Lady Helen Ward is ‘not merely one of the best, but the best family lawyer in London,’ Lewis Marks QC once said of Stewarts’ undoubtable star player in the family lawyer field.
Long recognised as one of the top five individuals practising family law, Ward is known for her high level of intellectual rigour, expertise and emotional intelligence.
‘I always attempt to do my best to find creative solutions capable of agreement, whether the issues arise in this jurisdiction or internationally,’ she tells Spear’s. ‘And I have the benefit of experience in dealing with family law cases around the world.’
It’s the complex and high-end nature of the work which sets Ward apart – as well as her legendary, working-all-hours rigour. ‘I doubt she gets out of bed for under £50 million,’ comments one observer, while a client described her famously as possessing ‘a mind like a Swiss watch, and a warm heart – a rare combination. When she is on your case she is a tigress who never sleeps.’
Elsewhere, she has been described as ‘continuing to top the lists of senior legal practitioners as an absolutely fantastic expert in complex multimillion pound ancillary relief matters’; someone who is ‘no stranger to discrete settlements, nor shy of a tough fight’ and ‘undoubtedly one of the most significant divorce personalities in the country’, with an ‘outstanding ability to reach settlements and to advise pragmatically.’
Though inherently modest, Ward admits to enjoy the diversity of her caseload – having acted for a wide variety of household names, sportsmen, actors, writers, film makers, directors, entrepreneurs, industrialists and many others who need advice and her guidance. Recently, Ward has been engaged in several cases proceeding through the High Court, including those involving cross-jurisdictional disputes. The issues give rise to a variety of difficult and complex points of law.
In the past two years she has successfully achieved the dismissal of English proceedings on behalf of her Swiss, German and Indonesian clients. Two of those cases are reported: Mantegazza v Mantegazza  EWHC 3811 (Fam) and Pierburg v Pierburg  EWFC 24.
She is presently acting for His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in relation to proceedings concerning the welfare of the children of his marriage to Her Royal Highness Princess Haya.