Awards and rankings

2019

Dawson Cornwell Top Ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 


We have been ranked as the only Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross-Border Disputes and as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial Law.

There are 6 Partners, 2 Senior Associates and an Associate who have been recognised in the directory. For Children: Cross-Border Disputes, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is the sole “Star Individual”, Carolina Marin Pedreño is ranked in the top Band 1, James Netto is ranked as a “Star Associate” and Colin Rogerson is an “Associate to Watch”. For Family/Matrimonial, Kate Allen, Russell Bywater and Rhiannon Lewis are all ranked as Leading Individuals, Izzy Walsh is also listed as an “Associate to Watch”. Zoe Fleetwood is ranked as a “Leading Individual” for Children: Public Law Matters.
 
The directory describes Dawson Cornwell as being "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. Int'l expertise complemented by strong offering of dual qualified sols. Leads way on cutting edge cross border issues such as surrogacy."

 

Dawson Cornwell ranked as a Top Tier Firm by the Legal 500, 2018-2019


We are ranked as Tier 1 Firm for family law. The Legal 500 is one of the two main industry standard directories.

A total of 9 lawyers have been singled out for individual mention for family law. Partners, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE , QC (Hon), Kate Allen and Zoe Fleetwood are listed in the elite “Leading Individual” list. Senior Associates, Jessica Reid and Colin Rogerson have been listed in the “Next Generation Lawyers” list. Partners, Russell Bywater and Charlotte Conner are recommended. along with Associates, Caroline Korah and James Netto.

The firm has also been ranked in 2 further practice areas; Family: Mediation and Court of Protection. Partner, Jeremy Abraham is listed as a Leading Individual for Mediation and Senior Associate, Jessica Reid is also recommended. Jeremy Abraham and Associate, Anna Shadbolt are both recommended for Court of Protection.

Dawson Cornwell is described by Legal 500 as “a leader in the field of international children’s law offering a bespoke service to clients from all walks of life in many different countries who want the best legal representation and support“. Anne-Marie Hutchinson  has a “stellar reputation“ particularly in the field of child abduction. It also has “some excellent practitioners in the area of matrimonial finance“. The “excellent“ Kate Allen  has “impeccable judgement“ and Russell Bywater  “passionately fights his clients’ corner“. Zoe Fleetwood “strives hard to achieve the right outcome and to ensure that the client gets the best care“. Charlotte Conner is also “very supportive of her clients“. The team has a number of “first-class younger lawyers who are also beginning to make their mark“ among them senior associate Colin Rogerson who is an “unsung hero both domestically and internationally“ particularly in the area of surrogacy, parentage and assisted reproduction. Jessica Reid has an “excellent manner with clients“. The “diligent“ James Netto has a “wide breadth of experience in child abduction“ and Caroline Korah  “works tirelessly for her clients providing practical and supportive legal advice”.

 

2018

Dawson Cornwell wins Family Law Firm of the Year - London award


We were announced as winners at the Family Law Awards 2018

A judging panel decided that Dawson Cornwell had demonstrated that  it provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm, with external lawyers and other professionals. The Family Law Awards ceremony took place in London and was attended by nearly 600 members of the family law community.

 

Dawson Cornwell Ranked by Chambers High Net Worth 2018


Chambers High Net Worth has announced that Da

wson Cornwell has been ranked as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth - UK law.

Boutique firm Dawson Cornwell is especially well known for handling children law matters. "I think their biggest strength is in international children work. They are arguably the leading firm," observes an interviewee, and another source says: "They have such a powerful practice in the child work."

"They are unusually broad as a department, wit

h an excellent financial offering, and it's also backed up by their children department, which is one of the top three in London," says a fellow family lawyer, adding: "It's a very, very good firm. Their whole ethos is to do a very good job for their clients, but not be pointlessly aggressive."

Partners Russell BywaterRhiannon Lewis and Kate Allen have been ranked as Leading Individuals.

 

2018 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms


Dawson Cornwell has been named as one of eprivateclient’s Top Family Law Firms.

The aim of the initiative is to identify, recognise, introduce & promote the Top Family Law Firms. They survey over 100 family law firms in the UK and the rankings are based on data received on areas such as number of partners, number of fee earners, total number of staff, total fee income and fee income as a percentage of firm total income.

 

Dawson Cornwell Top Ranked by Chambers and Partners 2018


Dawson Cornwell has been ranked as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial law and, the only Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross-Border Disputes.

