‘The past year at Levison Meltzer Pigott has seen a significant number of large money cases, and I’m happy to say that we have successfully achieved settlement in the vast majority,’ says Simon Pigott, who founded the firm back in 1998, along with Jeremy Levison and the late Claire Meltzer.
Despite doubling in size over two decades, the firm has stayed true to its founding principles of being a boutique practice, solely focused on family law – with its finely tuned in-house expertise reflecting this specialism. Today, it continues to expand, and at a sensible rate.
‘I am particularly proud of our commitment to grow the firm organically,’ Pigott explains. ‘And I am delighted that Laura Geraghty was promoted to partner as of April 2019. We recruit with our sights on identifying partners of the future, as all three of our most junior partners have proven.’
At LMP, discretion is especially important. As Pigott attests: ‘We always deliver realistic advice while retaining an understanding of our clients’ concerns and aspirations.
We do not market our business on the back of our clients’ high profiles and as such are acknowledged for our high level of client care and discretion. Our success is wholly dependent on referrals from clients and intermediaries, and this can only be achieved if we achieve the best results possible for all concerned.’
A skilled mediator, Pigott was one of the very first family law mediators trained by the Family Mediators Association, and was chair of the association between 1995 and 1997. Known as a hands -on mediator who, according to one commentator, is ‘very focused on helping couples to find solutions… few have the combination of so many years of legal practice and so many years as a mediator. He is gentle but can be very tough, as necessary.’
He was also part of the 12-strong working group, appointed by the Family Justice Council and chaired by Mrs Justice Roberts, that in 2016 produced the publication Sorting Out Finances on Divorce.
LMP clients benefit from Pigott’s sensitivity and tact. ‘Part of our skill as family lawyers is to understand the individual clients’ concerns and aspirations – and to respond by delivering realistic advice,’ he says.
Pigott, who tells Spear’s that he is at his happiest spending time with his family, also has a strong understanding of what makes his clients tick: ‘They come to us with a problem, and they are looking for it to go away in the least painful way,’ he concludes. ‘And that’s exactly what we deliver.’