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”.