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David Allison



David is a director at Family Law in Partnership. He has specialised in family law since 1991. He joined Family Law in Partnership in 1998 and became a partner in 2001.

David acts for a wide range of individuals including business owners, entrepreneurs, bankers, other lawyers and their partners. The focus of his practice is financial claims on divorce, particularly those with an international dimension, but he is also well known for his expertise in the legal issues affecting cohabitants, same sex couples and civil partners.

David settles the vast majority of his cases outside the Court process but where cases have to go to court he is a determined and effective litigator. His goal is to achieve the best outcome for his clients and to do so in a way that produces an efficient, fair and positive result.

“My priority is to listen to clients and to understand their goals and objectives. I recognise that every client is an individual with their own beliefs and objectives. Understanding those beliefs and objectives helps me guide clients through selection of the best process and achieve their goals.”

Representative matters:

  • David has been involved in a number of reported cases including Dobson v Griffey [2018] EWHC 1117 (Ch) in which he represented the defendant in his successful defence against a claim by his former partner for a share of the proceeds of sale of the property in which they had previously lived together, Divall v Divall [2014] EWHC 95 FAM regarding a jurisdiction dispute and Golubovich v Golubovich [2010] 2 FLR 1614 CA, an important case regarding the recognition of foreign divorce decrees by the English Courts.
  • David acted collaboratively for a wife of an entrepreneur who had established a household name company. The family wealth was structured through a Jersey trust, which held property in the UK and the USA. David successfully negotiated a deal which gave his client 50% of the assets.
  • David acted for a banker on the dissolution of his civil partnership where a significant financial claim was made by a non-working civil partner. David secured a clean break for his client after a two year term without giving an increased share of capital.

What David’s clients say:

“Thank you for your professionalism, consideration and personal kindness over the years. You were very supportive and it has been much appreciated”

“I am forever grateful for the wonderful work you and your company did in order to help me through a very difficult time. You showed great care and compassion along with the expert legal advice that I received.”

“From beginning to end you impressed me with your compassion, flexibility, integrity, professionalism and resilience.”

“I just wanted to say thank you very much indeed for handling my divorce process. You progressed everything through with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency”.

“David is an excellent lawyer who achieved a very positive outcome for me in my divorce settlement. He did this by carefully preparing his strategy, understanding all the issues in the case. He then took charge of the process, leading negotiations to a speedy resolution. David also has excellent qualities in managing his clients, specifically calmness under pressure, keeping me fully involved with the negotiations and offering me strong moral support when I was in a vulnerable emotional state.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to recommend David Allison to anyone seeking help with divorce or similar. David is calm and collected and has the ability to handle the most difficult of opposing solicitors and barristers with an assuredness that can only put you at your ease. For what was probably the most traumatic period of my life, he was able to give me the reassurance that the matter would be handled with proficiency and professionalism, despite the “other side” not acting in the same manner…..and the real test, I have used his services again in other less stressful matters.”

“David is the only reason I’m here eleven years after losing my amazing father and my husband leaving me, all within three weeks…..This has only been possible because David is such a professional and caring person. He has a quiet confidence which puts people at their ease. He looked after my finances and only involved other professionals where it was in my interests to do so. Thank you so much David.”

“David Allison acted for me throughout my divorce and I cannot recommend him highly enough. We all know that divorce is a time of immense emotional pressure and David was always sensitive to the situation yet firm when required. Unfortunately my divorce did go as far as court proceedings although David tried very hard to avoid this situation, I felt throughout the entire time his primary concern was what was best for my son and I. I was extremely happy with the end result and David’s support through such a stressful time, exacerbated by the additional difficulty that my ex-husband is a public figure. He alleviated the pressure on me by acting with the utmost professionalism, before I even finished a sentence the job was already done – I cannot think of anything I would have changed. I have since passed him onto to other people who I know would echo the above sentiments.”

David has been ranked as a leading practitioner for family law by Chambers HNW 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. Chambers HNW 2017 states: “Clients particularly single out his suitability for collaborative approaches. “Putting aside his legal expertise, it’s the compassion he has that stuck out straight away” says one, adding “He really wants to get a fair outcome for both sides.” “He was very sympathetic. Guidance was clear and concise” recalls another client “You really felt he was on your side as opposed to just playing the game.” David was also ranked as a leading family lawyer by Chambers HNW 2019: “David is one of the few solicitors I recommend to family and friends,” adding that “his clients love him and are right to do so. David is smart, calm and charming. He exudes a quiet confidence and achieves impressive results without a lot of noise or fanfare.”

David is ranked as a leading individual for both family law and family mediation in The Legal 500 UK 2017. The 2015 edition comments “David Allison is ‘outstanding at dealing with same sex relationships and disputes between cohabitees'”….”David Allison ‘deals with everything in a constructive way to achieve settlement'”. The 2016 edition refers to David as “very clever” and “very sharp on detail” and the 2017 edition notes that David is “another experienced and skilled mediator in the team“. Chambers UK 2018 and 2017 also rank David as a leading individual in family law remarking “He is technically strong and always tries to resolve matters amicably” “He has significant expertise in cases involving alternative family structures and cohabitees.” The 2016 edition notes “Impressed interviewees state that he “lives and breathes family law” noting that “he’s just so pragmatic and applies legal concepts to real life””. David also appears in the Citywealth Leaders List 2017, 2016 and 2015, with the 2015 edition noting “He sets expectations very squarely in terms of timing, cost and potential outcomes. He is diligent at following through on issues and is aware that his clients are busy and works to accommodate diaries.” He is ranked by SuperLawyers London as a leading family lawyer.

David is committed to a constructive approach to resolving issues. He is a trained mediator and has FMA senior mediator status. He trained as a collaborative lawyer in 2003 with the first group of lawyers to be trained in the UK and is a Resolution collaborative specialist. David is a member of both the International Academy of Family Lawyers, where he is chair of the LGBT committee, and the UK & Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute. He is a former chair of the International Family Law Committee of the American Bar Association, International Section and is a past chair of Resolution, the family lawyers association.

Read David’s recent blogs and press work:

Cohabiting couples: Money rights if you live together but aren’t married – podcast

The Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Abroad

Registering a Civil Partnership or Same Sex Marriage with an Overseas Consulate

Civil Partnership Registrations Halved Since Introduction of Same Sex Marriage


Commentary on the Estrada/Juffali divorce

Is There True Equality For Lesbians and Gay Men?

Civil Partnership and Same Sex Marriage – Capacity and Recognition of Foreign Relationships

Children with Special Needs: Unravelling the Challenges

Resolving Financial Disputes in Mediation – The Myths

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