Family Law Rising Stars
‘Laura is renowned for clear-headed thinking and efficiency. She is a deal-cutter and strives diligently to achieve a pragmatic and commercial resolution for her clients,’ says one colleague of Laura Winterbottom, who was ‘born and bred’ in Withers’ family department.
Her practice spans the range of family law issues affecting HNWs, with a particular focus on advising on complex financial disputes. But Winterbottom’s practice is also highly varied, and includes private children disputes and cohabitation claims, as well as prenups and postnups, with a compelling international element.
She has spent a busy year juggling two big reported cases, both ‘highly litigious and acrimonious’ and involving ‘rooms full of paper work’. One of the cases — now bound for the Court of Appeal — involved a prenup, an offshore business and pre-marital wealth, among other complexities. ‘It’s an interesting and demanding case,’ says Winterbottom with characteristic pragmatism.
Spear’s senses that Winterbottom relishes such difficult cases. ‘I always knew
my interest in the law was in people’s problems. I like other people’s lives,’ she says, laughing. She also cites the importance of intuition: ‘People have hunches
in family law, because unlike other types of law you can’t just read the statutes to know what the answer is.’