Laura Winterbottom

Special counsel

Laura is special counsel in the divorce and family team.

Laura advises clients on all family law issues that flow from separation, divorce or dissolution with a view to achieving a resolution. She offers pragmatic and sensitive advice and helps her clients to reach commercial solutions.

Her practice includes advising and guiding clients through the divorce process, the division of family finances, drafting pre/postnuptial agreements and pre/post civil partnership agreements. In addition, it is seen to advise on issues between unmarried, cohabiting couples to include drafting cohabitation agreements. Laura also advises clients in relation to matters regarding their children to include contract disputes, international relocation and financial support.

Laura commonly advises individuals with complex financial affairs, often including trusts, company structures and inherited assets. A large proportion of her cases have an international element.

Laura joined the family team in 2007 having trained with the firm. She is a member of the London Resolution Committee and has been a committed member of Resolution – which promotes a conciliatory and constructive approach to family disputes - since qualification. She also regularly volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau.


Withers’ family law team have acted on my behalf at various times since 2002. The division of assets were completed by 2003 and the process was straightforward. I do not think that this might have been the case if I’d gone elsewhere. They supported me again for the “clean break” settlement in 2011 and again the process was made to be uncomplicated. They have since helped with school and university fee issues. Julian Lipson and Laura Winterbottom are highly knowledgeable in their field and make a brilliant team. I highly recommend them both.

Ex-spouse of hedge fund owner

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.


Special counsel Laura Winterbottom ‘can work on the most complicated cases with justifiable confidence’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Laura Winterbottom is on her way to the top.

Legal 500 UK, 2020




England & Wales, 2006

‘Options for Married Couples’, Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal, February 2010


Resolution - London Committee member

Me in a minute

I am sure-footed and calm in a crisis

My years of experience in dealing with family disputes has taught me to expect the unexpected. I am sensitive to my client’s objectives, and always try to find a pragmatic solution with the minimum acrimony. I provide unwavering support to my clients - and give a straight answer. It gives me great satisfaction to see clients through a difficult time unscathed



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