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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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    • Simon Bickler QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜A consummate silk, who builds good relationships with clients.’
    • John Hayes QC - Zenith Chambers β€˜His command of the law is second to none.’
    • Taryn Lee QC - Spire Barristers β€˜An outstanding silk, who is fearless in fighting for her clients.’
    • Nicholas Stonor QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜He is highly intelligent, conscientious and relates brilliantly to clients.’

Family and children law – Leading juniors

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Broadway House Chambers’ family team has β€˜strength in depth’ and particular expertise in financial remedy work. Complex public and private children law cases are another key area of expertise, where members represent local authorities, parents and guardians.

Dere Street Barristers’ team is experienced across the full range of family law matters but have particular expertise in children law, with an emphasis on care proceedings and abuse cases.

Fountain Chambers houses Collette Price, who has expertise in family finance matters. Care proceedings is another key area of instruction for the set.

Olivia Checa-Dover at KBW has expertise in private law disputes and Manisha Marwaha handles cases involving potential international relocation of children.

New Park Court Chambers’ family team is well versed across the spectrum of public and private law, with a particular focus on children cases involving physical and sexual abuse. Matrimonial finance is another key area of instruction for the set.

Park Square Barristers is β€˜a strong family set’, which focuses on children cases involving abuse, non-accidental injury, and fabricated/induced illnesses. Matters involving alleged radicalisation of children is a growing area of instruction for the set.

The team at Parklane Plowden has a β€˜strong depth of knowledge’ in family law, primarily in children law care cases, but matrimonial finance is an increasing area of practice for the set. Elizabeth Darlington joined from Zenith Chambers in June 2017.

Family law is a key area of expertise at Spire Barristers, where members are adept at handling public and private law children work, particularly in sensitive cases of severe abuse. Cases with international elements are another main area of instruction. Naomi Madderson left for Wilberforce Chambers in July 2016.

St John’s Buildings’ family team is very experienced in children law; members represent parents, local authorities and guardians in cases involving abuse, non-accidental injuries and relocation.

Simon Bickler QC at St Paul’s Chambers is very experienced in high-end abuse cases, while Nicola Saxton has expertise in high-value matrimonial finance disputes.

Trinity Chambers has β€˜strength in depth in family law’, with members handling children cases with an international element alongside financial remedy matters. Nicola Shaw was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016.

Wilberforce Chambers houses Naomi Madderson, who joined from Spire Barristers in July 2016 and has expertise in public and private children law disputes.

Zenith Chambers has β€˜a solid team of family barristers’, who focus on a trinity of areas: children, family finance and adult care. John Hayes QC, for example, has expertise in serious public law children cases, focusing on non-accidental injury and abuse disputes, often appearing in the High Court. Elizabeth Darlington moved to Parklane Plowden in June 2017.

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