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  1. Family (including divorce and financial remedy) - Leading sets
  2. Leading Silks
  3. 2018 Silks
  4. 2019 Silks
  5. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Timothy Bishop QC - 1 Hare Court β€˜ Has an uncanny ability to get to the heart of the case, and then plot and implement a winning strategy – judges listen to and trust him, opponents like and fear him, and his clients adore him. ’
    • Robert Peel QC - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ A first choice for complex money – he never fails to deliver. ’
    • Justin Warshaw QC - 1 Hare Court β€˜ Can absolutely see the wood from the trees and create a semblance of order in even the most chaotic of cases. ’
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2018 Silks

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    • Nicholas Allen QC - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ Is fantastic and knows his papers inside and out on every case. ’
    • Michael Glaser QC - Fourteen β€˜ Is a tenacious and persuasive advocate who is a strong and dynamic negotiator and meticulous in his preparation. ’
    • Nicholas Yates QC - 1 Hare Court β€˜ Is a serious, heavyweight star of the financial remedy Bar – he is numerate, erudite and quick to get to the point whilst never losing sight of the client's objectives. ’

2019 Silks

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Leading Juniors

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    • Rebecca Bailey-Harri - 1 Hare Court β€˜ Is an impressive advocate who enjoys challenging cases. ’
    • Charanjit Batt - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) β€˜ Is terrific and a real fighter. ’
    • Andrzej Bojarski - The 36 Group β€˜ Has the ability to untangle the most complicated financial setup and then offer practical advice. ’
    • Rosemary Budden - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) β€˜ Is a calm and reassuring presence – she is realistic with her clients but takes the gloves off in court for the fight. ’
    • Ella Calnan - Fourteen β€˜ Is an astute and very skilled advocate who is easy to work with and gives sensible, practical advice to clients. ’
    • Jane Campbell - Harcourt Chambers β€˜ Is excellent at addressing difficult situations with finesse and sensitivity. ’
    • Chris Carr - The 36 Group β€˜ A secret assassin as he is so unassuming that the opposition don’t see him coming. ’
    • Sophie Connors - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜ The complete package – fabulous with clients, a very persuasive advocate, and immaculately prepared. ’
    • James Copley - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜ A well-regarded junior. ’
    • Ben Fearnely - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ Extremely clever with an excellent grasp of more complex financial matters. ’
    • Michael Gleeson - Harcourt Chambers β€˜ Prepares meticulously and works incredibly hard – he is a thorough and effective advocate. ’
    • Fiona Hay - Harcourt Chambers β€˜ Gets to the heart of the issue and presents it in a way that charms judges. ’
    • Laura Heaton - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ Thorough, personable and robust in court. ’
    • Michael Horton - Coram Chambers β€˜ He always puts in 110% – his attention to detail is impeccable and he’s an impressive advocate. ’
    • Helen Jefferson - 1GC | Family Law β€˜ Is an excellent advocate with a no-nonsense but highly persuasive style. ’
    • Rhiannon Lloyd - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜ Is strategic and tactical in her approach and is able to hold the courtroom in the palm of her hand to ensure an excellent outcome for the client. ’
    • Stephen Lyon - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜ Can mix it with senior barristers without being outgunned, whilst always maintaining a professional and calm demeanour. ’
    • Ewan Murray - Fourteen β€˜ Fights his client’s corner well but he does it with grace and good humour. ’
    • Lucy Owens - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ She inspires confidence and clients rate her as do the judiciary. ’
    • Matthew Richardson - Coram Chambers β€˜ Is capable of dissecting complicated issues and delivering them to the court and client in a simple way. ’
    • Samantha Ridley - 1 KING'S BENCH WALK β€˜ She charms clients even when telling them what they don’t want to hear and she is a tenacious advocate in difficult cases. ’
    • Patricia Roberts - Fourteen β€˜ She is an excellent junior. ’
    • Kate Van Rol - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜ Is a forceful advocate, with the ability to focus on details which quite often leave opponents in a fluster. ’
    • Amber Sheridan - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ Is technical, formidable and an utterly reassuring presence for the client to have in their corner. ’
    • Christopher Stirling - Field Court Chambers β€˜ He very quickly grasps the key issues and advises in a straightforward and calm way. ’
    • Suzanne Syme - Harcourt Chambers β€˜ An excellent negotiator and fierce litigator when needed. ’
    • Mandy Tanner - Fourteen β€˜ Makes complex matters sound simple. ’
    • Rhys Taylor - The 36 Group β€˜ Is certainly destined for silk before too long. ’
    • Duncan Watson - 1GC | Family Law β€˜ Has great attention to detail, and thoroughly prepares for every case, always cleverly weaving the legal detail with the client’s objectives. ’
    • Greg Williams - Coram Chambers β€˜ Is very meticulous when dealing with financial matters to ensure he gives the best advice to clients. ’
    • Helen Williams - 29 Bedford Row Chambers β€˜ She is vastly superior to her year of call – she has excellent judgement and is an impressive advocate. ’
    • Gerald Wilson - Tanfield Chambers β€˜ Has huge insight and intellect. ’
    • Katie Wood - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜ Her commitment to cases is consistently 150% – nothing escapes her detailed examination of even the most complex of cases. ’

