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Parker, the 2014 Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year has spent much of the past twelve months involved in litigation, most recently in Britain’s first billion-pound divorce, managing to keep Chris Hohn’s business out of his divorce settlement. However, the former Withers chairwoman doesn’t favour thrashing it out in court, not least because funding cuts continue to stunt the process, mentioning one trial where they had to draft a judge from another division. She takes Spear’s through the legal landscape with speed and acuity, arguing the case for private financial dispute resolutions and arbitration where she says many lawyers still fear the wrath of their clients. ‘When people see how effective it is, I think it will gather speed.

Diana Parker
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