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12 June 2024

Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2024: Payne Hicks Beach family lawyers recognised as the best family lawyers for high-net-worth clients

The latest edition of the Spear’s Family Lawyers Index, the prerequisite resource for high-net-worth individuals searching for the best family lawyers in the UK, ranks eleven lawyers from the Payne Hicks Beach Family department. This is a great achievement and confirms Payne Hicks Beach’s Family department’s position as a leading adviser to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net worth clients.


Spear’s writes that Fiona Shackleton “is Britain’s most feared and revered divorce lawyer” and “it’s not just Spear’s saying this, but her peers in the profession as well” with industry observers describing Fiona as “the greatest family lawyer of all time.”

Nick Manners, head of the Family department, Ben Parry-SmithHarriet ErringtonVictoria HingstonPhilip McGuirk and Simon Beccle are ranked as “Top Recommended” family lawyers, together with Sarah WilliamsMatthew Booth and Charlottes Skea-Strachan who are listed as “Recommended” family lawyers, and Camellia Buckmaster as a “Rising Star”.

Linked below with kind permission, this year’s Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2024 includes:

Baroness Shackleton – ‘Top Flight’ with a focus on very high profile cases

Nick Manners – ‘Top Recommended’ with a focus on child law and financial remedy

Ben Parry-Smith – ‘Top Recommended’ with a focus on child relocation/abduction and divorce

Harriet Errington – ‘Top Recommended’ with a focus on out-of-court settlements

Victoria Hingston – ‘Top Recommended’ with a focus on pre- and post-nuptial agreements

Philip McGuirk – ‘Top Recommended’ with a focus on high-value financial remedy cases

Simon Beccle – ‘Top Recommended’ with a focus on milestone legal cases

Matthew Booth – ‘Recommended’ with a focus on matrimonial and Schedule 1 cases

Sarah Williams – ‘Recommended’ with a focus on surrogacy and adoption

Charlotte Skea-Strachan – ‘Recommended with a focus on children matters

Camellia Buckmaster – ‘Rising Star’ with a focus on financial remedy

Spear’s says that “Given the complexity and scale of their financial and personal affairs, navigating family law matters can be particularly challenging for high-net-worth individuals. When dealing with a high-value divorce, or issues around cohabitation, child custody, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and mediation, HNWs tend to require specialised and internationally-minded legal experts who can help them to obtain a fair financial settlement or plan their lives following a separation. The best family lawyers provide close support to their clients at every stage of a separation or divorce, and combine legal knowhow with an emotional understanding of a client’s situation. They will also instruct an appropriate barrister if litigation in court is required, and can assist them in organising arbitration procedures.”

The Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2024 showcases the top providers of legal services to HNW and UHNW individuals and it covers advisers in the UK and beyond. All lawyers are selected on merit with the rankings drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams. The Spear’s Family Lawyers Index forms the core of the Spear’s 500, the key reference bible for HNW advisers.

For further details see the best family lawyers list for high-net-worth individuals as first published online on 12 June 2024 in The Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2024.

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