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  1. Family and children law – Leading silks
  2. Family and children law – Leading juniors

Family and children law – Leading silks

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3PB covers a wide spectrum of family law matters, including matrimonial finance, contested divorce, and public and private children law. Elizabeth McGrath QC, Vanessa Meachin and Lawrence Messling joined from St Philips Chambers in 2016.

Amanda Pittaway is head of the family team at Cornwall Street Chambers, which has experience in domestic violence, divorce, adoption, and private and public children law matters. Evelyn Bugeja left to join St Philips Chambers in August 2016.

The family group at KCH Garden Square has experience in cohabitation agreement matters, and private and public children law, including child abduction cases.

No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜strong counsel at all levels’, whose expertise includes matrimonial finance and care cases with an international element. New silk Stefano Nuvoloni QC was recently instructed in a case involving allegations of rape between two adopted siblings with autism. Adreeja Chatterjee has a niche practice in forced marriage matters and cases of child abduction within and outside the EU. Christopher James retired in 2016.

Senate House Chambers’ expertise is in public and private children law, with β€˜highly experienced’ barristers instructed in cases involving non-accidental child injuries, sexual abuse and female genital mutilation.

The St Ives Chambers family group is β€˜one of the best in the region’, with β€˜high-calibre advocates’ handling family finance and children law. Members have expertise in difficult cases of abuse, serious injuries, child deaths, and fabricated/induced illnesses, while fertility law is a growing area of practice. Elizabeth Isaacs QC has niche expertise in surrogacy matters and recently led up-and-coming barrister Adem Muzaffer in a landmark case where a single father won the right to bring up his child who was conceived through surrogacy.

The β€˜highly recommended’ St Mary’s Chambers focuses purely on family law. Members predominantly receive instructions in public law children cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and mental health issues, but some also have considerable experience in financial remedy and TOLATA cases.

St Philips Chambers has β€˜a wide variety of specialist counsel’ handling public and private children law involving child death, serious neglect, and international child abduction. On the money side, Louise McCabe and Jonathan Nosworthy specialise in financial remedy cases. In 2016 Vanessa Meachin and Lawrence Messling left for 3PB, and Evelyn Bugeja joined from Cornwall Street Chambers.

The 36 Group’s family team is strong in care and private children work, with surrogacy and fertility cases being niche areas of practice. Recent work highlights saw William Tyler QC instructed by Cafcass in an unprecedented case where a terminally ill 14-year old girl won permission to be cryogenically frozen after her death, in the hope of a potential cure being found in the future.

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