Most family lawyers really ought to be able to resolve things through negotiation,’ says Michael Gouriet. He is speaking in relation to a major settlement in a £1 billion Middle Eastern case, one notable piece of work in a banner year. He conducts work on behalf of international families, with an increasing number of cases involving third-party intervention from trustees and companies. Gouriet is active on a great deal of high-end prenup work: in the past year, he handled a matter involving assets held across England, Switzerland, Germany and Brazil. Another area of expertise is cohabitation: he is the longest serving member of Resolution and is a firm advocate of reform.