Awards and rankings

2021

 

Top Ranked by Chambers and Partners 2022


We are once again ranked as the only Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross-Border Disputes and as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial Law and Children: Public Law Matters.

An interviewee calls the firm "a leader in family law, especially in cases with an international element. Their knowledge of the relevant law and client care set them apart." "They're brilliant at using the court system to get an outcome that supports the wishes of the children involved," a respondent notes. One client also states, "I felt that the whole firm was behind me as one person, which reassured me that I was in excellent hands at Dawson Cornwell."

We are known for having a strong all-round offering in public and private children law. We also advise on contentious, high-value divorces, with dedicated departments operating for each area. Renowned for housing a collection of leading experts in cross-border issues, our International expertise is complemented by a strong offering of dual-qualified solicitors. We also lead the way on cutting-edge cross-border issues such as surrogacy.

We have 5 Partners recognised in the directory.

For Children: Cross-Border Disputes Carolina Marín Pedreño is ranked in Band 1 and described as being "hugely experienced with an international profile. She is extraordinarily good with clients and sees cases in a strategic way. She's hugely talented and takes on many big cases. She's first class." Colin Rogerson who "has an encyclopaedic mind when it comes to surrogacy and the international movement of children" is ranked in Band 2. Sulema Jahangir is now recognised as an Associate to Watch and is described as "a fantastic, empathetic family lawyer” who is "very knowledgeable about Islamic issues within family matters." Russell Bywater who acts on financial proceedings with complex domestic and cross-border trusts, non-marital assets and company structures and Kate Allen who is “a very strong litigator and a very strategic lawyer. She gives everything to her cases" are both ranked as Leading Individuals.

Chambers and Partners is one of the leading industry directories.

 

Dawson Cornwell ranked as Top Tier Firm, by the Legal 500, 2022


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

We are described by the Legal 500 as a firm with “immense foreign expertise and a first-rate children department which is at the forefront of private children law disputes, difficult public law cases, child abduction and other areas such as forced marriages, surrogacy and parentage arrangements. It also has a significant practice that deals with financial provision for children.” Kate Allen advises on all areas of domestic and international family law including high-net-worth financial settlements, children disputes and cohabitation. Russell Bywater is another known name for his work on difficult cases involving non-disclosure, overseas assets and offshore trusts. We are praised as being “the best firm for international family law” and the practice “remains at the forefront of international children cases...the children team is being led by the brilliant Carolina Marín Pedreño. It is a close knit team with a huge depth and breadth of experience in children cases and in particular international children cases.”

“Dawson Cornwell is one of the premier boutique family law firms. What makes it unique is the depth of the experience and the diversity of the team to deal with all matters relating to family law, whether it be finances, children, or complex questions of international private law. All of the individuals I have worked with in the firm are fully committed to the clients and providing the best possible advice in terms of strategy to suit the clients’ needs.”

Two of our partners are listed in the elite “Leading Individual” list: Russell Bywater is “a true force of nature. He really redefines what empathy in a professional sense can look like and lives the journey with you every step of the way but always with a solution focused and forward looking ethos. He is fearless. He made me feel like a movie star in the client care he gives. He is like a true chess grandmaster and is thinking several moves ahead as always. He is calm and knows all the moves to play and can contain his clients’ emotions like nobody else.” “Kate Allen’s stellar reputation proved to be well-deserved. From our first meeting, Kate was laser-focused on me, my position and my objectives. She adapted her approach to best reflect my changing perspectives and circumstances. At times, she saved me from myself. Kate ably combines legal rigor, steadfast advocacy and empathy.”

Additionally partners Carolina Marín Pedreño, Colin Rogerson, Lisette Dupré and Jessica Reid have all been named in the “Next Generation Partner” list: Carolina Marín Pedreño is “hardworking, tactical, impressively intelligent Head of the Children team. Particularly strong on international children cases with a real feel for the right answer or the optimal answer for a client.” Colin Rogerson knows everything there is to know about surrogacy law, both domestic and international. He also has considerable experience with cases in other areas related to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.”

Lisette Dupré is ”immensely talented. She is as savvy as she is intelligent, and is not afraid to ask the client the difficult questions when necessary. When working with her, there is a real sense of a team effort, and her contributions are invaluable.”

