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Firms To Watch: Family

Branch Austin McCormick LLP is praised by a client as ‘a highly specialised small firm that has the reputation and address to appeal to high-net-worth clients’. Saika Alam heads the department, which also includes Julius Brookman and Caroline Ford who joined the firm from Fletcher Day in February 2023.
Family Law in the City Ltdis a vibrant new family law boutique with a great team and a no-nonsense attitude towards clients’. Founder of the practice, Katie Spooner, is a key name of note.
Irpreet Kohli heads the family department at Freeths LLP, which is praised for handling ‘the most high value and complex of cases with ease. They have also dealt with some highly complex child arrangements and cross-border issues involving difficult surrogacy disputes’.
The ‘exceptional’ Georgina Hamblin, who was previously at Vardags, established her own boutique firm, Hamblin Family Law LLP, in January 2023. She is praised as ‘a litigation powerhouse’ with ‘great legal knowledge and tactical instinct’.
Lowry Legal recently recruited Michelle Uppal from Miles & Partners LLP; she is known as 'a caring and knowledgeable lawyer who conducts finances cases with confidence and natural ability', and is also described as 'a highly skilled and compassionate lawyer who understands the stresses that clients find themselves in when a relationship breaks down.'  
At Manders Law, Mary-Ann Wright ‘has created a dynamic and effective team built around her ethos of hard work and customer service. The depth of legal knowledge combined with the effective client care makes Manders exceptional'.
Julie Taylor at Spencer West LLP heads the family department. Taylor is praised for ‘going absolutely above and beyond in trying every angle she can in the pursuit of her client’s case’.

Family in London

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLPhas a great family practice with real strength in depth and, in particular, some great younger partners coming through, which bodes well for a strong future’. Head of the department James Freeman combines a ‘formidable brain with huge pragmatism’. This powerhouse excels at handling highly complex cases involving significantly valued assets. With its international reach, it is also well placed to assist clients in cases involving private and family business structures, and has particular expertise in cases concerning onshore and offshore trusts. Miranda Fisher acts for many international clients and is skilled at handling cases with jurisdictional disputes. William Longrigg specialises in international divorces, financial relief, and private law children cases. Sarah Higgins has a particular focus on complex financial applications regarding family businesses, and Sarah Jane Boon continues to manage a very busy case load. Jamie Kennaugh is also recommended, and senior associate Joshua Green has a broad family law practice. Emily Borrowdale, also a senior associate, advises on all areas of family law and has a growing practice in complex financial remedy cases and cases concerning jurisdictional issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Freeman


Autres avocats clés:

William Longrigg; Miranda Fisher; Sarah Higgins; Sarah Jane Boon; Jamie Kennaugh; Emily Borrowdale; Joshua Green; James Riby; Charlotte Posnansky; Erica Shelton; David Carver


Les références

‘James Freeman heads the team with a seeming lightness of touch that belies his rock solid core. As a family lawyer, if I were getting divorced, he would be my go-to.’

‘William Longrigg is a classy fellow and always a pleasure to deal with. He wears his experience lightly, is always respectful to those he may come across at every level of experience and reassuring to clients.’

‘Charlotte Posnansky has bundles of common sense, is a delight to work with, and is extremely bright. Jamie Kennaugh is tough when she needs to go into battle for her clients and doesn’t shrink from a fight, but will also be pragmatic and collaborative wherever she can. Keen to roll up her sleeves.’

Dawson Cornwell LLP

Jointly headed by Russell Bywater and Carolina Marín Pedreño, the team at Dawson Cornwell LLP is ‘undoubtedly an exceptional, all-service family law firm. They have an unwavering reputation for providing high-quality advice on the most complex divorce and financial matters, including those cases with an international element. The firm has an abundance of talent at all levels, including the ‘financial remedy heavyweightSimon Bruce. Amy Rowe is regarded as a specialist in complex cross-border children matters, while Sarah Jane Lenihan concentrates on financial remedies and private law children cases. Jessica Reid is a key figure who regularly handles complex cases involving financial claims and jurisdictional disputes. Charlotte Conner and Charlotte Image-Flower are other key members of this ‘outstanding’ team. In team news, Lisette Dupré joined Stewarts Law LLP and Amy Barrow joined Payne Hicks Beach LLP in October 2022 and April 2023 respectively. At the start of 2023, Hilka Hollmann joined the team from Freemans Solicitors, while the ‘exceptionalAnna Shadbolt was promoted to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Russell Bywater; Carolina Marin Pedreño


Autres avocats clés:

Simon Bruce; Amy Rowe; Jessica Reid; Sarah Jane Lenihan; Hilka Hollmann; Anna Shadbolt; Charlotte Image-Flower; Sulema Jahangir; Floriane Laruelle; Charlotte Conner; Kate Brett; Aysel Akhundova; Forum Shah


Les références

‘A leading firm for international matters involving children. The team also comprises strong financial remedies specialists (Simon Bruce, Charlotte Conner, and Jessica Reid). Simon Bruce joined the firm a couple of years ago, significantly raising its profile as a real contender in the financial remedy market.’

‘Simon Bruce’s understanding of divorce law is second-to-none and his view of the likely outcome of the court case was resolute throughout the process and spot on. His legal tactics were also excellent.’

‘Carolina Marin Pedreño is a practitioner of great experience, and of the highest international, as well as domestic, standing, with recognition at governmental level, and in her membership and leadership of prominent international bodies.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Represented the 2nd respondent, who supported the appeal by the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, in a Court of Appeal case which is a landmark decision for domestic cases in relation to police involvement in family law cases.
  • Represented the husband in one of the most important cases on prenups since the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher in 2010, with the High Court’s ruling reinforcing the position that courts should take account pre-nuptial agreements provided that they are not completely unreasonable or signed under duress.
  • Represented a mother in wardship proceedings after she had been stranded in Pakistan by the father, who had taken away her travel documents and returned to England with the child.

Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Family Law in Partnership Ltd has a ‘great team with a stellar reputation’ and is praised by one client for its ‘great mediation offering and support for ADR’ which ‘marks them out against their competitors’. Many of its clients are high profile figures, including royalty, those in the public eye, and ultra-high-net-worth businesspeople. The ‘fantastic family law firm’, while ‘focused on settling cases’ also has ‘outstanding litigators’. The focus of David Allison’s practice continues to be on complex and high-value financial claims regarding divorce proceedings, particularly those with an international dimension. Daniel Coombes regularly advises clients on children cases, including those involving children born into same-sex families and international relocation cases. Elizabeth Fletcher predominately handles cases involving both financial remedy and children proceedings. Helen Greenfield has a particular specialism in assisting clients who have been affected by domestic abuse or coercive and controlling behaviour. James Pirrie specialises in complicated financial remedy cases and private children law matters. Other ‘intelligent, empathic and highly-skilled lawyers’ include Pamela Collis , Bradley Williams, Charlotte Symes, and Elizabeth Hicks.

Autres avocats clés:

David Allison; James Pirrie; Pamela Collis; Daniel Coombes; Bradley Williams; Elizabeth Fletcher; Hannah Greene; Helen Greenfield; Charlotte Symes; Mariko Wilson; Selena Arbe Barnes; Nicole Phillips; Kara Swift; Elizabeth Hicks; Grace Lawrence; Vanessa Sampaio; Rebecca Alexander


Les références

‘James Pirrie is the Duracell bunny of the legal world. He effectively brings energy to managing his case load, has an open approach, and he gets a lot of referrals based on word of mouth. He wears his encyclopaedic legal knowledge lightly. Hugely impressive.’

‘Elizabeth Fletcher is a standout lawyer here. She is extremely sharp and knows the law inside out. Hugely responsive and extremely tenacious on behalf of her clients. She has great empathy and always does a first-class job.’

‘Bradley Williams is a superb solicitor. A comprehensively talented team of family lawyers who are at the top of their game. Pamela Collis is a great leader and a very accommodating person who balances her professional service with a unique personal touch.’

Farrer & Co

At Farrer & Co, William Massey heads an ‘extremely talented team and very much leads by example’. The practice receives many plaudits for its ‘almost incomparable experience’ and for its ability to ‘handle the most complex family law disputes with elegance and excellence’. The practice has a superb reputation for its high-value, complex work involving substantial assets, foreign jurisdictions, complicated asset protection structures, and trust and tax issues. Claire Gordon regularly represents entrepreneurs, professionals, individuals with private equity investments, the international elite, and those with very substantial generational wealth. Caroline Holley has a strong reputation for her international practice, while Sarah Hutchinson maintains a busy and varied caseload. Another member of the ‘Rolls Royce of family law practices’ is Edward Floyd, who specialises in international high-net-worth work, specifically financial claims involving trusts and claims on overseas divorces. Amy Radnor’s practice encompasses both finances as well as difficult and contentious children cases, especially those with an international or safeguarding element. Flora HarraginAlexander Woolley, and Frederick Tatham are also key members of the department, and John Davies was recently promoted to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

William Massey


Autres avocats clés:

Claire Gordon; Caroline Holley; Sarah Hutchinson; Edward Floyd; Amy Radnor; Flora Harragin; John Davies; Alexander Woolley; Frederick Tatham; Rebecca Heyworth


Les références

‘Outstanding service all round, could not wish for better or more – truly exceptional. I feel in very safe hands. Sarah Hutchinson is one of the most outstanding professionals I have ever worked with in my life. Incredible technical skills and experience, great judgement and a human touch and empathy that I find unique, and I value very highly. I trust her 100%.’

‘Amy Radnor was exceptionally supportive before and throughout the case, providing sound, constructive and realistic advice, particularly when the case was getting more and more difficult and complicated. She acted with extreme empathy, compassion and integrity, supporting me throughout until reaching a sound solution.’

‘Claire Gordon and Edward Floyd are two of the finest solicitors in London. They have good judgement, dignity, analysis and gravitas.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a client in connection with an application made by his former wife under Part III of the Family and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1984.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a contested divorce (including a forum conveniens dispute) and financial remedy proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions.

Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Family law boutique Hughes Fowler Carruthers is well-versed in the full gamut of high-value matters, with expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in complex divorce, cohabitation, and child wellbeing related cases. Frances Hughes - 'the go-to solicitor for complex financial disputes' - leads the team, specialising in divorce and complex children’s cases, often with an international element, whilst simultaneously sitting as a senior mediator. Along with Hughes, the other two founding partners of the firm Pauline Fowler and 'tenacious negotiator' Alex Carruthers are key to the practice, with expertise in international adoption and surrogacy, and trusts-related work respectively. The 'exceptional' Renato Labi‘s practice extends to intricate financial disputes within divorce proceedings and post-cohabitation disputes, along with highly complex private law children cases. Caroline Park and Kate Brett are both integral to the practice, with experience in drafting and negotiating pre- and post- nuptial agreements, and complex cases including cross-jurisdictional children matters. Also of note is Mark Harper, who is widely lauded for his divorce and trust litigation expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frances Hughes


Autres avocats clés:

Alex Carruthers; Pauline Fowler; Mark Harper; Renato Labi; Caroline Park; Kate Brett


Les références

‘Hughes Fowler Carruthers have an exceptionally strong team.’

‘Frances Hughes is the go-to solicitor for complex financial disputes. She knows how to win.’

‘Renato Labi is an exceptional lawyer – always two steps ahead of his opponent.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting in Potanin v Potanina, an international divorce with extremely high financial stakes (USD 20 billion), which has garnered significant media attention due to the oligarch status of the husband.
  • Acting in a reported case for leave to remove concerning the UK-based children a mother from a leading Brazilian entrepreneurial family and a French father, with many highly sensitive and complex issues.
  • Enforcing an award made in the High Court against a husband who has left the jurisdiction to Morocco and France – a very complex, multijurisdictional and high value matter (USD 20 million), with extensive cross-border elements.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Barbara Reeves heads the ‘polished’ family law team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which benefits from ‘having access to the full resources of the firm.’ It is routinely instructed by high-profile, high-net-worth clients and has successfully litigated matrimonial finance cases across all levels of tribunals, including precedent-setting cases in the Supreme Court and Privy Council. The ‘amazingly intelligentSandra Davis is a keen advocate for the voices of children and young people throughout the divorce and separation process. Claire Yorke and Kate Clark have both been described as ‘fast-thinking, hardworking, formidable opponents’. Clark leads the firm’s group specialising in children cases involving parental alienation, while Yorke advises international and domestic ultra-high-net-worth clients on the financial implications of relationship breakdown. The team ‘as a whole displays a fearsome level of talent and tenacity’ with other key members including Clare Radcliffe and Antonia Felix. Melissa Lesson heads up the Firm’s French Group, and newly-promoted partner James Rees has been praised as a ‘gifted new partner to be watched’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Barbara Reeves


Autres avocats clés:

Sandra Davis; Kate Clark; Claire Yorke; Clare Radcliffe; Antonia Felix; Robert Hines; James Rees; Alice Mantle; Melissa Lesson


Les références

‘Extremely well resourced, high profile and involved in some of the industry’s biggest cases. The team is the number one family law team in London. They are simply the very best. They are able to put together the very best team most suited to each individual client – it is a massive plus.’

