Stewarts has had five of its partners listed in Spear’s Magazine’s Family Lawyers Index, more than any other firm. Stephen Foster, Helen Ward, Debbie Chism, Sam Longworth and Emma Hatley have made the list of  more than 50 lawyers comprising the ‘Top Ten Family Lawyers’, ‘Rising Star Family Lawyers’ and ‘Recommended Family Lawyers’.

Stephen Foster is described as “one of the most admired names in family law”. The article says it was Stephen who “masterminded Stewarts’ ascent from small beginnings … to its present position of supremacy”’. The article also mentions Stephen’s activity on a cluster of cases where assets exceeded £250 million. To see Stephen’s full profile, please click here.

Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year 2017, Emma Hatley, is described as “charming and impressive”, and credited for discretion on behalf of her clients. On her award, Spear’s says, “… it’s a verdict based on sheer quality…” The article says: “No one has mounted more of an attack on the established guard than Hatley.” To view Emma’s full profile, please click here.

Helen Ward is noted for her work in the recent Mantegazza v Mantegazza case of which she says: “It was a fascinating case, and it has been a long time since I have been involved in a case about a conflict of jurisdictions.” The article says: “Helen Ward is a name breathed with awe across the family law world.” To view Helen’s profile, please click here.

Spear’s says that Debbie Chism is “going from strength to strength”, and mentions her recently acting for HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg in privacy proceedings. Debbie says that family law is “a different skill set for the lawyers, which is why you get the personalities. We have to really listen to what’s important to people”. To view Debbie’s profile, please click here.

Sam Longworth in noted both for his skill in litigation (with cases in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in the past 12 months) and his specialism in divorce arbitration, which he sees as the natural forum for families wishing to avoid the publicity and press attention which have become part and parcel of the divorces of very wealthy people in England over the past years. To read Sam’s full profile, please click here.

The Spear’s indices highlight the very best providers of professional services from a particular industry to the high net worth audience. Spear’s says, “in such a Darwinian environment, it’s hard to break into our Index – and difficult also to retain one’s place”.

In addition to family law, there are indices for property, family, wealth management, tax and trust, alternative assets and reputation management. Once a year the Indices are updated and expanded to form the core of the Spear’s 500, the bible of HNW advisers. 

For the article summary of the index, please click here.

To view the full list, please visit the Spear’s website.



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