Five years at Freshfields mastering the nuances of corporate tax isn’t the standard route to a career in family law. But Caroline Park has broken the mould in her route to the top. ‘My time at Freshfields equipped me for dealing with complicated financial structures and clients who expect a top-notch service’ says the energetic Park, one of family law’s new guard. Her skills align with the current direction of family law in which understanding of complex structures, often across jurisdictions, is increasingly valuable. She has particular expertise in the resolution for HNWs of complex financial issues on divorce and in relation to pre- and post-nuptial agreements. ‘I act for men and women in equal number,’ says Park. ‘My clients include successful entrepreneurs, senior bankers, lawyers or other professionals in the upper echelons of their respective fields or their spouses.’ Cambridge-educated Park, who also holds a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, will litigate where necessary and vigorously if the case demands it, but in the past year has enjoyed considerable successes in settling cases with more than £500 million of assets through negotiation and mediation. A peer remarks that she is always willing to ‘pick up the phone and try to cut through issues’. One former client says she is ‘a lawyer who thinks, pre-empts and considers all possibilities, and who is tactically brilliant’. Another praises her as ‘unswerving, cool and steely’.