‘Sandra Davis remains one of, if not the, best family law solicitor in London. She is intelligent and no one has a bad word to say about her. She is kind, sensitive and compassionate. You could not ask for more in a solicitor. Every word of advice is spot on and she gives her clients immediate reassurances.’

‘Barbara Reeves is brilliant. She is a fabulous lawyer. She is quick witted and destroys her opponents with charm. She gets the best possible results for her clients and knows how to fight when needed.’

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

The strength and prestige of the Payne Hicks Beach LLP team is peerless’. It is led by Rebecca Cockcroft, whose ‘forensic approach to cases is extremely effective, and she always goes the extra mile for clients’. The lawyers are at the ‘top of their game’ with ‘strength and depth across the board and are involved in some of the biggest cases’. Baroness Fiona Shackleton is praised for her ‘extraordinary judgment and tactical acumen’ and has been described as ‘the doyenne of ultra-high-net-worth financial remedies work’. The practice is highly regarded for its considerable expertise in handling both high-net-worth financial remedies and children law matters, and the group is frequently instructed in high-profile cases that appear in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Philip McGuirk has a busy practice in post and pre-nuptial agreements, which often involve a cross-jurisdictional element. Ben Parry-Smith covers all aspects of financial remedy work, while Sarah Williams is the head of the modern family law practice and Simon Beccle has extensive experience of dealing with complex financial cases. Other highly regarded members of the department include Matthew Booth, Nick Manners, Katie Parkes, and Catherine Costley. Joshua Moger was recently promoted to the partnership, and senior associate Amy Barrow joined the practice from Dawson Cornwell LLP in April 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rebecca Cockcroft


Autres avocats clés:

Baroness Fiona Shackleton; Simon Beccle; Philip McGuirk; Matthew Booth; Nick Manners; Ben Parry-Smith; Sarah Williams; Joshua Moger; Katie Parkes; Amy Barrow; Luke Scarratt; Camellia Buckmaster; Victoria Hingston; Catherine Costley; Orlaith Devereaux; Laura Hallahan; Isabella Savill; Alex Curran


Les références

‘The team at PHB is simply fantastic. They are a varied group of talented lawyers who work to their strengths, delegate well and provide a very high-quality service to their clients. They are a well-resourced, intelligent, compassionate and thoughtful group of lawyers.’

‘Fiona Shackleton is an exceptional practitioner. There is nothing Fiona does not know about family work. She has extraordinary judgment and tactical acumen. She is extremely personable, astute and totally dedicated to her cases; she knows the case inside out.’

‘Joshua Moger is fantastic. He is tactically astute, intelligent and gives robust advice. He is not overly reliant on counsel, which makes working for him a joy.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Jointly chaired by Anna Worwood and James Stewart, the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has been praised as the ‘best family law team in London and beyond’. It is well-regarded for its international family law capabilities and the group routinely advises on mandates involving choice of jurisdiction, child relocation, child abduction, and cross-border enforcements. Elizabeth Carson drives the team’s US offering, focusing on the needs of high-net-worth individuals with a US connection. Rebecca Carlyon is highly experienced in drafting post and pre-nuptial agreements, both domestic and international, and in resolving issues between unmarried couples. Amanda Andrews is sought after for her work on high-value matrimonial finance and complex children cases. Tammy Knox has an excellent reputation for her work with high-net-worth individuals in private law children proceedings, and other notable members of the ‘incredible team‘ include Jane Craig, Linzi Bull, who acts for many high-net-worth members of the LGBTIQA+ community, and Amy Fox, who was recently promoted to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Worwood; James Stewart


Autres avocats clés:

Jane Craig; Amanda Andrews; Rebecca Carlyon; Elizabeth Carson; Tammy Knox; Amy Fox; Hannah Hayward; Linzi Bull;Lee Henderson


Les références

‘PMC have a first-class family department headed by the unique James Stewart. He is their rain maker. They are also notable for the high level of associates they attract who are unbeatable.’

‘I have been very impressed by Anna Worwood and by James Stewart. There are a number of brilliant junior partners as well as real strength and depth across the team of associates. I’m seriously impressed.’

‘This is the best family law team in London. The firm also has a strong private client offering allowing it to draw on other legal disciplines where necessary to serve their divorcing and family team clients.’

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP ‘floats above the stratosphere of the family law world with the largest collection of the highest altitude talent in the sphere’. The group led by Stephen Foster, who is praised for his ‘stellar client management skills’ and for his ability ‘to think incisively’. The bulk of its cases concern large volumes of money, with a large percentage of them involving assets in excess of £500m. Its reported cases frequently have a widespread impact on family law. Debbie Chism has an excellent matrimonial finance practice, while Emma Hatley specialises in complex family cases for high-net-worth individuals, usually with an international dimension. Richard Hogwood is highly recommended for his work on cases involving intricate trust and tax issues, as well as post and pre-nuptial agreements. Helen Ward is highly recommended, and Toby Atkinson has advised on some of the firm’s most significant international cases, often relating to jurisdictional disputes. It has ‘outstanding talent at all levels’, and other recommended individuals include Matthew Humphries, Carly Kinch, and Lewis Powers. Recent team developments include Lisette Dupré joining the practice from Dawson Cornwell LLP and Voirrey Ward’s recent promotion to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Foster


Autres avocats clés:

Helen Ward; Debbie Chism; Richard Hogwood; Emma Hatley; Carly Kinch; Lewis Powers; Toby Atkinson; Lucy Stewart-Gould; Matthew Humphries; Voirrey Ward; Charlotte Sanders; Lisette Dupré; Sam Longworth; Lucy Stewart-Gould


Les références

‘Best in London by a mile for me. They have strength in depth, are composed and highly efficient. Clients and judges adore them and they are a dream to work with.’

‘Probably the best family law team in London and the UK with no weak links. From its partners to the paralegals, the quality of their members is first rate.’

‘Sam Longworth is a very good leader; he is responsive and supportive and gives very sound advice that is realistically orientated. Lucy Stewart-Gould is outstanding, diligent and extremely hard working. Always responsive and works quickly.’

Withers LLP

At the helm of the family law team at Withers LLP is the ‘exceptionalSuzanne Todd, and the lawyers in the group are ‘all intellectually very strong, thoughtful and highly committed’. Another key figure is Diana Parker, who is praised by one client as ‘probably the most cerebral and finest technical and commercial lawyer of her generation doing family work’. Its superb international offering means that it is skilled at handling complicated multi-jurisdictional cases. At this ‘truly global firm’, Claire Blakemore expertly covers complex financial claims and highly complex children-related disputes. Michael Gouriet has a wide ranging divorce finance, pre-nupital, and child law caseload. Katharine Landells has a proven track record in dealing with the most financially and emotionally complex of cases. Julian Lipson is skilled at handling cases with an international dimension, often involving tax and trust implications, and substantial assets or incomes. The talented Brett Frankle receives a steady flow of instructions concerning contentious divorce proceedings for high-net-worth clients, often with multi-jurisdictional issues. Other names of note include Laura WinterbottomJennifer DicksonAlexander BreedonSarfraz Ali, and Adele Pledger.

Responsables de la pratique:

Suzanne Todd


Autres avocats clés:

Julian Lipson; Diana Parker; Claire Blakemore; Brett Frankle; Michael Gouriet; Katharine Landells; Laura Winterbottom; Jennifer Dickson; Alexander Breedon; Sarfraz Ali; Paulina Sandler; Adele Pledger


Les références

‘Suzanne Todd is the head of department; a commanding yet friendly presence who delivers excellent results and is guaranteed to give parties the greatest possible level of reassurance. She is a strategic thinker, measured, affable and persuasive.’

‘One of the best family teams in the country.’

‘Claire Blakemore is outstanding. She is highly strategic, thoughtful and her professional advice rivals that of the best family KCs.’

Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP

Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP is a boutique firm that ‘secures big cases, interesting clients and they are unmatched in their specialised field of financial remedy work’. Sara Hannell heads the group that tackles complex children work, high-value divorce cases, and prenuptial agreements, and she frequently handles pre and post-nuptial agreements. The practice is also notable for housing four partners who are Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. It is also recognised for its expertise in protecting the reputation of its clients who are in the public eye. Tom Amlot is highly regarded for his work on high-value and complex asset cases, while William Healing is well-known for his large European and international practice, with a particular focuses on cases with a French element. Katie Longmate handles a wide range of international and domestic cases and has expertise in child relocation work. Magnus Mill is another seasoned practitioner in the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sara Hannell


Autres avocats clés:

Tom Amlot; William Healing; Katie Longmate; Emma Harte; Magnus Mills; Lucy Brown


Les références

‘The team is one of the leading family law firms in London with a huge level of talent in the department and a dedication to client care that goes above and beyond. Lawyers combine realistic advice with the ability to fight their client’s corner hard.’

‘Tom Amlot is an excellent lawyer who offers his clients a combination of first-class legal and practical knowledge, realism and tenacity. Clients love him.’

‘Hugely experienced, professional and capable. Lots of top-drawer individuals. William Healing thinks deeply and critically about cases like nobody else. He is completely on top of what his clients want and what they need and is creative and tactical when approaching how to achieve that.’

Principaux clients

Walid Abu-Zalaf


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for Mr Walid Abu-Zalaf in the High Court in the successful defence of his wife’s claims that, despite a first divorce decree, he had an enduring marriage.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Emily Brand leads an excellent team at Boodle Hatfield LLP, which ‘combines blue-sky thinking with sound commercial knowledge‘. It is frequently instructed to advise on a sizeable number of ultra-high-value instructions, many of which have significant multi-jurisdictional components. James Ferguson is highly experienced at handling complex divorces and high-value matrimonial financial disputes. Katie O’Callaghan also specialises in assisting wealthy clients with financially complicated divorces. Harriet Errington has led on a number of substantial family matters for a mixture of UK and international clients, while Alexandra Hirst represents clients on cases with complex asset structures and offshore elements. Senior associate Katie Male is also impressive.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emily Brand


Autres avocats clés:

James Ferguson; Harriet Errington; Katie O’Callaghan; Alexandra Hirst; Katie Male


Les références

‘Whilst having a traditional, old-school reputation, Boodle Hatfield have really moved with the times and now have a vibrant, innovative team that has really made a huge impression in the field of matrimonial law.’

‘Great team led by Emily Brand, who recently took over from James Ferguson. Both lead by example. Harriet Errington and Katie O’Callaghan have swiftly moved up the ranks and the future of the family department is very much in safe hands. Alexandra Hirst and Katie Male are both recommended.’ 

‘The Boodle Hatfield team delivers high-quality work whilst running a tight ship. It is a small team which means that clients feel like they receive a very personal and bespoke service. Alexandra Hirst is on top of the papers and gives practical, good advice.’

Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP ‘has a stellar reputation as a top-flight firm catering for high-net-worth clients’. It is ably led by Joanne Edwards, who is praised as ‘one of the standout family lawyers of her generation’. The practice excels in high-value and international nuptial agreements, complex cross-border child arrangements, and financial cases. Another core area of expertise lies in court-based litigation for high-profile and high-net-worth clients. Rosie Schumm boasts a busy caseload of complex litigation for families with significant wealth, and Simon Blain has a particular strength in financial cases, which often involve trusts, family businesses, and assets in more than one jurisdiction. Counsel Amanda Sandys is also well regarded, and Dickon Ceadel was recently promoted to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanne Edwards


Autres avocats clés:

Rosie Schumm; Simon Blain; Dickon Ceadel; Amanda Sandys; Tim Evans; Guy Mawson; Anna Ferster


Les références

‘Joanne Edwards is one of the standout family lawyers of her generation. Her emotional intelligence and compassion for her clients is amazing.’

‘The team at Forsters is a heavyweight within financial remedies work. It has the brain power and resources to navigate the biggest cases with efficiency and success.’

‘Rosie Schumm is excellent. She has excellent knowledge of the law and offers stalwart support to her clients from an emotional perspective as well as a legal one. She is able to give hard advice in a way that allows the client to absorb it and understand it. She is a joy to work with.’

