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Family Law in Partnership Ltd
Melbourne House, 46 Aldwych

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 1

Family Law in Partnership Ltd has a ‘progressive and holistic approach to dealing with the impact of family and relationship breakdown' - it receives plaudits for being 'hugely innovative in seeking to find ways to resolve complex family disputes' - the lawyers ‘are the leaders in this approach and should be hailed as trailblazers. They are also all excellent lawyers and jolly nice people to work with’. The group covers all types of mediation from child inclusive mediation to sole and co-mediation covering all issues. The practice has 14 family mediators including the highly regarded Dominic Raeside and Ruth Smallacombe. It advises clients from various backgrounds including celebrities, City professionals and middle-income to high-net-worth individuals. ‘FLIP was in the vanguard of the therapeutic approach to family law’. It is also praised for being ‘ unique for providing a service of the highest order with the greatest dose of humanity’.

Other key lawyers:

David Allison; Gillian Bishop; James Pirrie; Dominic Raeside; Ruth Smallacombe; Elizabeth Fletcher


‘Dominic Raeside is the go-to mediator for children and financial matters‘.

‘David Alison is a fabulous mediator and will always do a deal if there is one to be done. He is not scared of litigation but will consider all other avenues first‘.

‘FLIP is always ahead of its time and a leader in the field when it comes to out of court dispute resolution and wellbeing (both of clients and staff). Gillian Bishop for her fantastic supervision initiative. Elizabeth Fletcher for being so brilliant with clients‘.

A feature of the firm is conciliatory interaction; it is a universal feature practised by all partners and associates there‘.

‘The FLIP team has exceptional expertise in all areas and gives great support to lay clients. The team is always ahead of the field in terms of new and better methods and its market profile is exceptional‘.

‘It has a number of talented practitioners and the firm is particularly well known for its focus on well being‘.

With Gillian Bishop at the helm this firm has championed innovation in adr and well being. It is well known for its non confrontational approach to disputes that is highly impactful in terms of client results‘.

‘FLiP is the market leader in alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation and collaboration. The lawyers have a very holistic view to resolving the issues separating parties (particularly those with children) and everyone I have worked with rolls up their sleeves and does all possible to settle the cases’.

Private client > Family Tier 1

Family Law in Partnership Ltd  ‘remains the leading light for a mindful and progressive approach to family law disputes’. It has been busy advising various very high-profile individuals including members of the royal family in the UK and abroad, celebrities and ultra-wealthy business people. Recent work has involved advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements with significant international elements in addition to complex and high-value financial relief claims on divorce with complicated cross-border tax, trusts and pensions implications. It is also skilled at advising on private children law matters and on  difficult cases involving domestic abuse. The ‘well respectedGillian Bishop and the ‘deeply experiencedDavid Allison who has a ‘keen commercial eye‘  are singled out for praise along with the ‘extremely able and savvy litigatorDaniel Coombes who is strong on high-net-worth and international finance matters. Elizabeth Hicks is a ‘great hire and has an excellent reputation‘. The practice is renowned for its expertise across the full range of DR options from robust litigation to settlement outside the court process.  ‘Promising talentMariko Wilson and Charlotte Symes were promoted. ‘Every member of this team adopts a collaborative approach to cases, is an intelligent, empathic and highly-skilled lawyer, combining good judgement with a conciliatory approach’.

Other key lawyers:

David Allison; Gillian Bishop; Pamela Collis; James Pirrie; Bradley Williams; Daniel Coombes; Elizabeth Fletcher ; Elizabeth Hicks; Helen Greenfield; Charlotte Symes; Nicole Phillips; Mariko Wilson; Kara Swift; Grace Lawrence; Hannah Greene; Selena Arbe Barnes


With Gillian Bishop at the helm this firm has championed innovation in ADR and well being. It is well known for its non confrontational approach to disputes – that is highly impactful in terms of client results. Hannah Greene is whip smart, forensic and one to watch. Helen Greenfield is very experienced, fabulous with clients, and a highly effective lawyer both as a litigator and someone who tries to settle cases. David Allison is a stellar individual‘.

David Alison stands out as one of the best negotiators in the business. He is trusted by his peers and respected. David is the antidote to the toxic world of family breakdown. He is always completely on top of his brief, calm and collected; the most difficult cases appear simple and straight forward in his capable hands. David really does get the deal done. Helen Greenfield is organised, energetic and a delight to work with. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she does what she needs to do calmly and with kindness and good humour‘.

‘The team at FLiP has great strength in depth and adopts a principled approach to the cases that puts client first. I really rate Elizabeth Fletcher, who is pragmatic, sensible and child centred in her approach to cases. James Pirrie knows everything there is to know about child maintenance and is the Guru on this topic‘.

