Teena Dhanota-Jones

Partner, Head of Divorce and Family

Teena is a partner and the Head of the Divorce and Family department. She qualified as a solicitor in February 1999 and has over 20 years’ experience. She has a breadth of knowledge and expertise in matrimonial law. She is recommended in The Legal 500 legal directory and has been described as:

“Personal and understanding… extremely professional, she helped greatly with the divorce and on an emotional level, she dealt with our divorce without adding stress and negative energy to an already challenging situation.” (2022)

“Very experienced with great communication skills.” (2021)

“Very bright.” (2020)

“A very pragmatic and down-to-earth lawyer. She is not only experienced and astute but also has a warm and vibrant character.” (2018)

Teena has published articles for the Transparency Project, Family Law Week, Lexis Nexis, The Sunday Times, Mail Online and Rights Info Online.

Teena advises on the following areas:

  • Divorce
  • Financial arrangements following a relationship breakdown of married and unmarried parties and civil partners
  • Pre-marital agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation agreements
  • Variation, enforcement and appeals of financial orders
  • Children disputes, including child arrangement orders, leave to remove from the jurisdiction, pre-emptive orders in respect of abduction, and Schedule 1 applications for the financial provision for children.
  • Jurisdictional and international aspects in relation to the above areas.

She advises high net worth individuals with complex asset structures and overseas assets, including family businesses and franchises.

Teena is a trained shuttle mediator, a qualified collaborative solicitor and a Resolution accredited specialist.

In her spare time Teena enjoys a variety of sports.

Past and recent work highlights

  • Acting for a civil partner. The parties sought to dissolve their relationship, having entered a civil partnership in France by way of a pacte civil de solidarité. Both parties had issued dissolution proceedings, one in England and the other in France. I successfully negotiated the best forum, then settled the matter and implemented the division of assets, which were held in both England and France.
  • Acting for an extremely wealthy husband in financial proceedings after a very short, childless marriage. The wife sought a mortgage-free home but only received a fraction of the assets by way of a lump sum payment. The husband retained the majority of his pre-acquired assets.
  • Acting for the wife in complex financial proceedings, with assets in America and England. Both parties had complex remuneration packages, including restricted stock units and employee stock purchase plans, post separation acquired assets, overseas pensions, and impending inheritances. I was successful in excluding the wife’s inheritance from the division of assets and dividing the matrimonial capital assets equally.
  • Advising the wife on divorce proceedings in England as opposed to the UAE.
  • Acting for a father, I successfully obtained an emergency port alert and order to retain the child’s passport to prevent his removal from the jurisdiction of England and Wales.
  • Advising the wife on the settlement of a well-known and substantial business entity in the north of England. I concluded the matter with the benefit of a private settlement hearing.