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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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The family group at 3PB, led by Hamish Dunlop, has ‘a wide range of expertise’ in matrimonial finance, non-accidental injuries, child abduction, domestic abuse and neglect cases, among others. Hayley Griffiths and Tanya Zabihi left for Albion Chambers in early 2017.

The family group at Albion Chambers is split into two distinct teams: public and private children law and matrimonial finance. In 2017, Hayley Griffiths and Tanya Zabihi joined the children law team from 3PB.

Family law is a key practice area at College Chambers, where the members have expertise across a range of matters. Douglas Taylor was appointed a circuit judge in 2016.

Colleton Chambers’ key areas of strength remain family finance and care matters. However, the set has recently seen a growth in surrogacy-related work, with Christopher Godfrey acting in such cases.

Victoria Hoyle leads the family team at Devon Chambers; her predominant area of practice is in public and private law children cases. In public law matters, she is known for mainly representing parents, particularly those with learning difficulties.

The family team at Magdalen Chambers is ‘very strong with respect to financial and children work’. In public children law matters, the set has seen a recent increase in instructions involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries. In October 2016, Carol Mashembo joined the set from St John’s Chambers.

No.18 Barristers Chambers’ key strengths include matrimonial finance and public and private law children work. Care, placement and adoption proceedings are main areas of instruction for the set.

Pump Court Chambers is an ‘excellent family set’ with ‘strength in depth’. Matrimonial finance is a key area, with over 45 practitioners in this team; up-and-coming junior Jennifer Lee was instructed in the Veluppillai v Veluppillai £1.4m matrimonial finance case, in which the judge made an unusual decision to publish the judgment in full in order to expose the ‘abysmal’ behaviour of the husband. Members are also experienced in private law children matters. Penny Howe QC was appointed silk in 2017.

Richard Carron and Caroline Elford are key contacts at Queen Square Chambers for family law matters, especially serious childcare cases.

As ‘a very good set with particular strength in family law’, St John’s Chambers has a range of experience in high-value financial remedy cases as well as public and private law children matters. Niche expertise includes forced marriage, surrogacy and suspected radicalisation. Recent high-profile work saw Kathryn Skellorn QC appearing in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning a mother seeking permission to name her fraternal twin children ‘Preacher’ (male) and ‘Cyanide’ (female); the appeal has been dismissed. In 2016, Carol Mashembo left for Magdalen Chambers and Louise O’Neill was appointed to the bench.

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