Gillian joined Penningtons Manches in June 2013 having previously been a family law partner in a high ranking central London firm. She advises on all areas of domestic and international family law and has an extensive international practice. Gillian is the chair to the Family Law Committee of the International Bar Association and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She is also chair of the Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2017, and is formally registered by the Charity Commission.
She has a bias towards the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and regularly deals with highly complex, high net worth financial claims. She is also very experienced in private law children disputes and financial applications by a single parent on behalf of a child. Gillian is a respected author writing for publications such as the Law Society Gazette and Clarke, Hall and Morrison on Children. She is often quoted in print media and has broadcast on national radio.
Gillian is recognised as a leader in her field by The Legal 500. She was nominated as a Super Lawyer in 2013 and City Wealth calls her: ‘a first rate lawyer with considerable experience of handling cases with substantial wealth, particularly those with significant international issues… manages negotiations with considerable skill… in short, first class… deals with these issues with humanity and sensitivity’. Peers have also made the following comments: the ‘excellent’ Gill Rivers is ‘always driven to produce the best results for her clients’.