Hetty Gleave

Hetty Gleave

Hetty Gleave

Hetty qualified in 1996 and became a Partner in 2003. She deals with all aspects of family law, including Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements, issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, particularly financial issues arising from separation, and matters relating to children, where focus and sensitivity is essential.

She has particular expertise in dealing with child abduction cases and children cases with an international element.

She is keen, where appropriate, to find solutions for clients which are negotiated and can enable the clients to move forward whilst maintaining a civilised relationship with their former partner. However her background is in litigation and in those cases where the need requires it she is well used to the court process and adversarial approach.

She is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children, Resolution and the London Solicitors Litigation Association. Hetty is a trained family mediator, a CEDR accredited mediator and a qualified collaborative lawyer.



In addition to family law, Hetty also advises on matters relating to art and cultural property issues, whether or not contentious. These have included disputes concerning attribution, provenance, title, illegally exported and excavated goods and the restitution of cultural property.

In June 2015 she was reappointed as a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee and has recently been selected as Deputy Chair. The committee advises the Secretary of State on the fair market value of declared Treasure finds from England, Wales and Northern Ireland which museums wish to acquire. Hetty is also a member of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiquities Dealers.

Our representation on the Treasure Valuation Committee means that the team is able to bring a unique knowledge of the law and practice in these areas to bear on the advice which it offers owners of art and antiquities.



Chambers UK 2019

Ranked in Band 3 – Art and Cultural Property Department and The Family / Matrimonial Department

“She is described as 'widely respected' providing 'prompt, patient and carefully considered advice'”

The Legal 500 2019

Leading Individual – Art and Cultural Property

The Legal 500 2019

Recommended in The Family section

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 3 and listed as a leading individual in the Art & Cultural Property Department

“Highlighted as a 'very good lawyer in that space'”
“An efficient personable, experienced litigation lawyer”

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 3 in the Family/Matrimonial Department

“Referees noting that 'for a family lawyer, empathy and sensitivity are equally as important as the knowledge of the legal principles and Hetty has an abundance of them'”

Chambers HNW 2017

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

Citywealth Powerwoman Awards 2017

Bronze for Inspirational Woman of the Year

Chambers UK 2017

Ranked in Band 3 in the Art & Cultural Property Department

“She has made a strong practice in the art side and is very keen on dispute resolution. She has a strong way of working and a good reputation in the area.”

Citywealth Leaders List 2017

Listed for Art Advisory, and Family and Matrimonial

The Legal 500 2016

Recommended in the Art and Cultural Property section

“Very well known in the area; practical, with a good range of knowledge and industry experience”

Chambers UK 2016

Leader in her Field in both the Family/Matrimonial and the Art and Cultural Property Law

“Hetty is also described as having 'a fair approach and is a hard-working and dedicated solicitor who provided a quick turnaround and out-of-hours support' in the Family section, and as 'exceptionally meticulous' and 'very knowledgeable, personable and calm' in the Art and Cultural Property Law section”

Chambers HNW 2016

Ranked in the Art and Cultural Property Section

“Referrers comment 'I have extremely high regard for her. She wears her learning lightly'”

Citywealth Leaders List 2015

Recommended as a power woman and as a leading lawyer in Art Advisory and Family & Matrimonial

Chambers Global 2014

Ranked in Band 1 as a leading individual in Private Client: Art, Collectables and Auctions


Hetty is a Fellow of the Institute of Art and Law and teaches aspects of their Art Law diploma course. She is also a guest lecturer at Queen Mary and CCLS teaching on the Art, Business and Law LLM.

“Hetty is described as 'empathetic and a good litigator'”

- Chambers & Partners UK 2019

“Sources note that Hetty 'is very widely respected in treasure work'.”

- Chambers & Partners UK 2019

“That's her expertise. She is very widely respected in her treasure work. She also does private client work with this art and cultural property theme.”

- Chambers HNW 2018

Latest Headlines

May 16, 2019
Hetty Gleave provides current law and best practices for would-be treasure hunters
May 15, 2019
Hetty Gleave examines sensitive family proceedings and public confidence in The Times
May 10, 2019
Hetty Gleave comments on Sir Andrew McFarlane’s plans to boost news coverage of family court proceedings in Family Law Week
May 09, 2019
Hetty Gleave and Anna Roiser discuss child maintenance and things to consider as summer approaches
Apr 01, 2019
Hetty Gleave writes on when to mediate and what can happen if one fails to do so in Art Resolve
Jun 27, 2018
Hetty Gleave comments on High Court judgment regarding a £12m antique Islamic crystal Jar dispute against Sotheby’s in Antiques Trade Gazette
Jun 15, 2018
High Court judgment regarding a £12m antique Islamic crystal Jar dispute against Sotheby’s
Mar 09, 2018
Hetty Gleave comments on divorce and luxury assets in the Financial Times
Nov 28, 2017
Rebecca Christie and Hetty Gleave discuss social media and divorce in The Times Law Brief
Oct 06, 2017
Hetty Gleave discusses Asif Aziz divorce case in Metro, Irish Examiner and Family Law Week

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