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Elizabeth Hicks

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When Elizabeth Hicks joined BCLP from Irwin Mitchell in 2018, there was no London family law department to speak of. The team is now five-strong and has more than got its hands full. ‘To come in and set something up has been great – a lot easier and a lot quicker than I thought,’ she says.

A ‘great fan’ of arbitration as a way of keeping things confidential and out of court, Hicks has been busy with a pre and postnups, many of them collaborative. ‘It hasn’t been tested, but I would anticipate that it’s going to be far better on the enforceability front,’ she says of the process. ‘You can’t say you didn’t understand anything because you’re in a meeting where everything’s explained.’