‘The relationship between a family lawyer and their client can be a peculiarly close one,’ says Renato Labi. ‘You need to earn your client’s trust, you need to be emotionally engaged without being emotionally involved, and they need to know that you are going to fight their corner.’
Labi is clear on HFC’s objectives: ‘Our reputation is that we’re more prepared to go to court than others… if we need to get a good settlement – perhaps because of bullying or manipulation – then you need to fight hard.’
In the past year he has also advised offshore trustees on
whether a beneficiary’s trust could be ‘attackable’ via the English court system.