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Burgess Mee Family Law

Private client > Family Tier 3

Burgess Mee Family Law has a broad practice that is adept at advising on divorce and civil partnership dissolution, financial remedy matters as well as private children disputes. The group also routinely advises on the preparation of nuptial agreements and disputes between cohabitating parties.  It is increasingly involved in cases with an international dimension and complex assets. The practice provides a 'great personal service'. The firm also has a specialist surrogacy and fertility offering. Peter Burgess’ expertise is in very high-value financial work along with his strong children practice. Antonia Mee’s expertise spans high and ultra-high value financial cases and children law matters. Natalie Sutherland joined the team from A City Law Firm Ltd and Kirsty Morris was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Mee; Peter Burgess

Other key lawyers:

David Lillywhite; Natalie Sutherland; Henrietta Thomas ;Robert Micklem; Kirsty Morris


‘Small in size but big in the market. No longer up and coming, they have arrived. A great firm I would recommend to family and friends. Peter Burgess is a top class family lawyer. Measured, thoughtful, and respected by clients and opponents alike. Kirsty Morris is really impressive. Intelligent, robust, sensible, with the right combination of fantastic judgment and client care‘.

Peter Burgess is extremely astute, clear-headed, and strategic, but also highly responsive, completely unflappable, thoroughly humane and enormously likeable – a pretty rare combination in my opinion‘.

‘ Very strong and collaborative family law team. Excellent in cases with an international dimension. Antonia Mee and Robert Micklem have an excellent knowledge of the law and have excellent client skills‘.

‘This is a rising firm, no longer the ‘new kid on the block’ – ready to stay and holds is own amongst the more expensive magic circle option for clients. Recent wise expansion will form the foundation of its strength going forward. David Lillywhite is an exceptional recruit to partner level. He is focused, pragmatic and legally agile‘.

‘We were extremely satisfied with the service we received and have no hesitation in recommending the firm and people that we dealt with, in particular Natalie Sutherland. Natalie was the solicitor in charge of our case which was a very complicated and emotional surrogacy dispute that was quickly moved to the High Court. She and her team were phenomenal in handling our case. She knew surrogacy law inside/out and worked tirelessly to get the outcome that we needed. This included late nights and weekends, writing statements and instructing extremely experienced barristers which were needed for our case. We felt huge confidence in her expertise and were always provided information or replied to promptly. The professionalism but also empathy that we received was second to none‘.

‘Peter Burgess – thoughtful, detailed and very thorough. Antonia Mee – technically precise, well prepared and conducts her cases with poise. David Lillywhite – Able, personable, very well prepared. Natalie Sutherland – knowledgeable, proficient and an excellent lawyer. Kirsty Morris – Smart, well prepared and knows her stuff‘.

It is a relatively young, boutique firm with a far reach and a growing reputation for excellence. There is an ambition about the team and it goes from strength to strength. The lawyers cover the breadth of privately funded work and have an interest in surrogacy marked by the addition of Natalie Sutherland to their ranks. Antonia Mee, Peter Burgess and David Lillywhite, Henrietta Thomas and Natalie Sutherland each bring individual strengths to the firm. They are all fine lawyers and really go the extra mile for their clients. All of them and the team that they lead are dedicated to their clients and will find their way through the most complex issues‘.

‘This boutique family law firm is excellent. You get magic circle quality for less expense. I would not hesitate to recommend Peter Burgess to anyone. Peter Burgess is fantastic. He is incredibly kind and empathetic towards his clients and a real source of strength in their time of need. At the same time, he is sensible and pragmatic and is expert at reducing the heat in a heated situation. He is incredibly calm but at the same time, an excellent strategist‘.

Private client > Family: mediation

Peter Burgess at Burgess Mee Family Law is a skilled mediator who is known for his empathy and for securing the confidence of clients; he co-founded the firm in 2013.

The firm was started in 2013 by Peter Burgess and Antonia Mee, from top-ranked family practice Withers LLP.