Freemans Solicitors

At Freemans Solicitors, practice head Nina Hansen and Laura Coyle are praised as ‘the Rolls-Royce of family law’ as ‘there is no competition for complex international cases or difficult care cases’. The group is best known for its specialism children law matters, with a strong reputation in international cases. The group has a wide variety of clients, from vulnerable or dispossessed individuals, to high-net-worth families. It often represents parents and children in Hague Convention matters, wardship mandates, and child arrangements, including relocations. Mark Kosmin is also recommended, and Andriana Syrimis was recently promoted to the partnership. Hilka Hollmann joined Dawson Cornwell LLP in February 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nina Hansen


Autres avocats clés:

Laura Coyle; Andriana Syrimis; Gulizar Candemir; Sophie Lambert; Georgina Stavrou; Mark Kosmin; Claire Leslie


Les références

‘There are so many reasons why Freemans is a top choice for family law. The team has an incredible wealth of talent, and they are able to deal with all possible types of family case. They are one of the best family teams around. They are highly respected by their peers and by judges.’

‘Nina Hansen is extremely experienced in both public and private law work; this has advantages in relation to some cases with cross over of work within children’s proceedings in particular. She is tenacious.’

‘Laura Coyle has an amazing ability to efficiently juggle and remain fully on top of a very large and demanding case load. She never drops the ball or misses a detail and is always one step ahead of the other parties. Her knowledge of the law is stunning and she will often use it to provide shrewd and imaginative solutions in cases.’

Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray boasts an ‘outstanding’ family law team with lawyers that ‘are well respected and incredibly knowledgeable’. It has a solid reputation for its work in financial matters, private children mandates, and international issues that span adoption and fertility. It also garners praise for its extensive experience in modern family structures, public law matters, and domestic abuse cases. Peggy Ray specialises in complex cases concerning children, while Trudi Featherstone leads the divorce and matrimonial finance team. Jemma Dally is a partner in the adoption, surrogacy, and international child care department, and Tom Brownrigg is another key contact in the department. Kevin Skinner has substantial expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction cases, matrimonial proceedings, and care proceedings. Other names to note include Catriona AllanEmma Sherrington, and Janet Broadley.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peggy Ray; Trudi Featherstone; Jemma Dally; Kevin Skinner; Tom Brownrigg


Autres avocats clés:

Catriona Allan; Emma Sherrington; Janet Broadley; Ann Thompson


Les références

‘Emma Sherrington is extremely experienced and able. She can, and does, turn her hand to the whole range of children work, achieving outstanding outcomes for a variety of clients. Very highly recommended.’

‘What stands out is the strong leadership of Peggy Ray and the coherence of the family team. It always feels that behind the instruction of each solicitor, you are getting the Rolls-Royce service of the whole team. Their breadth of practice is second-to-none.’

‘Peggy Ray really is a pioneer when it comes to justice in family law. I am always utterly impressed by the kind of actions she is taking, not just on a case-by-case basis, but on matters of policy and trying to change the way the family legal system works at a government level.’

Principaux clients

Reunite


Southall Black Sisters


Family Rights Group


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a respondent mother in child abduction proceedings.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP receives many plaudits for its ‘superb team’, which is led by Catherine Bedford‘the Boadicea of the family law world’ who ‘runs chariots through opponents’ defences’. The agile team covers both financial and children work, most often representing ultra-high-net-worth clients. It has substantial expertise in complex children cases involving issues of domestic abuse and coercive control, as well as parental alienation. Nicholas Westley has particular expertise in nuptial and cohabitation agreements, while Mark Irving garners praise for his ‘combination of brains and humanity’. In team news, Lidia Cantele and Alex Ward were promoted to the partnership in June 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Catherine Bedford


Autres avocats clés:

Nicholas Westley; Mark Irving; Lidia Cantele; Naomi Myatt; Alex Ward; Eleanor Haidon; Xander Drury; Daisy Minns Shearer; Emma Williams; Polly Broad


Les références

‘I trust Mark Irving completely and felt that he was on my side, and Naomi was very thorough and sensible and didn’t beat around the bush. She gave good advice and listened to my concerns. Both Naomi and Mark worked above and beyond to get me a result.’

‘Catherine Bedford inspires real loyalty, attracts the best talent, and retains it. She is a great rainmaker and creates strong personal relationships with the wealthiest and (sometimes) most demanding of client. Her trademark is ‘tell it like it is, and they will appreciate it.’ Mark Irving is so clever and so dedicated.’

‘A stellar team who are very highly regarded and deal with the most complex cases. They can walk a client through stormy waters with ease and are a very united group who all offer something unique, whether it be client skills, preparation of documents or unravelling a legal problem. They are all over everything.’

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP has ‘outstanding partners and associates who all bring a down-to-earth approach underpinned by excellent legal knowledge and careful strategic thinking’ to a range of family law cases. It frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals on the full range of private family law matters. Practice head Henry Hood is skilled at handling high-value financial remedy divorce cases, which often involve cross-border elements and complex trust structures. Richard Kershaw specialises in family law and contentious work arising from relationship generated trusts and Inheritance Act disputes. Joining from Bindmans LLP in September 2022, Olivia Piercy has a broad practice encompassing the finances of divorce and separation agreements and arrangements for children, as well as surrogacy and fertility law issues. Amy Scollan is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Hood


Autres avocats clés:

Richard Kershaw; Olivia Piercy; Amy Scollan; Eri Horrocks; Jo Carr-West; Mark Stiebel


Les références

‘Hunters Law LLP family department provide the best value for money regarding high-net-worth legal advice in London. Their client care is unsurpassed and the attention to detail and achieving their client’s goals is second-to-none. In short, they are extremely impressive.’

‘Richard Kershaw is immensely able in every respect. He is one of the best family lawyers currently practising. Henry Hood is a huge rainmaker for the firm and rightly so. His reputation and the awards he has won are testament to his ability and gravitas. Eri Horrocks is also immensely able.’

‘Olivia Piercy is ferociously intelligent but blends this with a calm and reassuring bedside manner.’

Kingsley Napley LLP

The ‘phenomenal’ Charlotte Bradley heads the family law department at Kingsley Napley LLP, which hosts ‘a constellation of brilliant lawyers who are at the top of their game and well-respected in the profession’. Praised for representing its clients with ‘passion and panache’, it offers the full package, with expertise in children and finance work. The practice frequently represents many high-net-worth and high-profile clients. Jane Keir is a divorce specialist with an international finance practice, and Sital Fontenelle is well-regarded for her significant experience in complex divorce proceedings, including cases with jurisdictional issues, off-shore trusts, business assets, and inherited wealth. There are many other talented members of the department, such as Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Rachel Freeman, and Abby Buckland. Another highlight is Stacey Nevin’s promotion to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charlotte Bradley


Autres avocats clés:

Jane Keir; Sital Fontenelle; Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Rachel Freeman; Stacey Nevin; Will MacFarlane; Abby Buckland; Olivia Stiles; Rachel Cooper


Les références

‘The Kingsley Napley family department has the strongest offering of talent of any family department in London, from top to bottom. Its best feature is its strength in depth, as the senior partners down to the most junior paralegals are all equally brilliant.’

‘Charlotte Bradley she is widely respected for her sound judgement and ability to predict the outcome of a case, while Connie Atkinson is exceptionally able with a brilliant ability to read the unsaid issues in a case. She knows when to fight and when to settle, and how best to do both.’

‘Olivia Stiles has superb client care and is really bright. Sital Fontenelle has excellent judgment and super strategic instincts. Will MacFarlane has terrific client care and is a great team player. He can bring the best out in others.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for a respondent mother in an application brought by her ex-civil partner regarding parentage and jurisdiction issues.

Levison Meltzer Pigott

Levison Meltzer Pigott is a boutique law firm with an experienced team that ‘brings the experience from the top names in the industry coupled with the dynamism of the younger partners’. Simon Pigott heads the offering that advises on all areas of family law, including divorce and separation, financial remedies, Schedule 1 cases, co-habitation matters, and paternity disputes. The agile department also handles private law children work. The ‘perfect boutique practice specialises in high-net-worth cases and brings to these cases the professionalism of a magic circle firm’, and it regularly acts in cases where there are hidden assets and complex trust structures. The ‘legendaryJeremy Levison and Alison Hayes are both recommended, and Kate Stovold and Benjamin Stowe also garner considerable praise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Pigott


Autres avocats clés:

Jeremy Levison; Alison Hayes; Kate Stovold; Benjamin Stowe; Natasha Methven; Lucy Hoare


Les références

‘LMP have established themselves as the foremost boutique matrimonial practice in London. They are notable for the high level of service they provide and they offer exceptional value for money. Simon Pigott is a man of the highest integrity and is a formidable litigator. He is highly regarded.’

‘Kate Stovold is an excellent lawyer. She is sympathetic, sensitive and committed to her clients, but realistic and strategic in her advice. Her organisation and preparation are excellent, her advice is always on point, and her dedication to reaching a good outcome for her clients is unparalleled.’

‘Jeremy Levison is a legend in the industry and remains one of the best, toughest, and most experienced solicitors in the country.’

Miles & Partners LLP

Kate Hammond  and Amanda Dench lead an ‘excellent, well-prepared, pragmatic, and accessible’ team at Miles & Partners LLP. The lawyers are ‘particularly adept at supporting vulnerable clients, including children, young parents, and parents with mental health and cognitive difficulties’. The versatile practice handles a broad spectrum of issues, from complex children proceedings, including care proceedings, to issues of child abduction, forced marriage, and genital mutilation. Other areas of expertise include advising on pre-nuptial agreements and complicated TOLATA applications. Gemma Hodder and Harriet Brame are also key members of this ‘excellent, modern, forward-thinking team that works collaboratively’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kate Hammond; Amanda Dench


Autres avocats clés:

Gemma Hodder; Harriet Brame; Linda Pope; Lorraine Green; Mary Richardson; Dee Aktar


Les références

‘Amanda Dench and Linda Pope are very helpful, very prompt on meeting deadlines for papers arriving, and their communication is also clear and transparent.’

‘I have found working with Lorraine Green and Gemma Hodder in particular a real pleasure. Their commitment and diligence is second-to-none and their representation of vulnerable children and young people is exemplary.’

Kate Hammond is the solicitor you would want to have with you in the most difficult of circumstances. She has great attention to detail, but also attention to the human experience, which makes her an all-round first choice.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Defended a mother successfully in proceedings regarding an accusation of fabricating or inducing illness in her six-year-old child who was diagnosed with type-I diabetes.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s family law department is home to ‘some excellent names that really stand out’ and it is praised for its ‘truly national reputation for excellence in all areas of family law’. The group has a wealth of experience in the full spectrum of family law issues for its predominantly wealthy client base. The ‘dynamic’ Joanna Grandfield is frequently instructed to advise individuals, family offices, and trustees on wealth protection through pre and post-nuptial agreements, while Zoe Fleetwood, who has a ‘great deal of integrity’, sit at the helm of the firm’s national children team. Consultant Suzanne Kingston is another key figure, and Colin Rogerson joined the group from Clyde & Co in September 2022, bolstering the practice’s surrogacy and assisted reproduction offering. Tim Whitney was recently promoted to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Grandfield; Zoe Fleetwood


Autres avocats clés:

Suzanne Kingston; Colin Rogerson; Tim Whitney; David Hickmott; Amy Starnes; Caitlin Jenkins


Les références

‘One of the best teams in the country. Tim Whitney is a standout member of the team. He is thorough, thoughtful and builds a wonderful relationship with clients, calmly guiding them though difficult proceedings. Tim is unflappable and a great strategist and tactician.’

‘Zoe Fleetwood is just excellent. She is careful and patient with clients and able to deliver difficult advice to move a case forward. Her preparation is outstanding and her ability to lead a team means that large and complex cases are safe in her hands’.

‘Colin Rogerson is head of fertility law. Any client looking to have a good legal experience in a case involving disputes of legal parenthood or international surrogacy should work with Colin.’

Newton Kearns LLP

At Newton Kearns LLP, the team is ‘really vibrant and has great depth’ with a ‘formidable mixture of experience and ability’. The group has a particular focus on the resolution of complex and high-value financial disputes arising from separation or divorce proceedings, as well as advising on substantial pre and post-nuptial agreements. The practice also specialises in assisting clients with the provision of financial support for children following the breakdown of cohabiting relationships. In addition, it undertakes standalone private children law work. Other excellent practitioners include Frances Petterson, Ali Granville, and qualified mediator Victoria Francis.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Newton; Patrick Kearns


Autres avocats clés:

Frances Petterson; Ali Granville; Victoria Francis


Les références

‘Patrick Kearns is a brilliant lawyer. He reads a case very well and can see with a Nostradamus-like foresight where the case is going. He mixes that foresight with a razor-sharp practical edge delivered with a light touch. If family law has artists, he is one of the most prominent.’

‘Ali Granville is well on the way to being a huge star in the family law world. She is unbelievably user friendly for both counsel and clients which makes her extremely popular. She is also very good on the detail. The combination makes her an incredibly valuable member of any litigation team.’

‘The whole team is superb. Patrick Kearns has superb judgement and clients love him. Victoria Francis is extremely effective.’

