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.
“She is described as 'widely respected' providing 'prompt, patient and carefully considered advice'”
“Highlighted as a 'very good lawyer in that space'”
“An efficient personable, experienced litigation lawyer”
“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'”
“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.”
“Very well known in the area; practical, with a good range of knowledge and industry experience”
“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”
“Referrers comment 'I have extremely high regard for her. She wears her learning lightly'”
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