Reported cases are still worn like a badge of honour by many lawyers. But not so in family law. ‘Clients should perhaps choose their lawyers by who has the fewest reported cases rather than the other way around,’ says Withers’ Julian Lipson. ‘Too many reported cases is a failure, and fewer is a success because you’ve got them done discreetly and quickly, and people haven’t become a cause célèbre.’ That’s not to say Lipson hasn’t had his share of big cases in the past year: he has a growing niche acting for Premier League footballers, and continues to work on a great number of cases involving the United States and France. He’s described by market authorities as a ‘phenomenal, meticulous performer’.