Selena Arbe-Barnes

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Family Law in Partnership

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Selena is an associate at Family Law in Partnership. She advises on a wide range of issues associated with the breakdown of marriage and relationships, including complex children and financial matters. Selena’s children cases often involve multi-layered child arrangement issues, including those where the most serious allegations have been made against parents. On financial matters, she assists clients at all stages of their divorce or separation with an approach tailored to their needs and circumstances – be it engaging in negotiation, alternative dispute resolution or court proceedings.

In her work, Selena is regarded for her client care and emotional intelligence, as well as for her sharp technical skills. She is committed to resolving matters in a proactive and sensitive manner, considering all options to achieve a solution that is both sensible and fair. When this is not possible and court proceedings become unavoidable, Selena will take a robust approach to protect her clients’ interests.

Selena is ranked as a Rising Star by Legal 500 2023, and was named as a Rising Star by Legal 500 UK 2022 and 2021, which commented “I was extremely impressed with Selena Arbe-Barnes. She was always on top of absolutely everything in our matter (whilst at the same time probably having many other cases requiring her attention). She was always flawlessly and meticulously prepared for client conferences and made excellence look effortless” and “she brings a great deal of maturity and intelligence to her cases and is superb with clients. I would not hesitate in referring cases to her as she is reassuring, clever and very committed to her clients” as well as she “adds enormous value to a case”. The 2023 edition of UK Best Lawyers has also named Selena as ‘One to Watch’.

Selena is a fluent Spanish and French speaker. She uses her language skills to assist clients going through court proceedings abroad by working closely with local lawyers and liaising with third parties.

Out of court services offered

Areas of work
Children (divorce and separation) Finances (divorce and separation)

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