Dawson Cornwell

London Office

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Managing Partner: Stephen Harker
Number of partners: 12partners
Number of lawyers: 25 lawyers
Languages: Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Catalan, Creole, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Based in London, Dawson Cornwell is a leading specialist family law firm, with a world renowned reputation. The firm acts for clients across the UK and internationally who are embarking on separation, divorce or dissolution of civil partnership. Established in 1972, the firm follows the principles of Resolution, the national organisation started by the firm’s founding partner, John Cornwell, to encourage a constructive approach to divorces and family law. Client confidentiality prevents the firm from listing the clients for whom it has acted, the cases it has litigated or the financial settlements it has negotiated.

Main Areas of Practice:

Divorce & Financial Settlements
6 partners; 7 lawyers
Confidentiality and discretion are key to the conduct of the firm’s cases. The partners represent many clients in multi million pound financial cases both litigating these cases and negotiating settlements.
Contact: Russell Bywater, Kate Allen
Tel: +44 20 7242 2556
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Collaborative Settlements:
The firm is committed to alternative dispute resolution including the collaborative process; adopting a multi-disciplinary model working with financial advisors, collaborative lawyers in other jurisdictions and family consultants.
Contact: Kate Allen (collaborative lawyer)
Tel: +44 20 7242 2556
Email: [email protected]

Mediated Settlements:
2 partners
The firm has a long established reputation in mediation of which it has been at the forefront since 1988. Partner Jeremy Abraham is a former chair of the Family Mediators Association and continues to mediate selected couples.
Contact: Jeremy Abraham (mediator), Jessica Reid (mediator)
Tel: +44 20 7242 2556
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

International Children Disputes:
5 partners; 10 lawyers
The firm is widely recognised as the outstanding leader in this field of family law. It has more reported cases each year than any other firm. In 2018, it had 13 reported cases (including 3 in the Court of Appeal and 10 in the High Court).
Contact: Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon.), Carolina Marín Pedreño 
Tel: +44 20 7242 2556
Emergency number: +44 20 8607 9660
Email: [email protected], [email protected] 

International Surrogacy:
2 partners
Dawson Cornwell is regarded as the firm of choice in the field of international surrogacy and fertility law by many high profile and ultra high net worth couples planning an alternative family.
Contact: Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon.), Colin Rogerson
Tel: +44 20 7242 2556
Email: [email protected], [email protected]