Top Ten Family Lawyers
A mainstay of family law’s top tier for more than two decades, the former Withers chairman and Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year Award winner is described by one pre-eminent peer as ‘three steps ahead of everyone else — counsel included’.
Diana Parker enjoys one of the strongest reputations in the field for negotiating financial settlements for UHNWs out of court, and out of the press, typically at an early juncture — though she was also the driving force behind some of the best-known family law cases, including the 2006 House of Lords decision Miller and McFarlane and the Court of Appeal cases of Marano, Vaughan and Tchenguiz v Imerman. Her cases are invariably vast: not least Britain’s first billion-pound divorce, in which she spared Chris Hohn’s business from his final settlement.
She takes Spear’s through the legal landscape with speed and acuity. ‘A rule that I do think is not honoured enough is that sometimes you have to negotiate with your own client, as well as with the other side,’ she says. ‘Too often one comes across lawyers who have not ensured that the strategy for their client is realistic and that carrying it out is genuinely in their best interests.’
Hardly restricted to trailblazing on behalf of clients, Parker became Britain’s first female (and the youngest ever) senior partner of a City law firm in 1998.