Stewarts has achieved record rankings in the Global Chambers High Net Worth 2018 guide with our Divorce and Family and Trust and Probate Litigation departments both featuring.
The Divorce and Family department was listed in Band 1 again, a ranking the department has held since the guide’s inception in 2016. One family lawyer describes it as “a strong department, very knowledgeable and helpful to work with”. Another peer says: “They are a force to be reckoned with, they have a whole host of people doing great work.”
Emma Hatley and Helen Ward are listed as ‘Star Individuals’ within the guide. One peer comments of Emma:
“She is fantastic, one of the top family lawyers around, she is very capable, has a lovely manner and gets on with all kinds of lawyers. She has good experience with complex finance trusts.”
About Helen, the guide says:
“She knows everything. She’s very clever and capable, she does amazingly, she is a very talented person and a big character.”
Debbie Chism and Stephen Foster are both ranked in Band 1 of the guide. Stephen is credited with building the team, with one peer saying:
“He took a department that didn’t exist and, in ten years, made it the top team – he deserves praise.”
Debbie is praised for her approachability, with one peer saying:
“You can just pick up the phone to her – she will fight for her client, is open and gives clients very sensible advice.”
Richard Hogwood, Matthew Humphries and Sam Longworth all feature in the guide at Band 3, with Richard praised for being:
“A problem solver. He doesn’t just think about the law, he thinks about how to solve the problem and does the client well.”
Matthew is described as:
“a good performer, he’s hard-working, has a good sense of the law and the cases, and is definitely someone to respect when on the other side”.
Sam, who also features in the Lawyer Hot 100 this year, is described as having “a tremendous future ahead of him”. One peer praises him by saying:
“When I hear he’s on the other side, it means we will have a sensible conversation and find the right result.”
In addition, James Price, Head of Trust and Probate Litigation department, features at Band 2 within the Private Wealth Disputes category. He is described as:
“a heavyweight” and has “a really well-established reputation in this market”.
Another peer states:
“He is a really personable man and puts one at ease straight away – that is backed up by real commercial and technical acumen.”
James is praised for his cross-border experience, with a source saying:
“I would recommend him for any big international trust dispute.”
The Chambers High Net Worth guide was launched in 2016 and covers private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth editorial about the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families.
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