A ‘phenomenally bright, tactically astute family law solicitor with remarkable intuition’, according to market authorities, AFP’s co-founding partner Susan Philipps is an experienced lawyer who acts across the full breadth of family and matrimonial matters (they also describe her as ‘incredibly committed to her clients and who invariably gets good results’). She is highly respected by rivals and clients alike, particularly for her experience securing sizeable settlements in big-money divorce cases. A Resolution trained mediator and collaborative lawyer, she qualified in 1984 and worked for Ward Bowie where she became a partner in 1986 after the firm’s merger with Penningtons (now Penningtons Manches). She became head of the firm’s family law department in 1994, before joining Gordon Dadds in 1999. She left to become a founding partner of Alexiou Fisher Philipps 2001, alongside fellow veterans Douglas Alexiou and Jeremy Fisher (she is also a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, an elected fellowship of over 300 of the most highly regarded specialist family lawyers from around the world, which was previously chaired by Douglas Alexiou). Now one of the most prominent family law boutiques in London, the firm is described by legal commentators as ‘a universally respected outfit that is fully in tune with the modern age and the modern client’.