Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Strong all-round offering in public and private children law. Also advises on contentious, high-value divorces, with dedicated departments operating for each area. Renowned for housing a collection of leading experts in cross-border issues.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are straightforward, reliable, prompt and very human. They explain what's going on and are supportive in stressful and frightening situations. You know that they are working on your behalf."
"They are excellent, knowledgeable, approachable and welcoming, from the wonderfully efficient receptionist to the secretarial staff. One gets the impression that, as a client, you are known beyond the staff you are engaged with."
"The go-to person for cross-border matters," Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE is a tremendously experienced practitioner with an international reputation for all children issues, continuing to act in the most significant cases. Sources describe her as "a force of nature and leader in her field," adding: "She knows pretty much everything there is to know about international cases."
Kate Allen is a collaborative matrimonial practitioner dedicated to reaching settlements for her clients, who include City professionals and other businesspeople. Sources say she "has got a huge amount of intellectual vigour, is completely unafraid of a fight and cares enormously about her clients."
Rhiannon Lewis advises spouses and cohabitants on separation issues, and has particular expertise in prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Sources say she has a "very calm presence" and is "clever, emotionally intelligent and someone who can always see the bigger picture."
Russell Bywater handles complex breakdowns of relationships, including child maintenance and financial remedy matters. Sources say: "He is incredibly clever, quick-thinking, and very down-to-earth with clients. He builds an excellent rapport with them."
Carolina Marín Pedreño is "absolutely superb: very sure-footed and authoritative" and "provides certainty in the labyrinth of EU law on relocation and child abduction cases," according to commentators. She is qualified in both the UK and Spain and is an industry expert in multi-jurisdictional child issues.
Zoë Fleetwood is a recent partner at the firm specialising in public law issues where EU regulations are concerned. One impressed source comments: "She's fantastic, handles a heavy caseload really well, works incredibly hard, is really good with clients and is very impressive."