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Leading Silks

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Leading Juniors

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    • Stephen Abberley - 3PBTenacious and calm under pressure.
    • Juliet Allen - St Philips ChambersAlways very well-prepared and great with clients.
    • Adreeja Chatterjee - No5 Barristers ChambersHer practice includes both public and private children law cases.
    • Michelle Christie - Senate House ChambersA fierce advocate with excellent legal knowledge.
    • Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersHe provides first-class client care.
    • Kirstie Danton - St Ives ChambersHard working, knowledgeable, and great with clients.
    • Sara Davis - St Mary's ChambersHer practice includes both public and private children law cases.
    • Francesca Fothergill - St Philips ChambersRecommended for matrimonial finance work.
    • Kirsty Gallacher - No5 Barristers ChambersDiligent, bright and hard working.
    • Victoria Hodges - St Mary's ChambersVery passionate and strives to obtain a good outcome for her clients.
    • Tracy Lakin - St Ives Chambersalways robust and strong in her advocacy
    • Lawrence Messling - 3PBA skillful cross-examiner who is always well-prepared.
    • Lianne Murphy - Senate House ChambersA first-class mind whose attention to detail in medical cases is second-to-none.
    • Matthew O'Grady - St Mary's ChambersA team player and consummate professional.
    • David Payne - St Ives ChambersAn outstanding trial counsel with exceptional analytical and technical skills.
    • Daniel Sheridan - Senate House ChambersA robust advocate who is committed to his clients.
    • Anita Thind - St Mary's ChambersParticularly strong on care proceedings.
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    • Poonam Bhari - 3PBA strong family law generalist.
    • Dewinder Birk - No5 Barristers ChambersA safe pair of hands with measured and articulate delivery.
    • Nicholas Brown - St Philips ChambersRepresents a range of parties in care cases.
    • Stephanie Brown - No5 Barristers ChambersOperates with clinical precision in every matter she takes on.
    • Judy Claxton - St Mary's ChambersA public children law specialist.
    • Suzanne Coleclough - 3PBA very well prepared, pragmatic and careful advocate.
    • Nicola Martin - 3PBShe provides truly exceptional client care, particularly for vulnerable individuals.
    • Hannah Mettam - Senate House ChambersA magnet for complex care work.
    • Maria Mulrennan - St Mary's ChambersHer practice focuses on care proceedings.
    • Gregory Rogers - St Ives ChambersRecommended for care cases.
    • Christopher Watson - St Philips ChambersParticularly notable for his public children law work.

3PB is rapidly developing its presence on circuit, with some viewing it as 'a go-to set for family finance work'. Members are also instructed on complex public law proceedings involving non-accidental injuries, care arrangements, and fabricated or induced illnesses, as well as private law proceedings dealing with contact, alienation, and relocation.

No5 Barristers Chambers is, for some, 'the best chambers in the midlands for family work', and is a 'go-to for both finance and children matters'. Particular areas of specialism include parental alienation, forced marriage prevention orders and cross-border matters such as international adoption and child abduction the private children law side, along with complex non-accidental injuries and abuse allegations in public child law matters. Financial remedy specialist Juliet Allen departed the set for St Philips Chambers.

Northampton's specialist family law set Senate House Chambers is home to several children law-focused barristers who are instructed on a wide range of both public and private cases.

Family law is a key aspect of St Ives Chambers' members' workload, with barristers specialising in the full range of both Children Act and matrimonial cases. The set is regarded by some as a 'hidden gem in Birmingham', providing 'an excellent choice of specialist counsel' who are 'reliable, knowledgeable, and approachable.'

St Mary's Chambers is a specialist family law set with 'a wide range of extremely competent barristers' in cases in Nottinghamshire and beyond. The set is best known for public law children work, though it is increasing its presence in the family finance space. Amanda Bewley departed for London set Coram Chambers in March 2019

St Philips Chambers provides clients with 'real depth in family finance' and also undertakes complex public and private child law cases, including cases involving allegations of parental alienation and complex medical evidence. Juliet Allen arrived from No5 Barristers Chambers in May 2019.

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