Osbornes

Osbornes has incredible strength in depth across every area of family law, from public law children and child abduction proceedings, through to adoption and surrogacy, and private client work’. Areas of expertise for the group span from unravelling complicated trusts and handling pre-acquired wealth, to Children Act proceedings and advising on the financial provision for children. Mark FreedmanLisa Pepper, newly promoted partner Maria Kitsiou, and Lauren Hall, who joined the firm from Russell-Cooke LLP in April 2023, all jointly head the department. The practice has considerable strength in adoption and fertility matters through the highly regarded Naomi Angell. Joanne Wescott frequently handles complex and high-profile cases, while associate Diana Bastow has a broad range of experience in financial disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Freedman; Lisa Pepper; Maria Kitsiou; Lauren Hall


Autres avocats clés:

Joanne Westcott; Diana Bastow; Jonathan Jonas; Naomi Angell; Andrew Watson; Simone McGrath; Bridget Thompson; Lauren Hall; Tom Trim; Claire Andrews


Les références

‘Maria Kitsiou is an excellent solicitor; she is extremely bright, but also kind and diligent to clients with vulnerabilities.’

‘Osbornes has one of the strongest family law teams in the business with a very wide range of experience and seniority, from some of the biggest names in family law like Naomi Angell, to the some very talented newly qualified members of the team. They are uniquely placed to cater for every avenue of family legal difficulty, whether financial or children.’

‘Mark Freedman is something of a visionary when it comes to his experiences with high-net-worth divorces; a strategist who considers case theory from the beginning and maps the path to settlement. He is the perfect cocktail of wit, experience and intelligence’.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for a client in a case regarding covid-19 vaccinations in private law proceedings.
  • Acting for a client in a long running child abduction case involving the return of a child to Ukraine.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP ‘is extremely well led' and provides a ‘golden circle service’. It has a broad range of specialisms and advises on a diverse range of matters, such as nuptial agreements, cohabitation issues, international mandates, and complex children issues. Other fields of expertise include assisting clients with fertility law, surrogacy, and adoption, as well as LGBTQ+ family law advice. James Carroll, Kate Hamilton , Fiona Read, and Sarah Richardson are ‘hugely experienced’ and have an 'uncanny ability to see around corners’. Hannah Minty, Hannah Field, Samantha Little, and Miranda Green produce work that is ‘consistently of an excellent standard’. Jemma Pollock has been promoted to the partnership, and Jade Quirke ‘knows everything there is to know on any complicated area of fertility law’.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Carroll; Kate Hamilton; Jemma Pollock; Fiona Read; Hannah Minty; Hannah Field; Miranda Green; Samantha Little; Sarah Richardson


Autres avocats clés:

Jade Quirke; Imogen Nolan; Jasmin Talai; James Sandiford; Richard Shaw


Les références

‘Samantha Little is a standout solicitor within the firm, and within family law as a whole. She deals with extremely complex cases and is always able to get to grips with very complex medical evidence quickly. She is also regularly sought after.’

‘Jade Quirke is a leader in the field of surrogacy. She gives an enormous amount of thought to her cases and is highly experienced. She has a very supportive approach to her clients alongside superb technical skills.’

‘Imogen Nolan, Fiona Read and Hannah Field all excellent.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Advised the British parents of an adult child born via gestational surrogacy in California in the 1990s on obtaining a parental order.
  • Advised multiple members of an international ultra-high-net-worth family on family law matters, relationship planning, and wealth protection.
  • Advised a wife on divorce and financial remedy claims against an ultra-high-net-worth international businessman who had set up a complex structure of companies and trusts in order to protect his wealth.

The International Family Law Group LLP

The International Family Law Group LLP has a ‘stellar team’ with ‘stellar knowledge of international family matters and stellar client care’. It looks after international families, as well as families living in England and Wales, on all aspects of relationship breakdown and children matters. Managing partner Lucy Loizou handles complex financial cases and has particular expertise in dealing with trust and corporate assets. Many of Lucy Greenwood’s cases have an international element, while Michael Allum specialises in all financial issues that arise from relationship breakdowns. Helen Blackburn is a renowned cross-border child law specialist. David Hodson OBE KC(Hons) MCIArb is held in high esteem and James Netto is skilled at handling all areas of child law. Sarah Cornes joined the team from TWM Solicitors LLP at the start of 2023, and Rosa Schofield joined from Family Law Partners in October 2023.

Autres avocats clés:

David Hodson OBE; Helen Blackburn; James Netto; Lucy Loizou; Ann Thomas; Michael Allum; Lucy Greenwood; Sarah Cornes; Rosa Schofield


Les références

‘Ann Thomas and David Hodson are experienced, hugely respected and brave for their clients. Lucy Loizou has been a trailblazer and risen through the ranks. Michael Allum, Lucy Greenwood, Helen Blackburn, and Sarah Cornes have decades of experience between them. They are hardworking but personable and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Lucy Loizou is incredibly impressive. I always felt that I had the best possible advocate in my corner and trusted her implicitly. She listened to me and took my input into account, and together I believe we achieved the right outcome.’

‘Ann Thomas is an exceptional individual. She has personally overseen my case from the start and it is not an exaggeration to say that we achieved an outcome that has given me my life back.’

Vardags

Led by Ayesha Vardag, Vardags ‘houses a lot of great lawyers’ and the family law team is praised as ‘very commercially astute with a strong financial remedies practice’. It specialises in complex international litigation cases for its predominantly ultra-high-net-worth client base. Simon McKirgan remains a leading international divorce lawyer who regularly acts in some of the most significant cases, while Caroline Korah is the new head of the children department. Key changes to the team include the addition of David Lister from Rayden Solicitors in July 2023, and Antonia Barker‘s elevation to the partnership in January 2023. Former practice head Georgina Hamblin has set up her own practice, and Katherine Res Pritchard joined Howard Kennedy LLP at the start of 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ayesha Vardag


Autres avocats clés:

Simon McKirgan; Antonia Barker; Caroline Korah; Aisling O’Reilly; Charlotte Purves; David Lister


Les références

‘Ayesha Vardag’s tactical skills are well-known within the field. She is supported by an excellent team, which includes Caroline Korah. Both very responsive and dedicated to their clients.’

‘Ayesha Vardag takes each case very seriously and considerable care is taken. Simon McKirgan is brilliant, particularly for cases with a corporate dimension.’

‘From the outset of the initial call, Caroline Korah gave me a supreme sense of calm and confidence regarding my case. Caroline guided my case with deep care and attention and, most importantly, detail, so that the courts had a clear picture of what actually transpired and were equipped to make a fair judgement.’

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP has an ‘enormously talented group of individuals of all seniorities’. The family law department is ably co-led by Kim Beatson and Sarah Hughes, and the group frequently handles complex, high-value financial matters. Additionally, the practice has an excellent reputation for its work on complex Children Act cases. Other areas of focus for the team include advising on Schedule 1 and TOLATA cases and on pre and post-nuptial agreements. David Emmerson is also a well-regarded team member. Nazia Rashid has left the practice to join Rayden Solicitors in September 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kim Beatson; Sarah Hughes


Autres avocats clés:

David Emmerson; Ruth Omoregie; Fiona Lyon


Les références

‘David Emmerson offers excellent advice coupled with a perfect bedside manner for those who want to separate without fuss or drama. In more contentious cases he will withstand the most heated of disputes for his clients, and can be trusted to navigate any storm.’

‘David Emmerson and Kim Beatson’s breadth of knowledge is extraordinary. They are supported in particular by Fiona Lyon, Ruth Omoregie.’

‘Absolutely at the top of their game year in year out. Partners Kim Beatson and David Emmerson lead the way in their solution focussed approach offering the full range of services, including legal advice, representation in court, mediation, collaborative practice, and early neutral evaluation.’

Bindmans LLP

Alison Leivesley heads the team at Bindmans LLP and she ‘brings a wealth of experience and care to her work, maintaining the Bindmans tradition of excellence’. It is recognised for its work on cross-border family law disputes, as well as for handling public law children cases. The practice attracts an interesting mix of divorce work, high-value and middle income financial remedies cases, TOLATA matters, and Schedule 1 cases. Maud Davis is well-regarded for her work as a children’s solicitor, and Melissa Arnold is another key figure. Olivia Piercy is now at Hunters Law LLP in July 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alison Leivesley


Autres avocats clés:

Maud Davis; Michaela Michelides; Maeve Lucey; Melissa Arnold; Hannah Marshall; Annie Leach; Megan Rothman


Les références

‘Alison Leivesley has amazing dedication to clients and cases and she is unflappable. Clients get the Bindmans Rolls-Royce service.’

‘Melissa Arnold is brilliant; she has excellent client management skills and sound strategic instincts. Her preparation work is excellent, so her cases are always a pleasure to deal with. Maeve Lucey is also brilliant and has been an excellent addition to the team.’

‘Nothing is ever too much trouble and the quality of their work is consistently very high. I particularly wish to pay tribute to Alison Lievesley and Megan Rothman. Alison is very experienced and has great insight, and nothing is ever too much trouble for Megan, and her clients recognise that very quickly.’

Bross Bennett

There’s an enormous pool of knowledge and experience that clients can draw on’ at Bross Bennett. Under the joint leadership of Sharon Bennett and Ruth Bross, it covers the full range of family law issues, from complex financial disputes and nuptial agreements, to complex problems regarding children and co-habitation agreements. It is also praised for operating on a ‘collegiate basis’. Anna Wagstaff is highly experienced in dealing with complex financial disputes that often have an international dimension, as well as challenging children cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sharon Bennett; Ruth Bross


Autres avocats clés:

Anna Wagstaff; Vicky Briam; Eleanor Hoare; Simon Lim; Jamie Gaw; Adam Witkover


Les références

‘Vicky Briam is excellent, sensible, pragmatic, available and realistic as to outcomes. She outclasses the other side at every single meeting, hearing and in all correspondences. She would keep me in check and address all of my concerns whilst protecting me from making emotional decisions. I have recommended Vicky to a number of friends and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing help with such matters.’

‘Sharon Bennett is an exceptional practitioner.’

‘Eleanor Hoare made me feel supported, heard and understood as she accompanied me through a very complex case. Her gentle, empathetic, and efficient style has been perfectly pitched. I felt safe in her confident knowledge of the legal system and her thoroughness.’

Burges Salmon LLP

At Burges Salmon LLPclients are impressed by 'the cohesion of the team under the impeccable leadership of Sarah Hoskinson’. The family law group is best known for its work on complex financial settlements following relationship breakdowns and divorce proceedings. The nimble team frequently handles very high-value cases nationally and internationally, and its work is focused on complex financial settlements and asset restructuring for wealthy individuals. Richard Handel is a key member of the London offering and he advises clients on arrangements for children, as well as on complicated financial arrangements which often have international elements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Hoskinson


Autres avocats clés:

Richard Handel; Hannah Petherick; Mary Gaskins; Alison Hawes; Hebe Thorne


Les références

‘Sarah Hoskinson is more than a match for any other top tier solicitor in London, as well as the dynamic leader of the firm’s peerless operation in the South West.’

‘Burges Salmon is a national firm with particularly strong roots in London and Bristol, and the quality of the individuals is high.’

‘Richard Handel is an excellent black-letter lawyer with exceptional technical skills and judgment.’

Burgess Mee Family Law

Burgess Mee Family Law is a ‘boutique family law firm’ that ‘continues to grow from strength to strength’. Under the excellent leadership of Antonia Mee and Peter Burgess, the ‘tremendous’ team receives a steady flow of instructions on high-value and complex financial cases, as well as having an excellent children’s law practice. Natalie Sutherland has a niche offering in surrogacy and fertility law, and the group’s modern family practice advises intended parents on parental orders following domestic and international surrogacy. David Lillywhite has a busy practice as a mediator.

Responsables de la pratique:

Antonia Mee; Peter Burgess


Autres avocats clés:

David Lillywhite; Natalie Sutherland; Kirsty Morris; Henrietta Thomas; Olive Gathoni; Sarah Bunn


Les références

‘Peter Burgess is an exceptional partner who always goes well beyond the call of duty in helping his clients. He has the patience of a saint and is particularly calming and reassuring when dealing with fraught situations. His billing is particularly sensible and he is always accessible when needed.’

‘I worked with Henrietta Thomas who was always able to efficiently answer my questions so I felt I wasn’t ever wasting money and I always got a solution quickly.’

‘Peter Burgess is excellent, calm, thoughtful and empathic. He was always a calm voice of reason given how challenging my divorce process was.’

Principaux clients

Angela Jilina


 


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for the clients in a case regarding catastrophic injury and the collection and storage of sperm.
  • Acting for husband located in Abu Dhabi in contested divorce proceedings.
  • Advised a client on an application made to the High Court to rescind Decree Nisi pronounced in December 2013 on the basis that the parties had reconciled in late 2014.

