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Dawson Cornwell

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Managing Partner: Stephen Harker
Number of partners: 13
Number of associates: 9
Number of assistants: 11
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Managing Partner:
Stephen Harker
Children’s Issues: Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon)
Family Law: Kate Allen

THE FIRM Dawson Cornwell is a leading specialist family law firm, described, in the words of Chambers and Partners, as ‘a leader in the field, not just nationally but internationally’. The firm combines its highly regarded expertise in all aspects of family law with an unrivalled reputation in the field of international children law. The firm is unusual in that it has developed two specialist departments: the matrimonial department and the international children department, which work together with ‘clear communication between everyone.’ The matrimonial partners are the ‘incredibly clever, quick thinking’ Russell Bywater, the ‘intelligent, incisive and intuitive’ Kate Allen, Catherine Thomas who has ‘remarkable intellect and formidable legal prowess’, the ‘sensible and highly experienced’ mediator Jeremy Abraham, the ‘very supportive’ Charlotte Conner, Lisette Dupré who has ‘real passion and enthusiasm’, and the ‘technically and strategically astute’ Jessica Reid. The matrimonial department also includes consultant Rhiannon Lewis, who is ‘excellent and extremely knowledgeable’. The international children department is headed by the ‘doyenne of international family law’, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon), who is recognised as having ‘near legendary status and an encyclopaedic knowledge of children law’. Anne-Marie is supported by the ‘absolutely superb’ dual-qualified partner Carolina Marín Pedreño, who is ‘very experienced in international cases at the highest level’, alongside the ‘very empathetic, calm and organised’ public law specialist partner, Zoë Fleetwood, Colin Rogerson, who is ‘the go-to lawyer for surrogacy’ and very experienced associates, such as ‘rising star of children law’ James Netto.

Areas of practice
Family & Matrimonial: 86%
Conveyancing: 5%
Wills, Trusts & Probate: 5%
Litigation & Miscellaneous: 4%