Yasmin Khan-Gunns

Experience

  • I am an award winning Associate in BLM’s family law team based in London.
  • I practice in all aspects of private family law, with much of my experience being complex, international and high stakes. This includes divorce, financial remedies on divorce, children disputes, applications to relocate abroad with children, wealth protection agreements, property disputes between cohabiting couples, international surrogacy and applications for a parental order and domestic abuse.
  • I specialise in the division of finances on divorce, with wealth in the region of £4-£60 million, including assets located in multiple jurisdictions, overseas pensions and complex income and bonus structures.  
  • I also specialise in drafting cohabitation agreements and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, including advising clients when they or their partner live in another jurisdiction; to date, I have advised clients with a connection to Thailand, Lithuania, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and Greece.
  • My clients range from successful business professionals, celebrities and lawyers, to stay at home mothers, international clients and ‘silver separators’ of 70+.
  • I am described in the Legal 500 2020 as a 'key lawyer'.

AWARDS

  • Winner of the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2021 Young Solicitor of the Year award.
  • Winner of the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2021 Legal Commentator of the Year award.
  • Gold winner of the City Wealth Future Leaders Awards 2021 for Family Lawyer of the Year (Associate) award.

OTHER

  • I frequently write blogs, articles and give presentations on topical family law matters, including for Women's Health Magazine, The Family Law Journal, Today’s Family Lawyer, Bordier UK, Support Through Court, ePrivateClient, Mintr, Divorced Parents and Single Mums Club.
  • I assist and mentor aspiring family solicitors and barristers and have written numerous articles providing insight and encouragement, including for LawCareers.net, The University of Law, The Legal Cheek, SOAS University and Leeds Trinity University.
  • I run a legal Instagram page under the name @londonfamilysolicitor.

Notable cases

  • Reported Court of Appeal case of Attorney General & Akhter, Khan and others [2020] EWCA Civ 122 concerning the validity of Islamic marriages.
  • Reported High Court international child abduction case of T (A Child: Hague Convention Proceedings) [2016] EWHC 3554 (Fam) concerning the return of a child to El Salvador.
  • Drafted a pre-nuptial agreement for the Director of a well-known West London club to protect wealth exceeding £16 million.
  • Represented a ‘silver separator’ who had been married for over 15 years and who lost litigation capacity at a crucial stage in the proceedings.
  • Litigated and represented a Senior Vice President of a multinational company in divorce and financial remedy proceedings with significant post-separation accrual, complex bonus and share structures and assets exceeding £8 million.
  • Drafted a post-nuptial agreement for a Spanish national to protect wealth exceeding £11 million where the wife was a Brazilian national.
  • Litigated and represented applicant mothers in their applications to permanently relocate abroad with their children. Countries include New Zealand, Canada and Greece.
  • Drafted a cohabitation agreement for an elderly widower looking to live with his new partner to protect assets exceeding £4 million.
  • Litigated and represented a ‘silver separator’ who divorced 20 years ago and instructed us to deal with financial claims on divorce. Assets comprised of multiple plots of farm-land with significant development potential and approved planning permission, with assets exceeding £8 million.
  • Litigated and represented a man in enforcing a Trust of Land (TLATA 1996) court order made in 2016 concerning orders made in 1994, with over £45,000 costs awarded.
  • Represented a ‘silver separator’ and carer whose husband was terminally ill with just months left to live. In-depth consideration was given to the wife’s potential claims under the Inheritance Act.
  • Litigated and represented a house-wife in section 37 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 disposition of land case in North Wales concerning plots of land with fracking potential, with 100% of costs awarded.
  • Litigated and represented an ex-pat wife living in Dubai in an interim financial remedy Maintenance Pending Suit application, with 100% of costs awarded.
  • Litigated and represented a husband in financial remedy consent order seeking to set it aside on the basis of undue influence or duress, including consideration of questionable judicial conduct.

Membership/appointments

  • Member of the American Bar Association.
  • I am a member of Resolution.
  • I am a member of Women in Family Law.

       

Contact Details


+44 20 7638 4268
yasmin.gunns@blmlaw.com
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Testimonials


Yasmin and Grainne were wonderful in helping me during each step of my divorce process. If you’re looking for a good, friendly, trustworthy and very efficient law firm, you can 100% count on them at BLM. They were kind enough to offer suitable alternatives and to show empathy throughout everything. I’ll definitely use them in the future... Your kindness and efficiency during this difficult time in my life won’t be forgotten.

Divorce client - April 2022

"Your kindness, empathy, yet your professional enthusiasm shone like a beacon... Anyone who has you as a solicitor is very fortunate indeed. I count myself exceedingly lucky to have you on my side."

Divorce and Finance client - November 2021

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