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Fiona Wood

Family lawyer and Partner at Pannone LLP

Fiona Wood is a partner at Pannone LLP (, a law firm based in Manchester, England. She has handled numerous high net worth divorces, including many with an international element and featuring major figures in sport, entertainment and business. Recognized as a leader in her field, Fiona regularly lectures on behalf of the national family lawyers' association, Resolution, and has written numerous articles for the UK's leading legal publications on family law matters.

Shifting Grounds: Changing Society and the Reasons for Divorce

Filing for divorce because of adultery is no longer as common as it once was. Only 20 years ago, it was blamed for one-in-four divorces. Now, it is the primary factor in less than one-sixth of cases. On the other hand, complaints of unreasonable behaviour have steadily increased. It now accounts for almost half of all divorces.
18/12/2013 12:03 GMT

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.
01/11/2013 12:54 GMT

Same-Sex Marriage? Different Problems

A number of US states deny same-sex couples either form of legal union but are happy to conduct divorce proceedings for those gay couples whose marriages do not last the course. In Europe, things are equally unclear.
01/08/2013 11:23 BST

Lifting the Veil: Tycoons, Divorce and Enforcement

The judgement does not provide carte blanche for parting couples to raid each other's company stakes. However, lifting the "corporate veil" a little higher means that someone's unwillingness to give a former spouse their rightful share of assets just because they may be formally owned by a business is a less sturdy defence than it has been before.
13/06/2013 17:49 BST

Is Divorce 'Too Easy'?

Having dealt with many divorces over the course of my career as a Family lawyer, I do not think that I would be too wide of the mark in suggesting that many people regard divorce as one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives.
18/12/2012 12:57 GMT

BoJo, billionaires and 'divorce tourism'

The proportion of foreign cases being heard in London remains high, even if there is evidence that the kind of settlements being awarded are slightly less generous than they were in previous years.
20/11/2012 16:21 GMT

Recession Reality Bites For Divorcing British Couples

Britain's financial climate is every bit as chilly as the inclement wintry weather at the moment. Politicians, bankers and business titans are struggling hard to maintain confidence in the economy as evidence mounts of a possible return to recession.
12/12/2011 14:09 GMT