We are delighted to have been awarded numerous accolades by the prestigious Chambers & Partners UK, including Band 1 status for the firm (top band) and four ranked lawyers:

Melanie Hamer (Band 1)
Thea Hughes (Band 1)
Sarah Wyburn (Band 2)
David James (Recognised Practitioner)

From the editorial:

What the team is known for

Renowned family law boutique handling all areas of private family law, including high net worth financial disputes and Children Act proceedings. Provides a versatile range of services, including collaborative procedures and multi-jurisdictional issues. Also noted for its expertise on matters related to civil partnerships and same-sex relationships. Increasingly active in preparing prenuptial agreements for high net worth individuals.


One client reports: “My impression is of a hard-working firm that really cares about its clients. I think a real strength of the firm is the personal touch,” explaining: “They are excellent at communication – both staying in regular contact and responding to client communications.”

Another interviewee calls it “the stand-out firm in the area,” noting that the team “undertakes the most complex work at a regional and national level.”

Notable practitioners

Melanie Hamer is regarded as “a tenacious litigator” who demonstrates expertise in high-value divorce cases and complex children disputes. One client enthuses: “Her down-to-earth, approachable demeanour instantly put me at ease.”

Thea Hughes is widely respected for her work on high-value financial disputes. A client reports that she is “supportive, sympathetic, efficient and available whenever I need advice.” She is also a qualified collaborative lawyer.”

Sarah Wyburn frequently handles complex ancillary relief cases and has a strong track record for advising clients on issues relating to same-sex marriage and civil partnerships. One source notes: “I received an excellent level of attention, assuredness and confidence from her and she helped to guide me through my options in a crystal-clear manner.”

Published 01/11/18