A total of 7 lawyers have been singled out for individual mention. For Children:Cross-Border Disputes, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon) is the sole "Star IndividualCarolina Marín Pedreño is ranked in the top Band 1 and James Netto is ranked in "Associates to watch". For Family/Matrimonial, Kate Allen, Rhiannon Lewis and Russell Bywater are all ranked as Leading Individuals, along with Zoe Fleetwood who is included for Children: Public Law Matters.

 

Recommended Family Lawyers, The Spear's 500 2018


Dawson Cornwell partners  Rhiannon Lewis and Kate Allen  have been included as Distinguished Individuals in the Spear's 500 2018 index.

The Spear's 500 is the indispensable guide to the top private client advisers, wealth managers, lawyers amd service providers for High Net Worth individuals.

 

2017

 

Dawson Cornwell ranked as a Top Tier Firm by the Legal 500, 2017


Dawson Cornwell has been ranked as Tier 1 Firm for family law by the Legal 500, 2017. The Legal 500 is one of the two main industry standard directories.

A total of 12 lawyers have been singled out for individual mention for family law. Partners, Kate Allen, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) and Zoe Fleetwood are listed in the elite “Leading Individual” list. Senior Associates, Jessica Reid and Colin Rogerson have been listed in the “Next Generation Lawyers” list. A further 4 partners; Rhiannon Lewis, Carolina Marin Pedreno, Charlotte Conner and Jeremy Abraham are recommended, along with Senior Associate Lisette Dupre and Associates Katherine Res Pritchard and James Netto.

The firm has also been ranked in 2 further practice areas; Family: Mediation and Court of Protection. In these practice areas, partner Jeremy Abraham is listed as a “Leading Individual” for Mediation and recommended for Court of Protection.

Dawson Cornwell is described as “an outstanding supporter of mediation” and is noted for having a “a strong team of talented lawyers who are tactical, experienced and pragmatic and always seeks the best for their clients. It can handle the heavyweight, complex and cross-jurisdictional cases well, with particular renowned specialist expertise in all kinds of international children cases”.

 

Dawson Cornwell Ranked by Chambers High Net Worth 2017


Chambers High Net Worth has announced that Dawson Cornwell has been ranked as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth - UK law.

The guide describes that "Boutique family law firm Dawson Cornwell has a standout reputation for children's law. "They've really grown," remarks one interviewee. "Their children work is second to none." The firm also acts and advises on more general matters of family law, including high-value matrimonial finance cases and cohabitation.

In addition to litigation, the firm has a strong practice handling mediated and collaborative solutions to family matters."

Partners Rhiannon Lewis and Kate Allen have been ranked as Leading Individuals.

 

5 Dawson Cornwell Solicitors Ranked in Citywealth Leaders List 2017


Dawson Cornwell partners Russell Bywater, Rhiannon Lewis, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) and Kate Allen, along with Senior Associate Jessica Reid have been included in the Citywealth Leaders List 2017.

The Citywealth Leaders List is a directory of leading professionals in the private wealth management and private client industry. The list brings together lawyers, accountants, family offices, private bankers and trustees who deal with private clients with fortunes in excess of £20 million but often up to several billion. The list is the result of an ongoing year-long programme of peer recommendation and verification.

 

Dawson Cornwell Top Ranked by Chambers & Partners, 2017


Chambers & Partners, one of the two main industry standard directories, has announced that Dawson Cornwell has been ranked as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial law and, specifically, as a Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross-Border Disputes.

A total of 6 partners have been singled out for individual mention. For Children: Cross-Border Disputes Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC Hon is the sole “Star Individual” in the category, with partner Carolina Marín Pedreño ranked at the top in Band 1. For Family/Matrimonial, partners Kate Allen, Rhiannon Lewis and Russell Bywater are ranked along with Zoe Fleetwood for Children: Public Law Matters.

 

2016

Top Tier Firm, 2016, The Legal 500


Dawson Cornwell has been ranked as a Top Tier Firm for Family Law by the Legal 500;  which described the firm as "renowned for its expertise in international childens cases of all kinds, whether it be surrogacy, relocation or forced marraige/stranded spouses, while its breadth of experience in financial matters enables it to act on the full range of cases from the smallest to the largest"

A total of 10 lawyers were singled out for individual mention.  For family law, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is listed in the elite "Leading Lawyer" list.  A further 5 partners; Rhiannon Lewis, Kate Allen, Carolina Marin Pedreno, Charlotte Conner and Zoe Fleetwood are recommended, along with Associate Colin Rogerson.

