David Allison

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Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Melbourne House
46 Aldwych


Admitted in 1995 and partner at FLiP 2001. FLiP is a niche practice dealing exclusively in family law. The legal directories Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and Legal 500 have all ranked David as a leading family lawyer for many years. David is ranked in the Hall of Fame by Legal 500 2023. He is also ranked as a leading individual for both family law and family mediation in The Legal 500 UK 2022, 2021 and 2020. In relation to his work as a mediator, Legal 500 UK comments: “David Allison is superb – he grasps the issues quickly, is no nonsense, genuinely cares about the clients and is excellent value for money” and “David Allison is very experienced in mediation. He is extremely calm and very skilful at diffusing potentially inflamed situations”. In relation to work as a family lawyer, Legal 500 UK 2021 notes “He understands the gravity and complexity of complicated financial arrangements which he is able to unravel without fuss or fanfare” with Legal 500 UK 2022 commenting that he is a is a “stellar individual” and “stands out as one of the best negotiators in the business. He is trusted by his peers and respected. David is the antidote to the toxic world of family breakdown. He is always completely on top of his brief, calm and collected; the most difficult cases appear simple and straight forward in his capable hands.” Chambers HNW 2022 comments of David: “David Allison has a wealth of experience advising high net worth clients on complex financial disputes arising from divorce, particularly those with an international dimension. “He’s a very smart lawyer, very solution-driven and totally dedicated to the best interests of the client.” …. “David Allison is head and shoulders above many lawyers in this market. He’s straightforward, knowledgeable and easy to deal with.” Chambers HNW 2021 notes: “He is a consummate professional. He makes the most difficult cases seem simple. He gives straightforward advice and guides his clients seamlessly to the result they want.” Chambers HNW 2020 notes that David is “everything you would want as a client,” he is “strategically and tactically a force to be reckoned with …. he delivers excellence in family law. He is all about client service delivery.” Chambers UK 2020 remarks that “David is smart, calm and charming. He exudes a quiet confidence and achieves impressive results without a lot of noise or fanfare”. David is committed to a constructive approach to resolving issues. He is a trained mediator and has FMA senior mediator status. He trained as a collaborative lawyer in 2003 with the first group of lawyers to be trained in the UK. David chairs the Gender Identity and Sexuality committee of IAFL and is a member of the UK & Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute. He is a former chair of the International Family Law Committee of the American Bar Association, International Section and is a past chair of Resolution, the family lawyers association for England & Wales. David has been involved in a number of reported cases, including Golubovich v Golubovich (2010) 2 FLR 1614, Divall v Divall (2014) EWHC 95 Fam; Dobson v Griffey [2018] EWHC 1117 (Ch); Xanthopoulos v Rakshina [2023] EWFC 50; and Tsvetkov v Khayrova [2023] EWFC 130

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Areas: Appeals, Arbitration, Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Insolvency, Finance: Pensions/Superannuation/Retirement and Employment Benefits, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Taxation, Finance: Trusts, Mediation, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony, Surrogacy

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