Lisa Fabian Lustigman

Special counsel | London

Lisa is special counsel in the divorce and family team.

Lisa focuses on all aspects of private family law, with an emphasis on children issues. This includes jurisdiction matters and leaves to remove both within England and Wales and internationally, regardless of whether the parties are married or not, as well as international surrogacy issues and Child Arrangement Orders. She acts for both same sex and hetrosexual couples. Her work frequently has an international element, and she has an extensive network of connections throughout the USA, Middle East, Australia and Europe.

She is a practitioner of Collaborative Law and is a member of Collaborative Family Law (CFL).

Lisa is a regular contributor of commentary in the national press (The Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Lawyer). She has made frequent appearances on Channel 4 television productions, BBC-online news, Channel 4 news and Sky news as an expert in family law children issues.

Lisa spearheaded the campaign to raise awareness in the legal community of parental alienation and with a leading London barristers’ Chambers hosted a seminar at Withers that was reported in the Sunday Times.

Secretary Pauline Drewett


Lisa Fabian Lustigman was instrumental in steering me through an incredibly stressful negotiation in order for me to be able to move back “Down Under” with our children. Her advice and guidance was invaluable and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

In-house lawyer

Lisa assisted me with an extremely difficult and tricky international move that helped me keep my family together. Nothing is more important than that and her expert advice and guidance was indispensable throughout the case.

Business owner and entrepreneur

I would recommend Lisa to anyone. In a very tough situation when I needed a lawyer who would have my back, fight my corner and achieve results, Lisa did exactly that. She kept me informed at each stage of the process, and I felt in control of the situation.

Business owner and entrepreneur

Lisa Fabian Lustigman has been my go-to lawyer in difficult and protracted circumstances relating to my child.  I rely on her for her expertise and advice and would recommend Lisa to anyone facing the emotion and heartbreak of legal proceedings concerning children.

Medical professional

Special counsel Lisa Fabian Lustigman can produce ‘timely and accurate advice at a minute’s notice’.

Legal 500 UK 2017

Lisa Fabian Lustigman’s skilful handling of my case not only changed the law, but changed our lives.  We would not be the family we are today without Lisa and her excellent team.

Senior investment manager

‘Her preparation is immaculate, she fights her corner hard and she’s got compassion and humanity.’

Chambers UK 2018, London

Track record





Acting for Mr MK in the landmark case of K v K (Children) [2011] EWCA CIV 793). The Court of Appeal judgment changed the way international leaves to remove are decided, where parents share the care of the children. Their Lordships agreed that the only principle to come from Payne V Payne was that the welfare of the child is paramount.

Acted for a father for the return of his abducted children to Egypt.

Acted for the mother in M (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 1059, successful at first instance and in discussing the father’s appeal.

England and Wales, 1988

Children and Injunctions, Model Letters For Family Lawyers, third edition, published by Jordans, chapter editor

Resolution Collaborative Law Group, Collaborative Partners

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

Society of English and American Lawyers

Collaborative Family Law

All Issues Mediator


6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, Sydney, Australia

International Academy of Family Lawyers USA Chapter meeting, Hague Symposium, Arizona, US, presented a paper

Me in a minute

I am passionate about reaching agreements wherever possible

I am an American abroad and still prefer coffee to tea…but having been in London for over 40 years, I am bilingual in that I can speak American (New York dialect) and English. I love being an international person and being part of the international community, as I have a good understanding of the issues of my clients who are English (and those who are not). I am so pleased to be practising family law at Withers.

Children tug at the heartstrings, and my goal is to make whatever process a parent finds him or herself in as smooth as practically possible, given the particular set of circumstances.

To this end, I have been proud to spearhead a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of those parents who do not see their child or children as a result of Parental Alienation (PA). Those cases of PA are coming to the fore and it is my view that the legal profession as a whole needs to be educated and aware of the damage it does to children - who are the adults of the future - and the relationships they form in later life.

I also act for couples on divorce, to include their often complicated financial matters, frequently with a jurisdictional element. I am passionate about reaching agreements wherever possible, and if it is not, I try to minimise the stress of litigation for my clients.



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