Legal 500 2022 – LMP is a leading London practice for Family and Family Mediation

Legal 500, the annual legal research directory, has just published its rankings for 2022 and once again Levison Meltzer Pigott is recognised as one of London’s leading Family Law practices.
Simon Pigott joins Jeremy Levison to be listed in the elite “Hall of Fame” table whilst both new partners, Kate Stovold and Ben Stowe, are recognised in the “Next Generation Partners” tables.

This is what the Legal 500 2022 says about the firm for Family:

Simon Pigott leads a ‘slick machine‘ at Levison Meltzer Pigott that deals with all areas of family law including divorce and separation, co-habitation and paternity disputes, and all issues relating to children.  There is a strong emphasis on cases with complex financial and international aspects. The team is well-equipped to handle matters which often involve locating hidden assets, defending and attacking trust structures –these issues are frequently complicated further by jurisdictional disputes.  Jeremy Levison is vastly experienced in high-net-worth financial settlements. Alison Hayes is well-regarded. Kate Stovold and Benjamin Stowe were both promoted to the partnership. The practice is’ unafraid to take on the most complex cases, it handles these with aplomb’.

‘This boutique family law firm really is one of the best in London. Jeremy Levison remains one of the best and most experienced lawyers in the family law world. He is a world-class strategist and has a real knack for predicting outcomes. Ben Stowe has recently been made partner. His client skills are second to none, he is clever and pragmatic and I can really see him being one of the greats of family law. His prior career as a commercial solicitor really comes through and allows him to bring an edge to his financial cases‘.

‘Excellent specialist boutique firm. Superb client care. Time given to the individual’s needs. Jeremy Levison and Simon Pigott are both extremely experienced leaders in the field. They have seen it all and so have all the answers. New partner Kate Stovold is one to watch. Her cases are meticulously prepared and carefully planned. She is calm and reasoned and clients really like her‘.

The team at Levison Meltzer Pigott is specialist and makes a painful process tolerable. The lawyers are highly professional , supportive and ensure that the outcome is fair and deliverable. The analysis is always first class and delivered clearly and concisely. Jeremy Levison is an exceptional lawyer and the team supporting him provides a high quality service. He has the experience to assess the likely result and avoid unnecessary waste action‘.

It is a very personable and humane firm. Simon listens and does not make decisions for his own gain or that of his firm, which is very rare in family law. The strategic advice and guidance was extremely thoughtful and well researched. Simon offered sensible and fair solutions, which were both reassuring thoughtful. Simon is a rare breed in family law. He has a paternal and reassuring disposition that is not patronising or undermining. He wants the best and most fair outcome for his client and is not ruthless in his approach. This probably comes from the fact that he works as a mediator and while excellent at representing his clients’ interests, looks at the other side of the coin and makes important points that allow you to come to a well rounded and thoughtful decision‘.

‘The team is a powerhouse in terms of its work ethic. The clients clearly feel that they are in safe hands. Kate Stovold is excellent. She manages her client’s expectations well and she adopts a bespoke and pragmatic strategy depending upon each client’s needs‘.

‘This is a niche firm, with specialist practitioners. They have good breadth of experience and are capable of dealing with HNW and complex matters. Ben Stowe – a young newly promoted partner with gravitas beyond his years. Very diligent and hardworking with a sound knowledge of the law. Kate Stovold – very good attention to detail and also recently promoted to partner‘.

‘A boutique law firm which boasts some heavy-hitting partners who have prepared some of the most well known cases in the country. Ben Stowe- Ben has skills beyond his years. His case load is complex and varied and clients love him for his calm manner with hard hitting tactics. Kate Stovold- a real pleasure to work with. Her cases are beautifully prepared and she is a pleasure to work with. It feels like a team effort when working with Kate‘.

‘LMP has an established history at the top of the market. Kate Stovold has an effortless class about her approach to clients and cases. Her work is meticulous. Ben Stowe has a real gift of pragmatism‘.

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

This is what the research concludes:

Levison Meltzer Pigott has the highly regarded Simon Pigott who is a qualified family mediator with an ‘all issues’ practice. He acts almost exclusively as a sole mediator. He has a wealth of experience in all aspects of divorce including financial and children related.


