Firm Profile > Family Law in Partnership Ltd > London, England

Family Law in Partnership Ltd
Melbourne House, 44-46 Aldwych
Greater London

Family Tier 1

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'.

Family: mediation Tier 1

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’.

Based in Central London, this award-winning team of specialist family lawyers, arbitrators, mediators and counsellors offers excellence across all aspects of family law with a distinctive, client-centred approach. The firm has a wide-ranging client base covering both national and international clients from all walks of life.

The firm: Family Law in Partnership is widely recognised as one of the country’s leading family law practices. The firm was the first practice to bring together lawyers, mediators and counsellors in a holistic approach to the resolution of relationship issues. Although known for its constructive and conciliatory approach to family law, Family Law in Partnership is highly effective in litigation and has acted on numerous ground-breaking cases. The firm uses its depth and breadth of expertise to provide solutions that are entirely client-focused.

Family Law in Partnership has close relationships with a network of trusted advisers both at home and abroad to ensure it offers real depth and breadth of knowledge. The firm is represented on a wide range of national and international family law associations including the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Through its work with third-party agencies and the government, Family Law in Partnership continually looks for better ways to help clients navigate the divorce and separation process. The experience gained and contacts fostered as a result of the firm’s involvement with these organisations are used for the benefit of each and every client.

Family Law in Partnership’s comprehensive family practice offers clients a unique blend of specialist family law advice complemented by a range of family support services, including counselling and parenting classes. At the heart of everything that Family Law in Partnership does is a desire to use the depth and breadth of its expertise to provide tailored solutions which deliver the very best outcomes for clients.

Types of work undertaken: Family Law in Partnership offers expertise of the highest quality across all areas of family law. The firm’s lawyers regularly advise on cases involving financial complexity, including those with an international dimension, hidden assets, family companies and complex trust structures. Family Law in Partnership is highly regarded for its experience in advising parents on issues concerning their children, particularly removal from the jurisdiction, same-sex parenting and surrogacy. The firm’s lawyers have considerable expertise in advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and pre- and post-civil partnership agreements for both domestic and international clients. Family Law in Partnership’s expertise in acting for cohabitants and civil partners on issues such as financial claims, children matters and relationship agreements is second to none.

Family Law in Partnership has market-leading family lawyers, mediators, collaborative lawyers and arbitrators, and offers clients a range of process options, including robust litigation, solicitor-led negotiation, collaborative law, mediation and arbitration. The firm works carefully with clients to select the process best suited to their needs. Family Law in Partnership’s expertise in out-of-court settlement options can provide clients, in particular those in the public eye, with privacy and discretion in dealing with the sensitive issues they face.


Department Name Email Telephone
David Allison +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Out-of-hours contact James Pirrie 07989 303637
Gillian Bishop +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Daniel Coombes +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Elizabeth Fletcher +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Helen Greenfield +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Nicole Hackett +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Bradley Williams +44 (0)20 7420 5000
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Allison  photo David Allison
 Gillian Bishop  photo Gillian Bishop
 Harriet Burge  photo Harriet Burge
 Pamela Collis  photo Pamela Collis
 Daniel Coombes  photo Daniel Coombes
 Elizabeth Fletcher  photo Elizabeth Fletcher
 Helen Greenfield  photo Helen Greenfield
 Nicole Hackett  photo Nicole Hackett
 Ann Northover  photo Ann Northover
 Nicole Phillips  photo Nicole Phillips
 James Pirrie  photo James Pirrie
 Dominic Raeside  photo Dominic Raeside
 Felicity Shedden  photo Felicity Shedden
 Ruth Smallacombe  photo Ruth Smallacombe
 Charlotte Symes  photo Charlotte Symes
 Bradley Williams  photo Bradley Williams
 Mariko Wilson  photo Mariko Wilson
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 18