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Ségolène Lapeyre

Year of Call: 2019
Email Address: segolene.lapeyre@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Overview

Family barrister Ségolène Lapeyre joined 3PB in September 2020 having completed her pupillage at a leading matrimonial finance set in London. Her practice comprises all areas of private family law, with a particular focus on financial remedies and private law children proceedings. She is also regularly instructed in applications under the Family Law Act 1996 for occupation and non-molestation orders.

As a pupil barrister, Ségolène observed and assisted in a number of final hearings in the High Court and in the Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court involving compensation, issues of non-disclosure and complex company structures and remuneration packages. Her financial remedy, private law children and domestic violence practice has been developing rapidly since March 2020 when she started on her feet as a Second Six pupil.

Ségolène’s experience in “big money” and high profile cases includes the landmark compensation case RC v JC [2020] EWHC 466 (Fam). As a pupil, Ségolène assisted by completing financial analysis for barristers Tim Bishop QC and Marina Faggionato (for the Applicant).

Before starting pupillage, Ségolène worked with refugees in the Middle East and, in 2018 and 2019, taught a summer course in tax avoidance at The London School of Economics.

Expertise

  • Family
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    Ségolène joined 3PB with experience in a wide range of financial remedy, injunction and domestic abuse cases and private law children disputes.

    Family Finance

    Her considerable experience as a junior barrister covers disputes over:

    • child and spousal maintenance
    • Schedule 1 applications
    • pensions
    • complex remuneration packages (including RSUs and carried interest)
    • complex trust structures
    • non-disclosure of assets
    • non-matrimonial assets
    • nuptial agreements
    • add-back claims
    • special contribution
    • compensation

    In addition to representing clients (whether publicly or privately funded) at hearings, Ségolène’s recent instructions have included:

    • advising a name partner at a leading firm of family solicitors on the jurisdiction of the CMS following the decision of Villiers
    • advising on key financial remedy documents such as Replies to Questionnaires and Schedules of Deficiencies
    • drafting a Particulars of Claim in a case involving allegations of sham transactions and deficient financial disclosure
    • drafting financial remedy consent orders following successful mediations

    Ségolène accepts instructions on financial remedy cases at all stages of the litigation process, including:

    • pre-litigation consultations
    • First Appointments
    • interim hearings (including Maintenance Pending Suit)
    • FDRs (including Private FDRs)
    • Final Hearings
    • drafting final/consent orders

    Injunction and Domestic Abuse

    Ségolène regularly acts for applicants and respondents in injunctive proceedings under the Family Law Act. She has experience pursuing and resisting applications for occupation orders and non-molestation orders in cases involving:

    • domestic abuse and violence (adult and/or child)
    • situational couple violence
    • alcohol and drug use/dependency
    • pending criminal proceedings
    • vulnerable parties
    • shielding, quarantine and other Covid-19 Regulations requirements
    • litigants in person
    • cross-applications for various orders
    • consolidated proceedings involving multiple applicants and respondents

    Ségolène has secured favourable outcomes for her clients, for example:

    • securing a 2-year non-molestation order at final hearing
    • resisting an interim occupation order on the basis of the Covid-19 Regulations
    • securing a 1-year extension of an ex-parte non-molestation order despite judicial indication to the contrary

    Private Law Children

    Ségolène regularly accepts instructions to appear on behalf of both applicant and respondent parents in private children matters.

    She has gained experience in a range of child arrangement disputes in which allegations of domestic abuse arise and is frequently instructed to obtain or resist prohibited steps and specific issue orders.

    Ségolène has secured favourable outcome for her clients, for example:

    • persuading the Court to order interim contact between an infant and her mother, against whom (disputed) allegations of domestic violence had been made by several family members
    • negotiating practicalities of child arrangement orders (“spend time with” and “live with” orders)

    Ségolène also advises on an array of discrete issues in private children proceedings. She has recently conferenced with instructing solicitors to advise on:

    • the availability of a “section 91(14) bar”
    • the admissibility of video evidence at a final hearing
    • a prospective party’s entitlement to apply for a section 8 order
    • the practicalities of examining witnesses residing overseas
  • Recommendations

    “We have been very impressed by Ségolène’s work ethic. She is prompt, grasps information well and has a great intellect for challenging issues. She is no doubt an impressive advocate who has been valued by every client we have given her.”

    Partner, Family Law Solicitors

     

Academic qualifications

  • LLB Law (First Class), The London School of Economics
  • MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford
  • BA Middle Eastern Studies (First Class), McGill University (Montréal, Canada)
  • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP University, London

 

Scholarships

  • Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray’s Inn (BPTC)
  • Excellence Award, BPP University (BPTC)
  • Various examination prizes (LSE)

Professional bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Gray’s Inn