Peters May Family Letter 2023

Peters May

2023 marked a significant milestone for Peters May, celebrating its fifth anniversary. It is hard to believe that it has been half a decade since Juliette and Jessica founded the firm in 2018. As we reflect on the year, it is clear that there is much to celebrate.

This year saw Peters May expand its team, welcoming Francesca McCay and Ella Fogg who have proved invaluable in responding to our growing caseload. Whilst we were sad to bid farewell to Tally, it is evident that she is flourishing in Westminster, ahead of starting her pupillage at Fourteen Family Law Chambers next October. Former members of the team Ed Wells, Alex Aspinwall, Kieran Ball and Mia Purdy are thriving at the Family Bar. We are so proud of all of them and are very grateful for their contribution to the firm over the years. It is a pleasure to watch their careers grow and to maintain our relationships with them.

The firm was delighted to be recognised as a Leading Firm in the Legal 500 this year. We are also hugely proud to have been named once again by The Times as one of the Best Law Firms 2024 as well as being recognised as one of the Top Family Law Firms 2023 by E-Privateclient.

Our team have also taken steps to contribute to the legal sphere. Ben’s article Impressive, but not sufficient: DR v UG published by Resolution in The Review, offered a valuable insight into special contribution and post-separation accrual arguments (have a read here).

Peters May remains committed to having a positive social impact. This has manifested in our engagement in pro bono work. We have supported Families Need Fathers and have taken part in their panel question and answer evenings, aiming to promote access to justice for all.  Further, we remain committed to our sponsorship of the Medical Detection Dogs and greatly admire the work done by the charity.

Outside of the confines of our office in Mayfair, we have been fortunate enough to attend some excellent events this year. The International Family Law Conference in Jersey was both enjoyable and informative and it was great to catch up with family law colleagues in such beautiful surroundings. Other highlights include The Resolution Conference, with our very own Ben being selected to deliver a talk on how to run a TOLATA case from start to finish. The 1 Hare Court Family Law Seminar was also excellent and where we were able to refine our knowledge and engage with topical family law issues (all while picking up some very handy tote bags!).

But it’s not all hard family law! The team enjoyed hosting the Niche Firm Networking Event in November, presenting our take on Barbenheimer as a cultural family law phenomenon. Peters May has embraced all kinds of professional and social engagements, being lucky enough to attend prestigious venues like Goldsmiths’ Hall and The Emirates. Finally, our alumnae get-together for some Christmas tapas was a lovely reminder of how far we have come as a firm.

As 2023 comes to a close, we are proud not only of what Peters May has achieved this year, but since its formation in 2018. We are excited to see what 2024 will bring and are so grateful to everyone who has been a part of our firm’s journey.

Wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at Peters May!

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