Lily Mottahedan

Call
2011

“She’s on top of the law, on top of the detail, good on her feet and incredibly impressive for someone of her call”

Chambers and Partners

Practice

Lily’s practice covers all aspects of private family law, in particular the financial and international elements.

Lily has been shortlisted for Family law junior barrister of the year 2018 in the LexisNexis family law awards.  She is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2018 where she is described as "on top of the law, on top of the detail, good on her feet and incredibly impressive for someone of her call”.  The latest edition of Chambers and Partners says "Lily is very dynamic in her approach to cases and very personable with clients" and "Her advocacy is very precise and she's very tenacious. She isn't frightened of anyone."  She is known for her specialism in “technical financial remedy issues, including those with trust and jurisdiction complications”. She is recognised for her “additional expertise in declaration of marital status matters” owing to her authorship of the chapter on declarations of marital status and co-authorship of the chapter on the English court’s approach to the recognition of overseas divorces in the latest edition of the leading family law textbook, Rayden and Jackson.

As a former investment banker in the UK team at Merrill lynch in London specialising in mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt financing, where she worked on the £12bn acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds, Lily brings a commercial edge to her financial cases.

As a fluent French speaker owing to her formative years at the French Lycée in London with practical experience of French family law following time spent at CBBC Avocats in Paris, Lily is adept in cases with an Anglo-French element.

Lily is also recognised as an outstanding professional outside of the legal directories. In 2016, she was named as one of Management Today’s “35 women under 35” which was featured in the Sunday Times on the first weekend of July and in Management Today’s July-August issue.

  • Financial remedies
  • Jurisdiction (including under the EU Maintenance Regulation 2009)
  • Forum non conveniens
  • Recognition of foreign marriages and divorces
  • Non-marriage and nullity
  • Injunctions
  • Enforcement
  • Marital agreements
  • Financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
  • Cohabitation claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Private children matters
  • Domestic violence

Lily has appeared in cases in county courts across the country, in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal, her reported cases include:

Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727 (Court of Appeal), led by Nigel Dyer QC in the Husband’s successful resistance to the Wife’s appeal and his cross-appeal in a substantial financial remedy case concerning spousal maintenance, capitalisation, clean breaks and section 28(1) bars.

Quan v Bray and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 405 (Court of Appeal), led by Richard Todd QC in the Wife’s appeal of the first instance decision.

Quan v Bray and others [2015] EWCA Civ 1253 (Court of Appeal), led by Richard Todd QC in the Wife's successful application for permission to appeal.

Quan v Bray and others [2014] EWCA 3340 (Fam) (High Court), led by Richard Todd QC, a four week preliminary issue hearing concerning whether an offshore trust is post-nuptial settlement and/or a resource pursuant to the Thomas v Thomas line of cases.

B v B [2014] EWHC 4857 (Fam) (High Court), without a leader, in a two day contested jurisdiction dispute concerning jurisdiction under Articles 3 to 7 of the EU Maintenance Regulation 2009 in which she was successful.

In the High Court (Chancery division) and the Court of Appeal (Chancery division) in 2014 as part of a wider team instructed by Withers LLP and led by John Wardell QC of Wilberforce Chambers and Elizabeth Weaver of XXIV Old buildings in a matter concerning sham trusts and injunctions.

AI v MT [2013] EWHC 100 (High Court) where the High Court gave effect to an agreement (both finances and children) reached following a non-binding arbitration in the New York Beth Din (whilst at Manches LLP prior to joining chambers, reported after Lily joined chambers).

Alyami v Musallam [2012] EWCA Civ 898 (Court of Appeal), led by Nicholas Cusworth QC, concerning the applicable cost principles in financial remedy proceedings.

El Gamal v El Maktoum [2011] (High Court) EWHC B27 concerning the recognition of an Islamic marriage (marriage/non-marriage) (whilst at Manches LLP prior to joining chambers).

Author of chapter on declarations of marital status in the current edition of Rayden & Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters.

Co-author of the chapter on the recognition of overseas divorces in the current edition of Rayden & Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters.

Bankers’ Bonuses – how the divorce capital of the world treats the rewards reaped from the financial capital of Europe

http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed129030

Asaad v Kurter: The latest round in ‘non-marriage’ cases - is the tide turning?

http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed127612

  • Member of Chatham House
  • Gray’s Inn
  • FLBA
  • Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (Distinction), Institute of Art and Law
  • Bar Professional Training Course, City (Outstanding)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, The College of Law (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) History, Christ Church, Oxford University (First Class)
  • Charterhouse
  • Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

Scholarships and awards

  • Management Today 35 under 35 (2016)
  • Atkin Scholarship (for pupils of “exceptional merit”), Gray’s Inn (2012)
  • Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2011)
  • Freshminds One to Watch (the UK’s top 100 peer nominated graduates) (2008)
  • College Prize, Christ Church, Oxford University (2008)

Ranked in Chambers and Partners 2018 and 2019

Shortlisted for Family law junior barrister of the year 2018 (LexisNexis)

During Bar school, Lily taught British Parliamentary debating to inmates at HMP Pentonville through the program Vocalise, set up by students at Gray’s Inn. She continues to remain involved in the organisation when time allows.

Lily enjoys all of the arts (ballet, opera, and visual arts). Together with her husband, she collects old masters and contemporary art. In 2017-2018, she completed the Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics at the Institute of Art and Law with distinction.