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Elizabeth  Couch

Elizabeth Couch  

Partner* | Guernsey

International Private Client and Trusts

  • Elizabeth Couch cares deeply for her clients, has a huge work ethic and thinks creatively about solutions for her cases. She is very tactically astute and a fine technical lawyer.
    Legal 500 2022

Overview

Elizabeth is a Guernsey Advocate and joined Collas Crill in January 2021 as Partner of the International Private Client and Trusts Team.

Elizabeth is a highly regarded family law practitioner in Guernsey. She specialises in all areas of family law and has extensive experience in all matters relating to family breakdown, divorce and cohabitation. She has a particular focus in advising HNW clients in complex ancillary relief matters and private law children cases, which can involve cross jurisdictional issues. Her clients include husbands and wives, cohabitants and children.

"I specialise in all areas of family law. I am empathetic and foster strong relationships with clients for whom I will always go the extra mile."

Experience

Elizabeth was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and practiced at 4 Paper Buildings, London, a leading chambers of specialist family law barristers until 2012 when she returned to Guernsey.

Elizabeth qualified as a Guernsey Advocate in 2016 and appears regularly before the Royal Court of Guernsey. In 2020 Elizabeth represented the wife before the Guernsey Court of Appeal in Q v Q [2020]GCA016.

Prior to joining Collas Crill in January 2021, Elizabeth was a partner at Browns Advocates, Guernsey.

Background

Elizabeth is a patron of the Guernsey Health Improvement Commission. She enjoys boating, sea-swimming and running on the cliffs.

Memberships

Resolution
Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple

*not a member of Collas Crill LLP in Guernsey

My services
Change of name
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Changing your name in Guernsey is relatively straightforward but usually requires a brief Court attendance. We can guide you smoothly through the process.

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Children
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Cohabitation
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There is no such thing as 'common law marriage', nor are there any specific rules relating to cohabitation. On separation, the issues can become complex requiring expert guidance.

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Dispute Resolution
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When your business is involved in any kind of legal dispute it's crucial to work with lawyers who are hands-on, cost-effective and flexible enough to respond quickly and intuitively to your unique situation and needs. We know that there are many different ways a dispute can be resolved and work closely with our clients to understand every aspect of their business, priorities and goals. This allows us to find the best way forward for our clients and to advise on the commercial implications of a dispute, ensuring the process remains as stress-free as possible. Our approach is practical, responsive and tailored to the client's interests. Our expertise and reputation means we're first choice for a range of clients, including banks, trust companies, high net worth individuals and top law firms.

Divorce
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We provide practical advice in plain English on all aspects of divorce and separation. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly, painlessly and cost effectively as possible.

Divorce - the basics
Grounds for divorce
Same sex marriage and divorce 
Defended divorce
Flow chart of an undefended divorce
Alternatives to divorce
Ten practical tips for getting divorced
Common questions

Family Law
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Our legal team has extensive expertise in all areas of family law and is known for providing a personalised, responsive service to clients.

Finances
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Financial issues can be one of the more challenging aspects of divorce and separation. We provide robust, cost effective advice on the various options available to separating parties.

Options at a glance
Finances - the basics
Flow chart of a financial application
Different types of Court order
How the Court decides who gets what
Financial dispute resolution hearings
Alternatives to Court
Common questions

Injunctions
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On the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, either party or children may need protection. The law aims to provide immediate protection for those who need it, and if you find yourself in this position then it is essential that you act quickly. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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International
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In an ever-shrinking world, disputes involving international family law are becoming more and more common. We offer specialist legal advice in this area. 

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Judicial separation
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Judicial separations are unique to Guernsey and present a quick and cost effective way of securing an agreement in relation to children and finances. We will advise and guide you smoothly through the process.

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Prenuptial agreements
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While prenuptial agreements are not legally binding, they are becoming an increasingly common feature of modern-day marriage. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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