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

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    • Elizabeth Isaacs QC - St Ives Chambers β€˜She radiates creative energy and has one of the quickest minds in the business.’
    • Lorna Meyer QC - No5 Chambers β€˜A silk of the highest calibre; her knowledge is second to none and she builds a very good rapport with clients.’
    • Frances Oldham QC - The 36 Group β€˜An expert in historical sexual abuse inquiries.’
    • William Tyler QC - The 36 Group β€˜Highly experienced in sensitive abuse and child death cases.’
    • Jeremy Weston QC - St Ives Chambers β€˜An expert on highly complex public children law matters.’

Family and children law – Leading juniors

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The family team at Cornwall Street Chambers handles family finance, adoption and children law, both private and public. Amanda Pittaway leads the group.

KCH Garden Square’s family team is active across the East Midlands, handling matrimonial finance disputes and private care proceedings. Cases with an international element is a niche area for Pami Dhadli, who recently acted for a father in a case concerning his high-value assets in numerous overseas jurisdictions.

No5 Chambers is home to β€˜excellent barristers’, who work across a broad range of family and children proceedings, representing parents, local authorities and guardians. Lorna Meyer QC has appeared in several High Court care cases involving allegations of severe sexual abuse. The set also contains family finance experts, handling multimillion-pound disputes involving far-reaching issues such as businesses, trusts of land, cohabitee issues and pensions. Adreeja Chatterjee also brings international and Court of Protection expertise, and deals with relocations, forced marriage and adult welfare matters. Robin Rowland was appointed circuit judge in July 2015.

St Ives Chambers has a β€˜broad spread of experienced barristers’, and is well known for public and private law children cases. The team deals with a broad range of work, from abuse, non-accidental injury and child deaths to complicated surrogacy cases. International relocation is another important area for chambers, and Jayne Mullen and Nicholas Starks are established family finance practitioners. In 2015, Kirstie Danton joined from New Walk Chambers and Nicholas Cole was appointed to the bench.

Nottingham-based St. Mary’s Family Law Chambers is well known for care proceedings involving incidents of serious abuse, but private law children disputes are another key area of instruction. Members also appear in high-value matrimonial finance cases; for example, Nigel Page recently represented a husband in a Β£12m dispute. Jason Reece was appointed district judge in February 2016.

St Philips Chambers provides β€˜an impressive range of experience in counsel who are always willing to go the extra mile’. On the public law children side, cases frequently involve death of children and non-accidental injury, and members act for local authorities, parents, guardians and children. Matrimonial finance is another key element of the practice, and the recently appointed head of the family team, Louise McCabe, represented the husband in the widely debated case of Aly v Aly, which has drawn much legal discussion over the use of 100% asset orders.

The 36 Group’s family team is active mainly in the East Midlands and predominantly deals with children work, including care proceedings and private law matters. William Tyler QC has acted in cases involving child deaths and historical sexual abuse. Martin Kingerley is also well regarded for surrogacy disputes.

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