Being a top matrimonial barrister comes down to ‘judgement, humility and not forgetting it’s your client’s case,’ says Michael Glaser, a silk in the making who is modest and friendly despite his formidable reputation. ‘It’s also about understanding that things in the real world are not as straightforward as a legal textbook,’ he maintains. A former banker and commercial solicitor, Glaser crossed over to the bar in 1998. Success has come in a range of family work, including cohabitation disputes and proceedings involving children. He is also a supreme practitioner in cases of matrimonial finance. ‘He is intelligent and hugely perceptive, and never fails to notice any details,’ says a peer.