DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Forsters LLP

Family/Matrimonial

4 ranked individualsBand 2UKHigh Net Worth 2020 View ranking table

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Forsters' family law team has grown significantly in recent years, with a number of impressive hires. The team has a strong commitment to alternative dispute resolution and is noted for its positive contribution to the wider family law scene.

The department sits within one of London's premier private client law firms. One market insider recognises the firm's high net worth capabilities and describes it as "a firm which you would not be surprised to see behind the highest-value cases," adding that the firm has "a focus on private clients; they have a full-service offering, so I completely rate them."

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's family team Joanne Edwards is praised for her matrimonial litigation caseload, her mediation practice and for her wider contribution to family law reform. Fellow family lawyers say she "does us all credit with her law reform work." Edwards is also a highly esteemed mediator, and a source says: "Seeing her apply her skills in a mediation context, where there was a lot of complexity, was really impressive."

Sources say Rosie Schumm is "a delight in every sense of the word" and "really making a mark in the family law world." Schumm regularly advises high net worth clients with trusts structures and closely-held businesses. A peer says: "She works incredibly hard, attracting a lot of US and UK cross-border work."

Simon Blain is adept at advising on sophisticated financial cases, many with a trust-related, family business or multi-jurisdictional element. One source says he is a "thoroughly nice chap but also really detailed and forensic," adding: "You can really work with him on stuff because he knows what he is doing; he will cover all bases but in a collegiate manner. He's got a lovely manner about him - nice sense of humour, very cordial and easy to work with."

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UK

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth


Joanne Edwards
Band 2
Rosie Schumm
Band 3
Simon Blain
Band 3

Family/Matrimonial: Mediators


Joanne Edwards
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