Legal 500 UK – 2020 Edition

The Legal 500, the leading independent directory for the legal profession, has recognised both Paradigm Family Law and its Managing Partners, as leaders in their field in the latest 2020 edition.

Paradigm Family Law, established in 2014, is ranked as a leading firm in the area of Family Law, along with both James Thornton and Frank Arndt who are both recognised as experts in their field in North Yorkshire as well as Leeds and West Yorkshire.

The full Legal 500 entry reads:

Paradigm Family Law LLP primarily focuses on finance and divorce work with local, national and international elements. The group also has notable expertise in contested divorces, civil partnership cases and Children Act work and matters involving hidden assets, offshore trusts, complex business structures, pensions issues and inheritance. Firm co-founders Frank Arndt and James Thornton are the key contacts; Arndt has expertise in matters with offshore elements and Thornton focuses on divorces.

Practice head(s): James Thornton; Frank Arndt


‘Paradigm Family Law is a great York-based firm and has built up a reputation thanks to its fixed-fee structure’.

Managing Partner, James Thornton said:

“This is a fantastic achievement. We are delighted about our recognition in Legal 500. The Testimonials and the recognition of our Fixed Fee model gives us a real competitive edge; no other Family Law firm nationwide is offering fixed fees for their financial cases. The fixed fee model shows a huge difference between the brands out there.

We feel that this unique model is setting a new unique trend and shows strong relevance in a highly competitive marketplace.”  

It is yet further repeated independent recognition of the calibre of our team here at Paradigm Family Law for matrimonial and family law work.”

The news comes hot on the heels of us has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2019 (Family Law) and Paradigm Family Law’s Managing Partner and Head of International Family Law, Frank Arndt been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious Family Law Awards.

Frank is one of a shortlist of only 5 esteemed family lawyers specialising in International Family Law that have made it into this year’s Awards nominations.

The other nominees Alison Green (Mackrell Turner Garrett), Byron James (Expatriate Law), Eleri Jones (1GC Family Law) and Sofia Moussaoui (DWFM Beckman)

The Great and the Good

The Family Law Awards recognise the great and the good in many aspects of Family Law. The Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 27 November at the Ballroom South Bank, one of the most exclusive event venues in London and anyone who’s anyone in family law will be in attendance.


The nomination represents a significant endorsement of Frank’s expertise in the area of international family law and recognises his outstanding flair and talent in this complex and challenging area of legal practice after his recent success in the High Court in MB v TB (Rev 2) [2018] EWHC 2035 (Fam) :

Of his nomination Frank said:

I’m exceptionally pleased to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It represents recognition of our international work and my worldwide trusted network of experienced International Family Lawyers. We all put very hard work in to make sure our clients get the best advice at an early stage of their journey.”


Frank’s credentials are testament to the fact that he will be rubbing shoulders with the family law alumni at the gala event in the Autumn. He is a dual qualified Solicitor in England & Wales and Rechtsanwalt in Germany. He is also a qualified Judge in Germany.

He has considerable expertise in high profile or ‘big money’ financial relief cases with complex onshore or offshore business or company and trust structures. Frank deals with cases including inherited or pre-acquired wealth issues, concealment or dissipation of assets and he regularly advises on difficult enforcement cases with international aspects. His areas of specialism also include complex worldwide freezing orders, cases with pre-nuptial and separation agreements or Civil Partnership disputes.

Frank regularly receives referrals from his worldwide established and experienced international network in relation to foreign divorces or application brought pursuant to the MPFA 1984 Act. The referrals also include cases with a “forum shopping” element or contested international jurisdiction disputes. He regularly acts for clients in Schedule I Children Act 1989 cases with an international aspect and has acted for fathers and mothers in International Child Abduction Cases.

Media appearances

In addition to these talents, he has appeared regularly on television, radio and in newspapers having featured on BBC One, ITV This Morning, CNBC, ABC News, VOX Media, FT, Forbes, LeFigaro, FAZ (Germany) to name but a few.

Internationally recognised

Frank is also a member of the International Bar Association, International Society of Family Law, ReUnited and the German Bar at the Federal Court in Celle (“Oberlandesgericht Celle”) and the Family Mediator Association.


Paradigm Family Law have a team of experienced lawyers to help guide you through the process of divorce, just waiting to hear from you.

If you would like more details on this or want to discuss your family law matter, please do not hesitate to contact JamesFrank or Evelyn. Paradigm Family Law offers a free initial consultation with a top rated divorce lawyer and our fixed fee solutions cover financial proceedings from start to finish. You can call us on 01904 217225 or email us to [email protected].

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