About RSL

About RSL

RSL-LAW is a niche legal practice in the heart of London specialising in Property and Family Law, Corporate Law and Company business support, Family Office services such as translations, certifications and apostil of documents, including powers of attorney, deeds of gift, birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.

Our PROPERTY DEPARTMENT offers a range of services to British as well as foreign clients relating to property matters, including Sales and Purchases of apartments and houses in England, Assignments of contracts for the sale and purchase of property in England, Commercial Property Leases and Land Leases & Licences, Change of Ownership by way of gifts, Registration of Non-Resident Landlords, Resolution of Landlord and Tenant disputes. Since 2014, RSL-LAW has had the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation. CQS provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing in England. Membership establishes a level of credibility for RSL-LAW for its clients, buyers and sellers of residential properties in England, as well as UK mortgage lenders and insurers. We are also members of conveyancing panels at most high street banks and mortgage providers and have acted as solicitors for buyers of properties in England and their lenders. Whether you wish to buy an apartment or sell a house, or may be pay for a property for your student son or daughter who is studying in England, or wish to gift an apartment to your wife or husband, our English and Russian speaking solicitors based in central London will ensure a qualified property advice and support throughout the conveyancing process.

Our FAMILY LAW solicitors specialise in Divorce in English Courts, Financial Relief Applications made in the United Kingdom, Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements, Co-habitation arrangements and Separation Agreements governed by English law. Family law advice in St.James’s Square in central London.

We fully understand that resolving matters relating to marital finances and financial maintenance in English divorces can be a very difficult and demanding time in a person’s life. We aim to take away the stresses and strains of these problems by both assisting our clients with a competent legal advice relating to their intended separation and/or divorce and supporting them emotionally.

In England and Wales, divorce is allowed on the ground that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 specifies that the marriage may be found to have irretrievably broken down if one of the following is established:

Adultery: often now considered the ‘nice’ divorce. Respondents admitting to adultery will not be penalised financially or otherwise. This ground for divorce cannot be used as a ground for divorce in England if the couple keeps living together for more than six months after discovering the adulterous act, unless the adulterous relationship is continuing or there are other acts of adultery after the first such act is discovered

Unreasonable behaviour: the divorce petition filed in English Courts must contain a series of allegations proving that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her. The allegations may be of a serious nature (e.g. abuse or excessive drinking) but may also be mild such as having no common interests or pursuing a separate social life. The courts will not insist on severe allegations as they adopt a realistic attitude: if one party feels so strongly that a behaviour is “unreasonable” as to issue a divorce petition, it is clear that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and it would be futile to try to prevent the divorce.

Desertion: one of the parties to marriage registered in England must have been absent for at least two years.

Separation, agreed divorce: both parties must consent and the parties must have lived separate lives for at least two years prior to the presentation of the petition. This can occur if the parties live in the same household, but the petitioner would need to make clear in the petition such matters as they ate separately, etc.

Separation, contested divorce: only one party to English marriage is required to consent if separation continuing for at least five years.

Our team has the advantage of an English solicitor with over 38 years’ experience who is both well-known in London and has unrivalled knowledge of all areas of family law, including divorces, separations, financial maintenance orders obtained in English courts, including the High Court located in London. The High Court of Justice in London, together with the Court of Appeal and the Crown Court, are the Senior Courts of England and Wales. The team is supported by both solicitors qualified in England and Wales and paralegals with years of relevant experience, who worked on high profile divorces in England and who are robust and motivated to get results.

CORPORATE LAW is a complex area of English law encompassing many disciplines. Our Corporate law solicitors based in St.James’s Square in central London have over 15 years of corporate legal experience, including Starting-up a new business in England, Dealing with Directors & Shareholders of UK registered companies, Constitutional Documents of UK registered companies and Share Capital matters, Share Sales & Purchases in the UK, Business Sales & Purchases in the UK, Loan & Finance provided by UK banks. If you just set up a new business, as a limited liability company registered in England, you will need to think about the following:

Directors: appointment and register of directors, conflict of interests, directors’ service contracts, non-executive directors, removal of directors, directors’ loan agreements, directors’ duties

Issue of shares: majority and minority shareholders, share certificates and register of shareholders

Company’s Secretary and Administration: Persons with Significant Control Register Shareholders Agreement

In Practice Areas –you can find more information on

Shareholders Agreement (agreement regulating the relationship between shareholders in a company registered in the UK).

Joint venture (an alternative business arrangement in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task). Under English law a joint venture has no specific meaning and the commercial arrangement between the parties can take a number of different forms depending on what the parties are trying to achieve. Sometimes a JV will be formed by means of a contractual agreement between the parties (where the parties prefer such a simply, relatively loose commercial arrangement). Alternatively, the parties might wish to have a more formal, tighter structure, in which case they might decide to form a new JV company with the parties being the shareholders.

Loans & Finance

Secured Lending – the pitfalls

All our departments are supported by the FAMILY OFFICE, which provides administrative support and additional services for our English and Russian speaking clients to ensure successful and timely completion of projects. Our solicitors, registered and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales and based at 33 St.James’s Square, London SW1Y 4JS. RSL-LAW are able to certify documents in English and Russian languages. If you need to certify a copy of a document, for example a power of attorney, in central London, as a true and accurate copy of the original, you will need to bring the original to our office in St.James’s Square in central London. We can make a copy of a document requiring certification by a qualified solicitor at our office for your convenience. If you need an English qualified solicitor to certify your signature on a document, you will need to bring two forms of identification stating your full name, including one that has your photo. If your document, for example a Power of Attorney or your identification documents are in Russian language, our Russian speaking solicitors will verify your identity and certify your signature on the Power of Attorney. Whether your power of attorney, copy of your passport or proof of address, birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates or constitutional documents (printed copies confirming information registered and filed at the Companies House of England and Wales) relating to your company, in English or in Russian, our Russian speaking and English solicitors who are qualified and registered with Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales will confirm in writing that he or she checked your identity and witnessed you signing the document.