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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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    • Jody Atkinson - St John's Chambers β€˜Very sagacious and resolute.’
    • Laura Baines - No.18 Barristers Chambers β€˜She is quick to grasp the essence of a case.’
    • Melissa Barlow - 3PB β€˜Highly intelligent and very good with vulnerable clients.’
    • Julia Belyavin - St John's Chambers β€˜Recommended for a broad range of family law matters.’
    • Abigail Bond - St John's Chambers β€˜Painstaking and sensitive with clients.’
    • Jonathon Bosanko - KBG Chambers β€˜An erudite and fearless advocate.’
    • Edward Boydell - Pump Court Chambers β€˜He is always a safe pair of hands; clients love him.’
    • Catherine Breslin - Pump Court Chambers β€˜A shrewd tactician who is superb in court.’
    • Richard Carron - Queen Square Chambers β€˜Very experienced in care cases.’
    • Gemma Chapman - 3PB β€˜A formidable and tenacious advocate.’
    • Rupert Chapman - Magdalen Chambers β€˜His bedside manner with vulnerable clients is excellent.’
    • Nigel Cholerton - No.18 Barristers Chambers β€˜Very experienced in a broad range of family law matters.’
    • Andrew Commins - St John's Chambers β€˜Fiercely bright, personable and determined.’
    • Deborah Dinan-Hayward - Albion Chambers β€˜Well known for her expertise in matrimonial finance cases.’
    • Hamish Dunlop - 3PB β€˜Highly recommended for financial provision cases.’
    • Caroline Elford - St John's Chambers β€˜Very experienced in children law matters.’
    • Mark Elliott - 3PB β€˜A specialist in family law.’
    • Judi Evans - St John's Chambers β€˜Straight talking and stalwart.’
    • Fiona Farquhar - Albion Chambers β€˜Recommended for public and private children law cases.’
    • Christopher Godfrey - Colleton Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands.’
    • Rachael Goodall - 3PB β€˜A fearless advocate who takes no prisoners.’
    • Hayley Griffiths - Albion Chambers β€˜She is an excellent barrister.’
    • Anthony Hand - College Chambers β€˜He is quick to grasp the key issues in a case.’
    • Emma Harman - 3PB β€˜She has particular expertise in working with clients who have learning difficulties.’
    • Caroline Hartley - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases involving child abduction.’
    • Lucy Hendry - 3PB β€˜A fabulous junior with the makings of a silk.’
    • William Higginson - KBG Chambers β€˜A charming advocate who exudes confidence.’
    • Steven Howard - 3PB β€˜A meticulous advocate with the human touch.’
    • Victoria Hoyle - Devon Chambers β€˜Well known for public and private children law matters.’
    • Elisabeth Hudson - 3PB β€˜A thorough, resolute and empathetic advocate.’
    • Susan Hunter - St John's Chambers β€˜She has a commanding presence in court.’
    • Zahid Hussain - St John's Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in children law cases.’
    • Corinne Iten - Pump Court Chambers β€˜She has superb attention to detail and her advice is clear-cut.’
    • Ben Jenkins - Albion Chambers β€˜His practice covers public law children cases and matrimonial finance issues.’
    • David Josty - Pump Court Chambers β€˜He is particularly good with vulnerable clients.’
    • Geoffrey Kelly - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for family finance matters.’
    • Daniel Leafe - Albion Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in cohabitation cases.’
    • Jennifer Lee - Pump Court Chambers β€˜She is the type of barrister solicitors dream of being able to instruct.’
    • Marie Leslie - Colleton Chambers β€˜Very experienced in financial remedies matters.’
    • Simon Lillington - 3PB β€˜Highly experienced in family finance cases.’
    • Tara Lyons - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Very sharp, user friendly and thorough.’
    • Nicola Martin - 3PB β€˜A vigorous advocate, and a very safe pair of hands.’
    • Carol Mashembo - Magdalen Chambers β€˜An expert in her field.’
    • Nick Miller - St John's Chambers β€˜He has impeccable judgement.’
    • Christopher Naish - Magdalen Chambers β€˜A very effective advocate, who always has complete mastery over the facts.’
    • Richard Norman - St John's Chambers β€˜Experienced in financial remedy cases.’
    • Sarah O’Hara - 3PB β€˜She has notable strength in placement and adoption cases.’
    • Margaret Pine-Coffin - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in children law cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries.’
    • Lucy Reed - St John's Chambers β€˜She is unafraid of tackling complex and challenging cases.’
    • Stephen Roberts - Albion Chambers β€˜Experienced in public children law and matrimonial finance matters.’
    • Zoe Saunders - St John's Chambers β€˜She is a fearless advocate.’
    • Gina Small - KBG Chambers β€˜She will fight her client’s corner and really goes to war when necessary.’
    • Nicholas Sproull - Albion Chambers β€˜Practical and robust, with assiduous attention to detail.’
    • Daniel Swan - KBG Chambers β€˜Very hardworking and an impressive negotiator.’
    • Annie Ward - Pump Court Chambers β€˜She remains unflappable and composed even in the most difficult cases.’
    • Tony Ward - Magdalen Chambers β€˜An extremely safe pair of hands, with a charming client manner.’
    • Mark Whitehall - Colleton Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in residence/contact proceedings involving children.’
    • Nicholas Williamson - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Very approachable, with excellent client care skills.’
    • Lee Young - No.18 Barristers Chambers β€˜Steadfast and committed to his cases.’
    • Tanya Zabihi - Albion Chambers β€˜A noteworthy barrister.’

