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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.

  • Number of UK partners: 7
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 5

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