The aim was to establish a firm that provided an equivalent service to City firms but at far more affordable prices. Their offices are based outside the city walls in London’s bustling residential areas where professionals and families live, namely in South-West, West and North London. Demand for the service has grown so that the firm now has 14 specialist family lawyers, a trainee solicitor, a team of paralegals and support staff, its own purpose-built offices in Clapham Common, an office in Hammersmith and Islington. All its lawyers have been trained at City or recommended practices. The firm also offers mediation with two mediators and collaborative law. The clients come from all walks of life: from City professionals, entrepreneurs, business people and those in the public eye to stay-at-home mothers as well as their spouses or partners. All are looking for expert advice for lower fees. There is a strong geographical focus on the London area which brings in an international client base. There has been demand since lockdown restrictions were eased, for face to face meetings at our offices, to which many of our clients live near.  This is encouraging for the future of the practice given the desire to locate offices in residential areas.

The firm: Burgess Mee Family Law is a specialist family law practice covering a whole range of domestic and international private family law work: divorce and financial remedy work, private law children disputes, cohabitation disputes and disputes between unmarried parents, domestic violence injunctions, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, surrogacy, and mediation and collaborative law.

Types of work undertaken: The firm has specialist experience in all aspects of divorce and separation, living together, disputes over money, parenting issues and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Burgess Mee has been described as ‘an excellent niche firm with intelligent and fair lawyers who go the extra mile and have the personal touch’. The firm provides ‘a really top-tier service at very competitive prices’. Peter Burgess is described as ‘very straight-talking’ and ‘impressive’. Antonia Mee has ‘excellent strategic insight’ and ‘an impressive intellectual prowess, matched with real humanity and compassion’. One source has described the firm’s culture as matching ‘the knowledge and ability you would want with any solicitor with the compassion and focus on the individual, which is vital in family law’.

Senior partners Peter Burgess
Senior partners Antonia Mee
 Peter Burgess photo Peter BurgessPartner
 David Lillywhite photo David LillywhitePartner
 Antonia Mee photo Antonia MeePartner
 Kirsty Morris photo Kirsty MorrisPartner
 Natalie Sutherland photo Natalie SutherlandPartner. Natalie is the firm’s specialist in Modern Families, practising in the…
 Henrietta Thomas photo Henrietta ThomasPartner
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15

Burgess Mee is committed to an all-inclusive work culture and does not tolerate any discrimination on the grounds of culture, race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Burgess Mee values differences. The firm promotes and encourages ideas and growth within the team and acknowledges that, through diversity, innovation and progress can be achieved.

Burgess Mee is involved with the Drive Forward foundation, a foundation which supports care leavers and encourages social change. Some of the firm’s solicitors also volunteer their time at Peckham Citizens Advice Bureau.

CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Burgess Mee Family Law
TESTIMONIAL: Natalie provided us with exceptional advice and knew exactly what to do and what the next step should be. Natalie is approachable, friendly and has a no-nonsense attitude. She turned what we were thinking and unable to express into exceptional written format. She gave us clear, knowledgeable answers and advice. Natalie immersed herself in our case and she knew it inside and out. She worked tirelessly to ensure we had the opportunity for the best outcome possible. She constantly gave us reassurance, no judgement, and was always there to help.

CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Burgess Mee Family Law
TESTIMONIAL: Kirsty Morris and Peter Burgess have been invaluable advisors in my divorce process.  Throughout this emotionally tough journey, they listened well to my situation, were straightforward and thorough in their advice and always kept my daughter’s interests and mine at the forefront. It was a long partnership as my mediation process lasted for several years.  They always prioritised my needs and were always available when I wanted to seek their advice.  True professionals, and fantastic people who care.  I could not recommend them more highly to anyone going through a divorce. First class.

CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Burgess Mee Family Law
TESTIMONIAL: Having Antonia lead a team for me, my faith in the legal system is restored. I found the support and expertise behind me completely invaluable! Burgess Mee pride themselves on remaining objective, thorough, and staying away from any unnecessary subjective issues. My case was resolved credibly and the communication channels continually open. Definitely recommend Antonia Mee.  5* service!”

CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Burgess Mee Family Law
TESTIMONIAL: Henrietta is very quick at understanding the needs of her clients. Her ability to communicate in a calm and rational way with me, even in my most stressful moments was enormously valued. Her attention to detail and her understanding of the opposition’s strategy and ways in which I could position my argument in the best possible way were one of the reasons I moved from my original law firm to Burgess Mee.  She comes with my highest recommendation.

Another client said about Henrietta “you were brilliant and I don’t know what I would have done without you. Thank you for making the whole process easier and helping me to cope”