“Clients absolutely love her; she’s very approachable, asks the right questions and has very good judgement.”– Chambers UK 2017
Lisa has worked with Osbornes for over 13 years, making Partner in 2009. She has built up a wealth of experience in family law, her sole area of practice, and has excellent relationships with the very best family law barristers in London. She’s a realistic, responsive and endlessly upbeat practitioner with empathy and vision who cares immensely about her clients.
Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolutions
Lisa always aims to obtain a Decree Absolute on divorce or dissolve a civil partnership as smoothly as possible. She is skilled at establishing a rapport with the other lawyer in a case and strongly believes the best approach lies in constructive dialogue, wherever possible.
‘She explained the law clearly and was very personable. She definitely made the process easier to bear and I trusted her advice.’ – Family client
Financial Settlements on Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolutions
Lisa has vast experience in negotiating such financial settlements. She has utmost respect for the trust clients place in her and gets to know each one well, in order to fully appreciate what they want to achieve. Always down-to-earth, she clearly explains the law and likely outcomes so her clients feel informed and supported.
Mediation & Dispute Resolution (DR)
Lisa is a very experienced and respected mediator. She is one of only eight Family Lawyers in London recommended in Chambers & Partners 2020 in their new DR category. Lisa brings those negotiation skills to every case she is involved in.
When court is necessary to ensure a fair financial outcome, Lisa has the expertise and tenacity to guide you through the entire process. She attends hearings, drafts witness statements, advises on strategy and counsels how best to deal with arising issues from a practical and legal point of view.
‘Lisa Pepper, Andy Watson and their teams have helped me through two very difficult episodes in my otherwise calm life. They achieved better than expected outcomes in both cases. These are the kind of people you want to have on your side.’ – Family client
Disagreements over Child-related Contact and Living Arrangements
When children are involved, Lisa is extremely adept at negotiating care arrangements. Straight talking and approachable, she gives clients an honest view on whether the court will find their proposals reasonable and in a child’s best interests.
In her experience, such disputes are best resolved through negotiation, rather than a lengthy court process which takes the decision out of both parents’ hands. That said, she is practiced at running cases where clients cannot compromise and court is necessary. Lisa has also handled a number of successful ‘leave to remove’ cases where one parent wanted to move overseas with the children.
“Lisa worked very hard to make this a painless process.” – Family client
If a dispute can be solved outside of court via the cheaper process of mediation, Lisa is your woman. A skilled and sensitive mediator, she has a high success rate working with separating couples who wish to settle without heading to court or incurring the cost that involves. Lisa works tirelessly to provide a high-value service, which is why many law firms across London recommend her.
Property Ownership Disputes
When unmarried couples (or others who co-own a property) disagree about their respective shares, Lisa advises on the strengths and weaknesses in your case, what the court would do, and tries to reach an early settlement if possible. If one party won’t negotiate reasonably, court is the next step and Lisa is fully aware that the best chance of success lies in preparing a strong winnable case from the outset.
For couples who don’t feel ready for divorce, Lisa can help you negotiate a properly drafted, binding separation agreement. It’s important to get the right advice so you reach a fair financial agreement and don’t accept far less than you may receive in a divorce.
If you’re contemplating a pre-nuptial agreement, an early meeting with Lisa can help you think through issues you may not have considered.
- Lisa acted for the mother in the MB vs. KB case, in which a court clarified that a parent (in this case the father) never gets a ‘clean break’ from their child. The High Court Judge stated that the flesh-and-blood link means the wider family must maintain a measure of responsibility for the child.
- Many years ago, Lisa acted on a case very similar to 2015’s landmark Vince vs. Wyatt where she obtained a financial settlement for a wife ten years after Decree Absolute, proving that Decree Absolute is not a clean break.
- Lisa won a case for a mother who had a shared care arrangement in place and wanted to emigrate to Australia with the child.
- Lisa recently acted for a successful media industry businessman who wished to keep his personal affairs out of court. She negotiated a financial divorce settlement with his wife and the case was concluded without either setting foot in court. The client kept his family intact and he and his wife agreed a shared care arrangement untainted by the financial negotiations.
Legal 500 2019
‘Lisa Pepper is extremely approachable and this shines through in the outcomes she achieves from mediation. She makes clients feel at ease, which enables them to feel empowered to resolve matters amicably and find a creative outcome which many mediators may have overlooked.’
‘Lisa Pepper is building a very strong mediation practice at very competitive rates and is able to build a rapport quickly with almost anyone.’
Lisa is very well respected by her peers. Here’s what other family law solicitors and barristers have to say about her:
“She’s sensible, approachable and no-nonsense. You can have a disagreement with her without having a row; it’s a proper dialogue.” Chambers UK 2018
“Clients ‘really have faith’ in Lisa Pepper. ” Legal 500 2017
“Lisa Pepper is always looking for a solution and has a very sympathetic approach to clients. She is highly regarded for her collaborative law practice.”– Chambers & Partners 2016
“Lisa Pepper is a skilled collaborative lawyer. Her instinct is always to resolve matters without compromising her clients’ interests.” – Legal 500 2015
Lisa Pepper deals with separation proceedings and leave to remove cases. Sources describe her as “a great person to work with: constructive, helpful” – Chambers & Partners 2015
Lisa Pepper is “incredibly constructive and an asset to the firm.” – Chambers & Partners 2014
Lisa Pepper is a noted collaborative lawyer, and recently acted successfully on a client’s leave to remove application to Australia. – Legal 500 2014