Levison Meltzer Pigott
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London, United Kingdom
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Alison Hayes joined Levison Meltzer Pigott as a partner in April 2002. She handles all aspects of matrimonial, children and family related work from a diverse and interesting client base. She specialises in financial remedy cases and work of a complex nature, often managing a high level of emotion. Many cases involve locating hidden assets, defending and attacking trust structures, frequently complicated by jurisdictional disputes. Hayes is also experienced at drawing up all types of agreements between people wishing to regulate their relationships, whether married or not.
Hayes describes her style as ‘low key and informal’ and her method is one of practicality, advocating a rational approach based on accurate information. She aims to ‘manage client expectations and provide realistic advice, without incurring large fees’.
A Resolution-accredited member, qualified to mediate with children, Hayes believes that litigation should be avoided if at all possible. Hayes is an expert at seeking to resolve disputes in a constructive way, recognising that when children are involved, both parties will have to continue to parent long after their relationship has broken down.
When asked to highlight pivotal moments in her career,Hayes acknowledges that because every case is different, there are so many moments. ‘However,’ she says, ‘in general, the most satisfaction comes from when you know that you have helped someone out of a tight spot or through a hard time and that you have made a difference.’
Looking to the future, Hayes is optimistic. ‘With the pandemic, we have all been forced to work in a different way, a way which I think is sustainable and will, moving forward, afford a better, less expensive service for clients.’
Levison Meltzer Pigott is a boutique family law firm known for complex high-profile,‘cutting-edge’ financial and children cases, which have resulted in changes to or clarification of the law, Hayes says. The partners have remained true to the firm’s founding principles and have retained a strong sense of individuality and personal care in all their actions. The firm has also resisted all temptations to diversify away from what they do best – family law. ‘We recognise that our boutique format provides an intimacy and privacy that suits our HNW clients in particular, and so why just grow for growth’s sake’ Hayes concludes.