Head of family law at Mackrell, Alison Green joined the firm in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in 2010.
An expert in matrimonial work, she works on cases relating to divorce and the associated financial and children issues, pre and post-nuptial agreements, co-habitation disputes, civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships. In her own words, the job involves ‘advising those who need family law advice which includes, in part, being a mediator, and counsellor at times,’ she explains. ‘On a wider level as a partner, I am an ambassador for the firm and all the work that we do.’
Founded in 1845, Mackrell is a central London based law firm with an international outlook. Through Mackrell International, the firm has around 4,500 lawyers who work in 40 different languages. Its clients come from the UK and overseas and include a significant number of HNWs, foreign nationals, Premier League footballers and members of royal families. Global mobility among clients is a major issue, which the firm has had to address to stay on top. ‘This is why we place great importance on the development of our International network so that one point of contact enables a client to reach legal expertise globally,’ explains Green.
Green herself works often with expats, and especially those based in the Middle East, Monaco and the South of France. Many of her clients are business entrepreneurs or their spouses who are looking to bring relationships to an end in an amicable, speedy and cost efficient way.
‘As business people, they are looking for good, succinct, effective advice,’ says Green. She prepares a large number of prenups, postnups and co-habitation agreements for HNWs too. The key to a successful relationship with clients is ‘flexibility, efficiency, contactability and the value your input has to a client’s reputation and security,’ she adds.
A recent development affecting family law has been the introduction of “no fault” divorce which the government has recently announced, along with opposite sex couples now being able to have a civil partnership.
Green cites Baroness Hale as a professional heroine. ‘While not always agreeing with her views, her career progression to the Supreme Court has been inspiring,’ she tells Spear’s. When not at work, Green loves to travel and enjoys cycling, baking, cooking and gardening – and even finds time to read. ‘Currently I’m reading Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. It’s extremely funny in places, but a brilliant book on the pressure put on doctors. I saw his stand-up show of the same title, and am now hearing him speak when I read the book. His passion shines through.’