The firm has also been ranked in 2 further practice areas; Family: Mediation and Court of Protection.  In these practice areas, partner Jeremy Abraham is recommended along with Associate Katherine Res Pritchard.

 

Top 25 Family Law Firm Award


Dawson Cornwell has received one of eprivateclient’s Top 25 Family Law Firms 2016 Awards.

This award, which was formally announced on 4th July 2016, was the result of a survey of law firms throughout the UK. The top 25 were selected by eprivateclient on the basis of an assessment of ten factors of which five key criteria are published in the rankings. The Top 25 Family Law Firm awards compliment eprivateclient’s Top 25 series; Law Firms, Trust Companies, Accountancy Firms and Residential Property Buyers.

 

Leading Firm 2016, Chambers High Net Worth


Chambers High Net Worth is a brand new publication which lists "the worlds leading high net worth advisors".  

Dawson Cornwell has been ranked as a Leading Firm and is described as "a respected boutique family law firm .....offering high quality matrimonial services .... Members of the group are capable of taking a collaborative approach to matters, while they are also adept at tackling litigation and participating in mediation"

Partners Rhiannon Lewis and Kate Allen have been ranked as Leading Individuals.

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Solicitors Journal Team of the Year Award 2016 shortlisting


Dawson Cornwell was shortlisted for Solicitors Journal Family Law Team of the Year Award 2016. The firm was nominated in recognition, the judges said, of having acted in a phenomenal 32 reported cases, including one in the European Court of Human Rights, three in the Supreme Court and eight in the Court of Appeal.

The practice also epitomises what a modern family law practice should look like: many of the lawyers are cross qualified in more than one jurisdiction and/or fluent in a foreign language – a feat which impressed the panel”

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2015

SuperLawyers


Dawson Cornwell has had six partners selected, in 2015, to the prestigious London SuperLawyers list and one partner selected as a Rising Star.

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBERussell BywaterRhiannon LewisKate Allen and Jeremy Abraham are all singled out as London SuperLawyers.    Carolina Marin Pedreno is singled out as a Rising Star.

A SuperLawyers selection is described as "a recognition reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice"

Note: The London SuperLawyers Directory was discontinued in 2016

 

Leading Firm 2015, Chambers & Partners


Described as fielding "an outstanding team of experienced partners", Dawson Cornwell has once again been ranked as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial and as a Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross Border Disputes.

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE is selected again as the sole "Star Individual" whilst partners Russell BywaterRhiannon LewisKate Allen and Carolina Marin Pedreno are ranked as Leading Individuals.

 

Leading Firm 2015, The Legal 500 


Dawson Cornwell has now been ranked as a Leading Firm by the Legal 500 not only for Family Law but also for Mediation and Court of Protection work. 

Five partners have been recommended. Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, is ranked in the elite "Leading Lawyer" list, whilst Kate Allen and Carolina Marin Pedreno are recommended for Family Law.  Partner and mediator, Jeremy Abraham, is recommended in two categories; for Family: Mediation and for Court of Protection.

 

Jordans Family Law Awards 2015


We are delighted that, this year, two of our lawyers, solicitor Lisette Dupré and Family Law Executive Wendy Ramus  have been shortlisted for awards by Jordans Family Law Awards 2015.

Lisette Dupre has been shortlisted for Family Law Associate of the Year 2015, the criteria for which is having "made a major contribution to the field of family law through their practice, shown that they have provided outstanding client service and demonstrated teamwork within their firm, with external lawyers and/or other professionals"

Wendy Ramus has been shortlised in the Family Law Chartered Legal Executive or Paralegal of the Year 2015 category as an individual "who the family law community recognise as having demonstrated excellence in their role".  As a shortlisted candidate, Wendy was invited to complete Jordans' A day in the life of Wendy Ramus

 

IKWRO True Honour Award


Sulema Jahangir has been presented by the True Honour Judges of the Iranian and Kurdish Womens’ Rights Organisation (IKWRO), with an Award of Special Recognition of a Professional Working to End "Honour" Based Violence. She is one of only four winners of a Special Recognition Award out of a total of 15 outstanding nominees.

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