With 'a fantastic stable of silks and junior barristers’, 1 Hare CourtΒ is β€˜one of the strongest London chambers for financial remedy work'. The set enjoys a regular flow of instructions from domestic clients but is increasingly receiving instructions from overseas clients for β€˜top drawer, big money work’, as evidenced byΒ Martin Pointer QCΒ acting in the largest divorce case in Hong Kong.

1 KING'S BENCH WALK is strong in both matrimonial finance and children law matters and is routinely involved in the largest finance cases with complex multi-jurisdictional issues.Β Christopher Pocock QCΒ acted for the husbandΒ in aΒ  jurisdiction dispute which necessitated an appeal to the Court of Appeal about the meaning and effect of Article 16 of the Brussels II Revised Regulation (2201/2003). The set is praised by clients for its β€˜collegiate atmosphere’.

29 Bedford Row ChambersΒ is a β€˜fantastic set with a number of impressive barristers for matrimonial finance’ or, as another client put it, 'it's excellent in every area of family law and at every level of seniority'. Members are particularly well–known for their work on heavyweight, multi-million matrimonial finance cases. In Villiers v Villiers,Β Timothy Scott QC led for the wife at first instance and in the Court of Appeal; the primary question in the dispute centred around whether jurisdiction in relation to maintenance should be with the courts of England and Wales or Scotland. In another instruction,Β Philip Cayford QC obtained victory for Graham Mills in Mills v Mills, a case concerning periodical payments with the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal.

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Β hasΒ 'unparalleled strength in depth at all levels, from heavyweight silks, a handful of much-sought-after recently appointed QCs, several of the go-to senior juniors, and many up-and-coming juniors who are destined for great things,’ eulogised one source. The set's members are particularly well known for dealing with the financial consequences of relationship breakdown (β€˜the strongest sets for financial work. It is great from top to bottom with outstanding talent and no weak links’) but they are also 'immensely experienced' in all aspects of family law, according to clients.Β Stewart Leech QC is acting for the crown estate inΒ Princess Tessy v Prince Louis of Luxembourg, aΒ high-profile royal divorce that has been attracting a lot of publicity.

With β€˜excellent strength in depth in family law’, 4 Paper BuildingsΒ has a proven track record of acting in family disputes involving high-net-worth and international clients, especially where there are also issues involving offshore assets, family trusts,Β and complex tax structures. Henry Clayton advised the mother on an application for financial provision for a child where the father is a member of a wealthy ruling family that is based overseas.Β In addition, itsΒ members are skilled at advising on issues surrounding inherited and pre-marital agreements. β€˜The whole set is very good indeed. It is a large family set with superb specialist family counsels at all levels,’ said one source. Another said: 'They have increasing numbers of polished performers in financial remedy cases.'

Mostly known for its highly regarded reputation in children law,Β 1GC | Family LawΒ is an up-and-coming set for finance matters. Clients describe it as a β€˜significant set in family law that is reasonably priced’ and as being a β€˜superb and very reputable chambers experienced in family law. The quality of its work is excellent'. Members advise on a broad spectrum of matters from complicated business and trust structures through to major jurisdictional and enforcement issues. As an example of the work carried out,Β David Burles advised the husband in a high-value asset case where there were complexly interlinked property development companies of which the parties were directors and shareholders in different proportions and both parties.

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