Clintons

Led by Liz Vernon, Clintons regularly acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The team frequently represents some of the most well-known individuals in the sport, entertainment, and business industries. Vernon is recognised for her work on many complex and high-value financial remedy cases, as well as disputes relating to children. Daniel Chalmers has a solid reputation for his work in matrimonial finance matters and Schedule 1 Children Act cases. Dom Christophers left the firm in July 2024, and is now at Ribet Myles.

Responsables de la pratique:

Liz Vernon


Autres avocats clés:

Daniel Chalmers; Dom Christophers


Hanne & Co

The individuals at Hanne & Coare talented and dedicated professionals who consistently go above and beyond to deliver exceptional results for their clients’. Spearheaded by Susan Harlow, Michele Brown, and Elizabeth Francis, it is particularly well versed in complex and challenging care cases and private financial proceedings. Other strengths of the practice lie in private children mandates and cross-jurisdictional disputes. Recent highlights for the team include its involvement in three reported cases and its advice on several high-profile and high-value cases. Associates Maisie Lockyer and Hazel Kent continue to develop strong surrogacy practices.

Responsables de la pratique:

Susan Harlow; Michele Brown; Elizabeth Francis


Autres avocats clés:

Elinor Feeny; Hazel Kent; Maisie Lockyer; Samantha Cook; Claire Gardner; Caroline Little; Anna Gowen; James Dunn


Les références

‘Elizabeth Francis has been unfailing in her support, advice, and clarity of decision-making throughout the whole process. She was calm and empathetic but very clear in what would be an appropriate approach.’

‘The standout partner is Susan Harlow, who delivers exceptional results for me with strong communication skills, and she a trusted advisor.’

‘Elinor Feeny is incredibly organised, diligent and focuses on the necessary detail. She is an impressive advocate who is quick to grasp the complexities of a case. Elinor is thorough, meticulous in her preparation and gives outstanding emotional support during very traumatic times in litigation.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for an applicant father in a non-convention case regarding an application for the summary return of two children to the UAE under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.
  • Acting for wife in a case concerning a missing sum of £8m and the husband’s forgery of bank statements.
  • Acting for an applicant father in a complex reported non-convention case regarding an appeal brought by the mother against the order for the summary return of two children to Dubai.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has ‘an A-list client-base that is going from strength to strength.’ Practice head Lois Langton is ‘one of the most dynamic and effective family lawyers in London today, with a celebrity client list’. Langton has particular expertise in complex financial remedy work, and the ‘bright and engagingKatherine Res Pritchard joined the practice from Vardags at the beginning of 2023; she is a ‘top addition’ to the team and advises on all aspects of domestic and international children law cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lois Langton


Autres avocats clés:

Katherine Res Pritchard; Jessica Rush; Olalla Garcia-Arreciado; Emma Green; Nina Lake; Jessie Smith


Les références

‘Lois Langton is an exceptional lawyer. She is a great leader of an excellent team. She gives her clients the best possible advice. I would always recommend her to all our people.’

‘Lois Langton leads from the front. She is a lawyer of the highest calibre with judgment to match. She has a five star practice which is a tribute to her formidable litigation skills.’

‘This firm are uniquely well-placed to advise clients in the media, sports, and entertainment industries, where their experience is second-to-none. A huge array of personality within the department explains why the clients are typically quite creative. Headed by Lois Langton, they are all stellar.’

Simons Muirhead Burton

At Simons Muirhead Burton, Jane McDonagh leads the family law department, which regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals who are often successful entrepreneurs or individuals in the media and entertainment industries. In addition, McDonagh has strong links with Middle Eastern countries, as well as Pakistan, Ukraine, and Switzerland. Tom Farley-Hills is experienced in high-value, complex financial issues arising from divorce and separation, which often involve overseas and offshore elements. Tessa Bray has a wealth of experience in drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jane McDonagh


Autres avocats clés:

Tom Farley-Hills; Tessa Bray


Les références

‘Tom Farley-Hills has excellent judgment and runs a fantastic team.’

‘Jane McDonagh is bright, great on the law, highly personable and diligent. She is extremely dedicated to her clients’.

‘Tessa Bray is brilliant. Her approach is always refreshing. She is straightforward, collaborative and extremely hard working. She is also very human and always open to seeing things from a different perspective.’

TV Edwards Solicitors LLP

TV Edwards Solicitors LLP is praised as ‘a great firm which cares about the vulnerable in society and fights for justice.’ Plus, the firm’s family law department ‘is very strong in public law cases and the team regularly acts in complex cases for parents and children’. Under the joint leadership of Emma Baillie and Hannah Perry, the team is also skilled at representing high-net-worth and international individuals. Other areas of work include modern family advice, forced marriages, and FGM. The department has twelve Law Society children law accredited lawyers and two lawyers who are Resolution accredited specialists.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Baillie; Hannah Perry


Autres avocats clés:

Paul Read; Anest Mathias; Deborah Piccos; Lindsay Blake; Claire Longland


Les références

‘TV Edwards LLP have a very strong team under the excellent stewardship of Hannah Perry. The solicitors are very dedicated to serving clients.’

‘Hannah Perry is a superstar. She knows her cases inside out and is an expert in representing children and guardians in particular. I also recommend Lindsay Blake very highly. She is diligent and hardworking and a pleasure to work with. Like Hannah, she is very client-driven and responsive.’

‘Emma Baillie is a fantastic lawyer but also very personable.’

Vaitilingam Kay

Vaitilingam Kay ‘punches above its size in terms of the sophistication of its advice and strategy, and delivers the service with kindness and class’. The family law group is ably co-led by Joe Vaitilingam and Anne Kay, and recent highlights include advising on some of the most complex and unusual private children work and surrogacy cases, as well as undertaking the full range of financial work. The group handles both high and middle-value cases. Sara Wychrij, Thomas Pavey and Kate Barnett were recently promoted to partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joe Vaitilingam; Anne Kay


Autres avocats clés:

Sara Wychrij; Kathryn Cassells; Darren Hark; Tom Duggins; Thomas Pavey; Kate Barnett


Les références

‘Kathryn Cassells is very experienced and committed in alternative-family work, with an unusual deal of expertise in international surrogacy arrangements.’

‘Anne Kay gives sensitive but direct advice, then backs her clients’ interests hard. She provides practical and sensible advice’.

‘Joe Vaitilingam is a sound advisor and manages realistic expectations. Kathryn Cassells is excellent, thorough and pragmatic.’

Wedlake Bell LLP

Mathew Brunsdon-Tully ‘leads the family team with aplomb’ at Wedlake Bell LLP, where Charmaine Hast is now a consultant. The team is well-regarded for its work on complex international prenuptial agreements involving significant assets, and for its advice on multifaceted local and foreign trusts. Many of Brunsdon-Tully’s matters are for ultra and high-net-worth clients. In addition, he is qualified as a mediator with CEDR.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Brunsdon-Tully


Autres avocats clés:

Charmaine Hast; Natasha Kurth; Jennifer Ball; Sarah Infante


Les références

‘Very professional yet personal in their dealings. Speak their minds in a nice way. Charmaine Hast has lots of experience, and Natasha Kurth is extremely able and efficient.’

‘Great legal knowledge and dedication to client’s needs and outcomes. Charmaine Hast is a leader in her field and a great tactician, and Natasha Kurt is also excellent and clients love her.’

‘The team is adept at both complex financial remedies work and children’s disputes, including cutting-edge cross-border work. It can also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other areas of the firm such as private client snd property, making it well-placed to provide a full service to its clients.’

Weightmans

Headed by Manchester-based Emma Collins, Weightmans LLP has ‘a very impressive family law team, now much stronger by reason of the merger of Weightmans and RadcliffeLeBrasseur.’ In London, Caroline Penfold advises on all aspects of private family law, from pre and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, to complicated financial and property cases involving substantial assets in an international context. Other primary areas of expertise include advising on disputes over children, domestic violence and emergency injunctions. Carina Smith has a diverse practice and a particular interest in cases with an international dimension.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Collins


Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Penfold; Carina Smith; Robert Emmett; Lucy Raho-Jeavons


Les références

‘Caroline Penfold has always done high-quality work, with cases involving substantial assets and, often, something particularly difficult involved.’

‘Caroline Penfold is extremely experienced, and has seen most things. She is unflappable, has extremely good strategic thinking, and is always focussing on the end of the case in deciding how to conduct each stage.’

‘Carina Smith is the most conscientious solicitor that any lay client could wish for. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of her cases and thinks about them from every angle. Her advice is balanced and her client care is second-to-none; she gives a Rolls-Royce service.’

Burke Niazi Solicitors & Advocates

David Marcus heads the ‘reliable' team at Burke Niazi Solicitors & Advocates, which has a particular focus on representing vulnerable clients. The group has considerable skill in acting for parties in care proceedings where the parents and other significant adults, (and increasingly the children), are struggling to manage mental health problems. Its Law Society Children Law Accredited solicitors also accept instructions from Children’s Guardians.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Marcus


Autres avocats clés:

Abbie Huxley; Eram Rashid-Khan; Lina Chauhan


Les références

‘Burke Niazi is a very well-established law firm which offers the full range of family services to clients. They have particular strength in complex children matters, especially public law children work.’

‘The practice is extremely collaborative and supportive – there is a big emphasis on client care and they are very empathetic and supportive. Many of the practitioners in public children law also practice in mental health.’

‘Abbie Huxley is a delight to work for as she is always extremely well prepared. Client care is second-to-none.’

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP fields a ‘fabulous team of dynamic, bright and engaged individuals', and the 'strengths in the team run from partner level all the way down to associate level’. Under the leadership of Toby Yerburgh, it acts primarily for high-net-worth clients, frequently advising on substantial matrimonial finance matters. Many of its cases have an international dimension. Michael Drake and Philippa Dolan are among the other key figures in the practice, and consultant Mark Harrop rejoined the team from Family Law Partners in early 2023. Through Tanya Roberts in particular, it also regularly handles international relocation and complicated children disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Toby Yerburgh


Autres avocats clés:

Tanya Roberts; Michael Drake; Mark Harrop; Philippa Dolan; Laura Burrows; Bethany Wood


Les références

‘Tanya Roberts is an amazing family lawyer. She has a wonderful, calm manner, is tough when needed but not overly aggressive or provocative. Her aim is always to secure a fair settlement for her client whilst protecting the children needs also.’

‘Toby Yerburgh is superb and clients adore him. He writes the best letters. Laura Burrows is also brilliant and super sensible.’

‘Toby Yerburgh has energy which is not often seen from a Head of Department. He is very well respected and this shows in his ability to achieve the absolute best for clients, whether by negotiating with the other side or in litigation.’

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The agile team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles all aspects of domestic family law, including both public care cases and private children law proceedings, as well as international family litigation and child abduction cases. These cases frequently involve multiple parties. It has a particular specialism in representing clients in care proceedings and those who are in emergency situations. Another core area of expertise include acting for victims of domestic violence. Genet Amare and Emily Wright have been promoted to directors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adeeba Naseem; Alia Lewis; Emine Mehmet; Forida Hakim; Kathy Walker; Laila Bhunnoo; Ravi Kaur Mahey; Sophie Fretten; Emily Wright; Genet Amare


Autres avocats clés:

Helen Newman


Les références

‘Duncan Lewis always seems efficient and organised.’

‘Sophie Fretten fights very hard for vulnerable parents and instructs in a very organised way. I would also like to mention Emine Mehmet; she is appropriately exacting and staunch. I have great respect for her.’

‘The practice has a variety of solicitors based in different locations with good levels of legal knowledge. The practitioners provide regular updates to their clients and provide balanced advice in all situations.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a strong national profile and a number of excellent practitioners in London. Toby Hales attracts complex work in the finance and private law children arena. Fran Hipperson advises on divorce and complicated finances, pre and post-nuptial agreements, and children-related matters. Clare Filler’s focus is is on high-value cases that regularly have an international dimension.

Responsables de la pratique:

Toby Hales; Fran Hipperson; Claire Filer


Autres avocats clés:

Carmel Brown


Les références

‘The Irwin Mitchell team are approachable, understanding and extremely efficient. I felt the team genuinely cared about the outcome of my case and had my best interests at heart.’

‘A well-known family team set within the large enterprise that is Irwin Mitchell. A full-service law firm, whose size gives it valuable strength and depth.’

‘Claire Filer was excellent in understanding the detail and setting it out in a clear way. She is a hard-working and intelligent lawyer.’

