He studied international history and politics at Leeds University, and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. He spent a year as a commercial litigator in City law firm DLA before joining the family department of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in 1998.
Renato has wide experience in dealing with financial disputes within divorce proceedings and following cohabitation, and in complex private law children’s cases. He is a member of Resolution and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Renato is recommended in both Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading individual.
Chambers 2019 reconfirmed Renato Labi’s Band 1 ranking and described him as “tactically astute and a pleasure to work with.”
Chambers HNW 2018 recommended Renato once again, described him as “brilliant” and “very easy to deal with.”
Chambers 2018 reconfirmed Renato’s Band 1 ranking, praising him for being “very effective, very clever and very good at what he does.”
Chambers HNW 2017 described Renato as “a calm, gracious individual, but that masks a really incisive mind and a tenacity that will stand any case in good stead. He stands by the client in thick and thin.”
Chambers 2017 ranked Renato Band 1 and identified him as “an extremely bright lawyer with really good judgement” with a client commenting that “he demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and creativity in dealing with sensitive or difficult issues. He combines consummate professionalism with both the sensitivity and humour that is required in an area of law that can be quite emotionally charged“.
Chamber HNW 2016 Renato is highlighted by a source as “a star of the future,” who adds: “He knows the law backwards. He can negotiate if that’s required, but he is also up for the fight. Clients love him.” “His knowledge of detail and technicalities is huge. He is very pleasant and gets on with most opponents,” says a commentator, who adds: “He achieves far more by charming than most people do by shouting, but carries a big stick if necessary.” Another interviewee comments: “I rate him highly.”
Chambers 2016 Renato is rated as being “hugely respected in the profession for being astute, sharp, diligent, committed and reliable“.
Chambers 2015 said “he has a very smooth, assured touch where clients really benefit from his forensic ability.”
Chambers 2012 stated “he is absolutely fantastic and punches above his weight”.
Legal 500 2018 reconfirmed Renato’s position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as “outstanding”.
Legal 500 2017 reconfirmed Renato’s position as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as “outstanding”, “knowledgeable yet sensitive”, and “an exceptionally safe pair of hands”.
Legal 500 2016 recognised Renato as a ‘Leading Individual’ and comments on his ability to “explain complex issues in a very user-friendly way“.
Legal 500 2013 described him as “the perfect choice for complex offshore trust disclosure“.
Renato’s interests include politics, music and the arts. For many years he was a trustee and Chair of Poet in the City, a venture philanthropy charity, and he remains on the corporate panel.