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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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    • Nicholas Goodwin QC - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A detailed advocate with an excellent knowledge of children and financial remedy matters.’
    • Frances Judd QC - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A thoroughly well-prepared and persuasive silk, who is just as at home in the Supreme Court as in the High Court.’
    • John Vater QC - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A children law silk who takes no prisoners.’
    • Aidan Vine QC - Harcourt Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant legal mind and an amazing ability to see a clear path to solution in complex family situations.’

Family and children law – Leading juniors

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    • Louisa Adamson - Becket Chambers β€˜A natural at dealing with complex cases and clients.’
    • Robert Aldous - Octagon Legal β€˜Knowledgeable in all areas of family law.’
    • Grant Armstrong - 6 Pump Court β€˜An eye for the unusual and always willing to immerse himself in the finer details of a case.’
    • Andrew Bailey - Trinity Chambers β€˜Recommended for matrimonial finance and TOLATA matters.’
    • Laura Bayley - Crown Office Row β€˜Recommended for care and private law proceedings.’
    • Katharine Bundell - Fenners Chambers β€˜Recommended for family finance, TOLATA and private law children cases.’
    • Jane Campbell - 6 Pump Court β€˜She handles cases with sensitivity but resilience – an excellent advocate.’
    • Amanda Clarke - Westgate Chambers β€˜She specialises in public and private law children cases.’
    • George Coates - Guildford Chambers β€˜A robust advocate and a straight talker.’
    • Jennifer Collins - Westgate Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in complex care cases.’
    • Marie Crawford - Becket Chambers β€˜Recommended for public law children work.’
    • Nick Davies - Fenners Chambers β€˜A financial remedy specialist.’
    • Lucinda Davis - Pallant Chambers β€˜She provides excellent client care and courtroom demeanour.’
    • Eleanor Dewhurst - Pallant Chambers β€˜Recommended for sensitive care proceedings.’
    • Jeremy Dugdale - Octagon Legal β€˜He specialises in cases involving mental health issues.’
    • Katherine Dunseath - 3PB β€˜An expert in cases with an international element, who fiercely protects her clients interests with professionalism and congeniality.’
    • Sarah Earley - Pallant Chambers β€˜Extremely articulate and well liked by fellow advocates and judges.’
    • Gemma Farrington - Stour Chambers β€˜Very good with clients and experienced in complex cases.’
    • Katharine Ferguson - Fenners Chambers β€˜Experienced in divorce, TOLATA and children matters.’
    • Debra Gold - Fenners Chambers β€˜Recommended for sensitive and complex care cases.’
    • Jason Green - Harcourt Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate for public law children and international work.’
    • Fiona Griffin - Guildford Chambers β€˜A specialist in TOLATA matters.’
    • Maria Hancock - Westgate Chambers β€˜Well known for her children law work.’
    • Tina Harrington - Trinity Chambers β€˜Recommended for financial remedy matters and Children Act cases.’
    • Fiona Hay - Harcourt Chambers β€˜She has a national and deserved reputation for dealing with the most complex cases.’
    • Janet Haywood - Guildford Chambers β€˜A highly experienced and knowledgeable advocate for complex children law cases.’
    • Paul Hollow - Fenners Chambers β€˜Recommended for financial remedy proceedings.’
    • Christine Julien - Guildford Chambers β€˜She deals with cases and clients calmly and confidently.’
    • Anthony Kefford - Fenners Chambers β€˜One of the best family finance barristers in the region.’
    • James King-Smith - Crown Office Row β€˜A specialist in complex financial remedy cases.’
    • Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A family law and Court of Protection expert.’
    • Rosein Magee - Pallant Chambers β€˜Experienced in both care and financial remedy cases.’
    • Andrew Marsden - East Anglian Chambers β€˜Recommended for family finance matters.’
    • Ian Martignetti - Regency Barristers Chambers β€˜An expert in children law, both private and public.’
    • Nicola Martin - 3PB β€˜An excellent negotiator and a robust advocate.’
    • Anita Mehta - Crown Office Row β€˜She provides excellent advocacy skills and rapport with clients.’
    • Kate Miller - East Anglian Chambers β€˜Very sharp and always well prepared; she instils a lot of confidence in clients.’
    • Colin Morgan - Pallant Chambers β€˜An expert in public law children cases, acting for local authorities.’
    • Nick O’Brien - Coram Chambers β€˜Experienced in representing local authorities.’
    • Richard O’Sullivan - Coram Chambers β€˜Recommended for the full range of family cases, including family finance.’
    • Jane Peckham - Crown Office Row β€˜Recommended for finance work.’
    • Joanne Porter - Stour Chambers β€˜A skilled barrister especially in her cross-examination.’
    • Louise Potter - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A standout expert in financial cases.’
    • Wendy Rowlinson - Pallant Chambers β€˜She specialises in high-value financial remedy cases.’
    • Pegah Sharghy - Crown Office Row β€˜An expert in high-value finance cases.’
    • Nigel Sleight - Regency Barristers Chambers β€˜Recommended for private family law and public care proceedings.’
    • Adam Smith - Crown Office Row β€˜An expert in care work.’
    • Roderick Spinks - Fenners Chambers β€˜Recommended for financial remedy, TOLATA and Children Act proceedings.’
    • Josephine Spratt-Dawson - Trinity Chambers β€˜An incredibly effective and forceful advocate; fearsome and formidable on her feet.’
    • Caroline Topping - 6 Pump Court β€˜She provides excellent client care skills.’
    • Tom Tyler - 3PB β€˜A finance specialist.’
    • Michael Valks - Westgate Chambers β€˜Experienced in children law and international matters.’
    • Kelly Ward - Pallant Chambers β€˜Experienced in public law proceedings.’