Two of our Senior Associates are singled out as “Rising Stars”: Amy Barrow who is an integral part of our “deep bench of divorce law talent and experience” and Forum Shah who is “very bright. She is always one step ahead in litigation. She has represented a number of young people in difficult private law proceedings.”

We consider that our matrimonial team holds its own against other much larger firms: “It is the optimally-sized firm: large enough to be at the forefront of emerging trends in divorce law, yet small enough to provide its clients with the dedicated attention of senior lawyers.” “Dawson Cornwell is the full Rolls Royce package for financial remedies. The whole ethos is very client-driven, deadlines are met and correspondence is forthright but solution-focused. Lay clients feel very safe.” Three of our lawyers are “recommended” being Partner Charlotte Conner who “ is as good as family law solicitors get. She is personable, super-intelligent and on the ball. Her correspondence is superbly written and she knows exactly when to fight and when to settle” and Associates Amy Fullerton and Kate Brett.

And our children team is renowned: “It has one of the most unique pools of international children law talent and experience in the country which has survived in full force since Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon)’s untimely death.” “Dawson Cornwell is known as one of the most prestigious family law firms in the UK. It has some of the most exciting work in the field. The individuals at Dawson Cornwell are some of the best and the brightest.” Also “recommended” in the children team are Partner Sulema Jahangir, Senior Associate Charlotte Image-Flower and Solicitor Aysel Akhundova.

 

eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms 2021


Dawson Cornwell have once again the accolade of being named one of the 2021 eprivateclient Top Boutique Family Law Firms based on a comprehensive analysis of the leading law firms providing family law advice in the UK.  Our inclusion in Tier 1 highlights the high quality of advice we provide to our clients together with our excellent levels of client care.

 

Dawson Cornwell ranked by Chambers High Net Worth 2021


Chambers High Net Worth has announced that Dawson Cornwell has again been ranked as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth – UK Law

Dawson Cornwell's lawyers advise high net worth individuals on children and financial matters, often those with international issues.

A source explains: "The firm really is excellent. They really work in a truly collegiate manner and you get to know various individuals. There is good collaboration between the finance and child teams and you get a specialist in each when there is an international element."

Partners Russell Bywater, Kate Allen and Jessica Reid have been ranked as Notable Practitioners.

 

Recommended Family Lawyers, The Spear's 500 2021


Dawson Cornwell partners Kate Allen, Russell Bywater and Colin Rogerson have been included as Recommended Lawyers and partner Jessica Reid recognised as a Rising Star in the Spear's 500 2021 Family Law index.

The Spear's 500 is the indispensable guide to the top private client advisers, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for High Net Worth individuals.  These are drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as information gathered by Spear“s editorial and research teams.

 

Silver Winner of Citywealth Magic Circle Award 2021


These prestigious awards attract the leading professionals from the top firms and recognise the achievements of the industry during the last year.

"A tough year for the world proved to be a catalyst for wealth management as the necessity to sort out personal affairs came into focus. Congratulations to our 2021 Magic Circle Awards winners who stepped up for clients and embraced all challenges a digital world delivered."

Karen Jones, Editor, Citywealth

 

2020

 

Dawson Cornwell wins Family Law Case of the Year


We were announced as winners at the Family Law Awards 2020.
 
We won the award for Family Law Case of the year together with Coram Chambers and Harcourt Chambers for the case of Re NY (A Child) [2019] UKSC 49.
 
A judging panel decided that Dawson Cornwell had been involved with one of the most important family law cases that was concluded during the period April 2019 to April 2020.  The criteria included that the case may be significant in that it has established a precedent, determined a new legal principle or otherwise substantially affected the interpretation of existing law.

 

Top Ranked by Chambers and Partners 2021


We are once again ranked as the only Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross-Border Disputes and as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial Law and Children: Public Law Matters.

The directory describes us as “a very professional firm, well run and efficient" and as “being technically very strong lawyers, getting involved with the acrobatics of family law and having a number of practitioners within that space."

We have 6 Partners recognised in the directory. For Children: Cross-Border Disputes Carolina Marin Pedreño, “who is a walking encyclopaedia regarding cross-border issues” is ranked in Band 1 and “the technically able surrogacy lawyer”, Colin Rogerson is ranked as “Up and Coming”. For Family/Matrimonial, “outstanding family law solicitor” Kate Allen “who is very rigorous and methodical”, Russell Bywater “who is a strong advocate of his client’s corner” and “the brilliant” Catherine Thomas “who is at her best in complex high net worth cases” are all ranked as “Leading Individuals” whilst “the committed” and “unflappable” Zoe Fleetwood is ranked as a “Leading Individual” for Children: Public Law.