JMW Solicitors LLP

Headed by Michael Rowlands, JMW Solicitors LLP's family law group has ‘a brilliant team of professional lawyers who have outstanding expertise’. Through Rowlands, the practice has strong links to the Gulf States. Philip Cooper has a wealth of experience in nuptial agreements and often acts for wealthy married and unmarried couples; his work regularly involves family companies, offshore funds, and trusts. In addition, Cooper has extensive experience in advising on the international relocation of children. Both David Thompson and Patrick Hart are also eminent practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Rowlands


Autres avocats clés:

Philip Cooper; Patrick Hart; Lisa Greggains; Jonathan Day; David Thompson; Mark Gilmartin


Les références

‘Patrick Hart came highly recommended through a friend. I put my full trust in him and felt that he took my case personally and understood the distress that goes with getting divorced.’

‘There is a very large team with individual high-quality members.’

‘Jonathan Day is excellent. He has a wonderfully calm manner with clients. He also has a comprehensive legal knowledge and good judgment.’

Ketley Miller Joels Ltd

Clayton Miller heads the boutique firm at Ketley Miller Joels Ltd and it is praised as being an ‘Excellent team with huge skill across children and finance work.' Miller frequently advises on cases involving offshore trusts and company structures, as well as on cohabitation law mandates. In addition, the practice regularly handles cases of child relocation and abduction. In team news, consultant Elizabeth Simos re-joined the firm at the start of 2023, and Laura Brown joined Keystone Law in April 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clayton Miller


Autres avocats clés:

Margaret Kelly; Sarah Basso; Rachel Roberts; Elizabeth Simos


Les références

‘Sarah Basso has impressed me as being a clever and thoughtful practitioner. She managed to progress the litigation to a satisfactory conclusion for the client with a mixture of skill, sympathy and determination. She is a thoroughly safe pair of hands.’

‘Excellent team with huge skill across children and finance work. Clayton Miller is a respected statesman of family law.’

‘Small firm who work closely with their clients. Clayton Miller is a good strategist and Rachel Roberts is extremely good at ensuring all necessary work is completed. They are both very pleasant to work with.’

Keystone Law

The family department at Keystone Law ‘is hugely experienced and it has drawn well-known practitioners from magic circle firms and built an impressive team of brilliant and expert family specialists’. Among its leading lights are Susan Apthorp, Claire O’Flinn, and Carolyn Bottomley. The group often advises high-profile and celebrity clients, and through Richard Collins, it also offers niche expertise in cases involving addiction, bipolar depression, and behavioural difficulties. Notable new arrivals include Laura Brown, who joined the practice from Ketley Miller Joels Ltd in April 2023, and Grainne Fahy - 'a superb family lawyer' - who joined the group from Clyde & Co in June 2023.

Autres avocats clés:

Susan Apthorp; Richard Collins; Carolyn Bottomley; Rachel Lemon; Claire O’Flinn; Carys Mason; Isobel Mundy; Richard Abrahams; Hannah Cornish; Terrence Trainor; Laura Brown; Grainne Fahy; Yasmin Khan-Gunns


Les références

‘Rachel Lemon is so attentive to clients and very experienced. She goes the extra mile, has full oversight of the client file and builds very strong relationships.’

‘Richard Collins has enormous experience and expertise over money and children work having worked at a magic circle firm for many years and now working at Keystone. He is immensely popular with clients who appreciate his practice and problem solving approach and his attempts to keep the costs down.’

‘Claire O’Flinn brings a personal empathetic touch, with a steely edge, ensuring the best outcomes for her clients. She is vey approachable, thorough and provides accurate and timely instructions. She is very able.’

Russells Solicitors

Carol Ellinas leads the practice at Russells Solicitors, which has ‘the feel of a boutique firm with the heft of a major player’. It is known for its work with a substantial number of celebrity clients, particularly those in the media industry and the arts. In addition, it works with numerous wealthy individuals who are working in the financial services industry. Through Louise Barretto, it is also enhancing its reputation in handling mandates involving narcissistic behaviour and coercive control.

Responsables de la pratique:

Carol Ellinas


Autres avocats clés:

Louise Barretto


Les références

‘Louise Barretto and Carol Ellinas head up a power house family department which punches well above its weight. Louise delivers penetrating analysis, empathetic advice and the rapier dissection of the opposing case.’

‘The team have a particular specialism for, and are experts at, representing high-net-worth clients, particularly those involved in the creative arts.’

‘The personalised service is a key distinction in an industry that is gradually trending towards the generic. The manner in which clients are looked after is above and beyond, in moving towards a desired outcome.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the long-term partner of an ultra-high-net-worth individual in a complex Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 matter involving significant international aspects.

RWK Goodman

RWK Goodman fields some ‘highly skilled lawyers’ who are ‘amazing at what they do’. Led by Ursula Danagher, it is recommended for its work with wealthy clients in divorce and separation proceedings, in cases that often involve complex business structures, trusts, overseas assets, and cross-jurisdictional issues. Joanna Toloczko has considerable experience in both financial and children matters, and she is regularly instructed in financial cases involving trusts and complicated business structures. Natalie Lemonides is also well-regarded and was promoted to the partnership in May 2023. Kim Lehal joined from Brethertons LLP in September 2023 as head of international children law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ursula Danagher


Autres avocats clés:

Joanna Toloczko; Natalie Lemonides; Derek Parsons; Kim Lehal


Les références

The RWK Goodman Family Department are structured to provide a partner-led service, but delegate appropriate elements to more junior fee earners. This provides immediate insight and direction, whilst keeping costs in line with expertise. I was impressed by the speed of advice and service delivery in all aspects.’

‘Ursula Danagher is an extremely good family lawyer with a wealth of experience that attracts new instructions with an impressive regularity and her standing in the family law market is very high.’

‘Ursula Danagher is one of the nicest and most approachable lawyers I have ever met. She seemed to listen and observe my body language and emotions so carefully, and in doing so she would steer her advice until she saw I was happy with the choices we had. She remained objective and calm at all times.’

Seddons

Neil Russell sits at helm at Seddons and he is ‘a highly competent solicitor with an excellent following and client base’. The family law team handles a wide range of issues, and it receives a steady flow of instructions on complex financial disputes often involving cross-jurisdictional issues, as well as advising on the financial provision for children. In addition, it frequently assists clients with financial injunctions. Victoria Sterritt joined Davidson McDonnell Solicitors in May 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neil Russell


Autres avocats clés:

Ffion Greenfield; Victoria Spencer


Les références

‘Neil Russell stands out from the rest with his reassuring manner, relentless pursuit of his clients’ best interests, and his ability to navigate any traps to reach the best outcome for his clients.’

‘Neil Russell has become one of the go-to people in the matrimonial world for clients who have complicated cases and celebrities who wish to retain anonymity.’

‘Neil Russell heads the family team. He is hugely experienced and able. Neil is wonderful with clients, a shrewd litigator and great fun to work with; he provides an excellent service.’

Principaux clients

Boris Johnson


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Boris Johnson in his divorce proceedings, including financial remedies and negotiating a settlement.

Sinclair Gibson LLP

Kathryn Peat and James Copson co-head the department at Sinclair Gibson LLP, which advises on all aspects of family law. It is particularly well-known for its specialism in advising high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients on complex financial remedy claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements. A significant proportion of its clients are internationally based, which brings a multi-jurisdictional element to a large proportion of the cases it works on. The group is increasingly advising on private children matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kathryn Peat; James Copson


Autres avocats clés:

Xanthy Papageorgiou


Les références

‘In a league of their own. Brilliant legal minds offering a premium service. If it’s complicated, they will sort it. Encyclopaedic knowledge of international and domestic law. Will fight relentlessly for their clients.’

‘James Copson is one of the brilliant minds in the business. Renowned for dealing with ultra complicated, almost impossible cases. Respected and revered by his peers.’

‘Kathyrn Peat is an exceptional lawyer. Compassionate, brilliant, and a leading expert in her field. Respected and admired by her peers.’

Wilson Solicitors LLP

Wilson Solicitors LLP has ‘a superb team of lawyers with an impeccable client-focus in all they do’. Key contacts include Aysen Soyer and Patricia Beckett. The group handles the core areas of divorce and financial settlements, private children law, and domestic abuse, but also many others, including international adoption, child abduction, forced marriage, and surrogacy work. In addition, the group is recommended for its public law children work. Amna Khaliq and Baljit Bains are key members of the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Aysen Soyer; Patricia Beckett; Amna Khaliq; Baljit Bains


Autres avocats clés:

Darren Greene; Felicity Jones; Ian Whitbread


Les références

‘Patricia Beckett and Aysen Soyer are proactive, tenacious and diligent partners.’

‘They were completely professional yet understanding and helpful. Their attention to every aspect gave me complete confidence in the way my case was being handled. Aysen Soyer’s pragmatic approach was reassuring in a very difficult time in my life.’

‘Patricia Beckett is a seasoned practitioner. She is extremely knowledgeable and communicates with me in human terms, has a sensitive approach, she is clear and concise, and has taken real care and a lot of time into understanding my background and what is best for my daughter and myself.’

Allard Bailey Family Law

Co-led by Louise Allard and Sabrina Bailey, Allard Bailey Family Law has a solid reputation for its work in high-value financial cases that frequently have an international element and multiple tax considerations, trusts issues, business assets, and partnerships. The ‘smart and modern team' is also adept at handling difficult children law cases. In February 2023, Shameela Ahmed joined from Fletcher Day and senior consultant Fiona Davenport joined from Newton Kearns LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Louise Allard; Sabrina Bailey


Autres avocats clés:

Shameela Ahmed; Fiona Davenport; Louise Poulton; Jennifer Granby


Les références

‘Fiona Davenport is outstanding. Her ability to strategically guide her clients through complex children act proceedings with a significant international dimension is excellent.’

‘Provides magic circle service but at a more manageable price. Incredibly conscientious. Louise Poulton is exceptionally good.’

‘Fiona Davenport is a hidden gem. She is a wonderfully practical and dedicated lawyer who has a huge level of family law knowledge and experience.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a wife in achieving a favourable out of court settlement in a complex high-value case involving coercive behaviour and financial control, where there were extensive business assets, overseas property assets, and offshore accounts.
  • Advising a husband in a multifaceted international divorce following a long marriage, which was complicated by a long separation, the wife’s mental health problems, and the scale of assets held in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Represented a father in achieving “lives with” contact in a complex children case involving a young child where contact had stopped due to serious, unfounded allegations made against the father where there were concerns about the mother’s mental capacity.

DMH Stallard LLP

Philip Morton heads the group at DMH Stallard LLP, which is experienced in a broad range of family and matrimonial matters, such as the creation of pre-nuptial agreements and handling issues relating to children in the context of divorce and separation. The team’s offering also extends to advising on other issues such as jurisdictional law disputes, child abduction cases, and harassment mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Phil Morton


Autres avocats clés:

Kirsty Kelleher; Aziz Malik; Talitha Brookman; Gavin Yeung; Natasha Slabas


Les références

‘The team has good litigation know-how. Philip Morton is one of the best and Kirsty Kelleher is entirely reliable.’

‘They give robust, pragmatic advice. They take an holistic approach to each case, remaining focused on what the client wishes to achieve. The team offer a wealth of experience and work together well, sharing knowledge and opinions as a team. This gives the client a fabulous all-round service.’

‘Aziz Malik approaches his cases with warm intelligence. He is unafraid to deliver unwelcome advice when necessary and yet manages to do so in a way and with a warmth that means his clients will take it and act upon it. Aziz is alive to all the details of a case.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a client in issuing proceedings in the High Court for an injunction against an unrelated third-party defendant who had been harassing the client for a prolonged period of time.

Family Law Partners

Family Law Partners ‘is a truly modern and progressive firm that is entirely focused on securing realistic and effective results for its clients’. Farhana Shahzady has particular expertise in complex cases with both financial and children elements. Trisha Siddique specialises in Islamic and Middle East law and complex cases concerning religious marriage ceremonies. Other names to note include Emilie Helm and Robert Williams. Mark Harrop took up a consultancy role at Collyer Bristow LLP at the beginning of 2023, and Rosa Schofield moved to The International Family Law Group LLP in October 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Farhana Shahzady; Emilie Helm; Trisha Siddique; Robert Williams


Autres avocats clés:

Kate Elliott


Les références

‘Farhana Shazady is sharp and insightful. Farhana is passionate about her clients and leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Emilie Helm has been a huge asset to the firm. Her impact on the firm was instantly noticeable and very positive. She balances a forensic and detail-orientated approach to litigation, within the realistic bespoke advice that she provides to her clients.’

‘Dynamic and forward-thinking team with a focus on ADR and out of court settlement. There is a wonderful energy to the team who go above and beyond to help their clients.’

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP ‘provides the kind of very bespoke, dedicated service that is valued by high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients.' It is co-led by Teresa Cullen and Hetty Gleave and advises on all aspects of relationship breakdowns, from high-value financial claims to children matters. It is noted for its ability to handle cases where there are offshore trusts, as well as luxury and artwork assets. At associate level, Rebecca Christie is well-regarded.