FLiP has a strong, people-orientated team. Charlotte Symes – Charlotte gives great technical advice.  We worked together on a very challenging matter which involved cross jurisdictional advice and action.  Despite it being a very technically challenging matter, Charlotte always remained available to talk to the client and provided clear and pragmatic advice throughout with a reassuring manner for the client in what could otherwise have been an extremely stressful situation‘.

‘The firm has significant experience in dealing with high value complex financial cases, especially hotly-contested disputes with international elements and involving trust structures and groups of companies. A recent case on which I worked with the team involved assets of more than $1 billion. Bradley Williams is responsive and has an in-depth knowledge of the case. He demonstrates an astute understanding of the underlying law and and the dynamics of the dispute, and has a good feel for strategy and the practicalities of the dispute. He is also a pleasure to deal with and is good at reassuring the client‘.

The FLIP team has exceptional expertise in all areas and gives great support to lay clients. The lawyers are always ahead of the field in terms of new and better methods and its market profile is exceptional. Kara Swift, still only an Associate in title and cost, would be exceptional in whichever field of law she chose. I am particularly glad that she chose Family. I completely depended on her for calm and effective advice – in what could have been an exceptionally difficult divorce but which Kara kept on track’.

Very bright and committed team. Thorough grasp of international law. Great on money cases and children too. Provides an exceptional service. Pamela Collis is very kind, able and experienced. Grace Lawrence is a delight to deal with and on the way up‘.

‘I was extremely impressed with Selena Arbe-Barnes. She was always on top of absolutely everything in our matter (whilst at the same time probably having many other cases requiring her attention). She was always flawlessly and meticulously prepared for client conferences and made excellence look effortless.’

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 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.

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David Allison photo David AllisonDavid is a director at Family Law in Partnership who has specialised…
Selena Arbe Barnes photo Selena Arbe BarnesSelena is an associate at Family Law in Partnership. She advises on…
Gillian Bishop photo Gillian BishopGillian is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She is a…
Harriet Burge photo Harriet BurgeHarriet is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She is a…
Pamela Collis photo Pamela CollisPamela is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She is a…
Daniel Coombes photo Daniel CoombesDaniel is a director at Family Law in Partnership. He handles a…
Elizabeth Fletcher photo Elizabeth FletcherElizabeth is a director at Family Law in Partnership. She focuses on…
Helen Greenfield photo Helen GreenfieldHelen is a director at Family Law in Partnership who advises on…
Nicole Hackett photo Nicole HackettNicole is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She specialises in…
Elizabeth Hicks photo Elizabeth HicksElizabeth is a director at Family Law in Partnership. She specialises in…
Grace Lawrence photo Grace LawrenceGrace is an associate at Family Law in Partnership. She advises on…
Nicole Phillips photo Nicole PhillipsNicole is an associate at Family Law in Partnership. She combines a warm,…
James Pirrie photo James PirrieJames is a director at Family Law in Partnership. He specialises in…
Dominic Raeside photo Dominic RaesideDominic is one of the five principals who founded Family Law in…
Ruth Smallacombe photo Ruth SmallacombeRuth is a senior accredited mediator and counsellor, practice consultant and trainer of…
Kara Swift photo Kara SwiftKara is an associate at Family Law in Partnership. She advises on…
Charlotte Symes photo Charlotte SymesCharlotte is a solicitor, collaborative practitioner and mediator. She advises on a…
Bradley Williams photo Bradley WilliamsBradley is a director at Family Law in Partnership. He has a…
Mariko Wilson photo Mariko WilsonMariko handles all aspects of private family law and has a broad range…
Number of UK partners : 9
Number of other UK fee-earners : 18
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Diversity & Inclusion at Family Law in Partnership: Our Statement of Principle Family Law in Partnership is determined that equality and diversity is maintained across our firm.

We value and are committed to treating all of our clients, and all of those working with our firm, equally.

No person working with, or potentially working with, Family Law in Partnership will receive less favourable treatment because of any “protected characteristic” namely:

  • age (or perceived age)
  • disability (past or present)
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership status
  • race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

No person dealing with Family Law in Partnership or employed by our firm will be disadvantaged by any terms or conditions that cannot be justified as necessary on operational grounds.

Everyone in the firm should feel able to contribute and have their opinion valued irrespective of protected characteristics or otherwise.

We aim to encourage, value and manage diversity and are committed to equality for our entire staff. Similarly, we expect those working with us to support us in working towards these aims and to appreciate that these principles of equality and diversity also apply to the manner in which we treat our clients, our business directors and visitors.

There are various aspects to this which include:

  • avoiding stereotypes and treating everyone as an individual;
  • ensuring documents, blogs and other written communication from the firm are gender neutral;
  • referring to individuals by their name (spelt and pronounced correctly);
  • avoiding assumptions that play into gender stereotypes; and
  • reminding our clients that any professionals that we propose for selection are proposed on the basis of expertise and not sex or other protected characteristics.

It should be remembered that these principles apply both in the workplace itself and outside in work-related situations where individuals may be considered to be representing our firm.