Sources are quick to praise Charles Russell Speechlys for its "very strong" high net worth family offering. The group is well supported by the firm's expert private client team and acts on complex children's law cases, matters involving trusts and divorce, and has considerable expertise in the sports and media sector. Members of the team are also regularly involved in ADR proceedings.
"I think over the last few years the strength of the team has blossomed," says a source, adding: "They are very strong. One of their real plus points is that when any point arises in a case, they've got the team there to provide the answer and you get top representation."
James Freeman "is a complete star," enthuses a source, describing him as "very capable and very experienced with a canny knack for calling cases well." Adept at handling complex matters, his work often involves multiple jurisdictions, offshore financial structures and significant commercial enterprises. "I think he's excellent, very clever, tactical and personable," observes a commentator, who adds: "He's got perspective, he really thinks about his cases and has a plan about where he's going with them. He doesn't take bad points or small points, he is very good to work with. I think he's a really safe pair of hands."
William Longrigg is a "leading family lawyer" who is "particularly prominent in the international field," according to market sources. "He is a very able lawyer indeed and a very nice man to deal with," says one peer, adding: "If you have him on the other side you breathe a sigh of relief because you can be fairly confident that he'll be able to sort matters out." His practice focuses on divorce, financial protection arrangements and private law children's cases. He is the President of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
The "brilliant" Sarah Anticoni handles private law matrimonial and children's matters with a specific focus on complex financial claims in divorce proceedings. Anticoni often drafts pre- and post-marital agreements and is able to advise families on child relocation. A source describes her as "a very good lawyer," adding; "she is exceptionally good at trying to resolve matters."
Sarah Higgins is "knowledgeable, well respected and sensible," according to market sources. She advises on a wide range of family and matrimonial issues, including financial applications, civil partnership matters and private law children's applications. "She is really good! She's very thorough and on top of the detail of her cases," says an inteviewee. A source praises her "depth of experience in doing top-level work," adding: "She is very good at giving clients a balanced view of the strengths and weaknesses of the case." Higgins leads the family team at the firm.
Erica Shelton concentrates on complex international financial cases, often involving offshore tax and trust structures. "She is very experienced and intellectually very sharp," says a source, adding: "She understands complex trust and company structures." Shelton also handles non-financial disputes regarding children. "I like her a lot. She is very good with clients," says a peer.
The "fantastic" Miranda Fisher is "good, sensible and cooperative," according to interviewees. Her broad practice includes pre-nuptial agreements, financial settlements and child arrangements following divorce or separation. Fisher regularly tackles international cases and assists clients with financial settlement applications made to English courts following overseas divorce proceedings.
Grant Howell "is a good, strong lawyer" who is well regarded by sources for his "big-ticket work." Advising both married and unmarried high net worth individuals on all aspects of family law, Howell is able to assist on marital agreements, divorce, civil partnerships, property matters and arrangements for children. A source comments: "I would describe him as measured and very thorough. He is an all-round nice guy as well."
Shona Alexander recently joined Charles Russell Speechlys from Forsters. She frequently advises high net worth individuals and families on international financial matters involving business interests and offshore assets. Alexander also assists with children cases and marital agreements. One source comments: "I like her, and clients love her." She is a member of the London Family Solutions Collaborative Pod.