Anna Worwood

Penningtons Manches

When one looks at her last year, it’s no surprise that peers consider Anna Worwood one of the brightest family lawyers in London. A leading authority on relocation, she has worked on a slew of reported cases, including Re C… Read More

Bradley Williams

Family Law in Partnership

Williams joined FLIP in 1999 as a paralegal, happily making his way up the ranks to director and shareholder. ‘I’m a one-firm-man,’ he says. ‘It’s a very collegiate place to work. We all get on very well. We have a… Read More

Nicholas Westley

Harbottle & Lewis

‘The fall in the value of the pound has thrown up some interesting issues,’ says Nicholas Westley. One of his cases involved a UK-US couple who separated two years ago, splitting their British property equally, resulting in £3-4 million for… Read More

Joe Vaitilingam

Vaitilingam Kay

‘You get Magic Circle-quality service, you get our brains, but without the ginormous price tag of our competitors,’ Joe Vaitilingam tells Spear’s when asked to detail his firm’s offering. Vaitilingam Kay may be a new kid on the block, but… Read More

Raymond Tooth

Sears Tooth

Raymond Tooth is a celebrity in his own right, whose hard-fought battles for the great and the good — and sometimes the not so good — have earned him the nickname ‘Jaws’. If Spear’s had been inclined to wonder whether… Read More

Suzanne Todd


Trained by Diana Parker and Gill Doran, Suzanne Todd has risen through the ranks to be the head of Withers’ UK family team. She’s an impressive presence at the front of the firm’s matrimonial offering. Asked about her client list,… Read More

Catherine Thomas


A solicitor sought out by UHNWs with complex divorce cases, Vardags managing director Catherine Thomas has had a ‘busy and exciting’ 2017: ‘We’ve had a series of really great wins and some incredible settlements,’ she says. Her star has risen… Read More

James Stewart

Penningtons Manches

Described by market authorities as ‘very impressive’ and ‘warm and engaging’ with ‘astonishing skills in international financial matters’, co-head of Penningtons Manches’ private wealth team James Stewart has had a ‘phenomenally’ busy year rich with some of London’s most complex,… Read More

Erica Shelton

Charles Russell Speechlys

‘A solid, old-school lawyer,’ one family head of a competitor firm tells Spear’s in commending Erica Shelton. The partner is known for ‘litigating effectively when required with patience and pragmatism’ — and she certainly gets results. She won £10.5 million… Read More

Rosie Schumm


‘ Rosie Schumm used to be a rising star in the family law world, but now her star has risen,’ says one peer, and Spear’s agrees. ‘She has a well-deserved reputation for being charming with clients and fellow lawyers alike.’… Read More