The directory recognises Dawson Cornwell’s “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. International expertise is complemented by a strong offering of dual-qualified solicitors. Leads the way on cutting-edge cross-border issues such as surrogacy.”

Chambers and Partners is one of the leading industry directories.

 

Dawson Cornwell ranked as Top Tier Firm, by the Legal 500, 2021


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

We are described by Legal 500 as a ‘firm of exceptionally dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable solicitors with an unparalleled case load of high-profile and complex international family law cases.’ The team is noted for ‘its coverage of all areas of family law, from big-money divorce cases to international child abduction, surrogacy, and legal aid and care proceedings.’ The team has recently been involved in many ground-breaking cases including three which reached the Court of Appeal and two which reached the Supreme Court. The team is led by Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon), who has ‘near legendary status’, and the ‘super bright’ Kate Allen. It has an outstanding children department and significant cross-border capabilities. Other strengths lie in advising on stranded spouse protection orders, surrogacy and parentage arrangements. Catherine Thomas is a name to note along with Zoë Fleetwood, who is accustomed to dealing with very serious cases involving non-accidental injury to a child, sexual abuse, trafficking, jurisdiction disputes and placements overseas.

Eleven of our lawyers have been singled out for individual recognition for family law.  Four of our partners are listed in the elite “Leading Individual” list: Kate Allen ‘is in a league of her own and is committed to achieving the best outcome for the client. She is exceptionally bright, very proactive and hands-on, and very creative in her thinking. Committed to avoiding court whenever possible. An excellent but tough opponent and an absolute pleasure to deal with both personally and professionally.’ Russell Bywater ‘has great judgement combined with a down-to-earth manner. He is canny but charming, a real gem.’ Catherine Thomas ‘has a gravitas and reputation far beyond her years. A real heavyweight in complex financial disputes. She is an intellectual powerhouse. She has a great head for strategic decisions, and provides advice which is always sound. Her client care skills are excellent and she inspires confidence.’ Zoë Fleetwood ‘is an amazing solicitor. Her preparation is meticulous and she has a good common-sense approach to difficult issues, as well as managing client expectations which allows them to have realistic goals.’  ‘She is senior and experienced, and has helped to shape the modern law on relocation.’

Partner Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is named in the “Hall of Fame” and ‘is approachable, incredibly quick to respond and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. But her greatest gift is her ability to see around corners when it comes to intractable problems- instead of getting stuck, she is able to apply principle to create new solutions. She is in a class of her own.’

Partners Carolina Marin Pedreño, Colin Rogerson, Lisette Dupré and Jessica Reid have all been named in the “Next Generation Partner” list:  Carolina Marin Pedreño ‘has strong experience at the highest level of international cases. Her tactical judgement is excellent, and her international links and knowledge are impressive.’ Colin Rogerson ‘is an expert in international surrogacy cases, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and practice in this field, and a meticulous approach to tactics.’ ‘He is well connected and well respected for his surrogacy work.’  Lisette Dupré ‘is very knowledgeable about jurisdiction issues in matrimonial finance cases.’ Jessica Reid ‘is an excellent choice: measured, responsive, great on paper and in person.’

Senior Associate Caroline Korah and Associate Amy Barrow are listed as “Rising Stars”.  Caroline Korah ‘is one of the best and brightest associates around. She has a lovely manner with clients and is clearly destined to follow in the footsteps of the other partners in her team.’  Amy Barrow ‘is an extremely impressive associate. She has an enthusiasm for academic learning which serves her extremely well. She is destined to go a long way in the field.’

Partner Jeremy Abraham has also been listed as a “Leading Individual” for mediation.

 

eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms 2020


Dawson Cornwell has once again been listed as one of eprivateclient's Top Family Law Firms in the UK.  We have been ranked in Tier 1 based on a survey of law firms throughout the UK, based on a thorough assessment of ten factors.

Now in its fifth year, the 2020 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms features 57 firms this year, divided into four tiers.  Our inclusion in the top tier highlights the high quality of advice we provide to our clients together with our excellent levels of client care.
 

