A respected family lawyer and accredited mediator who made her mark in the groundbreaking 2007 case of MB v KB, Lisa Pepper acts on financial cases as well as disagreements over child-related contact and living arrangements. She joined Osbornes in 2006, making partnership in 2009, and has seen the department grow to now what is one of the largest family teams in London, and one of few to offer a highly specialised and experienced team advising on child abduction, adoption, surrogacy and fertility law.
‘I absolutely love it,’ she says of her life as a family lawyer. ‘I came into law as a second career – I was a trainee at 30. I turn 47 this year and still have bags of energy and enthusiasm for it, where some of my counterparts wish they had chosen another career. I enjoy getting results and giving advice about how I see things will play out – and being right.’
She’s clear on what her work is really about: ‘Whatever assets someone has, having to instruct a family lawyer means that their life is at a crisis point and they are highly stressed. It’s important we remember that when we are doing this job day in day out – some lawyers can forget how anxious clients are feeling.’
For all the seriousness of the job, has she ever had any unusual client requests? ‘To give feedback on a Tinder profile,’ she laughs. Clients, says an admiring peer, ‘absolutely love her – she’s very approachable, and has very good judgement’.
Osbornes Law is an award winning specialist private client law firm advising clients from all over London, the UK and overseas. The firm and individual solicitors have for many years been highly rated by the legal directories Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and The Legal 500 for legal expertise and excellent client care. Lawyers in the firm also hold specialist accreditations from external bodies as well as holding appointments which bring an extra level of expertise and know-how to the advice Osbornes provide to clients.
Established in 1973, the partnership currently numbers 18 with over 100 staff in total. The firm has offices Camden and Hampstead and can see clients at both.