Chambers HNW Guide 2022 – LMP once again recognised as leading firm for Family/Matrimonial

Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) and partners Jeremy Levison, Simon Pigott, Kate Stovold, and Benjamin Stowe are ranked in the recently launched Chambers High Net Worth 2022. Congratulations to Kate and Ben who enter the tables for the first time as “Up and Coming”. Jeremy as Senior Statesman and Simon ranked in Band 1 continue to be recognised as leading lawyers but this year in the newly formed Ultra High Net Worth table. Simon also appears in the Spotlight table for mediators.

The Guide, now in its seventh year, has always featured LMP, and the firm is pleased to be included again this year. Ranking the leading lawyers and law firms specialising in advising HNW clients, the Guide also features feedback from clients and peers.

This year’s Guide includes the following testimonials:

“They would be one of the firms that I would recommend friends and family to. They are completely on top of matters and really easy to deal with”

“They are a longstanding respected boutique firm; they are the kind of firm you’ll feel comfortable referring clients to. They are sensible lawyers that know what they’re doing”

 

Individual Lawyer quotes include:

Simon Pigott:

“Simon is very, very experienced, very knowledgeable and very collaborative. He’s seen it all before which makes him very unflappable”

“If you were a client, you would find his manner very reassuring”

 

Jeremy Levison:

“He is as very experienced operator.”

“An incredible lawyer.” “Very charismatic.”

 

Kate Stovold:

“She’s got all the qualities you want in a lawyer: she’s so hardworking and dedicated to her clients, she’s not afraid of a fight and she approaches everything analytically”

“She is one of my favourite people to work with. She is very, very easy to work with, pragmatic and well prepared. She is intelligent, nice to deal with and fantastic with clients”

“Kate Stovold is dazzlingly smart; her knowledgeable judgement really shines on a case” 

“Kate Stovold is absolutely amazing”

 

Benjamin Stowe:

“He’s got a really bright future. He is unflappable, so hardworking and gets to grips with complicated facts quickly”

“He’s so calm under pressure, he’s really efficient and good at providing sensible advice. He makes clients feel reassured and understood”

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’.

TESTIMONIALS
‘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.

Testimonials

‘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‘.

Chambers HNW Guide 2021: LMP recognised as leading firm for HNW Family/Matrimonial

We have once again been recognised as one of the leading UK Family Law firms for Family/Matrimonial advising High Net Worth (HNW) clients by Chambers HNW, the annual specialist guide from Chambers & Partners, which identifies the world’s leading high net worth advisers.

Based on client and peer research, LMP has been ranked in Band 2, meaning that it is regarded as being in the top fourteen specialist HNW divorce lawyers in the UK. Client testimonials include “They maintain exceptionally high standards of service to the client, combined with sound advice. They are simply excellent.”
“Senior Statesman” Jeremy Levison is noted for his “considerable expertise representing clients in complex financial and international matters” and Band 1 Simon Pigott is described as “quite simply magisterial in his approach”, “an absolute legend” and  being “just brilliant at human dynamics.”

You can read full ranking tables for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth here, and Family/Matrimonial: Mediators here.

Chambers HNW Guide 2020: LMP partners ranked and firm recognised as “among the top boutique firms dealing with high net worth family work”

Levison Meltzer Pigott (LMP) has once again been recognised as one of the leading UK Family Law firms for Family/Matrimonial advising High Net Worth (HNW) clients by Chambers HNW 2020, the annual specialist guide from Chambers & Partners, which identifies the world’s leading high net worth advisers.

Based on client and peer research, LMP has been ranked in Band 2, meaning that it is regarded as being in the top thirteen specialist HNW divorce lawyers in the UK.
In addition, we are particularly pleased that all six partners have been ranked.

This is what this year’s research concluded:

Levison Meltzer Pigott is “among the top boutique firms dealing with high net worth family work,” says a family barrister, who adds that “they are very cost-effective for high-level advice.”

Another interviewee remarks that “the firm as a whole provides a client-focused, bespoke and joined-upservice from the receptionist to the lawyer’s assistant. It is clearly a team that is experienced, managed meticulously and whose focus is entirely on the client as an individual.”

NOTABLE PRACTITIONERS

Alison Hayes is “very sensible, tough and fights her corner very hard,” says a fellow family solicitor. She is noted for work involving complex asset structures and international trusts. A barrister says Hayes is “very good at international trust issues and the need to enforce in foreign jurisdictions,” adding that “she is the go-to person for enforcement against offshore trusts.”

Senior statesman Jeremy Levison remains active on high-value, complex financial proceedings. One family barrister describes Levison as “a formidable opponent who never shrinks from fighting his client’s corner,” and another says he is a “good, cunning lawyer and quite prepared to deal with difficult cases – it’s good acting for him.”

A client says Simon Pigott is “the voice of reason among all the ‘noise’ of divorce,” adding that “Simon cuts through all the jargon and the distress.” Pigott is also regarded as “a brilliant mediator” and has a highly active mediation practice. A source says he can “turn his hand to very complicated and highly acrimonious HNW mediations, and other things like international relocation where the mood is quite difficult.”

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.