Bishop & Sewell

Louise Barretto is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team

Louise Barretto specialises in all aspects of family law, with a particular emphasis on complex financial matters, including those involving business assets and those with an international element.

She is dual qualified in England and in South Africa. Although she now practices solely in England, she deals with many cases which have a South African connection. She has been called upon to assist as an expert witness on English divorce law in the High Court of South Africa.

Specialist areas:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Financial aspects on divorce and separation
  • Children aspects of family breakdown
  • Drafting and advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Drafting and advising on co-habitation and separation agreements
  • Collaborative law
  • Mediation of financial and children affairs

Citywealth have included Louise as a ‘prominent figure’ in their leading lawyers category and she has also been nominated by them as a ‘Power Woman’.

Corporate Livewire have awarded Louise he ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for family law, Surrey UK and she has also been rated by Super Lawyers.

Louise has been recommended in The Legal 500.



  • The Law Society
  • Resolution
  • Family Law Accreditation Scheme
  • Thameside Collaborative Lawyers & Mediators
  • Citywealth Leaders List

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Louise regularly updates her blog and appeared on 5 News on 12 January 2016 discussing pre-nuptial agreements after Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch announced their engagement.

"Louise is particularly adept in complex financial matters with an international dimension."

Legal 500 2017

"The professionalism and level of service that I received from your firm is exemplary. I must say a big thank you to ou and your team for being able to bring matters to a close. I would also like to say a big thank you for achieving outcomes better than I had anticipated, both with regard to the children and furthermore financially."

Attorney in South Africa