ProfileGwyn's private client practice involves a mixture of family and civil matters. Gwyn's legal training was at City University and BPP in London, after a career in IT and also acting. He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge with a first class degree in Social and Political Sciences in 1996, and then from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a distinction in acting in 2000.
He undertakes the full range of family work, with particular emphasis on financial remedies (aka 'ancillary relief'), including complex cases involving inherited / ‘non-matrimonial’ property, third parties (interveners), trusts, non-disclosure and delay. Gwyn has been providing lectures and advice on trusts of land / cohabitation disputes (TLATA 1996) for several years. He regularly advises on merits, offers, tactics and overall strategy in both ‘joint’ and ‘sole’ names TOLATA cases, litigating to trial as necessary. Gwyn also represents estates and other parties in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 litigation. His other (family) work involves child arrangements (i.e. children, formerly contact and residence) disputes, leave to remove applications, injunctions, wardship and financial disputes over child maintenance (CSA/CMEC & international). Gwyn qualified as a family mediator (through ADR group) in 2011.
Gwyn also accepts instructions for Court of Protection work (Property and Financial Affairs, Personal Welfare, Enduring Power of Attorney, Lasting Power of Attorney, other Mental Capacity Act 2005 matters) as well as advising on issues surrounding Capacity / Protected Parties in proceedings in the High and County Court.
Gwyn writes for LexisNexis (Jordans) Family Law. Recent published articles include: -
1. Who needs a lawyer, anyway? Limited retainers, financial remedies and drafting consent orders http://bit.ly/1PZ2yJy
2. Burns v Burns – elderly testators, mental impairment and the ‘golden rule’ http://bit.ly/1Svcf4S
3. Pension offsetting: a question for the Family Court, or for an actuary? http://bit.ly/1Wpw1Ni
4. Barnes v Phillips  EWCA Civ 1056: Imputation! Imputation! Imputation! http://bit.ly/1R6groi
5. Is there something I should know? Disclosure and non-disclosure in the family court: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/2ghejki
6. Oral agreements and interests in land: a walk in the park! - http://bit.ly/2eGmqqh
7. Needs Must! Family Justice Council provides guidance for financial orders in 'needs' cases - http://bit.ly/2fxx2XK
8. Shares, chairs and automobiles: Montalto v Popat and Others  EWHC 801 (Ch) http://bit.ly/2fFUEae
9. A two-part article in the journal "Family Law" entitled "Oral Agreements to transfer property: A Walk in the Park!" in Dec 2016 and Jan 2017
10. Blessed are the dependants, for they shall inherit the earth (possibly): Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others  UKSC 17 - http://tinyurl.com/yb5bxbaf (March 2017)
11. Duel and Duality: 'Miller-lite' and Sharp (Family Law, December 2017, Vol 47, pages 863 - 868)
12. You're no son (or daughter) of mine! The Inheritance Act - a charter for 'spendthrifts and wastrels'? (Family Law, December 2017, Vol 47, pages 1346 - 1352)
13. Heartache, Hart-break and equal shares. (Family Law, March 2018, Vol 48, 304 - 310)
14. Varying your child maintenance: it can pay dividends! (Family Law Week, June 2018 - https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed190413)
15. Book Review - Inheritance Act Claims (Sydney Ross, 4th Edition), (Family Law, August 2018, Vol 48, pages 1080 - 1082
Gwyn is delighted to have won the Family Law Commentator of the Year 2016 award in the Jordans Family Law Awards in November 2016.
Gwyn frequently advises and represents clients in Inheritance Act disputes (disputes about alleged lack of provision in a will).
In his spare time Gwyn enjoys climbing, cycling, hiking, playing bass, singing, programming synthesizers, and fixing things. He also performs in and co-has co-written, the Gray's Inn Miscellany Show at Christmas (2012, 2013, 2016 - 2018!), and in other Gray's Inn productions (The Tyrannicide Brief in 2012).
Follow Gwyn on Twitter @GwynforLaw.
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