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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

L500 leading firm

‘Alan Foster has a really good feel for contentious probate work and is excellent at handling the client.’

‘Alan Foster is knowledgeable, experienced and very practical. As a counterparty, he is able to advance matters sensibly in the interests of the clients. We will be able to identify the areas of dispute swiftly.’

‘Alan Foster is very experienced; he absorbs the client’s stress and obtains very good outcomes.’

‘I refer clients to Alan Foster and hold him in high regard.’

‘Alan Foster has a wealth of experience and is charming, reassuring, and wise. He is thoroughly steeped in this area and his knowledge of the related areas of divorce and Court of Protection is a real bonus.’

Legal 500 2021

An impressed client praises Alan Foster for his considered and very thoughtful advice that has given me the confidence to progress through a challenging time.” He handles a broad array of family matters, including high-value financial remedy cases and prenuptial agreements, and is also the firm’s senior partner.

Chambers & Partner 2021