‘I think what my clients are looking for is the knowledge that comes from years of experience – the grey hair factor,’ says Jane Craig, Penningtons Manches’ family law head. They want someone who will ‘fight their corner’ but also work hard to achieve a fair and pragmatic settlement. A seasoned solicitor with 35 years’ experience, Craig is respected for her prowess in high-value divorce and separation cases. She also specialises in 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. 2018 has been an ‘exciting’ year, with the appointment of new family partners Linzi Bull and Edward Floyd. ‘We are growing generally, with three newly qualified solicitors starting in September,’ says Craig. ‘We acted in two of the most important financial cases this year, Waggott and Villiers, in both of which we represented the successful party in the Court of Appeal.’ Described by one top QC as ‘unflappable… a force to be reckoned with’, Craig joined Manches 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.