Top Recommended Family Lawyers
Renato Labi is a true litigator, described by peers as ‘tenacious’. It might be said that in pursuing a litigation-centric vein in family law he is working contrary to the prevailing trend, but he’s an experienced hand when it comes to big-ticket financial and children’s relocation cases, and is widely known for his forensic and assured approach.
His skill-set has seen him act in some of family law’s biggest cases, not least 2010’s ground-breaking Imerman v Tchenguiz, a bitterly fought four-year battle that established the principles that spouses are not allowed to help themselves to private documents to help their case. He is currently acting in a number of reported cases, and is also involved alongside Frances Hughes (see page 70) in the monster case Estrada v Juffali.
Labi, a cultured lawyer with a love of the arts, is at the crest of a wave of trusts-related litigation. Prenups is another growth area — in one instance negotiations between an engaged couple went ‘very badly’, but the result was more of a blessing in disguise: ‘The marriage then didn’t take place, and everyone got away pretty lightly.’
However, he adds: ‘If the couple are honest and happy with each other there’s no reason why those agreements can’t be negotiated civilly, put in a drawer and forgotten about.’