Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui

Sofia joined the firm as a partner in 2006 having built an enviable reputation as a leading matrimonial lawyer in her career and specialises in family law with particular expertise in complex and substantial cases with an international element.

Divorce, separation, ancillary relief, co-habitation disputes and pre-nuptial agreements are all dealt with on a regular basis by Sofia and her expert team.

Many cases are both complex and high value, frequently involving the resolution of sensitive issues relating to children and financial matters involving trusts and companies both in the UK and abroad. Sofia combines her expertise with an intense and personal service that, time after time, achieves outstanding results for her clients. This is why her reputation continues to grow.

Sofia is the 2018 Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Family Lawyer of the Year.

Sofia has been recognised for the past three years by the UK Legal 500 as being a leading individual for London: Private Client for her work in Family Law. for ‘London: Private client’ within ‘Family’ who is described as being ‘highly knowledgeable and driven by a painstaking passion for excellence’. Her team is ‘small but agile and packs a real punch’.

In the UK Legal 500 2020 edition testimonials for Sofia’s work describe her as acting “with precision and never falters in her execution. She runs her team like a military operation and every move is co-ordinated and part of the bigger plan’. She is ‘a first rate solicitor with a relentless tenacity and stamina”.

Previously it has been remarked that Sofia is ‘a masterful solicitor driven by her passion for excellence. She remains calm and in control in the most demanding situations‘ displaying ‘excellent judgement and putting her clients at ease‘. She has also been described as “‘the star’ at DWFM Beckman: ‘In any litigation you would want her on your side. She fights her cases hard but also has great judgement and knows which points to take and which not’.

In September 2019 Sofia was short listed as a finalist in the Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards for International Family Lawyer Award 2019. The winner is due to be announced at the end of November 2019.

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Notable cases:

  • Shwan Al-Mulla v Suzan Al-Mulla [2005]
  • Mubarak v Mubarik [2006] EWHC 1260 (Fam); [2007] EWCA Civ 879; [2007] EWHC 220 (Fam);  [2007] 1 FLR 722; [2008] JRC 136; [2008] JCA 196
  • FZ v SZ & Anr. [2010] AER (D) 189 Jul
  • Young v Young [2012] EWHC 138 (Fam); [2012] 2 FLR 470; [2013] EWHC 34 (Fam)
  • ZA v AS [2014] EWHC 2630 (Fam)
  • Joy v Joy [2014] EWCA Civ 520; [2015] EWHC 455 (Fam)
  • Joy v Joy-Morancho [2014] EWHC 3769 (Fam); [2015] EWHC 2507
  • TM v AH [2016] EWHC 572 (Fam)
  • Ali v Ansar-Ali [2016] EWCA Civ 781
  • ZA v AS[2014] EWHC 2630 (Fam)
  • Young v Young [2012] [2012] 2 FLR 470

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