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Sandra Davis

Mishcon de Reya

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‘I always ask my clients, “If you had a magic wand, what would you like to achieve?”’ says Sandra Davis, who has headed up the family department at Mishcon de Reya for more than 30 years. She is the lawyer of choice for notable HNWs (‘I don’t deal with the middle level of income,’ she once told Spear’s) and has acted for Princess Diana, Jerry Hall and Tamara Mellon. Davis is concerned that the divorce process encourages litigation by pitting parents against each other to the detriment of their offspring. If she had a magic wand, it would be used to help children’s wishes be heard earlier in proceedings: ‘Children don’t want to be dropped off at a service station; they want to see their parents having a relationship. Once one parent has started making negative comments about the other, it can be too late. ‘There are quite a few colleagues in other firms that won’t touch children work. I firmly believe that it’s an incredibly important part of what we do.’ Resolving children issues can also help with other issues, she says: ‘If you promote a co-parenting relationship between spouses, we’re going to get more communication, and more communication can ultimately lead to a quicker, less painful settlement.’