Firm Profile > Burgess Mee Family Law > London, England

Burgess Mee Family Law

Family Tier 4

Burgess Mee Family Law specialises exclusively in family law: its work comprises divorce and civil partnership dissolutions, financial remedy cases and private children disputes such as leave to remove applications. Other areas of expertise include nuptial and cohabitation agreements as well as disputes between cohabiting couples. The team is increasingly involved in cases with an international dimension and frequently acts in high-value matters. Department heads Antonia Mee and Peter Burgess are highly respected. David Lillywhite and Henrietta Thomas are also recommended.

Practice head(s):


‘Magic Circle level of advice at affordable prices. Peter Burgess is excellent and pragmatic. Antonia Mee is really person centred and is warm, clear and approachable. Her straight talking means clients feel safe and know exactly where they are at all times

Peter Burgess and Antonia Mee have built an incredibly strong team over the years, which has seen the firm going from strength to strength. They offer an extremely professional service which can compete with anything offered by the larger City firms but also retain the more personal approach

‘Pete and Antonia are at the helm of a growing practice and giving other firms a run for their money with their competitive rates. Peter Burgess is exceptionally bright, direct, and very nice. Antonia Mee is firm, very hardworking and doesn’t shy away from a battle

‘Burgess Mee has a growing reputation as an excellent family firm punching well above its weight. Its lawyers exhibit a wide range of skills to suit all clients.  Peter Burgess’ huge intellect, combined with his experience and knowledge of the law, makes him a superb and rounded lawyer

Burgess Mee is a high-quality, growing boutique family law firm. Antonia Mee is very experienced and sees the person not just the legal problem. She is very astute and knowledgeable

‘A niche firm with excellent partners and great recruitment, which is growing from strength to strength. David Lillywhite is a shining beacon of a clear legal mind, calm determination and clarity of advice given at every stage – a pleasure to work with

‘David Lillywhite is a top-rate solicitor with the patience of a saint’

‘Henrietta Thomas is an excellent, well-rounded lawyer. Robert Micklem  is very reassuring and concise in his explanation of the law and legal process

‘Natalie Sutherland has the ability to see the facts of a case and we were incredibly impressed that she was able to see aspects of our case that we were blind to – being in the middle of it’

‘Natalie Sutherland immersed herself in our case and she knew it inside and out. She worked tirelessly to ensure that we had the opportunity to get the best outcome that was possible’

‘Natalie Sutherland is rigorous, responsive and very accessible. I have known her go well beyond her working day in order to provide me with timely advice.’

‘Natalie Sutherland is passionate about helping her clients and works tirelessly to ensure the best outcome. She is diligent, knowledgeable and always goes the extra mile’

Natalie Sutherland is forthright without being aggressive, sympathetic without being overly involved and, all-in-all, an outstanding solicitor’

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’.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partners Peter Burgess
Senior partners Antonia Mee
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Peter Burgess photo Mr Peter Burgess Partner
Ms Antonia Mee photo Ms Antonia Mee Partner
Ms Natalie Sutherland photo Ms Natalie Sutherland Partner. Natalie is the firm’s specialist in Modern Families, practising in the…
Ms Henrietta Thomas photo Ms Henrietta Thomas Partner
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15

Equality and Diversity

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.