There have been fantastic rankings for Family Law in Partnership in the Chambers UK 2017 guide published today. Chambers UK 2017 ranks an unprecedented 8 lawyers at Family Law in Partnership as leading family lawyers.  All of our directors together with consultants Pamela Collis and Ann Northover are named in the list of leading individuals in family law. Few, if any, other family practices can boast this strength in depth of leading family law expertise.

This is what Chambers UK 2017 had to say about Family Law in Partnership and our lawyers:

“What the team is known for:

Full-service family outfit renowned for its dedication to discreet and amicable settlement through alternative dispute resolution. Maintains a robust financial remedy and child law offering. Houses leading professionals in mediation, arbitration and collaborative law proceedings.


“A close-knit firm wearing their expertise and skills lightly. They are warm, calm, approachable and absolutely not intimidating in any way. Their experience was important to me, as was the degree of trust established from the outset.”

Notable practitioners: 

Commentators note that Gillian Bishop is an “incredibly good ADR practitioner who is more than capable of litigating if it needs to happen.” She has a considerable reputation in the collaborative and alternative dispute resolution arenas, with impressed sources stating: “She lives her mantra of reconciliation – it’s not just something she says.”

James Pirrie is highly respected for his conciliatory practice that looks for creative solutions in reaching a settlement. He is described by sources as “absolutely exceptional, a real conciliator but incredibly robust when he needs to be.”

Clients appreciate Pamela Collis‘s “very strong technical knowledge and supportive handling of difficult issues.” She advises on complex post-separation issues, including financial remedies which involve business interests, tax issues and cross-border elements.

Ann Northover possesses particular expertise in representing professionals in matters involving complex trust and pension structures. She is described as “pragmatic and excellent with the client” by sources.

Bradley Williams is noted for his work in arbitration, ancillary relief, arbitration and assets division for unmarried couples. He is respected for his ability to handle both alternative dispute resolution proceedings and traditional litigation, with sources commenting: “He is willing to take a case however far it needs to go and doesn’t lose his nerve when a judicial decision is the only option left. It’s unusual to find someone who embraces alternative outcomes and collaborative law on the one hand, but who has the skills and attitude required to follow the litigation route when needed.”

Daniel Coombes handles a broad range of matters, from high net worth divorces to complex children matters for vulnerable clients. He is praised by sources as “the man for a crisis – he’s completely unflappable and can take the heat out of a situation.”

Nicole Hackett has extensive experience in private family law, particularly in matters around relationship breakdown. Sources comment: “She has good judgement, calls a case well from the beginning and manages the client’s expectations. Her advice is realistic from day one.”

David Allison has extensive experience in dispute settlement, and is trained as both a collaborative lawyer and mediator. Commentators note: “He is technically strong and always tries to resolve matters amicably.” He also has expertise in issues relating to civil partnership, cohabitants and same-sex couples.”

To find out more about the outstanding team of family lawyers at Family Law in Partnership, please contact us.