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My experience

My experience

I am a consultant in the Family team, having previously been a partner in the firm and a Board member.

I am a divorce lawyer, mediator and collaborative lawyer.

My career has seen me act in some of the most complex cases for both national and international clients and I have assisted clients to resolve matters following the breakdown of a relationship, or indeed helped at the start of a relationship when forward planning for their finances has been required.

Having spent many years involved in complex court litigation, I have decided to now focus my work outside of the court arena – concentrating on assisting couples either in mediation or through the collaborative process.

My experience has taught me that it is rarely beneficial for couples to go through a lengthy court process, which regularly damages those involved and comes with a huge emotional and legal cost.

I want to work with couples to show them the alternative options available and to help guide them to a quicker, less costly and more effective outcome. My excellent colleagues are still available to help clients who are still having to navigate the court process or negotiate with other solicitors but my focus now is outside of that arena, working positively and productively with clients in order to achieve better outcomes for them and their family.

I have featured in the City Wealth Leaders List since its inception and have been awarded a 3 star rating in the 2021 edition, a rarity for someone practising in this region.

I am recognised in the Best Lawyers UK 2024 edition (and indeed have been since 2009) for Family Law.

Winner and recipient of a 2023 Lawyer Monthly ADR Award within the following category: Mediation – UK.

Insights from Neil Davies

Collaborative Marital Agreements

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Family Mediation Week : 16 - 20 January 2023

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Is family mediation right for me?

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How I’ve helped our clients

A source says "He is incredibly professional and you get the sense that he's seen it all before. He's completely in control and very reassuring to his client", whilst another says "Neil is one of the leading high net worth solicitors in the area."

Chambers Legal Directory 2024

A referee says "Neil Davies and Zoe Culverwell are a great team delivering pragmatic advice at a fair price."

Legal 500 2024 Edition

Neil and the team have been brilliant. Zoe, you have been amazing! I cannot praise your hard work, professionalism and thoughtfulness enough. You guys gave me the confidence to tackle this bun fight!

Ms DS - Financial remedy and civil partnership dissolution

I was recommended to Paris Smith LLP and Neil Davies in particular, to advise me and act on my behalf during my divorce. Neil, and his associate Heather Souter, provided first class advice and guidance throughout, at all times seeking the most expeditious and cost effective path through the difficult process. They were both empathetic to me and my situation, but firm in what was reasonable in terms of demands, outcomes and the future. They took a holistic view of my family circumstances and were able to manage expectations on both sides. Their arguments and guidance have resulted in a fair and reasonable outcome, which for me has been transformational and the interests of my immediate family have been safeguarded. I cannot recommend them highly enough and would certainly want them on the journey with me, if anything like this were to occur in the future.

Tom Joyce - Finances

Referees say "Neil manages to be professional yet maintain a personal touch, while also negotiating with clear intent and strong ambition for his client"; "The level of service you get from Neil is outstanding and " He is a very good lawyer who is tough, businesslike and easy to deal with."

Chambers & Partners 2023 - Referee Comments

I was more than happy with Neil and Zoe during their handling of my recent divorce. I felt like I had both friends and professionals genuinely interested and concerned for me and my interests. Importantly they kept an eye on the financials, but did not lose track of what was the right thing to do as well seeking justice in very difficult circumstances.

Mr C, London

I certainly do not know of any other mediators who I would be happy to send clients to in difficult financial remedy cases.

Leading Financial Barrister

Thank you so much for all the hard work that yourself and your team have put into dealing with my case. If you want the best, you go to the best.

Mrs JC - Reading

You’ve got me over the line and I quite simply couldn’t have done it without you and Zoe. You’ve been beyond amazing and I feel so blessed to have had you AWESOME pair behind me. Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. I have loved working with you both and I am going to miss you. I will always confidently pass your details on to anyone else I meet who is about to go through this.

Mrs J.B. (Surrey) - Divorce and Finances

A fantastic initial consultation gave me immediate confidence in employing your services.

Mr A. S. - Middle East