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Alan Foster

Senior Partner - Head of Family Department

Alan heads Rix & Kay’s Family Law Team in Sussex and Kent and is also a member of the firm’s Leadership Team responsible for the firm’s continued growth.

With over 35 years experience of providing family law in Brighton & Hove, Uckfield and across the South East, he is widely regarded as one of the foremost family lawyers in Sussex and is recognised as a leading individual by independent legal directory Chambers and Partners.

Alan also has a niche specialism in contentious probate and is a full member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists). His expertise in this area provides a unique offering to clients who are looking to resolve disputes involving family trusts, wills and Inheritance Act claims.

Alan’s clients

Alan supports individuals from all walks of life and particularly high net worth clients who may be considering ending a relationship.  He has particular expertise in managing complex, high value and often extremely sensitive disputes that require the utmost degree of discretion and confidentiality.

Experience and approach

Alan provides a highly personable and bespoke service to clients and acts as a trusted adviser to many individuals.  His approach centres on outlining a clear roadmap to draw disputes to a swift conclusion.  He will take direct action if it is appropriate to resolve disputes through the Courts, representing his own clients, but will always look to pursue the most amicable and cost effective solutions when possible.  He is a full member of Resolution, the leading membership organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Areas of expertise

  • Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Finance on Divorce/Relationship Breakdown with a particular emphasis on complex high value matters including family trusts/settlements and family businesses
  • Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Disputes between cohabitating couples including applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA)
  • Contentious Probate including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and challenges to the validity of Wills

What Alan’s clients say

“I dealt with Alan Foster for my divorce.  He had an excellent manner during my divorce, although it was an amicable divorce he was very careful to explain any pitfall, secure things in my best interest including my children without stirring things.  He was excellent in the speed in which he dealt with things and information was very clear.  I am also very grateful of his calm and realistic approach which meant that situation between the parties did not escalate out of hand.”
Mrs H. L – Surrey>

“Very pleased with the way a very difficult situation was handled so sensitively – extremely satisfied.”
Mrs L. S – Sussex

 “Practice head Alan Foster is ‘a very experienced contentious probate solicitor who provides sound, practical advice focusing on the needs of the client’. He leads a team with a strong track record acting for high-net-worth individuals in contentious probate matters involving high-value estates, some with assets exceeding £15m in value.”

Quote from The Legal 500, 2018

“Alan Foster is an experienced practitioner who specialises in handling matrimonial finance issues that frequently involve complex trusts. He also regularly handles cohabitee disputes and inheritance issues. One client notes: “His manner is calm and measured and his attention to detail impressive.””

Quote from Chambers UK 2019