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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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Family and children law – Leading juniors

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    • Louisa Adamson - Becket Chambers β€˜Straight-talking, astute and practical.’
    • Robert Aldous - Octagon Legal β€˜Very experienced in cases involving domestic abuse, injunctions and occupation orders.’
    • Grant Armstrong - Six Pump Court β€˜Recommended for all areas of family law.’
    • Andrew Bailey - Trinity Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in TOLATA matters.’
    • Laura Bayley - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Specialises in public and private law children cases.’
    • Katharine Bundell - Fenners Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide range of family law matters.’
    • Jane Campbell - Six Pump Court β€˜Her intellect and calm manner bring her success.’
    • Amanda Clarke - Westgate Chambers β€˜Her practice incorporates all aspects of law regarding family life.’
    • George Coates - Guildford Chambers β€˜A robust advocate, who works hard for his clients.’
    • Holly Coates - Becket Chambers β€˜Specialises in family finance and property matters.’
    • Jennifer Collins - Westgate Chambers β€˜Experienced in contact and residence disputes.’
    • Marie Crawford - Becket Chambers β€˜Experienced in foreign abduction cases.’
    • Nick Davies - Fenners Chambers β€˜He has a relaxed style and pragmatic approach.’
    • Lucinda Davis - Pallant Chambers β€˜Intelligent and focused.’
    • Eleanor Dewhurst - Pallant Chambers β€˜Known for public law proceedings.’
    • Jeremy Dugdale - Octagon Legal β€˜Recommended for cases involving mental health issues.’
    • Katherine Dunseath - 3PB β€˜She has a forceful cross-examination style.’
    • Sarah Earley - Pallant Chambers β€˜A joy to instruct.’
    • Gemma Farrington - Stour Chambers β€˜A specialist in care proceedings.’
    • Katharine Ferguson - Fenners Chambers β€˜Personable with clients and assertive in court.’
    • Alex Forbes - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Confident and capable in court.’
    • Charlotte Georges - Pallant Chambers β€˜Experienced in family cases with an international element.’
    • Debra Gold - Fenners Chambers β€˜Experienced in cross-examining vulnerable witnesses.’
    • Sara Granshaw - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Brilliantly clever with a lovely client manner.’
    • Jason Green - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Keenly intelligent and accomplished on his feet.’
    • Fiona Griffin - Guildford Chambers β€˜Extensively experienced in private law children matters.’
    • Maria Hancock - Westgate Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in children law work.’
    • Tina Harrington - Trinity Chambers β€˜Very experienced in financial remedy matters.’
    • Fiona Hay - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A first-class lawyer.’
    • Janet Haywood - Guildford Chambers β€˜Known for public law children cases.’
    • Paul Hollow - Fenners Chambers β€˜Recommended for financial disputes.’
    • Marcia Hyde - Coram Chambers β€˜A courageous advocate.’
    • Christine Julien - Guildford Chambers β€˜Experienced in relocation and international child abduction cases.’
    • Anthony Kefford - Fenners Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for financial disputes and private law children matters.’
    • James King-Smith - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Well known for his matrimonial finance practice.’
    • Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt Chambers β€˜His air of composed authority instils confidence.’
    • Rosein Magee - Pallant Chambers β€˜Hardworking and robust.’
    • Andrew Marsden - East Anglian Chambers β€˜His practice includes family property disputes.’
    • Ian Martignetti - Regency Barristers Chambers β€˜He has extensive experience in public and private law children cases.’
    • Nicola Martin - 3PB β€˜Known for financial relief and complex care cases.’
    • Anita Mehta - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Her practice focuses on complex financial remedy matters.’
    • Kate Miller - East Anglian Chambers β€˜Forthright yet sympathetic with clients.’
    • Amanda Minto - Guildford Chambers β€˜Very experienced in financial remedy work.’
    • Colin Morgan - Pallant Chambers β€˜He has the makings of a future silk.’
    • Nick O’Brien - Coram Chambers β€˜He gets to the heart of a case very quickly.’
    • Richard O’Sullivan - Coram Chambers β€˜Very experienced in a range of family cases.’
    • Jane Peckham - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Experienced in private law children cases.’
    • Louise Potter - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Reliable without fail.’
    • Carolyn Rothwell - East Anglian Chambers β€˜Unflustered and serene under great pressure.’
    • Wendy Rowlinson - Pallant Chambers β€˜She forges great relationships with clients.’
    • Pegah Sharghy - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜A specialist in financial matters.’
    • Claire Shrimpton - Guildford Chambers β€˜She can instantly put clients at ease.’
    • Nigel Sleight - Regency Barristers Chambers β€˜Recommended for serious care cases.’
    • Adam Smith - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Very experienced in all aspects of children matters.’
    • Roderick Spinks - Fenners Chambers β€˜Fantastic on his feet.’
    • Josephine Spratt-Dawson - Trinity Chambers β€˜Specialises in financial remedy.’
    • John Thornton - Stour Chambers β€˜Pragmatic, forthright and intelligent.’
    • Caroline Topping - Six Pump Court β€˜Recommended for cases of serious physical abuse and non-accidental injury.’
    • Tom Tyler - 3PB β€˜A specialist in matrimonial finance.’
    • Michael Valks - Westgate Chambers β€˜Recommended for private law children work.’
    • Kelly Ward - Pallant Chambers β€˜A very bright advocate.’

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Adam Smith is head of the family group at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton, where members have expertise in children cases and financial matters.

The family team at 3PB handles private and public children law, TOLATA matters and cross-jurisdictional cases, among other areas.

The family group at Becket Chambers has β€˜depth of experience’ across financial remedy matters, contact disputes, TOLATA issues, public and private law children matters, and paternity cases, to name but a few.

At Coram Chambers, members represent parents, local authorities and guardians in a range of public and private law children cases. Demonstrating niche expertise, Richard O’Sullivan is instructed in cases of forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

East Anglian Chambers marked an uptick in care cases; other areas of expertise include family finance, fabricated illness and non-accidental injury.

The family team at Fenners Chambers houses specialists in financial remedy matters; members also act for local authorities and guardians in care cases.

The β€˜good family team’ at Guildford Chambers is very experienced in financial remedy matters, TOLATA and public and private law children cases.

A β€˜top-drawer’ set for family work, Harcourt Chambers is particularly well known for children cases, including physical and sexual abuse and international matters. John Vater QC was part of a team that was involved in a 2016 Supreme Court case considering the proper application of Article 15 Brussels II Revised. Financial remedy work is another key area of instruction.

Octagon Legal’s family team handles domestic violence, co-habitation and financial remedy matters. Public law children work is another area of expertise for the set.

Pallant Chambers’ family group has β€˜a depth of talent and ability’, with particular expertise in high-value financial remedy cases and public law children work. The recent caseload includes a High Court case regarding alleged child radicalisation.

Regency Barristers Chambers houses Ian Martignetti and Nigel Sleight, who are key contacts for childcare matters, such as abuse claims.

Six Pump Court’s family team has experience in cases involving non-accidental injuries, family finance, domestic violence matters and international care issues.

Stour Chambers is best known for family law, where members act in public and private law children matters, family finance disputes and child abduction cases.

Trinity Chambers is adept at handling TOLATA cases, matrimonial finance matters and Children Act disputes.

Westgate Chambers marks an uptick in care instructions, in which members represent parents, grandparents and guardians.

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