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Ben Parry-Smith

Payne Hicks Beach

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Once described as the ‘protégé’ of Fiona Shackleton, Ben ParrySmith joined Payne Hicks Beach on qualification 12 years ago and made partner in 2018.

Parry-Smith notes that the coronavirus crisis has had serious consequences for some clients: ‘It’s fantastic if you’re a coercive controller – someone whose main aim in life is to isolate someone from friends and family and control them. No one can leave the house.’

He is quick to pay homage to one of the Payne Hicks Beach family team’s newest members, Sarah Williams, who joined from Vardags in March to become head of surrogacy, fertility and modern family law.