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β€˜Excellent set’ 3PB’s family team is β€˜very strong on both financial specialists and child law specialists’. Key areas of instruction include matrimonial finance, child abduction, non-accidental injuries, domestic and sexual abuse cases and care and placement applications, among others. In a major highlight for the set, Hamish Dunlop appeared in the Supreme Court in the high-profile Owens v Owens divorce case; the key issue is whether the current divorce laws should be reformed to allow no-fault divorce. In June 2018 Simon Lillington joined from College Chambers.

Albion Chambers has notable strength in public and private children law and matrimonial finance cases; the practice is split into the two distinct groups. Head of the matrimonial finance team Nicholas Sproull is well known for handling pre-nuptial agreements.

Anthony Hand is a key name at College Chambers for family law, where the group handles a broad spectrum of public and private children law and matrimonial finance cases. In June 2018 Simon Lillington moved to 3PB.

Colleton Chambers’s family group houses β€˜very experienced practitioners in public and private law children matters’; family finance and surrogacy cases form other areas of instruction. In March 2018 Liz Ingham was appointed to the circuit bench.

Victoria Hoyle heads up the family team at Devon Chambers; she is well known for handling public and private law children cases. In private law matters, she has particular expertise in cases involving allegation of serious sexual abuse.

KBG Chambers is β€˜very strong’ in family law, with public law children matters and financial remedy cases forming the backbone of practitioners’ workloads. Private law children matters are another key strength.

Magdalen Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ in its family team, with members acting in, among other areas, cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries, care proceedings and financial remedy matters.

No.18 Barristers Chambers reports an uptick in complex private law children work regarding care, placement and adoption proceedings. Matrimonial finance is another core area of expertise.

As β€˜a set with very strong expertise in child care work’ coupled with β€˜a strong family finance team’, Pump Court Chambers’ family group has a β€˜broad range of talent’. Key areas of instruction include high-value matrimonial finance cases, international child abduction, non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and fabricated illness cases.

Richard Carron is a key name at Queen Square Chambers for family law matters. The group is well known for acting in serious childcare cases, with a recent increase in instructions in matrimonial finance matters. Caroline Elford moved to St John's Chambers in November 2017.

St John's Chambers houses β€˜excellent family barristers with specialist expertise’ across the full range of family law matters, public and private law children cases and high-value financial remedy cases. Recent niche areas of instruction include child abduction and parental alienation matters. In November 2017 Caroline Elford joined from Queen Square Chambers.

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