Portrait of Max Lewis

Max Lewis

Year of Call 2002

Professional Practice

Max’s practice covers all issues of Family Law, with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 cases, often involving substantial and complex assets spread over various jurisdictions. He has a particular interest in company and trust law issues within divorce, as well as pure matrimonial law, including the validity of marriages and divorces occurring in England and in particular legal issues concerning the recognition in England of foreign and/or religious marriages and divorces.

  • Recommendations

    “Max is robust and very strong on detail particularly where companies are involved. He is very likable and has an excellent client manner.”
    Legal 500 2023
    "Max is a real heavyweight in financial remedies. He has a real attention to detail which is important, but also a very nice way about him when it comes to advocacy. Judges love him because he's punchy but also very humane."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "A dynamic advocate, both on paper and on his feet."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Particularly good on financial cases with a strong emphasis on company structures and valuations." "He's persuasive on his feet." "He's prompt, pays attention to detail, and is good on trusts."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    “A well-regarded junior”
    Legal 500 2021
    “Reasonable but can fight like hell when he needs to." "He commands the courtroom and has a vast knowledge of other areas of law, including tax and company law, which is a great advantage in more complex cases.”
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    “Highly recommended”
    Legal 500 2020
    "A smart, quick-thinking advocate who deals with clients and opponents alike with a unique blend of grace and tenacity." "He's the consummate professional, who I rate as much for his cool head and ability to settle matters as for his undoubted advocacy skills. He has a fearsome intellect, but is also practical and empathetic."
    Chambers and Partyners 2020
    "Max is an exceptional lawyer, who is extremely intelligent and personable." "He is a robust and excellent advocate."
    Chambers and Partner 2019
    ‘He instils great confidence.’
    Legal 500 - 2018
    “An exceptional and astute barrister”
    Legal 500 - 2017.
    “A genius who forensically examines every aspect of a case and has a phenomenal memory.”
    Legal 500 - 2016
  • Notable Cases

    • Clarke v Clarke
      [2023] 2 FLR 1
    • DP v EP (conduct: economic abuse: needs)
      [2023] EWFC 6
    • Tousi v Gaydukova
      [2023] EWHC 404 (Fam)
    • Akhter v Khan and the Attorney General
      [2019] 1 FLR 575
    • Alireza v Radwan
      [2018] 1 FLR 1333
    • K v K (nullity: bigamous marriage)
      [2017] 2 FLR 1055.
    • NR v AB (financial remedies)
      [2017] 1 FLR 1030
    • Montalto v Popat and others
      [2016] EWHC 810 (Ch)
    • P v P (variation of post-nuptial settlement)
      [2016] 1 FLR 437
    • Mann v Mann
      [2014] 2 FLR 928.
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Max regularly lectures on a wide range of family law issues (predominantly family finance, company valuations, foreign and religious marriage, and “Silver Separators”) and has several journal articles published in Family Law and elsewhere.

  • Personal Information

    University College School; Jews’ Free School; University of Bristol – BA(Hons); City University – PgDL; Inns of Court School of Law – BVC; David Karmel Entrance Award (Gray’s Inn); Denise Pannick Scholarship (Gray’s Inn).

    Max is married with three children. When not working, Max enjoys travel, literature, good food and wine, and films by the Zucker brothers.


  • FLBA
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators