The guide states "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."
Russell Bywater has loads of experience. “He's clever and will pursue points that need pursuing," says an interviewee. He advises wealthy clients on financial proceedings and has expertise in cases with an international dimension. "He gives very to-the-point and pragmatic advice on the likely structure of a settlement," reports a source, who adds that he has "a good grasp of the technical and financial details."
Rhiannon Lewis tackles complex divorce matters, including financial settlements. She is a trained mediator and is also a mediation trainer. A source describes Lewis as an "experienced advocate" who is "clever empathetic."
Kate Allen handles cross-border and domestic family matters, including matrimonial finance cases and children disputes. "I always find Kate very straightforward to work with, collaborative in her approach, always looking to do a sensible deal. Kate is excellent," reports an interviewee. "She is very, very bright and very constructive. She is quite wily, she knows how to litigate. As opponent she is very tough and very constructive - you can have a row with her but in a constructive and good-humoured way," says a source.