Nine members from Withers’ family team have been featured in Spear’s magazine’s 2014 Family Lawyers Index. The annual report is based on peer nominations of the UK’s leading family lawyers.
This year sees three of Withers’ lawyers in the top 10; Mark Harper and Diana Parker make reappearances, with Harper singled out as ‘formidable with the most complicated details of family law’ and Parker described as ‘one of London’s divorce lawyer queens’. Suzanne Todd is listed for the first time, with comments from peers rating her ‘common-sense approach’, ‘determination’ and ‘quiet confidence’. This follows on from Todd’s selection for The Lawyer’s Hot 100 report in January.
The Top Recommended section features partners James Copson, Michael Gouriet, Suzanne Kingston and Julian Lipson.
Copson is rated as ‘an excellent tactician’ with first-rate client-handling skills, while the report highlights Gouriet’s expertise in cohabitation cases, big-money disputes, multi-jurisdiction pre-nups and international children cases.
Kingston is described as ‘probably the lawyer in the index who covers the most diverse areas of family law’, as well as a top-quality teacher in arbitration and mediation. Lipson’s experience in complex multi-jurisdiction cases is noted, as is his ‘efficiency and common sense’.
The Rising Stars section includes partner Kate Landells and associate Emily Copson. The report highlights Copson’s work in co-founding a family law advice clinic, as well as her excellent work on complex cases, and the index describes how Landells is skilled at ‘nimbly hopping from theory… to practice’ in cases.