Top Ten Family Lawyers
It’s been an impressive journey for William Longrigg, from his humble beginnings as an articled clerk at Charles Russell in 1985 to his crowning as Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year in 2016. The multilingual lawyer specialises in multi-jurisdictional cases, often involving Europe and the US, Hong Kong and Australia.
Longrigg is also a recent president of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. ‘This started off as a travel club for people who do big-money divorces. That has completely changed,’ he says, pointing to new areas the organisation covers, from surrogacy to child abduction and forced marriage. While leading conferences in Africa and UHNW hotspots, Longrigg also steered the organisation into a close relationship with the Hague Conference on International Law.
It’s not just the IAFL that’s been in flux: ‘I have seen an extraordinary change in the work we’re doing over that period,’ he says, oozing old-school charm. ‘There’s more at stake — you really have to act very quickly with these jurisdiction races. There are people living in London now from all over the world, and inevitably matters are that much more international.’
Clients unite in praise for the likeable Longrigg, while one peer says of him: ‘A calm and considered opponent, he is direct in his manner, easy to do business with and he adopts a sensible approach — even in the most acrimonious cases.’