Kyra Cornwall

Call
2011

Applies her impressive intellect and aptitude to a wide range of issues, including high net worth finance and jurisdiction disputes. Cornwall has represented her clients in high-profile disputes before the Court of Appeal. Strengths: "She maintains the right level of empathy and professionalism in cases involving vulnerable clients, who trust her and respond well during difficult conversations." "She comes up with creative solutions and analyses cases really well." "She is meticulous, intelligent and clear-thinking. She puts clients at ease while maintaining a professional persona." ‘Calm under fire. Measured in her demeanour. Kind and empathetic to clients. A smiling assassin in the courtroom. Underestimate her at your peril!’

Chambers and Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2021

Practice

Kyra is described in the directories as “a star in the making”, “super clever, slick, elegant and professional”.

Her busy practice involves a discrete handling of high profile and international cases, including forum disputes, cases with international trust and company structures, cases with complex issues of enforcement, issues of privilege and cases involving the enforcement of nuptial agreements. She regularly represents husbands and wives in high value and prominent matters, both led and alone in the High Court. She advises clients nationally and internationally, from jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, Singapore and France, and has a particular interest in cases with links to Hong Kong, having undertaken the Pegasus Scholarship there in 2017.

In Hammoud v Al Zawawi, Kyra was counsel for the wife in Part III proceedings where the husband had failed to give any proper disclosure and failed to engage in the proceedings. The husband argued that he was in serious financial difficulties, but a finding was made that his wealth could be said to be at least £300m and the wife was awarded a lump sum of c.£25m on a needs basis.

Together with Martin Pointer QC and Rebecca Carew Pole, Kyra was also junior counsel representing the wife in Martin v Martin, securing an equal share of the marital assets at first instance (c.£73m). The award was unaltered in the Court of Appeal.

Financial Remedies

Claims after Foreign Divorce

Nuptial Agreements

Jurisdiction disputes

Kyra was a contributing author of Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Matrimonial Matters.

  • FLBA
  • Inner Temple
  • Christ’s College, Cambridge – MA (Cantab) (1st class)
  • Oxford Brookes University – GDL
  • Kaplan Law School – BPTC
  • Nottingham Trent University – Graduate LLB
  • Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholar
  • Inner Temple Exhibitioner
  • Pegasus Scholar 2017

Chambers and Partners

2018 - “A junior counsel in the ascendancy, who is super hard-working and who engineers fantastic results."

2017 - "She's super clever, slick, elegant and professional. She has a poise about her, a maturity beyond her years, and is someone who takes everything in her stride. She is definitely a star in the making."

Kyra is very interested in ballet and music. She enjoys travelling and the great outdoors, currently putting her efforts into learning to ski.

She has a working knowledge of French and basic German.