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Burgess Mee Family Law

Private client > Family Tier 3

The team at Burgess Mee Family Law ‘ is efficient, attentive, and driven to secure the best results in as calm a manner as possible for its clients under the excellent leadership of Antonia Mee and Peter Burgess. The ‘young, dynamic and switched on’ team covers high-value and complex financial work as well as having a strong children practice. Through Natalie Sutherland it has extended its specialisms to domestic and international surrogacy and fertility law. Significantly, it has three mediators too. David Lillywhite practices as a collaborative lawyer as well as a litigator and is another known name in the department.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Mee; Peter Burgess

Other key lawyers:


‘Natalie Sutherland is a calm and experienced practical solicitor who has a proactive problem solving attitude rather some cost building firms in the market place who can exacerbate issues unnecessarily’.

‘Antonia Mee has all the qualities of a great family lawyer. She is empathetic yet frank, explaining the best route forward with great clarity. I never had any doubt that I was in the safest and most capable of hands. Her calm, unruffled nature is reassuring. She makes every effort to make herself available when urgency is required and has great agility, adapting to changes in circumstance with efficiency and ease. I would recommend her wholeheartedly, and without any hesitation’.

‘Natalie Sutherland is a stand-out individual. She has excellent knowledge of the law surrounding modern families and fertility issues. She started a ‘Modern Families Pod’, which involves a number of barristers and solicitors (from various chambers and firms), who have expertise in this area. As a member of the pod myself, I can vouch for Natalie’s knowledge and tenacity in this complex area.’

‘Peter Burgess is exceptionally calm under fire, pragmatic and commercial in his approach and extremely empathetic making him exceptionally good at supporting his clients’.

‘Antonia Mee is a powerhouse. She is totally unafraid of the opposition but equally happy to guide her clients to a pragmatic and commercial consensual outcome with the other side’.

‘Whilst they may sit just below the magic circle firms, they provide a very high quality of service. David Lillywhite works tirelessly for his clients and has the patience of a saint’.

‘In Burgess Mee, Peter and Antonia and their team have carved out an impressive practice. They have grown organically and recruited exceptionally well. The firm offers real strength in depth across all areas and is fast becoming a market leading practice. Peter Burgess knows everyone and is a tactically astute and client friendly partner. Antonia Mee is fast becoming a go to lawyer in London’

‘Burgess Mee is a very modern, dynamic team. They are fantastic to work with – always engaged, energetic and client focussed. Antonia Mee and Kirsty Morris are both stand out lawyers. Calm, assured and knowledgeable – they are experienced, impressive family lawyers. David Lillywhite – great judgment and incredibly intelligent but also able to make appropriate demands of counsel without overwhelming them. A rare gem’.

Private client > Family: mediation

At Burgess Mee Family Law Peter Burgess is a ‘well-known and respected mediator who is able to navigate complex cases’.

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 photoMr Peter BurgessPartner
David Lillywhite photoMr David LillywhitePartner
Antonia Mee photoMs Antonia MeePartner
Kirsty Morris photoMs Kirsty MorrisPartner
Natalie Sutherland photoMs Natalie SutherlandPartner. Natalie is the firm’s specialist in Modern Families, practising in the…
Henrietta Thomas photoMs 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.




Peter has been a calm, knowledgeable and highly professional guide. He has an uncanny ability to stay in the present and focus people on the issues in front of them, taking it one step at a time but always with one eye to the future. I would (and already have!) recommend him to anyone requiring a family solicitor.


COMPANY/FIRM: Burgess Mee Family Law


To do justice to Antonia Mee’s commitment towards her work and clients is a bit like trying to bottle fireflies. In my opinion, she embodies the best of the legal profession, possessing as she does a profound sense of right and wrong together with an unswerving focus on the macro and micro complexities, all delivered with a deep connection not just to her client’s best interests, but to that of the family. She is an unfailingly charming ally. I am deeply grateful to her for her advocacy, compassion, hard-work, and above all, for the trust she instils.




From the first call we had, you [Natalie Sutherland] were very helpful and honest about the case and the situation I was in. I was impressed by your instant grasp of the facts and the first-class advice and guidance I received at every step. You were unbeatable…You [Natalie] were thorough, fair, and transparent and you established justice for my family. I got a lot more than total support from you and the process was immensely helped by your insightful and accurate expertise. I cannot recommend you highly enough…You have always been immediately available to discuss any developments and I have always felt that my matter was given priority as an important individual client.




I was blown away with the professional and implacable service and the positive results I received at Burgess Mee Family Law. Every team member was extremely thoughtful, detailed, knowledgeable and very thorough. In addition to Kirsty Morris’ professional skills, I was impressed with her friendly manner and composure. I very much recommend Burgess Mee Family Law and would be very happy to reengage with them in the future if required.