The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom™ – LMP partners recognised once again in 2025 edition

Congratulations to Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) partners Jeremy Levison, Simon Pigott and Alison Hayes on being featured once again in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom™

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based on peer review, opinions sought from leading lawyers specialising in the same practice area and operating within the same geographical area.

The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom™ 2025 is its 13th UK edition, although Best Lawyers has a track record originating in the USA going back more than four decades. This year’s UK edition features 6,746 lawyers.

The three LMP partners have been listed in the UK edition of Best Lawyers for Family Law for sixteen years, appearing for the first time in 2009.

To access full rankings, click here.

What the election might mean for family law

On 22 May the prime minister Rishi Sunak requested permission from the King to dissolve Parliament and called for an election, which will take place on 4 July.  With a general election just over a week away, family law specialist Lucy Hoare considers what could the election result mean for family law?

Upon the release of the parties’ manifestos, Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way (of which all LMP lawyers are members) welcomed family justice commitments made by all the major parties ahead of the General Election 2024.

The Liberal Democrats and Labour have both pledged to extend legal rights to cohabiting couples.  1 in 5 families in the UK are now said to be cohabiting and they are the fastest growing family type.  There have been widespread calls for change in the law relating to cohabiting partners on separation for many years now as their rights upon relationship breakdown or the death of their partner are far from equal to those of married couples. So this is a change welcomed by many (although no reform is likely to be fast.)

Meanwhile, the Conservatives have pledged to expand the Pathfinder Courts pilot currently taking place in limited family courts across the country.  This pilot is an approach to private law children proceedings which has as its focus the aim of obtaining information as early as possible in the process to enable the court to make informed decisions sooner.

With opinion polls currently predicting a Labour government what else might be set to change?

In the wake of a recession in recent years Labour have spoken of their plans for growth in the economy if they succeed at the election but also plans to stick to tough fiscal rules.  Therefore, if they win the election it remains to be seen if there will be increased public spending on the family court system. At a time when delays within the court system are lengthy and court buildings are in a state of disrepair, additional funding would no doubt be much welcomed.  Increased spending is something the Green party have committed to in their manifesto.

Private schools in England currently benefit from an 80% discount on business rates, and do not have to charge VAT on school fees. One of Labour’s manifesto pledges is to remove those exemptions, Labour say with a view to increasing the number of teachers in state secondary schools.  With financial pressures on families at an all-time high, this could be a further source of further concern for separating parents with children at independent schools.

From the other end of the political spectrum, Reform have pledged reforms to the Child Maintenance Service, including the launch of a special division of the Family Court for maintenance and defaults issues.  They also say they would introduce shared parental care on a 50/50 basis where appropriate and greater rights of access for grandparents.

Family lawyers welcomed the introduction of no-fault divorce in April 2022 but quite what further reform of the family justice system we can expect under the next government awaits the results of the 4 July election and no doubt the dust settling, but we look to the future optimistically for families.

If you have any questions about the implications of the election on your divorce or separation then Lucy or any member of the LMP team shall be pleased to assist.

Spear’s recognises all five LMP partners amongst the best family lawyers for high-net-worth clients in 2024

Congratulations to Jeremy LevisonSimon PigottAlison HayesKate Stovold and Benjamin Stowe on being recognised by Spear’s Family Law Index 2024. For the third year running, all five of the partners at Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) have been included in this annual ranking of divorce lawyers specialising in HNW clients.

‘Utterly brilliant’ Jeremy Levison and Simon Pigott noted for his ‘plain-speaking wisdom’, are recognised as “Top Recommended”; Alison Hayes with her ‘low-key and informal’ style, ‘advocate of alternative resolution methods’ Kate Stovold and Ben Stowe, described as ‘possessing ‘gravitas beyond his years’ are ranked as “Recommended”.

Spear’s publishes annual rankings of the top private client advisers and service providers to HNWs. These are drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams.

You can access the full Spear’s Family Law Index 2024 here.

LMP shortlisted for 2024 eprivateclient Excellence Award

Levison Meltzer Pigott has been shortlisted by the Judging Panel for this year’s eprivateclient Excellence Awards.

33 firms are on the shortlist of finalists and commended firms across the ten Award categories which focus exclusively on recognising the outstanding achievements of firms across the UK and offshore legal, tax, fiduciary and advisory professions over the past year.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 13 June at the ceremony, held this year at the Nobu Hotel. Partner Benjamin Stowe will be attending.

See full shortlist here.

LMP dons its trainers for the 20th anniversary of the London Legal Walk on 18 June 2024

Team members from Levison Meltzer Pigott are excited to be joining the 10,000+ walkers signed up to take part in the London Legal Walk.  This is a 10km sponsored walk through Central London.

The aim of the London Legal Walk is to raise funds for South West London Law Centres, these working in partnership with advice services in London to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the county.

LMP partners Simon Pigott, Jeremy Levison and Kate Stovold are pleased to be taking part, together with fellow LMP colleagues: Lucy Hoare, Cara Lahnstein, Natasha MethvenRanjan Nair, Zoe Jones and Felicity Cox.

You can support the LMP team as they walk around Central London by donating via the team’s fundraising page.