01st Oct 2020

Legal 500 UK 2021 – Fantastic FLiP!

Legal 500 UK 2021 Family Law in Partnership ranked top tier


This year’s Legal 500 UK has been published with Family Law in Partnership ranked top tier for both family law and family mediation. Family Law in Partnership continues to be the only law firm ranked top tier by Legal 500 for family mediation.

The team at Family Law in Partnership is highlighted for its “absolute strength in depth” with Legal 500 noting that it is “overall a top-class outfit”.

Consultant Gillian Bishop and directors James Pirrie and Elizabeth Hicks feature in Legal 500’s Hall of Fame with Gillian and James also ranked as leading individuals for family mediation. Director David Allison is named a leading individual for both family law and a leading family mediator. Pamela Collis, Daniel Coombes and Bradley Williams are all ranked as leading individuals for family law.

Directors Elizabeth Fletcher and Helen Greenfield are both named as Next Generation Partners with consultant Harriet Burge and Nicole Hackett listed as Recommended Family Lawyers. Legal 500 names Senior Associate Mariko Wilson and Associate Nicole Phillips as Rising Stars whilst Senior Associate Charlotte Symes and Associate Alexie Bonavia are also recommended for family/matrimonial law.

Our Head of Mediation Dominic Raeside is yet again ranked as a Leading Individual for family mediation along with Ruth Smallacombe and family lawyer/mediators Gillian Bishop, David Allison and James Pirrie.

‘FLiP is the family law firm that other firms aspire to be. It has a modern, progressive way of working and a focus upon reaching an early amicable settlement wherever possible’ Legal 500 UK 2021, Family/Matrimonial.

Feedback on FLiP’s family law practice and lawyers published by Legal 500 includes:

“David Allison is probably one of the most sane and sensible lawyers I know. He understands the gravity and complexity of complicated financial arrangements, which he is able to unravel without fuss or fanfare. He is efficient, modest and a pleasure to work with”

“David Allison has an exceptional knowledge and ability to see the wood for the trees. He always has his client’s interests at heart but calmly assesses each situation as and when it arises. His experience as a mediator is evident in his prioritising of the client’s interests over the process”

“Gillian Bishop remains a star lawyer. Harriet Burge is incredibly kind and understanding but also very professional and efficient. Elizabeth Fletcher and James Pirrie are truly outstanding. James is an exceptionally talented, forward-thinking and creative family lawyer, who is always promoting his clients’ interest with vigourOverall, a top-class outfit”

Significant knowledge and experience of the international aspects of the cases and contesting matters in different jurisdictions, and of assembling the right team to contest complex disputes. Bradley Williams displays all of the qualities referred to here and is a pleasure to work with – he is incredibly hardworking and adopts a sound tactical approach”

“Dan Coombes has the most impressive attention to detail I have ever seen in a solicitor. Absolutely meticulous in his preparation yet able to see the wood for the trees and provide coherent strategic advice right from the get-go. An absolute pleasure to work with”

“Helen Greenfield is no-nonsense, effective and a problem solver. She is direct and pragmatic, and never shies away from litigation if needed. Nicole Hackett has a pragmatic approach which is informed by years of experience and good judgement”

Mariko Wilson is hugely impressive – a powerhouse of industry, enthusiasm and good humour, and a very shrewd litigator to boot. Definitely a rising star to watch. Pamela Collis is a wise and hugely experienced family law practitioner who strikes exactly the right balance of firmness and common sense”

Liz Hicks is a force of nature, very bright and keen to motivate her team”

“Liz Hicks is a standout practitioner. She is the whole package, technically good, has warmth in abundance and is completely committed to her clients”

“Liz Hicks is one of the doyennes of family law. She is highly respected and a safe pair of hands”

Elizabeth Hicks is a true star of her generation. She has the intelligence, talent and charm to attract clients”

Alexie Bonavia is excellent. She has insight and compassion in spades and clients love her”

“I was very happy with the work done for me by Charlotte Symes. I chose Charlotte from personal recommendations and was not disappointed. I found her team efficient and effective, and we were able to deal with the matter without a court hearing. From wide experience of other legal practices in different settings, I would judge the team’s performance to be top quartile.”

For more information on Family Law in Partnership’s rankings in Legal 500 UK 2021 visit here.


At Family Law in Partnership we understand that divorce can be incredibly difficult. We want to help, and we pride ourselves in doing things differently. We have an award winning team of specialist family lawyers, arbitrators, mediators and family consultants. Whether you want someone with you every step of the way, or prefer advice as and when you need it, we can assist. To find out more about how we can help you through divorce and separation, contact any of our top London divorce and family lawyers at E: hello@flip.co.uk or T: 020 7420 5000.