Citywealth speaks to Juliette Peters, member of Citywealth's Leaders List (click here to check Juliette Peters' Leaders List profile), Co-founder and Partner at Peters May, a family law firm based in Mayfair.
Tell Citywealth’s readers about your role.
I am a partner and solicitor in a boutique family law firm based in Mayfair. I set up Peters May just over four years ago with a former colleague, Jessica May. We met at the law firm Howard Kennedy and decided to pool our years of experience together to provide a seamless service for our clients.
I advise on divorce and child matters. Our work is predominantly on the financial aspects of a divorce, financial settlements, either by consent or through the courts, and other implications of separation following relationship breakdown. I also draft pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements which are becoming increasingly common in the UK jurisdiction despite their unofficial legal status.
We also specialise in a number of matters relating to children. These typically concern the period during and after a divorce or separation that poses questions such as where children are going to live, the level of contact with the non-resident parent and child maintenance.
What are the most pressing issues you are dealing with in your role at the moment?
Aside from our busy practice, I am currently overseeing a particularly complicated parental alienation case acting for a father who desperately wants to see his children. This is essentially where one parent (typically the parent with whom the children reside) fails to facilitate or actively sabotages a relationship between the children and the other parent by presenting that parent in a negative light towards the children. More generally, the enormous delays in the court system and other factors out of our control have been the most pressing issues as delays often exacerbate already emotionally volatile situations. This requires additional empathy and expectation management towards clients.
How would your clients describe you?
My clients have described me as focused, empathetic, and understanding in their testimonials. I think what makes Peters May unique is our size and from this the unwavering commitment that our clients deserve. Our boutique approach means we really take time over the details and are always in frequent communication with clients, ready to work with their specific needs and to alleviate their concerns.
What are the most important skills and personal qualities for a lawyer specialised in family issues?
You need to be a tenacious advocate yet sympathetic legal adviser. On the client side, empathy, patience, and kindness are without a shadow of a doubt the most important qualities. As a family lawyer you must always remember you are guiding individuals through some of the most emotionally fraught and difficult situations they will experience. On the work side of things, extremely good time management and attention to detail are key.
What does it mean to you to be a member of Citywealth’s Leaders List?
It is an honour to be nominated by Citywealth and have our hard work and expertise recognised and to be amongst the most preeminent names in the industry.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given?
Jeremy Hershkorn at Magrath Sheldrick LLP said to me once that I should always go to my child’s school events from concerts to sports days, because no matter how busy, you can always fit the work in somehow. I would always regret not attending those personal things, because you never get those days back with your child. I remember his wise words.
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