David Lillywhite

Partner, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer

Qualifying into a large regional firm in 2005, David joined a Central London practice in 2008 before heading up the family law department at a commercial City firm in 2011. He joined Burgess Mee Family Law in October 2015 and was promoted to partner in April 2019.

David is a Resolution-trained collaborative lawyer and mediator.  He is a member of the Family Solutions Collaborative Group based in Holborn.

David deals with all types of family law work including advising upon divorce and separation, matrimonial finance (often involving substantial assets and/or with an overseas element),  Schedule 1 applications (financial provision involving unmarried parents), pre-and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and complex private children matters (including internal and international relocation). He acted in the reported case of A (A Child) (No.2) [2014] EWCC B52 (Fam).

He has a particular specialism in 'intervenor' cases involving third parties asserting an interest in matrimonial assets where he has acted for individuals both for and against the claims being made.

Clients have praised his accessible, responsive approach and his commitment to demystifying the process surrounding separation. David is praised in the Legal 500 (2022) for working "tirelessly for his clients and has the patience of a saint", "great judgement and incredibly intelligent but also able to make appropriate demands of counsel without overwhelming them. A rare gem" and (2019) for working ‘meticulously to ensure everything was prepared".

David is an active member of Resolution.  He is involved with the organisation's Mentoring Scheme and sits on the Innovation Committee.  He also volunteers at Peckham Citizens Advice Bureau.