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Payne Hicks Beach, Ian Airey, London, ENGLAND

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Ian Airey

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Ian is the Head of the Family department.  He advises on all aspects of family law, but specialises in complex cases - often involving an international element.  He acted for Mrs White in White v White, the ground breaking House of Lords decision on distribution of property and assets on divorce.  Ian sits as a Deputy District Judge in the Principal Registry of the Family Division and the Central Family Court and is a qualified Arbitrator.


Qualified: 1980; Payne Hicks Beach joined 1987 as a partner.


International Bar Association: IAFL; CIArb

London: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Ian Airey - Payne Hicks Beach

Within: Family

Payne Hicks Beach ‘occupies a favoured position in the pantheon of private client firms offering a sophisticated and refined level of service in the most high-profile cases’. Ian Airey  is ‘hugely respected’ and Baroness Fiona Shackleton is ‘probably the most celebrated family lawyer of her generation. She has unsurpassable client care skills and a sixth sense at sorting out cases’. Philip McGuirk is a ‘bright and engaging lawyer who knows the law inside out’ and Matthew Booth is a ‘very safe pair of hands indeed’. Simon Beccle has an ‘extraordinarily impressive case load. He is one of the very few family finance solicitors to have appeared in both the House of Lords and the Supreme Court’. Consultant Fiona Brown is a ‘superb forensic sleuth’. Newly promoted partner Ben Parry-Smith  is ‘supremely competent and gifted at negotiation’. It is recommended for its skill at advising on all aspects of family and matrimonial law.

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