In the family – Ben Stowe features in today’s The Times – Dinner-table chats convinced my son to mirror family firm

In a new series, published in The Times, Catherine Baksi interviews children who have followed their parents into the legal profession. In today’s feature, newly promoted LMP partner Ben Stowe and his mother Marilyn Stowe talk about their passion for family law.

Marilyn Stowe, “dubbed the “barracuda” for her reputation as one of the most formidable divorce lawyers in the UK”, developed the biggest family law practice in the country, with a chain of ten offices, which she sold in 2017 to private equity investors. Ben’s father Grahame, a solicitor and part-time tribunal judge, had a criminal and mental health practice.

“Immersed” in his parent’s careers from an early age, Ben confirms that it was “an inevitability” that he would go into law. He recalls “spending his summers on the reception desk, answering the phones, shadowing lawyers, helping in the post room, learning about accounts, then going home and talking about interesting cases with his parents over dinner.”

Ben says: “To see the success that my mum has achieved was a huge inspiration for me. I knew I couldn’t match that and I had to find my own niche.”

But last word to his mum who considers her son “quieter and more intellectual”  – “I always thought he’d make a good family lawyer, but he had to make that decision for himself.”

Subscribers to The Times can read the full article here.

Cara Lahnstein – newly qualified success

Cara Lahnstein has officially received her solicitor admission certificate from the SRA, announcing the successful conclusion of her training contract and the start of her career as a qualified solicitor at Levison Meltzer Pigott.
Founding partner Simon Pigott congratulated Cara on behalf of all the LMP team: “As a boutique firm focusing exclusively on family law, completion of the SRA training contract is particularly challenging, and so pre-qualification recruitment is quite rare. In Cara, however, we recognised someone who was most certainly up to that additional challenge. She conducted much of her training in lockdown conditions, and she deserves this success.”

Cara joined Levison Meltzer Pigott in June 2018 as a Legal Graduate and started her training contract with the firm in January 2019, spending one seat covering “Residential Property “with law firm Laurus. A fluent German speaker, Cara has previously worked as a Legal Intern with leading law firms in Berlin, New York and London and has had other significant work experience with charities Amnesty International and Save the Children.

Alison Hayes wins Citywealth Powerwomen award

Congratulations to LMP partner Alison Hayes who was awarded Bronze at last week’s virtual Citywealth Powerwomen awards in the category of Business Growth: Boutique.

The Powerwomen programme champions women in the wealth sector and highlights the female leaders of today and tomorrow. The awards spotlight individuals and companies who support caregiving responsibilities and female leadership, whilst also celebrating diversity.

Alison was supported at the virtual event with attendance  by LMP colleagues Kate Stovold and Cara Lahnstein.

Full results of the 2021 Powerwomen Awards can be read here.

Kate Stovold and Benjamin Stowe – new partner promotions at LMP

Levison Meltzer Pigott has promoted Kate Stovold and Benjamin Stowe to partner, effective from 1st April 2021.

Kate joined Levison Meltzer Pigott in October 2017 and has been involved in a wide variety of cases, many with an international element, involving complex business structures and family trusts and disputes surrounding inherited wealth. She also has a committed interest in resolving disputes concerning children. She is recognised by Legal 500, both in 2020 and 2021 as a ‘rising star’; in the latter she is described as a ‘joy to work with for her complete commitment and passion.’

Ben joined Levison Meltzer Pigott in June 2018 and specialises in all work relating to Family and Child Law. He is already closely involved with some of the largest and most complex cases under the LMP umbrella. Ben trained and qualified at Ince & Co, specialising in commercial disputes and he now brings this commercial perspective to divorce law. Ben is recommended in The Legal 500 2021 for being ‘bright, engaged and wise beyond his years’

Levison Meltzer Pigott Managing Partner, Simon Pigott, announced the promotions and congratulated Kate and Ben as the main focus of a team-wide virtual meeting  last Friday:
“Albeit remotely, I was delighted to share the good news that both Kate and Ben will be LMP partners from the 1st April, with the LMP team. It is exciting and rewarding to watch young lawyers, such as Kate and Ben, grow in confidence and experience ready to step up to the responsibilities and challenges of being a partner.  We know that LMP will benefit from their energy and fresh perspectives and we look forward to celebrating their achievements together and in person very soon.”

Jeremy Levison, who founded the firm in 1998 with Simon, agrees:
“As a firm we have maintained the principles and core values we had from the very start. One of our key premises has always been to look for special young lawyers who will become  the partners of the future.  In Kate and Ben we have two par excellence. I look forward enormously to working closely with them over the coming years.”