matrimonial and Private Children section

“Described as 'empathetic, pragmatic, straightforward and gently persuasive'”

Chambers UK 2015

Listed as a Leader in his field in the Family/Matrimonial and Private Children section

MEMBERSHIPS

Henry is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, the Lowtonian Society and is a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) and Agricultural Law Association. He is accredited by Resolution as a specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Private Children Law.

“Highlighted for being a 'class practitioner with a real sense of integrity'”

- Chambers HNW 2019

“Henry is 'fiercely protective of his clients and totally committed to getting the best outcome for them'”

- Chambers UK 2019

“Praised for his 'superb technical skill'”

- Chambers UK 2018

Latest Headlines

Jun 26, 2020
Henry Hood discusses the use of nuptial agreements to protect family wealth
Jun 24, 2020
Henry Hood examines the valuation of businesses on divorce
Jun 18, 2020
Henry Hood examines how the behaviour of one spouse in a divorce proceeding has financial consequences in The Times
Jun 09, 2020
Partner and Head of the Family Department, Henry Hood, featured in the ninth edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom
Jun 09, 2020
Partner and Head of the Family Department, Henry Hood, featured in the Spear’s Family Law Index 2020
May 26, 2020
Henry Hood recognised in Citywealth’s Top 20 Lawyers 2020 and Top 10 Lawyers – Family & Matrimonial 2020
Apr 27, 2020
Henry Hood examines trusts in divorce in HNW Divorce Magazine
Aug 13, 2019
Henry Hood and Anna Roiser examine the Mandy Gray case and why HNW couples should be cautious of personal assets in WealthBriefing
Jul 09, 2019
Henry Hood and Anna Roiser examine the Mandy Gray case in LexisNexis Family Law
Jun 25, 2019
Henry Hood examines the Mandy Gray case and retrieving luxury assets in The Times

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