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Family - ranked: tier 1

Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Family Law in Partnership Ltd fields a highly experienced team of lawyers, family arbitrators (finance and children), mediators and family consultants who are skilled at advising on all aspects of family law. The team is well-regarded for its work on diverse issues including complex and high-value financial claims on divorce where there are complicated tax and trust implications through to private law children matters. It is also recommended for its work for cohabitants as well as on same-sex issues. Gillian Bishop and David Allison are some of the names to note in the team that is also adept at handling international issues as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements and relationship agreements. The team garners considerable praise for 'offering clients a genuine opportunity to reach a good deal at an early stage without becoming embroiled in hostile litigation'.

Other key lawyers:Gillian Bishop; David Allison; Pamela Collis; James Pirrie; Elizabeth Fletcher; Bradley Williams; Helen Greenfield; Daniel Coombes; Harriet Burge; Nicole Phillips; Mariko Wilson; Charlotte Symes


'We believe that FLIP practises law in the right way, one that attempts to preserve the dignity of families going through relationship breakdown. It is a team of stars, but we particularly single out Gillian Bishop, who has seen it all'.

'The FLIP team offers the full solution to family trauma. From sensible financial arrangements to inclusive and workable children provisions while at the same time taking care of emotional and mental well-being through a very difficult period'.

'FLIP's USP is that in addition to being excellent and experienced litigators, the lawyers are also at the forefront of different forms of dispute resolution. They will certainly go to court if they have to but they also look very carefully at whether there are other options which would suit the client better'.

'FLIP is able to litigate hard and effectively when circumstances call for it, but its focus remains on bringing cases to a swift and amicable conclusion without formal litigation where this is in the best interests of the client. It has a broad church of human resources which enables this to happen'.

'David Allison has a beguiling gentle manner which shields a steely and focused determination to get the best possible outcome for his clients. He is clever and astute. He immediately sees the right result and gets there without any fuss. He makes the biggest problem seem manageable and his clients feel reassured. They should do. They are in capable hands'.

'FLIP has an excellent, almost incomparable family team, a fantastic combination of gravitas and youthful enthusiasm. It has got talent across the board from the breathtakingly knowledgeable James Pirrie and the grand dame Gillian Bishop at the top through to Daniel Coombes and Harriet Burge (both meticulous lawyers with fantastic judgement)'.

'Elizabeth Fletcher is unflappable and has heavyweight expertise alongside a reassuring and lovely client manner. Charlotte Symes is a rising star associate with mastery of the detail of her cases'.

'Nicole Phillips is a real rising star. Nicole is commercially savvy and completely at home with complex business cases. She reads accounts and can manage the most complicated figures with aplomb. Don't be misled by her youth and charm: she knows what she is doing'.

'Bradley Williams is smart, clever, hardworking and doesn't miss a trick. He knows his cases inside out and offers his clients sound well informed and astute advice'.

'Mariko Wilson is exceptionally able. She is bright, organised, and forthright but charming. Helen Greenfield provides great practical and emotional support and has phenomenal insight into her cases'.

Leading individuals

Bradley Williams - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

David Allison - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Gillian Bishop - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

James Pirrie - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Pamela Collis - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Next Generation Partners

Elizabeth Fletcher - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Helen Greenfield - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Rising stars

Mariko Wilson - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Nicole Phillips - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 1

Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Family Law in Partnership Ltd has real strength in depth in the team with 14 family mediators who can assist on the full spectrum of family law matters. It offers all types of family mediation including sole and co-mediation as well as child-inclusive mediation. It has four mediators who are trained to act in the civil/commercial modes of mediation and also does mediation in cases involving child abduction. Its clients are drawn from varied backgrounds and include celebrities, City professionals and middle-income to high-net-worth individuals. Its mediation team has been described as ‘pioneering and market-leading’. Head of the practice Dominic Raeside is an ‘outstanding mediator’.

Practice head(s):Dominic Raeside

Other key lawyers:Gillian Bishop; David Allison; James Pirrie; Ruth Smallacombe


'The mediation team is uniquely placed having a mix of lawyers and counsellors. The team offers an exceptional service on both children and financial matters arising out of a separation/divorce'.

'It is a team that genuinely seems committed to helping clients in mediation and enjoying what it does and getting on with each other. The team's enthusiasm and energy for DR is positive and infectious'.

'It has a deserved reputation for achieving great results. Dominic Raeside and Ruth Smallacombe are the stand out mediators in the firm. Each has vast experience and both receive a high level of referral work from the "Magic Circle" firms'.

'Dominic Raeside is one of the "go-to" mediators in London, if not in England and Wales, for high-conflict mediation clients. He has a huge armoury of mediation skills which can deal with the most complex relationship breakdowns and children issues'.

'Dominic Raeside was a great help in helping us resolve our issues'.

'Dominic Raeside is someone I always recommend when it comes to mediation regarding children'.

'David Allison is superb – he grasps the issues quickly, is no nonsense, genuinely cares about the clients and is excellent value for money'.

'James Pirrie goes above and beyond to think through the answer for clients. He works incredibly hard and should be very proud of his output. He is a real thinker. Very balanced and fair'.

'Gillian Bishop is truly and refreshingly committed to resolving family disputes as constructively as possible'.

Leading individuals

David Allison - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Dominic Raeside - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Gillian Bishop - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

James Pirrie - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Ruth Smallacombe - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

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