‘Simon Pigott is excellence and experience in a glass.  Highly respected by all who work with him and trusted by all in the profession.  He is liked and admired by Judges and Clients alike and never fails to meet their expectations‘.

Benjamin Stowe is one of the 2021 eprivateclient Top 35 under 35

We congratulate partner Ben Stowe, who has been named as one of the 2021 eprivateclient Top 35 under 35 men from the private client sector. The Top 35 Under 35 is designed to identify, recognise, introduce and promote the rising stars of the private wealth advisory sector. Over 550 nominations were recorded this year. A rigorous judging process then took place during which each nominee was judged on the strength of their nomination(s).

This is what they say about Ben:


Benjamin joined Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) in June 2018 as an assistant solicitor and is a specialist in dealing with the financial repercussions of relationship breakdown. His work frequently has an international dimension, often involving tax and trust implications, substantial assets or incomes. He advises clients on the practical, legal and financial consequences resulting from the breakdown of relationships, covering a wide range of assets from the modest to those involving complex business structures. Benjamin has considerable experience in disputes relating to children, both within and outside of the Court forum.  Although Ben now specialises in all work relating to Family and Child Law, he started his legal career with Ince & Co with a focus on commercial disputes.

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Prenuptial agreements. What and why? And wherever!

LMP partner Kate Stovold talks about prenuptial agreements in her latest article for Vantage Point, a magazine circulated to families and businesses in Kate’s home town of Farnham in Surrey.

Kate debunks some of the common myths surrounding prenups and argues that far from being unromantic, the agreement represents shrewd financial planning and wealth management.

This piece is from a series of articles on family law which Kate is writing for her local community magazine and she explains why this is important to her:

“Before the national lockdown in March 2020, and like so many others, I commuted to London every day.  However, to adapt and to do so quickly was crucial for business.  LMP transitioned to remote working overnight meaning that I was no longer a ‘London family lawyer’; simply a family lawyer.  It has been a pleasure to represent clients living in and out of London (and abroad) during the pandemic.  The show must go on!

Whilst I have now returned to the office, I am operating a flexi working schedule that facilitates the best of both for me and, most importantly, my clients.  I remain active in my London network and continue to expand my professional connections in Farnham.

I see numerous advantages for my clients including:

  • That LMP is a boutique family law practice offering a “tailored top drawer service” (Legal 500).  That service is available to all regardless of geography.
  • My firm’s ongoing commitment to excellence.
  • My relationships with the best barristers and third party experts ensuring a collaborative approach to your case.
  • The convenience of being local to you, whether in London or in Surrey.  Access to the best legal advice is now a moveable feast.”

You can read Kate’s article here.

To contact Kate for advice about prenups or any family law matter: [email protected]

Three LMP partners in Citywealth Top 100 Private Client Lawyers 2021

LMP partners Jeremy Levison, Simon Pigott and Alison Hayes have been recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List of the Top 100 Private Client Lawyers 2021.

This Leaders List features the one hundred Private Client lawyers who, as judged by a panel of industry leaders and the Citywealth editorial team, went above and beyond for their clients during the pandemic.

Citywealth was founded in 2005 with the purpose of bringing together different segments of the private client market to develop contacts, build business and raise information and standards in the sector. This is achieved by a mixture of publications, events, networking groups and interviews.

Click here for full the list of the Citywealth Top 100 Private Client Lawyers 2021

2021 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms – LMP once again recognised as first tier firm

Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) has once again been recognised as one of the 2021 eprivateclient Top Family Law firms. This accolade is the result of an extensive survey of legal practices in the UK by eprivateclient, a leading website and news service for private client practitioners.

Now in its sixth year, the 2021 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms features 59 firms, split for the first time into two separate tables which differentiates between boutique family law practices and family law teams within full-service law firms.

LMP is recognised as one of only 10 boutique firms featured in Tier I of the tables. Click here for a pdf of the results. If a subscriber to eprivateclient, you can access the full article here.