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Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP

Private client > Family Tier 2

Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP ’ is one of the most well-established family boutiques in central London. It has a stellar reputation for high-end family work’. It has an excellent reputation for protecting its clients in the public eye and has one of the leading Anglo-French practices for family law cases. All of its partners are collaboratively trained and several are practising mediators. It is well placed to handle significant international work as four of its partners are fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Tom Amlot is highly regarded for his work on high-value complex asset cases. Sara Hannell  has  also got a substantial HNW international case load. Emma Harte  is well-regarded for her high-value litigation expertise. William Healing is well-known for his large European and international practice that focuses on cases with a French component.

Other key lawyers:

Tom Amlot; William Healing; Katie Longmate; Sara Hannell; Magnus Mill; Emma Harte


‘This boutique firm has managed to keep the very high standards it has always maintained by recruiting carefully and not over-expanding. The quality of its lawyers from the top to the bottom is outstanding. They are particularly strong in cases with an international element’.

‘Sara Hannell is an outstanding all round family lawyer equally at home with financial work or children work. She is phenomenally bright and brings a real intellectual rigour to any case strategy. She has wonderful client skills, able to bring great empathy as well as being able to give clear and realistic advice. An absolute star’.

‘AFP is one of the best firms for high profile divorces. They have great strength in depth with some of the best partners and associates. Sara Hannell is an outstanding solicitor in every respect. She is enormously bright, ferociously determined and displays great empathy towards her clients. She works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome’.

‘Tom Amlott is a fantastic solicitor who deploys a winning combination of great charm, fabulous legal knowledge and tactical nous to craft the best solutions for his clients‘.

‘They are very client focussed and specialist firm with a ’boutique’ feel. I have always found them to be very professional and, above all, they think critically and deeply about the issues in a case. William Healing – highly analytical and intellectual. A master of cross jurisdiction work and the complex law that applies. Katie Longmate – Polished, professional and really hardworking.’

‘An excellent collection of partners with considerable experience. Magnus Mill never breaks sweat under the greatest pressure. Tom Amlott pursues his client’s cause with creativity and intelligence. William Healing has an irrepressible conviction in his own clients that pays dividends’.

‘Katie Longmate is the go-to partner at AFP. She is extremely diligent and forward thinking, and her clients love her’.

‘I worked with and would highly recommend Emma Harte, who always impresses with her excellent judgment. Her calm and likeable personality should not be mistaken for softness, and a steely temperament underpins this most capable lawyer’.

Alexiou Fisher Philipps is a specialist niche matrimonial and family law practice described as ‘a distillation of the finest family law talent’.

The firm: Alexiou Fisher Philipps is a specialist niche family law practice created in July 2001 by its founding partners Douglas Alexiou, Jeremy Fisher and Susan Philipps. Since then the partnership has increased to include Emma Harte, Sara Hannell, Tom Amlot, Magnus Mill, Katie Longmate and, most recently, William Healing.

The firm is particularly well known for its international work, and for its expertise in the financial consequences of the breakdown of relationships and the resolution of disputes relating to children. Many of the firm’s cases involve substantial assets and complex issues, and the firm has featured in several of the largest cases that have gone through the courts in the last few years.

Alexiou Fisher Philipps has a wide-ranging client base, from the professional, to the aristocracy, from entrepreneurs to entertainers, from the media to merchant bankers.

Douglas Alexiou is a past president of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a past president of its European chapter.

Susan Philipps is a Resolution-trained mediator and a collaborative family lawyer. She is also a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, as is Emma Harte, who is also an accredited Resolution mediator and former chair of its ADR committee. Sara Hannell, Tom Amlot and William Healing are also all fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Magnus Mill joined Alexiou Fisher Philipps in February 2015 and has particular expertise in offshore asset holding structures. Katie Longmate joined the partnership in 2016 having previously been a senior associate. She has particular expertise in relation to child relocation cases as well as the drafting and negotiation of pre-nuptial agreements.

William Healing is the latest addition to the partnership, having joined the firm in May 2017. William is particularly well known for his French practice.

Types of work undertaken: Alexiou Fisher Philipps provides comprehensive expertise in all areas of family law. These include every aspect of divorce and separation, cohabitation and paternity disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, the resolution of complex financial claims and all issues relating to children, including those involving jurisdictional considerations. A wide range of emergency procedures are handled, including injunctions concerning child abduction and freezing of assets

Members of the firm are often consulted on a preliminary basis by people contemplating marriage who wish to consider the impact of marriage and the relevance of pre-nuptial contracts, particularly where there are competing jurisdictions in play.

Partners: Susan Philipps
Partners: Emma Harte
Partners: Sara Hannell
Partners: Tom Amlot
Partners: Magnus Mill
Partners: Katie Longmate
Partners: William Healing
Tom Amlot photo Tom AmlotPartner dealing with all aspects of family law.
Sara Hannell photo Sara HannellPartner specialising in all aspects of family law, including financial matters and…
Emma Harte photo Emma HartePartner specialising in all aspects of family law, including financial matters and…
William Healing photo William HealingInternational family law specialist with a particular emphasis on French cases and…
Katie Longmate photo Katie LongmatePartner practising in all aspects of family law.
Magnus Mill photo Magnus MillMagnus handles all aspects of family law with a particular emphasis on…
Susan Philipps photo Susan PhilippsPartner specialising in all areas of family and matrimonial law.
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 5