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The family law counsel at 3PB are β€˜always the right choice’. The set is able to handle the full range of family and children law matters including family finance, property-related disputes, and private and public law children cases.

6 Pump Court’s family team is β€˜highly rated for its breadth of experience’. Members handle family finance, international care issues, and public and private law children matters. Highlights include Grant Armstrong’s successful appearance at the Court of Appeal, and Jane Campbell’s involvement in Birch v Birch, which clarified the test to be applied when deciding whether undertakings should be varied in matrimonial proceedings.

Experienced in all areas of family law, Becket Chambers is β€˜extremely easy to work with – helpful, supportive and committed’. Members are active in public and private law children matters, family injunctions, divorce and financial remedy, and cohabitation and civil partnership disputes.

At Coram Chambers, there is β€˜an incredible array of expertise in family and children law’, where members act for local authorities, parents and guardians in a range of public and private law children cases. Family finance and divorce proceedings is another area of expertise. Nick O’Brien (also a Court of Protection expert) was recently in the Court of Appeal in an important case that considered the threshold of evidence in care proceedings. David Vavrecka was appointed to the circuit bench.

Crown Office Row’s family team is β€˜always reliable and has a diverse skill set’. Adam Smith heads up the group which houses experts in finance and children cases. Domestic violence and Court of Protection matters, including deprivation of liberty cases, are other niche areas of expertise.

East Anglian Chambers is particularly well known for public law proceedings, representing local authorities. Andrew Marsden has a strong financial remedy practice.

The β€˜top-notch’ family team at Fenners Chambers is home to a number of financial remedy experts, but the group also handles domestic violence cases and children law, representing both local authorities and parents. In November 2015 Katharine Ferguson joined from Octagon Chambers.

The family practice at Guildford Chambers is knowledgeable on a range of cases. Christine Julien and Janet Haywood are well regarded for public law care cases, and George Coates and Fiona Griffin are names to note for family finance.

Harcourt Chambers is an β€˜excellent family set with depth and gravitas’. It is particularly strong in complex and sensitive children law disputes, including abuse cases. However, other areas of expertise include high-value finance matters and cases with an international element. Aidan Vine QC took silk in 2016, and Frances Judd QC was elected vice-chairman of the Family Bar.

Octagon Legal’s family team primarily handles public law care proceedings, where members represent parents and guardians, as well as local authorities. The set is also home to financial remedy counsel, who act for parents. Jeremy Dugdale is a specialist in cases at the intersection of family and criminal law.

Pallant Chambers houses an β€˜impressive family group’ that handles family finance and children law proceedings. Recent cases include the Aisha King case concerning the removal of a child from the country for cancer treatment. A number of advocates have appeared in the Court of Appeal, including Eleanor Dewhurst and Rosein Magee. Mary Loosemore retired in 2015.

Regency Barristers Chambers is home to Ian Martignetti and Nigel Sleight, who have specific expertise in care proceedings with international elements and concerns over abuse. Private law disputes is another key area for the set, where members mainly represent parents.

Stour Chambers represents local authorities and parents in public law children cases. Housing members with β€˜exceptional knowledge of the law’, the set was involved in a number of Court of Appeal cases in 2015. Chambers is also well known for its Court of Protection work and private law children cases.

Trinity Chambers’ family team has an excellent reputation for matrimonial finance cases, TOLATA matters and Children Act disputes. Tina Harrington leads the group.

Westgate Chambers’ family team handles a range of matters but has a particularly strong reputation for public law children cases, acting mainly for parents and guardians. The group is experienced in sensitive and complex non-accidental injury cases; Maria Hancock appeared in a two-week hearing concerning numerous injuries to a child’s spine. Michael Valks has experience in international children law matters.

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