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‘Liz is a real star and will move heaven and earth for her clients,’ says a colleague of the dynamic Hicks, who was shortlisted for Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year in 2016.
‘What I bring is a mix of empathy and practicality,’ says Hicks, speaking in tones which will doubtless have soothed many a distressed client. ‘I don’t shy away from giving advice but they know I’m always there for them. And they love my voice — it’s probably the Welsh accent.’
She may be soft-spoken, but Hicks is a formidable defender of HNW assets. Head of department for more than a decade now, she has had another busy year including three reported cases, a number of international prenups and cohabitation disputes, and numerous unreported cases in the High Court Family Division concerning jurisdiction disputes, financial remedy, leave to remove applications and contested Children Act cases.
A fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, Hicks is also a passionate proponent of mediation and arbitration, especially when children are involved. She is heartened by the growing number of cases being settled by these methods but laments that not all her colleagues agree. So what’s her secret? ‘Not to pretend to be someone other than who I am,’ says Hicks. ‘In the words of Shirley Bassey, “I am who I am.”’