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Company

Stewarts

Position

Partner

Index

Legal

Family Lawyers

Advice type

Big-money cases

Children

Children law

Complex family matters

Cross-border

Divorces

Financial matters

Financial remedies

High-profile cases

High-value cases

International cases

International child relocation

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Client types

Business owners

Celebrities

Entrepreneurs

Families

High-profile clients

HNW

International UHNWs

Geographical focus

France

Monaco

Sector focus

Legal Advisory Services

Artists, Writers and Performers

Profile

Stephen Foster

Description

Spear's Review

‘It was just me and a paralegal on day one,’ recalls Stephen Foster, the much-admired head of Stewarts’ divorce and family department. In the dozen or so years since he set it up, the department has grown into one of the strongest in London, with the depth to ‘deal with cases ranging from up-and-coming City professionals to some of the largest cases before the English Court’.

After a period in which the profession has been dominated by a handful of star individuals – the so-called ‘Queen Bees’ – Foster believes change is afoot. ‘It’s not enough to have one or two star partners. Everyone in the firm (at every level) needs to demonstrate excellence.’ Stewarts is in good stead, with one private client lawyer describing it as ‘the Slaughter and May of family law’.

Adviser Profile

Foster heads what is widely regarded as the country's leading high asset divorce practice. 'The size, strength and depth of the department sets us apart and means that we can deal with more of the largest and most complex cases than any of our competitors,' he says. In the words of a top Family QC, Stewarts are now 'alone on the mountaintop.'

Foster's clients mainly consist of figures from the City and entrepreneurs and many of his cases have an international dimension including Europe, the US and the Middle East. Industry commentators have described him as 'a great lateral thinker,' 'an intelligent and superbly talented litigator' and 'the go-to for complex financial proceedings.'

Rank: Top Flight

Top Flight 2021, Family Lawyers

Address

5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF, United Kingdom

Email

sfoster@stewartslaw.com

Phone

(0)20 7822 8020

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