A seasoned solicitor with 35 years’ experience, Penningtons Manches’ family law head Jane Craig is respected for her prowess in high-value divorce and separation cases. She also specialises in resolving complex disputes over children’s arrangements and high-value Schedule 1 financial claims on behalf of children and unmarried parents, with previous cases involving territories from Australia and Canada to the BVI and UAE. She’s enjoyed an ‘exceptionally good’ year, not least working on a ‘very high-value, hard-fought’ complex, crossborder financial remedy case, acting for trustees joined to the proceedings and working with Channel Islands lawyers instructed in parallel litigation, culminating in a ten-day trial. It’s challenging work — but it’s not without its rewards: ‘It is incredibly satisfying at the end of a case, when a client is pleased with the outcome and thanks me for helping and supporting them through a difficult time to achieve a fair result,’ she says. Described by one leading QC as ‘unflappable… a force to be reckoned with’, Craig joined Manches (which merged with Penningtons in 2013) in 1988, making partner in 1992. She is a previous national chair of Resolution, the UK’s leading family law body, and was appointed the first Private Law Solicitor Member of the Family Justice Council by the then-Lord Chancellor to advise the government on family law issues in 2004.