Reported Cases

This list records the firm’s reported cases since LMP was launched in 1998, with links to the Judgments.

Re Z (No.5) Enforcement
04.03.2024

Dmitry Tsvetkov v Elsina Khayrova [2023] EWFC 130 – The Judgment:
04.08 2023
Read Case Note here

Dmitry Tsvetkov v Elsina Khayrova [2023] EWFC 131 – The costs judgment:
04.08 2023

Re Z (No.4) (Schedule 1 award)
07.03.2023

EL and ML [2023] EWFC 43
15.02.23
Read Case Note here.

Haley v Haley [2020] EWCA Civ 1369
23.10.2020

R and K [2020] EWHC 841 (Fam)
17.04.2020

Vasilyeva v Shemyakin [2019] EWHC 932 (Fam)
30.04.2019

F and H and B [2017] EWHC 3358 (Fam)
20.12.2017

MH v MH (Case C-173/16) [2017] ILPr 23,503
22.12.2015

Re: B [2015] EWCA Civ 1302
21.12.2015

H (Mother) – and – C (Father) – and – E [2015] EWCA Civ 1298
18.12.2015

MH v MH [2015] IEHC 771
02.12.2015

E v E (Re a child: L)
07.05.2015

SB v MB (Costs) [2014] EWHC 3721 (Fam)
10.11.2014

US v SR (No.3 Needs) (Adverse inferences/costs order reflecting litigation misconduct) [2014] EWHC 24
24.07.2014

US v SR (No.2) (Legal Services Order: Undisclosed Assets) [2014] EWHC 2864 (Fam)
11.06.2014

AM v SS [2014] EWHC 865 (Fam)
30.03.2014

AM v SS [2014] EWHC 2887 (Fam)
19.03.2014

US v SR [2014] EWHC 175 (Fam)
21.11.2013

Bhura v Bhura [2013] 2 FLR 44
31.07.2013

AC v DC and others (No 2) [2012] EWHC 2420 (Fam)
10.08.2012

AC v DC & Ors (Financial Remedy: Effect of s37 Avoidance Order) (No 1) [2012] EWHC 2032 (Fam)
19.07.2012

G v G [2012] EWHC 167 (Fam)
15.12.2011

Z v Z [2011] EWHC 2878 (Fam) (No 2)
30.07.2011

Jones v Jones [2011] 1 FLR 1723
28.01.2011

R v F (Schedule 1: Child Maintenance: Mother’s costs of contact proceedings) [2011] 2 FLR 991 FD
10.12.2010

K v B 2010 EWHC 2151 (Fam)
31.07.2010

Z v Z (Divorce: Jurisdiction) 2010 1 FLR 694
22.10.2009

J v J [2009] EWHC 2654 (Fam)
03.08.2009

Re Child X (Residence and Contact – Rights of Media Attendance – FPR Rule 10.28(4)) [2009] EWHC 1728 (Fam)
14.07.2009

CC v RC [2007] EWHC 2033 (Fam)
12.07.2007

Ella v Ella [2007] 2 FLR 35
17.01.2007

Miller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane [2006] UKHL
24.05.2006

Re S (Unmarried Parents: Financial Provision) [2006] EWCA Civ 479
15.03.2006

K v K [2005] EWHC 1070
04.08.2005

G v G (Matrimonial Property: Rights of Extended Family) [2005] EWHC 1560
20.07.2005

P v P [2004] 1 FLR 193
04.08.2004

McFarlane v McFarlane; Parlour v Parlour [2004] EWCA Civ 872 [2004] 2 FLR 893
07.07.2004

W v J (CHILD:VARIATION OF FINANCIAL PROVISION) [2003] EWHC 2657 (Fam) [2004] 2 FLR 300
24.10.2003

PEARCE v PEARCE [2003] EWCA Civ 1054 [2003] 2 FLR 1144
28.07.2003

F v F (CLEAN BREAK:BALANCE OF FAIRNESS) [2003] 1 FLR 847
16.12.2002

HADJIMILITIS (TSAVLIRIS) v TSAVLIRIS [2003] 1 FLR 81
17.06.2002

Re S (CONTACT:CHILDREN’S VIEWS) [2002] EWHC 540 (Fam), [2002] 1 FLR 1156
22.03.2002

DAVIES v DAVIES [2000] 1 FLR 39
04.03.1999

BURROW v BURROW [1999] 1 FLR 508
08.04.1998

MANCHANDA v MANCHANDA [1995] 2 FLR 590
17.05.1995

Legal 500 2021 – LMP is a leading London practice for Family and Family Mediation

