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18 St John Street Chambers, praised by clients for its 'friendly, professional, and reliable' approach, fields a large team of specialist family practitioners, with a particular focus on care proceedings, though members do also practice in financial remedy and private children law cases. Financial remedy specialist Stephen Murray recently acted for the wife in an enforcement proceeding stemming from a previous financial order, which the husband sought to avoid by transferring English property assets to a Bahamian trust.

7 Harrington Street is home to specialist practitioners across the spectrum of family and children law, including financial remedy, care proceedings, and private children law. Finance specialist Tom Fazackerley is often instructed in agricultural cases involving partnership agreements, while Margaret Parr is particularly in demand for care and private children law matters. Parr recently represented a father in care proceedings concerning an autistic girl who was thought to have PTSD due to her experiences in Iraq before moving to the UK.

9 St John Street's strong contingent of family law juniors continue to represent a range of parties in complex cases across the region, with one solicitor referring to them as a 'go-to', for family work. Particular areas of specialism include serious non-accidental injury or sexual abuse, handled by the set's 'excellent care team', as well as allegations of domestic or sexual abuse in private law proceedings.

Ashley Murray Chambers is home to specialist matrimonial finance and pre-nuptial sole practitioner Ashley Murray, who is praised by clients for his  'impeccable service'. Murray is particularly in demand for cases involving high net worth individuals.

Atlantic Chambers' family team is home to members with expertise across the full spectrum of family and children law work. Michael Sellars is recommended for complex care cases in North Wales, with a particular focus on representing local authorities, while the similarly cares-focused Christine Johnson is more notable for her work on behalf of parents and children, and Andrew Banks is one of the set's notable names for financial remedy work.

According to one client, Deans Court Chambers' family team is home to 'an impressive number of individuals across the full range of family work', but is particularly notable as the 'go-to set in Manchester for children cases'. The team is particularly prevalent in public law children work, though members are also instructed on private law and financial remedy matters.

Family practitioners at Exchange Chambers are predominantly instructed in high-value financial remedy cases, as well as private Children Act matters. Particular areas of expertise include the representation of public figures, variations to shared parenting arrangements, and jurisdictional issues.

St John's Buildings family team is home to several specialist family barristers at all levels of call, covering high-value financial remedy and both public and private children law matters. New silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC recently acted for a local authority in an FGM-related case concerning a mother attempting to return to Sudan with a child, while Sally Harrison QC is one of the key names on circuit for high net worth financial remedy matters.

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