Top Ten Family Lawyers
‘His clients love him,’ says one colleague of William Massey, Farrer’s gently spoken head of family, while another describes him as ‘a complete star: astute, incisive, creative and all-round excellent’.
This praise is well deserved. It’s certainly been a very good year for Massey, including one case that he counts as a highlight even in his illustrious career. This was Goddard-Watts v Goddard-Watts, a financial remedies application following non-disclosure, which saw Massey win an extra £6.24 million for a client at a rehearing when a husband was found to have £21 million of undisclosed trust assets.
A former corporate finance lawyer, Massey is known for his work on complex and often multi-jurisdictional financial cases, which he handles with sensitivity. ‘You have to firmly make sure they know you’re on their side and that you’re doing the best possible job anyone could do for them,’ says Massey. The real challenge is ‘people and their problems, and the dynamics of the people involved in the case’.
Meanwhile, he laments the lack of political will to spend money on improving the judicial system: ‘A country like ours should have access to justice, and that’s being denied to an awful lot of people at the moment.’
When he’s not devoting himself to seeking justice for his clients, Massey is a keen cyclist and golfer.