Top Flight Family Lawyers
‘I am ashamed by the UK court system at the moment,’ says Julian Lipson with a compassionate indignation. Impeccable and articulate – and known for ‘extraordinary technical proficiency’ – Lipson, along with Diana Parker, is now arguably the standout partner at Withers, and narrowly missed out on being Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year in 2018. After university, Lipson worked in the USA for a tour company. ‘The skills I learned from directing crowds of anxious affluent Americans through unfamiliar foreign territories later translated rather well into doing much the same thing with my clients going through divorces,’ he jokes. But it’s as a technician that he’s revered. He recently acted for the wife in a high-asset divorce where the main asset was a business that had been in the husband’s family for nearly 60 years – a matter with intricate US tax issues requiring an extremely targeted negotiation. Lipson is very popular across the profession and known for playing it straight, often entering into frank negotiation with the other side in order to expedite settlement. ‘Clients, in my experience, do not want to be a reported case. They want to be an unreported one,’ he explains.