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.
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.
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 ranked in Band 3 in The Art and Cultural Property Department and The Family/Matrimonial Department of Chambers UK 2019. She is described as “widely respected” providing “prompt, patient and carefully considered advice.”
Hetty is a Leading Individual in The Art and Cultural Property section of The Legal 500 2019 and is recommended in The Family section.
Hetty is ranked in Band 3 and listed as a leading individual in the Art & Cultural Property Department of Chambers UK 2018, where she is highlighted as a “very good lawyer in that space” and “an efficient personable, experienced litigation lawyer”. Hetty is also ranked in Band 3 in the Family/Matrimonial Department of Chambers UK 2018, with 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.”
Hetty is ranked in Band 3 in the Art & Cultural Property Department of Chambers UK 2017, highlighted as “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.”
Hetty is ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law in Chambers HNW 2017.
Hetty was awarded Bronze for Inspirational Woman of the Year at the Citywealth Powerwoman Awards 2017.
Hetty is recommended in the Art and Cultural Property section of The Legal 500 2016 as “very well known in the area; practical, with a good range of knowledge and industry experience.”
Hetty is listed as a Leader in her Field in both the Family/Matrimonial and the Art and Cultural Property Law sections of Chambers UK 2016. 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.
Hetty is ranked in the Art and Cultural Property Section of Chambers HNW 2016, with referrers commenting “I have extremely high regard for her. She wears her learning lightly.”
Hetty is recommended as a leading lawyer in Art Advisory and Family & Matrimonial, as well as a power woman in the CityWealth Leaders List 2015.
Hetty is ranked in Band 1 as a leading individual in Private Client: Art, Collectables and Auctions in Chambers Global 2014.
Hetty is listed in the Citywealth Leaders List 2017 for Art Advisory, and Family and Matrimonial.
- “I have extremely high regard for her. She wears her learning lightly”
Chambers HNW 2016
- “very knowledgeable, personable and calm”
- “Provides amazing guidance through the process”
- “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
- “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.”
- “She is exceptionally meticulous and extremely good at getting on with people and getting them to do what she wants”
Chambers HNW 2016