Diana Parker

Partner | London

Diana is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She is well known as one of London’s divorce lawyer elite and advises clients on high value, high profile matters involving complex finances and international, cross border elements. Whilst she has taken cases before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Diana is also a renowned mediator and negotiator. She co-founded the Family Mediators Association, to extend the range of mediation to include finances as well as child-related issues.

Diana has acted for clients in cases which have set legal guidelines for the rest of the industry. She a highly intelligent person who fights hard for her clients, is a very good negotiator and settler of cases where possible.

Secretary Julie Secker

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…‘consistently gets the biggest cases’ in family law and is considered ‘a seriously smart lawyer’ and ‘unbelievably good strategist’ by sources. She maintains her pre-eminent reputation in the global matrimonial arena, handling significant financial issues for notable individuals.

Chambers UK Guide 2018
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‘She is first class,’ says a source, adding: ‘From the outset I felt that I was in very good hands and I was absolutely delighted with her performance.’ She is a well-known mediator and negotiator but she has also taken cases before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. ‘If I had to choose one solicitor in the entire world that I admired the most it would be her. She is just astonishing – she identifies and resolves issues before you even realise there is one. She is just knockout, she really is,’ enthuses a peer.

Chambers NHW Guide 2017
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Diana and Adele delivered a quick and efficient solution in my divorce negotiations. Adele comprehensively and promptly put together my complex financial disclosure, and within a matter of weeks I was able to reach an overall agreement with my wife during an all-day lawyer led mediation, with the help of their strategic advice and eye for detail. The swift and amicable approach they facilitated enabled my wife and I to move on without bitterness. I can highly recommend them for providing creative ideas, achieving results, and also being pleasant people to work with.

CEO of investment management firm
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‘There is no one who can match her intellectually or her wide-ranging experience. Her clients are fortunate to be advised by her’, says one peer. Although she is also credited for her ‘fearless’ litigation, Parker is as much shield as sword, often securing settlement away from the stress and cost of the court process.

Spear's 500 2016
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My experience of Diana Parker and Laura Winterbottom of Withers is that they are totally professional, with unrelenting energy and enthusiasm. They left no stone unturned. My case was also dealt with in a strategic manner where I was introduced to the most appropriate external additional resources that could be found. The style was at all times polite and correct towards the opposition. They showed superior attention to detail and are very organised. I felt I obtained a great service and superior advice throughout.

Anonymous
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I was lucky enough to find Withers at a very difficult time in my life. Diana’s calm and assured understanding of my situation helped me to focus on what I needed to do and Adele helped me work step by step through this difficult process in a sympathetic, structured way. Nothing can make these things easy, but without Withers and Diana’s and Adele’s expertise in calmly negotiating each obstacle and complication as it came up, my emotional state at the time and my situation now would certainly have been much worse.

Lady N.
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Listed as one of the ‘Best divorce lawyers in town’ in February 2016: ‘Elegance and economy’ are what you get with Diana Parker. That and a healthy dose of humour.

Tatler 2016
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A mainstay of family law’s top tier for more than two decades, the former Withers chairman and Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year Award winner is described by one pre-eminent peer as ‘three steps ahead of everyone else – counsel included’. Diana Parker enjoys one of the strongest reputations in the field for negotiating financial settlements for UHNWs out of court, and out of the press, typically at an early juncture.

Spear's 500 2017
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Diana brings matters to a swift conclusion.

Legal 500 UK 2017

Track record

Admissions

Publications

Memberships

Talks

Representing the husband in the high profile Cooper Hohn case in 2014, securing success for her client both in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Acting on the House of Lords decision in Miller and McFarlane in 2006.

Acting on the Court of Appeal cases of Marano, Vaughan and Tchenguiz Imerman, all in 2010. Both Miller and Tchenguiz Imerman were ground breaking cases that changed the shape of Family Law in England.

England and Wales, 1983

‘Practical Matrimonial Precedents’, co-author

Resolution and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Diana has regular speaking engagements on Family Law topics.

Me in a minute

Seeing my clients looking forward with confidence is very motivational

What I enjoy is the fulfilment of helping someone move out of the chaos and recriminations of relationship breakdown and doing that as swiftly and with as sure a touch as possible. Seeing my clients looking forward with confidence rather than looking back in anger is very motivational.

Education


Languages


  • English

Dates


Joined

1981
Partner

1987

Recognition


London

16 Old Bailey,

EC4M 7EG

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