Responsables de la pratique:

Teresa Cullen; Hetty Gleave


Autres avocats clés:

Ronnie Mortimer; Rebecca Christie


Les références

‘Hetty Gleave is absolutely fantastic. We felt that she was personally invested in the success of our case which gave us a lot of confidence. She was also always available and gave us great advice and was super well prepared.’

‘Hetty Gleave’s approach is calm and fair, and she sifted and sorted a complicated financial quagmire into plain English, which was no mean feat. I felt that Hetty and Ronnie Mortimer cared about my well-being and not only the end result throughout the process.’

‘Hetty Gleave brings great insight to complex cases. Rebecca Christie is super smart and always on the ball.’

Hodge Jones & Allen

Led by the ‘exceptional’ Jacqueline Major, the nimble team at Hodge Jones & Allen covers a broad range of issues and it has particular strength in complex family law cases involving financial matters, children matters, and international work. In addition, it often works on adoption and surrogacy matters. In team news, Kevin Bristow joined the firm from Slater and Gordon in November 2022. Vanessa Friend joined Stowe Family Law LLP in October 2022, Sarah Harding joined Simons Muirhead Burton in June 2023, and Bharti Shah is now an operational police lawyer.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacqueline Major


Autres avocats clés:

Kevin Bristow


Les références

‘The family team at HJA is unique in London. The team has strength in depth across all areas of family law. Jacqueline Major has hand picked a team of lawyers who work cohesively. Together the team at HJA is a force to be reckoned with.’

‘Unlike many firms, HJA still deals with publicly funded cases and covers the whole range of family work.’

‘Jacqueline Major is in the top tier of family law solicitors. If I was getting divorced, I would want her on my team! She knows all the tricks and has the knack of knowing when to stand firm and when to negotiate. Clients love and respect her judgment and she is a fearsome opponent.’

Ribet Myles

Ribet Myles has 'gone from strength to strength and there is no one in the firm that does not provide a high-class service.’ It is ‘taking the market by storm’ and continues to attract instructions from individuals of high-net-worth, and increasingly those of ultra-high-net-worth. Julian Ribet is a Resolution-accredited specialist for complicated financial cases and emergency remedies. Alistair Myles’ main specialism is in dealing with difficult financial cases, including complications arising from international elements and sophisticated asset structures. The team was recently strengthened by the arrivals of partner Lois Rogers and solicitor Dom Christophers, from Vardags and Clintons respectively.

Responsables de la pratique:

Julian Ribet; Alistair Myles


Autres avocats clés:

Laura Geraghty; Lois Rogers; Dom Christophers


Les références

‘Alistair Myles fights hard for his clients but gives them the dose of realism that they need. Julian Ribet is a creative and clever lawyer, always looking for the optimum solution.’

‘Julian Ribet is a force of nature. He is hugely committed to his clients, is unafraid of fighting the good fight where necessary, but is also commercial and pragmatic and willing to find an accommodation or settlement.’

‘Alistair Myles is excellent. He has a subtle and strategic approach to cases. He is calm, super organised, and is in fact totally unflappable.’

Sheridans

Andrea Plum heads the practice at Sheridans. Plum has a wide range of expertise spanning across all areas of family law, with a particular strength in handling complex financial cases and complicated pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. The team has expanded recently with the additions of Priya Palanivel and associate Marianna Lambrou from Rayden Solicitors in September and November 2022 respectively. Palanivel brings with her a wealth of family law experience and she is also a mediator.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrea Plum


Autres avocats clés:

Priya Palanivel; Marianna Lambrou


Les références

‘A boutique firm whose recruitment of Priya Palanivel is a great move: she’s a fabulous lawyer. She’s hugely charming and very clever. She does not shy away from the big cases and, whilst her focus is on settling matters wherever possible, she is also a tenacious litigator when necessary.’

‘The children/private law practice is first class – they show a real commitment to their clients and are able, with considerable expertise and an excellent knowledge base, to offer the type of service clients need. They offer realistic advice and then drive and persevere to pursue their case.’

‘Priya Palanivel knows her stuff, is level headed, cool and calm dealing with clients, offers excellent advice, and then fights their corner. Marianna Lambrou as part of that team works long and hard to offer a first-class service.’

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Sarah Ingram now heads the family law department at Winckworth Sherwood LLP. She frequently acts for wealthy individuals and has considerable niche experience in advising offshore and onshore trust companies and trustees involved in divorce cases. In November 2022, Katie Spooner founded her own firm, Family Law in the City, and Hannah Gumbrill-Ward joined Family Law Partners at the end of 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Ingram


Les références

‘Sarah Ingram is very good and clever.’

‘Sarah Ingram has done an impressive job in revitalising the WS family law team. It is efficient, realistic and engaged.’

‘Sarah Ingram has oodles of experience and is able to deal with cases of the highest complexity.’

Bishop & Sewell LLP

Philip Rutter leads the department at Bishop & Sewell LLP, which advises clients on both financial and children matters, as well as on pre and post-nuptial agreements. Some of these cases involve substantial wealth with complex business arrangements, trust elements, and international assets. David Hodgson joined Russells Solicitors in October 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Rutter


Les références

‘This firm brings in the right expertise when required. They communicate very clearly to each other. They are tough and fair negotiators, make their values very clear and ensure they do what is best for the client, whilst protecting the clients well-being.’

‘Philip Rutter is tough and fair. He listens carefully and brings in the right experts when needed. Ensures others hit deadlines and communicates between all of the legal team so they are kept abreast of the current and moving situations. He looks after clients well .’

‘The family team are excellent. They are brilliant solicitors and good value for money.’

Blake Morgan LLP

At Blake Morgan LLP, practice head Flora Grossman handles a wide range of matrimonial and cohabitation disputes and has extensive experience in matters concerning companies. In addition, she is experienced in representing clients in disputes regarding arrangements for children, along with more complex children matters involving abuse and domestic violence.

Responsables de la pratique:

Flora Grossman


Les références

‘A dedicated family law team which delivers a personal, high-quality service to their clients.’

‘Flora Grossman is highly regarded by those whom she instructs and by those whom she is against. She brings clear-headed good sense to the trickiest of cases, has a very strong practice, and has very good client-care skills.’

‘Diverse team with different professional background under one roof.’

BloomBudd LLP

BloomBudd LLP is a ‘new boutique family law firm which is already making huge strides in the market.’ Zoe Bloom has extensive experience in complex and often high-value family and matrimonial cases. Hannah Budd continues to advise on all aspects of relationship breakdowns, and maintains a steady flow of work on cases involving the relocation of children.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zoë Bloom; Hannah Budd


Les références

‘I know when I recommend Bloom Budd the client will get real engagement, the partner will be very hands on, and they will have a very commercial attitude.’

‘Bloom Budd are the most exciting family law firm in the market. Their approach is so refreshing. They are incredibly available to their clients, open and user friendly. Their modern approach is novel in the field.’

‘The firm is extremely good at winning cases and getting great outcomes for its clients. They are very talented, strategic lawyers and fight unusually hard.’

Bortoft Bell

Under the joint leadership of Arron Bortoft and Charlie Bell, Bortoft Bell is a relatively ‘new but very fast expanding boutique family law firm’. It predominantly acts in high-value financial remedy cases and also undertakes a significant volume of cases involving high-value pre-nuptial agreements. Catherine Thomas is another leading figure in the department who deals with all aspects of private family law, with particular expertise in international litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Arron Bortoft; Charlie Bell


Autres avocats clés:

Catherine Thomas


Les références

‘Bortoft Bell have a strong team who work together to achieve the best for their clients. I have been impressed not only by their dedication and attention to detail, but also by their prompt and professional attitudes. They go above and beyond, working at all times of the day, and check all information thoroughly.’

‘Charlie Bell has been a phenomenal person to work with. He is so on the ball, genuinely cares, and pre-empts all possible outcomes well in advance. He is calculated and sharp, with an in depth knowledge of the law, which is reassuring and admirable.’

‘A very niche Family Law firm of Solicitors that oozes quality! Whether it’s for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, which is the majority of their client base, or a mid-level asset case, the solicitors in the firm are equally as adept.’

Carlsons Solicitors

Carlsons Solicitors is a firm which is ‘committed to resolving disputes in a proactive way’. Led by Richard Higham, it advises on all areas of family and matrimonial law, from financial matters and divorce proceedings through to child contact, residence issues, and domestic abuse cases. There is frequently a cross-border dimension to its work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Higham


Les références

Carlsons come across as a progressive law firm who share high-quality content on social media. Richard Higham is a knowledgeable and respected solicitor with years of experience.’

‘Richard Higham is respectful as an opponent but will put forward his client’s case robustly.’

‘What I really loved was that I felt genuine ownership of the relationship by them and the team. I also felt it’s not just an institutional relationship, but really a personal care. I felt strong dialogue in between matters.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the wife in a multifaceted case exploring a potentially precedent setting area of law, in which the client wants to pursue a company and/or the directors of the company for causing the breakdown of her marriage.
  • Advising a client who has been accused of domestic abuse and rape by their ex-partner.
  • Achieving a favourable result for an elderly wife who had suffered from severe domestic abuse financially, sexually, and physically over a 42-year period.

Curzon Green Solicitors

Jeff Thomas and Rob Green co-head the family offering at Curzon Green Solicitors. The ‘team’s tenacity, attention to detail and complete professionalism’ are praised. It has a solid reputation for advising on the financial implications of divorce for mid to high-net-worth clients, and for handling child arrangements applications. Senior associate Kelly-Ann Welsh and associate Umar Mirza are both well-regarded.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeff Thomas; Rob Green


Autres avocats clés:

Kelly-Ann Welsh; Umar Mirza


Les références

‘Jeff Thomas is the backbone of Curzon Green in his field. He’s completely honest, reliable and respectful at all times whilst keeping realistic of the situation.’

‘Kelly-Ann Welsh fully understands my case , has strong problem-solving abilities and always provides excellent advice.’

‘Kelly-Ann Welsh would always respond in a timely manner and even late in to the evening, as she understood that a quick reply or response was needed. She always demonstrated a caring understanding of the situation whilst being professional.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for a wife in long-running financial proceedings where there are numerous disclosure issues.
  • Acting for the respondent father in proceedings brought by his wife for a Non-Molestation Order and Occupation Order under the Family Law Act 1996 and a Child Arrangements Order within corresponding Children Act 1989 proceedings.
  • Acting for a wife in an acrimonious and bitterly contested case involving child arrangements, injunctions, and financial applications.

Edwards Family Law

Edwards Family Law is ‘part of the new breed of boutique family law practices, with a fresh and modern approach to family law’. The ‘dynamic team’ is co-led by Kelly Edwards and Joanna Blakelock and has a strong reputation for dealing with a myriad of family law issues. It is regularly instructed on complex financial and children matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kelly Edwards; Joanna Blakelock


Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Lanning; Isobel Rarok; Chloë Ashman; Katrina Pooler


Les références

‘This firm is the new kid on the block achieving some seriously good results in complex and high-profile cases. A very cohesive team bursting at the seams with incredibly smart, incredibly talented lawyers.’

‘Kelly Edwards is a very hands-on partner. A wealth of experience, great tactical knowledge and refreshing straightforward with clients. Charlotte Lanning is unfussy, knowledgeable, and responsive.’

‘The team at Edwards is ruthlessly efficient. They are very transparent with clients and it really pays off; clients know where they stand and are not given unrealistic expectations. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to personal friends.’

Grayfords

Under the leadership of Sheata Karim, the team at Grayfords handles a wide range of private family law matters. It has a solid reputation for its experience in international ancillary relief proceedings, complex contact disputes, international child abduction cases, and leave to remove applications. Neil Scott Graham is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sheata Karim


Autres avocats clés:

Neil Scott Graham; Alexander Hunt


Les références

‘A small, niche firm providing high-level advice in international family law cases. Neil Graham and Alex Hunt are very reassuring to clients. Both Neil and Alex have wide experience in international family law cases.’

‘They give good client care and work hard to achieve the outcome their clients desire. They will take the initiative to progress matters when facing difficulties.’

‘Neil Graham and Sheata Karim are both excellent solicitors. Neil has an aura of authority, which is reassuring, but that is underpinned with excellent client care skills and a capacity to guide his clients to the right result.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for a father in an international relocation case to another continent.
  • Acting for a client in multi-million pound financial proceedings with significant offshore assets.
  • Representing a father in a very rare application under Article 10(1)c of the Hague Convention on international recovery of child support.

