11th Oct 2019

Legal 500 UK 2020 – Leading Family Lawyers

Legal 500 UK 2020 has named five of Family Law in Partnership’s talented team of family and divorce lawyers as leading individuals for family law, with two of our lawyers, Gillian Bishop and James Pirrie, named in Legal 500’s Hall of Fame. This follows our recent success in reaching the Top Tier of London family lawyers in Legal 500 UK 2020.

Here is a little more information on Family Law in Partnership’s leading family lawyers, David Allison, Pamela Collis, Bradley Williams, James Pirrie, and Gillian Bishop:

Leading Individuals 

  1. David Allison (Director)

Legal 500 UK 2020 comments: David Allison has a beguiling gentle manner which shields a steely and focused determination to get the best possible outcome for his clients. He is clever and astute. He immediately sees the right result and gets there without any fuss. He makes the biggest problem seem manageable and his clients feel reassured. They should do. They are in capable hands”.

The focus of David’s practice is financial claims on divorce, particularly those with an international dimension, but he is also well known for his expertise in the legal issues affecting cohabitants, same sex couples and civil partners.

Other expertise: Trained mediator with FMA senior mediator status. David is an experienced collaborative lawyer and is a Resolution collaborative specialist.

Other notable awards and memberships: Member and former national chair Resolution; International Academy of Family Lawyers (chair of LGBT committee); former vice-chair of the Family Law Committee of the American Bar Association, International Section; UK & Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute.

Client quotes include: “I would like to take this opportunity to recommend David Allison to anyone seeking help with divorce or similar. David is calm and collected and has the ability to handle the most difficult of opposing solicitors and barristers with an assuredness that can only put you at your ease. For what was probably the most traumatic period of my life, he was able to give me the reassurance that the matter would be handled with proficiency and professionalism, despite the “other side” not acting in the same manner…..and the real test, I have used his services again in other less stressful matters”.

2. Pamela Collis (Consultant)

Legal 500 UK 2020 comments: “The rare combination of being fiercely intelligent and having amazing client skills“, “firm but fair”, “very bright” and “there is no one who knows more about big money financial claims”

Pamela’s primary focus is international and domestic family law matters particularly the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, private law children matters (including surrogacy and international relocation) and pre and post nuptial agreements. Pamela regularly deals with jurisdiction issues, cross border tax issues and cases involving complex business valuations.

Other expertise and memberships: Collaborative Family Law; The Law Society Family Law Panel; Resolution; International Academy of Family Lawyers; Advisory Board of the Marriage Foundation.

Notable awards: Best Lawyers 2020 named Pamela as one of the leading family lawyers in London.

Client quotes include: You were a life saver for me and I will never forget your kindness and support through the blackest of times

3. Bradley Williams (Director)

Legal 500 UK 2020 comments: Bradley Williams is smart, clever, hardworking and doesn’t miss a trick. He knows his cases inside out and offers his clients sound well informed and astute advice

Bradley has a comprehensive family law practice specialising in complex financial remedy applications, applications regarding the property of non-married couples and private children law issues. He has extensive experience of international family law cases. Bradley has dual Swiss British nationality and is fluent in German.

Other expertise: Bradley is a qualified mediator and family arbitrator (financial matters) and a collaborative lawyer.

Notable awards: Named Family Lawyer of the Year in the inaugural Spear’s Young Turk Awards.

Client quotes include: I was extremely lucky to have Bradley on my side – he was brilliant


4. James Pirrie (Director)

Legal 500 UK 2020 comments: “Breathtakingly knowledgeable”

James specialises in complex financial issues arising from divorce and separation and non-adversarial and cost effective approaches to divorce including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law.

Other expertise: James was one of the first lawyers to train as a collaborative lawyer and a family arbitrator and is qualified to arbitrate both financial disputes and children matters. As a trained mediator he is also qualified in the commercial model of mediation and direct child consultation.

Notable awards: Winner of Resolution’s John Cornwell Award 2014 which recognises lawyers who have gone above and beyond the norm in their work to support separating families.

Listed in The Legal 500 2020’s “Hall of Fame” for both family law and family mediation. The Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by clients for continued excellence and who are at the pinnacle of the profession.

Client quotes include: James helped to make what could have been an unbearably destructive process almost a positive experience


5. Gillian Bishop (Consultant and Founder of Family Law in Partnership)

Legal 500 UK 2020 comments: Adept at handling international issues as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements and relationship agreements

Gillian focuses on all aspects of divorce and family law, in particular the financial repercussions of relationship breakdown and complex private law children matters. Her work frequently has an international perspective, often involving tax and trust implications, substantial assets or incomes.

Other expertise: A trained mediator, arbitrator (children issues) and collaborative lawyer. Founder of FLiP Faculty 2017.

Notable awards: Winner of Family Law Partner of the Year in the prestigious LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2018.

Listed in The Legal 500 2020’s “Hall of Fame” for both family law and family mediation. The Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by clients for continued excellence and who are at the pinnacle of the profession.

Client quotes include: Gillian was just wonderful and I could not have asked for better service“.

For more information about how we can help you through your family law matters, visit our website at www.flip.co.uk or contact our team of leading divorce and family lawyers at E: hello@flip.co.uk or T: 020 7420 5000,

Next up: Our leading Family Mediators