Top Recommended Family Lawyers
‘There are two extremes in this work,’ says David Lister. ‘One is to do a clean, negotiated settlement — the utopia — and the other is when you have someone sticking two fingers up at the court and their partner. Then it’s gloves off. That’s the sort of hardcore, nasty stuff I do.’ This year marks three decades in matrimonial law for the formidable Lister, who has been a partner in Mishcon de Reya’s family department for almost a decade.
He’s celebrating with a motorcycle road trip — and few deserve it more than he does. Lister specialises in complex HNW international financial and property cases which are often multi-jurisdictional and require asset-tracing and international enforcement. Lister operates in a rarefied world.
An increasing number of Lister’s cases involve at least one party from overseas. He acts for both the weaker and stronger parties, which requires his masterful co-ordination and detection of assets skills.
Lister approaches the challenge of his working life with the calm he’s known for among colleagues. He’s also adept at sensitive children’s cases, which he handles with
his trademark serenity.