Hall Brown Family Law

At Hall Brown Family Law, Izzy Walsh leads the London family law team and is recommended for her work with high-net-worth individuals in relation to matrimonial, Schedule 1 matters, and pre and post-nuptial agreements. Catherine Bell advises on all aspects of family law, including divorce and financial remedy proceedings involving high-net-worth individuals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Izzy Walsh


Autres avocats clés:

Catherine Bell


Les références

‘There is a wealth of experience within a very approachable team.’

‘A great firm that is highly professional and able to tackle complex litigation, particularly with an international element. There is an impressive depth of legal knowledge within the firm and they deliver an excellent client-focussed service.’

‘Catherine Bell is enormously charming and very clever. She brings real insight to her cases and always keeps the client’s best interests at the forefront of her practice. Her client care skills are second-to-none.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a Russian father in Schedule 1 proceedings brought by the UK-resident mother of his three children regarding substantial assets in England, Russia, and held through off-shore jurisdictions.
  • Represented a client in respect of Part III proceedings brought following a Russian divorce, and succeeded in achieving the substantive award which he had sought from the outset.
  • Advising a Russian husband on concluding a post-nuptial agreement and the parties’ decision for the wife and the children to move to England and establish ties in this jurisdiction with assets in the region of £600m.

Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors

At Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors, Sarah Beskine advises on all aspects of financial disputes and disagreements regarding the future care of children following the breakdown of a relationship. Martin Wolfenden has particular expertise in advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown with significant experience in matters where there are complex financial issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Beskine


Autres avocats clés:

Martin Wolfenden; Barbara Hopkin


Les références

‘An experienced and exceptionally committed team of lawyers looking to achieve the best results for their clients. Martin Wolfenden is bright, able, experienced and has an enthusiasm in his work.’

‘They are always responsive to a client and ensure that the client has their expectations managed. The quality of court documents is consistently very good indeed. All the lawyers with whom I have worked at the firm are committed to achieving a good outcome.’

‘Barbara Hopkin and Sarah Beskine are excellent. They are both astute, experienced, and considered solicitors with first-rate judgrment when it comes to litigation.’

ITN Solicitors

Mitali Zakaria heads the family law offering at ITN Solicitors, which ‘provides an excellent service for clients in some very difficult and sensitive areas of law’. It also frequently handles a variety of private law children matters and financial remedy cases. Other core areas of expertise span across domestic abuse cases, forced marriages, and sensitive mandates regarding radicalisation, neglect, and substance misuse.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mitali Zakaria


Autres avocats clés:

Sajidah Khan; Somia Siddiq; Androulla Nicolaou


Les références

‘They are an excellent firm who are efficient in responding to any queries I have and provide an excellent service to their lay clients. They really go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Mitali Zakaria is calm and efficient and has a good understanding of the law. She is particularly good at representing teenagers who want to separate from the Children’s Guardian and has given lectures on the relevant tests. An excellent solicitor.’

‘Sajidah Khan and Somia Siddiq are both very good solicitors, particularly in representing vulnerable mothers, whether it is due to their age or other vulnerabilities.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a father in care proceedings which involved allegations of fabricated illnesses against the mother and a Deprivation of Liberty Order in respect of the eldest child.
  • Representing the applicant mother in complex private children proceedings in the High Court involving allegations of serious domestic abuse against the respondent father.

Laurus

The family team at Laurus has been handling increasing volumes of work of late, with a strong track record on high-value divorces involving complex financial issues. It is well-regarded for providing 'a very personal service' and 'advising clients properly on appropriate forms of alternative dispute resolution', including mediation, a particular strength of William Hogg, who leads the dispute resolution department and has 'an excellent reputation for resolving thorny issues - particularly those with an international element'. Family law director Steven Gasser, who co-founded the firm in 2016, is 'amazing with clients and has the knack of making the most complicated case look easy.'

Responsables de la pratique:

Steven Gasser


Autres avocats clés:

William Hogg; Ingrid Starcic; Victoria Teymourian-Yates


Les références

‘These people really care. Not only do they do big money and children cases, but they also spend hours and hours working pro bono. They are unsung heroes. They are selfless experts in the law and deserve massive credit.’

‘Steven Gasser is a real client favourite – they simply love him. He has put together an enviable team and leads them by example with rare skill.’

‘William Hogg – a master of the law, with great kindness and humanity.’

Peters May LLP

At Peters May LLP, Juliette Peters and Jessica May co-head the family law practice, which is praised for its ‘personal touch’ and its ‘excellent and hands on’ partners. It specialises in high-value divorce cases and prenuptial agreements which frequently involve complicated financial arrangements, disputed property, and matters relating to offshore assets and trusts. In addition, the group also handles private cases involving child arrangements and Schedule 1 applications.

Responsables de la pratique:

Juliette Peters; Jessica May


Les références

‘Jessica May has a dedication to her clients whilst also being able to see the bigger picture of the case and therefore being able to give them helpful, sensible advice.’

‘Excellent availability and deep knowledge of their practice area. Very competent and very practical.’

‘Juliette Peters and Jessica May are incredibly personable and can readily adapt to dealing with all types of clients.’

Philcox Gray & Co

Philcox Gray & Co receives plaudits for being ‘consistently reliable and responsive, with notable dedication to their cases and clients’. Under the leadership of Beverley King, the practice has five Children Panel members. As a result, it has a particular specialism in care proceedings and frequently handles complex cross-border disputes involving abduction and relocation, as well as other issues such as the deprivation of liberty of minors. Sephona Issacs Polson and Lucy Verity are also core members of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Beverley King; Sephona Isaacs-Polson; Lucy Verity


Autres avocats clés:

Salvatore Quattrocchi; Giuseppe de Sica; Ipeleng Mohajane


Les références

‘A strong public law team complemented with skilled private law representation, particularly in relation to international matters relating to abduction and wardship. They have a case load of High Court work that belies their modest address.’

‘Of particular note are Lucy Verity for her work in wardship and international matters, and Giuseppe Di Sica for his hard work and astuteness in handing complex and difficult cases and clients.’

‘Beverley King has an intuitive, instinctive feel for her cases and is able to represent children very effectively and sensitively. She is able to get alongside them and support them through some of the worst times in their lives. She does so with empathy and compassion, but also helps them to see things rationally.’

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has Michael Pulford at the helm of the family practice, and he specialises in complex, high-profile financial remedy litigation. His clients often include international entrepreneurs, celebrities, and royalty who have substantial assets, often located across a number of jurisdictions and which are held in complex corporate or trust structures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Pulford


Autres avocats clés:

Grace MacDonald


Les références

‘The Pinsents team draws huge strength from its full-service operation and brings refreshing commercial expertise to its family law work.’

‘Michael Pulford is an exceptional litigator.’

‘Grace MacDonald is efficient and determined.’

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

John O’Callaghan and Adam Bowes co-head the team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, which is adept at advising high-net-worth individuals and property entrepreneurs, as well as professionals from the IT and media industries. The group also supports company directors and City executives. In addition, its offering now includes advice on surrogacy and adoption and has also expanded into LGBTQI+ related matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

John O’Callaghan; Adam Bowes


Autres avocats clés:

Beth Alexander


Les références

‘Adam Bowes is sound in his decisions on behalf of clients and is firm in standing his ground with opponents.’

‘RFB is a delight to work with as they take a practical stance and are very approachable. They are confident, diligent and have superb client care and knowledge of family law.’

‘Adam Bowes is very approachable; he listens carefully to his clients and makes them feel at ease. He is very good at managing people’s expectations, even if it is not what they want to hear, with such information delivered in a very palatable manner.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the father in the appeal of F v M [2023] EWFC 5, the first time the High Court has considered serious allegations of coercive and controlling behaviour and the difference between married and unmarried couples in terms of orders for contact and the revocation of parental responsibility.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The skilled team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is predominantly known for its work in complex financial matters and pre-nuptial agreements, and its offering also encompasses private children law proceedings, including domestic and international leave to remove cases. Nicola Harries heads up the department and she is a trained Resolution collaborative lawyer. Grace Parker-White is another key contact who is a trained hybrid mediator.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicola Harries


Autres avocats clés:

Grace Parker-White; Sean Hilton; Victoria Batstone


Les références

‘S&B’s family team are, to my mind, the best firm outside of London. Their USP should be that they can ably compete with the capital’s best family law solicitors.’

‘The team is spearheaded by Nicola Harries. She is highly astute and a very strategic lawyer. She predominantly works with high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, all of whom feel very comfortable in her hands. In short, she is untrickable and has excellent judgement.’

Grace Parker-Smith and Sean Hilton are both great and could run firms in their own right but, sensibly, see the benefit in working with, and learning from, Nicola Harries.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for a client as a mediator on a complex international asset matter worth approximately £7m.
  • Representing a fund manager seeking to remain at his country estate while also protecting his valuable future carry payments from being fully shared.
  • Acting for the founding director of a multi-million pound company seeking to protect his business interests by excluding the value of the company from divorce negotiations.

Stowe Family Law LLP

The ‘consummate professionalPhoebe Turner heads the family law practice at Stowe Family Law LLP. It is adept at supporting high-net-worth individuals and is known for its varied caseload involving emotional and psychological abuse cases, as well as complex Children Act matters. Sadie Glover, who joined the team from B P Collins LLP in November 2022, is another key contact. The group also regularly advises on nuptial and separation agreements, as well as advising same-sex couples on a diverse range of matters. Estella Newbold Brown left the firm in October 2022, and is now at Amphlett Lissimore.

Responsables de la pratique:

Phoebe Turner


Autres avocats clés:

Sadie Glover; Ciara Pugh; Alice Brett; Phoebe Hill


Les références

‘Stowe Family Law are knowledgeable and provide excellent client service, which ensures the best experience of the Family Court for those going through extremely challenging times.’

‘Phoebe Hill is excellent.’

‘The team at Stowe Family Law are fantastic to work with. Briefs are detailed and clients’ expectations are realistic.’

Teelan & Silwal Family Law Ltd

The team at Teelan & Silwal Family Law Ltdregularly goes above and beyond’. It is ably led by Rosalyn O’Donnell-Teelan and Catherine Silwal. The group covers a wide range of high-value financial cases and complex cross-jurisdictional disputes. It is also skilled at handling a variety of children-related matters, with a particular specialism in parental alienation and abuse work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rosalyn O’Donnell-Teelan; Catherine Silwal


Autres avocats clés:

Fiona O’Connell; Marina Pedro


Les références

‘Catherine Silwal and Rosalyn O’Donnell-Teelan left magic circle firms to set up a boutique family practice that combines their high-level experience with a more cost effective and client-focused service. It is thriving as a firm and they provide excellent client care and transparency of fees.’

‘Catherine Silwal is a brilliant technical lawyer and very academic in her aptitude for legal issues, but what really sets her apart is her commitment to client care. She is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients.’

‘A boutique family firm providing a first-rate service at affordable rates. Catherine Silwal is highly intelligent and able, and she brings her intelligence to bear on all her case work. She is very ably assisted by Fiona O’Connell. The practice has an agile business model that enables it to deal with a range of work.’

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Joanna Pratt spearheads the family department at Thomson Snell & Passmore, which regularly handles financial and children-related cases with an international dimension. It has four qualified collaborative lawyers and two Resolution trained mediators; one is qualified to meet children as part of the mediation process. At a senior level, Kirstie Law and Desmond O’Donnell are both well-regarded.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Pratt


Autres avocats clés:

Kirstie Law; Desmond O’Donnell; Sarah Keily; Harry Golding; Anna Woodhoo


Les références

‘TSP have one of the strongest family teams I work with – the team offer an unbeatable combination of really strong experience and quality with good value for money. They always offer their clients realistic advice and sound judgement and cases are meticulously prepared.’

‘Joanna Pratt and Sarah Keily are all fantastic. I have worked with them for over decade and every single case has been brilliantly prepared and the client extremely well looked after. I often refer work to them.’

‘Great team. Sarah Keily and Des O’Donnell are great.’

Venters Solicitors

June Venters KC and Andrea Dawkins co-lead the ‘strong’ team at Venters Solicitors. Dawkins is a matrimonial and child care lawyer who handles a wide range of issues, from divorce and finance through to public law child care and Schedule 1 claims. The practice is also well-placed to advise on cohabitation disputes and domestic violence cases. Sherma Polidore has extensive experience in assisting clients with mental health issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

June Venters KC; Andrea Dawkins


Autres avocats clés:

Tracey Brett; Sherma Polidore


Les références

‘This firm has some really dedicated, hardworking and bright family law solicitors who go above and beyond for their clients.’

‘A very diverse team ensuring that they are well equipped to represent a diverse and broad range of clients. Specialist and experienced child care lawyers who are great to be instructed by.’

‘Sherma Pollidore is hardworking, super efficient and very organised; a joy to be instructed by and works really hard for her clients, ensuring that they receive high-quality and astute advice.’