Legal 500, the annual legal research directory, has just published its rankings for 2021 and once again Levison Meltzer Pigott is recognised as one of London’s leading Family Law practices.
Jeremy Levison continues to be listed in the elite “Hall of Fame” table whilst Simon Pigott is recognised as a leading Individual. Kate Stovold as mentioned as a “Rising Star”. In addition, partners Alison Hayes and Associate Ben Stowe are recognised as other key lawyers and recommended in the editorial testimonials.
This is what the Legal 500 2021 says about the firm for Family:
Levison Meltzer Pigott has a strong focus on cases with complex financial and international elements, often involving locating hidden assets, defending and attacking trust structures, and complicated jurisdictional disputes. The ‘excellent‘ team is also recommended for its expertise in pre-nuptial agreements, advising some of the richest families in the world on protecting their wealth in the event of marriage breakdown. Team head Simon Pigott is experienced in both the financial and children-related aspects of divorce. Jeremy Levison is skilled in advising high-net-worth clients on complex financial settlements. Practice head(s): Simon Pigott. Other key lawyers: Jeremy Levison ; Alison Hayes;  Kate Stovold; Benjamin Stowe.
TESTIMONIALS
‘Simon Pigott stands out for his huge experience and measured approach. He is the archetypal lawyer you would want on your side. Alistair Myles is a first-rate rising star partner. He has sensible and sound judgement.’

‘LMP has a brilliant team at both partner and associate level. It has senior partners who are amongst the most respected solicitors in family law, as well as up-and-coming partners who are likely to be the next leaders in their field’

‘A small and perfectly formed team of top-class legal experts able to deliver a tailored top-drawer service to each and every client. Small but mighty.’

‘Jeremy Levison puts clients at ease, and has immense knowledge and experience. Ben Stowe is bright, engaged and wise beyond his years‘

‘Alison Hayes is such a fighter and shows huge commitment to her clients. Kate Stovold is a joy to work with for her complete commitment and passion.

‘Alison Hayes is in a class of her own. Her judgement is spot on and she has the rare quality of being able to deliver firm and sometimes difficult advice with a humble and human approach which results in clients listening to her even when the advice is not what they want to hear. She is fearless but couples that with humility which makes her a joy to work with‘

‘This law firm offers a boutique and personal feel coupled with extensive experience. This allows clients to feel like they have a tailored service from a small firm with the experience and knowledge of a larger firm, where they may not have a regular point of contact on their case‘

‘LMP stands out as a boutique firm offering high-quality advice without breaking the bank.‘

LMP and partner Simon Pigott are also recognised by Legal 500 for Family Mediation.

This is what the research concludes:

Simon Pigott heads the ‘fantastic mediation offering‘ at Levison Meltzer Pigott. He is a ‘first-rate mediator‘ and is highly experienced in dealing with all aspects of divorce, whether the issues are financial or children related. He remains an accredited family mediator with an all issues practice, acting almost exclusively as a sole mediator.

‘Simon Pigott is a first-rate mediator – calm and assured‘

‘Simon Pigott has been doing mediation for such a long period of time and as a result is immensely experienced and knowledgeable‘

‘Simon Pigott is a highly experienced mediator and family lawyer of standing, respected by clients and peers alike‘

‘Simon works with complex financial issues and often high-conflict situations, wherever possible helping clients to find creative and workable solutions through mediation rather than recourse or return to the cost and uncertainty of court proceedings‘

‘A longstanding legal reputation and renowned for its personal concern and approach to client. The firm is known for giving a first-class service to each and every one of its clients and cases

‘LMP has a fantastic mediation offering (and general family law offering). On financial matters, it is one of the top practices to refer high-value or knotty issues. Simon Piggott achieves great results‘

‘The team is keen to ensure that there is a good fit between the client, the professional and the best process, whether that be through court, mediation or other means of resolution. It is highly respected within the field’

Chambers UK 2021 recognises LMP as leading Family/Matrimonial firm

The recently-launched directory Chambers UK Guide has ranked Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) once again as one of London’s leading Family practices.

This is what the researchers concluded:

What the team is known for
Strong family boutique servicing clients across the spectrum of private family law, with particular expertise in high-value and multi-jurisdictional disputes involving asset tracing. Fields significant experience in divorce disputes with trust complications. Demonstrates valuable experience in prenuptial agreements. Offers notable strength in private children issues, including those with an international element.

Strengths 
One source lauds a “team that is experienced, managed meticulously and whose focus is entirely on the client as an individual.”
Another notes that the team “has huge talent and serious expertise but is down to earth and enjoyable to work with.”
“They are great – they are among the top boutique firms dealing with high net worth families,” reports a commentator.

Notable practitioners
Alison Hayes
 is particularly respected for her work in financial disputes with offshore trust structures. Her cross-border practice also covers contentious consent orders and matters with parallel criminal proceedings.
“She’s very good at international trust issues and the need to enforce in foreign jurisdictions.”
Jeremy Levison enjoys an impressive reputation for his vast experience in handling divorce proceedings. His caseload includes nuptial agreement issues and multi-jurisdictional matters involving significant trust and tax structures.
“Jeremy is a formidable opponent who never shrinks from fighting his client’s corner.”
Simon Pigott frequently acts for high net worth individuals in jurisdiction disputes and cases involving large-scale assets. He has additional strength in challenges to prenuptial agreements.
“Simon’s experience, ability and sixth sense enabled him to quickly focus on issues and ensure that my case was presented to maximise the preferred outcome.” “He instils confidence in his clients and his preparation is brilliant.”

LMP is ranked for Family/Matrimonial in London (Firms). Read full rankings  here.