 

Dawson Cornwell ranked by Chambers High Net Worth 2020


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

Dawson Cornwell is a boutique family law firm with solicitors that are "known for being technically very strong lawyers." It is seen as a top firm on private law children proceedings, particularly on complex and sensitive international child abduction cases.
In addition to the international child abduction work for which it is best known, the firm also handles a significant slate of cross-border divorce matters. Many of its clients are high net worth individuals or their spouses.
Partners Russell Bywater,  Kate Allen, Catherine Thomas and Jessica Reid have been ranked as Notable Practitioners.
 

Recommended and Rising Star Family Lawyers, The Spear's 500 2020


Dawson Cornwell partners Russell Bywater (Distinguished Individual), Kate Allen (Best of Breed), Catherine Thomas (Outstanding in field)Colin Rogerson (Best of Breed — Rising Star) and Jessica Reid (Young Turk — Rising Star) have been recognised in the Spear's 500 2020 index.

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


Dawson Cornwell Top Ranked by Chambers and Partners 2020


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

The directory describes us as "an excellent, first-rate family law firm, characterised by an innovative approach and a cast of top-flight experts in their field. It is consistently at the forefront of family law and involved in cases making new law."

We have 7 Partners and 1 Associate 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, Colin Rogerson is ranked as “Up and Coming” and James Netto is the sole “Star Associate”. For Family/Matrimonial, Kate Allen, Russell Bywater and Catherine Thomas are all ranked as Leading Individuals. Zoe Fleetwood is ranked as a “Leading Individual” for Children: Public Law Matters.

The directory recognises that Dawson Cornwell 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. International expertise is complemented by a 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, 2020


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 11 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. Partners, Carolina Marín Pedreño, Colin RogersonJessica Reid and Lisette Dupré have been listed in the "Next Generation Partners" list and Associates, Caroline Korah and James Netto are listed as "Rising Stars". Partner, Russell Bywater and Senior Associate, Sulema Jahangir are also recommended.

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 he is recommended for Court of Protection.

Dawson Cornwell is described by Legal 500 as having the "greatest concentration of talent in the UK in international cases involving children". This skilled team has substantial international expertise both at partner and associate level and it has an established Spanish desk and a newly formed Pakistan desk. Its lawyers cover 19 languages and its matrimonial and children teams are both well-placed to respond to complex and novel international cases. The group also has substantial expertise in other niche areas such as UHNW surrogacy. "The team is absolutely outstanding on children matters, particularly those with an international element. The experience and expertise of the partners and associates is unrivalled, and the quality of the work is superb. The firm is energetic and engaged" Anne-Marie Hutchinson  is a "living legend who has dominated the field of international children law for many years". The "incredibly bright and articulate" Kate Allen "attracts wealthy clients who wish to conduct their cases well" and Russell Bywater "passionately fights his clients' corner whilst giving reassuring and sensible advice behind the scenes". Zoe Fleetwood "is at the top of her game in children matters and is utterly dedicated to her clients" and Carolina Marin Pedreño "has a great client manner and a very good tactical mind".  Colin Rogerson "is the surrogacy guru" who "knows the law inside out", the "immensely knowledgeable and superb" Lisette Dupré, and Jessica Reid who his recognised as a next generation partner.  The "quite simply brilliant" James Netto is "absolutely dependable and has amazing insight into international children matters", Caroline Korah "is a highly dedicated lawyer who fearlessly represents her clients' interest" and Sulema Jahangir stands out for her "knowledge and experience in very sensitive matters".


2019

Dawson Cornwell ranked by Chambers High Net Worth 2019 


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

Boutique firm Dawson Cornwell is held in very high regard by leaders in the field, particularly for the lawyers’ expertise in private children work. Sources say that the firm has a "market-leading cross-border team," dealing with particularly complex children work, including kidnapping and abduction, but is recognised for doing "very serious international finance work" too, according to peers.

The firm is commended for working with legal aid clients, as well as high net worth individuals, and market insiders recognise that "everybody gets a high calibre of service from the firm."

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



eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms 2019


Dawson Cornwell has been named as one of eprivateclient’s Top Family Law Firms (Tier 1)

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, total number of staff, total fee income as a percentage of firm total income.



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 Dawson 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, with 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 and 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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