Family and children law in Regional Bar
Broadway House Chambers
Broadway House Chambers is known in the North Eastern circuit for its members' specialisms in matrimonial finance, domestic violence, forced marriage, and FGM cases. Gillian Irving QC represents local authorities and parents in contentious and highly complex cases involving the death of and catastrophic injuries to children. Among the juniors, qualified arbitrator Robert Cole heads the family team and has a specialism in investigating corporate assets, including the analysis of complex corporate structures; Emily Ward has a particular emphasis on high-value matrimonial finance and complex children proceedings; Rae Cohen is noted for his involvement in internal and foreign relocation cases; and Semaab Shaikh specialises in radicalisation cases and domestic violence applications, to name a few. The team has greatly expanded of late, following the early 2020 arrival of Anthony Hajimitsis, Roger Bickerdike, Guy Swiffen, Dornier Whittaker, and Jayne Pye from the now-closed Zenith Chambers.
Crown Chambers is a new set formed from former members of Wilberforce Chambers in Hull. Former solicitor Gaynor Hall is instructed by local Authorities, CAFCASS, and parents in complex family public law cases in Hull and Grimsby, including those involving allegations of female genital mutilation and jurisdiction issues. Likewise, Sarah Fearon is instructed by local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber and Lincolnshire, as well as parents, grandparents, intervenors, and children in complex cases including sexual and domestic abuse allegations and jurisdictional issues.
Dere Street Barristers
Dere Street Barristers remains a strong presence in the North Eastern circuit with members providing strong advocacy private and public children law disciplines and at every level of the courts. Among the host of strong juniors, Tim Donnelly heads the family group and acts on behalf of family members and children's guardians. Pauline Moulder works exclusively in children law and is involved in complex medical, sexual, and physical abuse cases. Carly Henley is noted for her expertise in significant non-accidental injury work and has acted in a number of international child abduction cases. Elizabeth Callaghan is recognised for her experience in dealing with vulnerable clients and is 'extremely professional' and 'always well prepared' in cases.
The family law team at KBW has dedicated family law barristers who undertake highly complex and sensitive cases. Members act in private law proceedings and have particular experience in cases involving an international dimension. Olivia Checha-Dover is the head of the family team in chambers; Manisha Marwaha regularly appears in the High Court and specialises in cases involving international and jurisdictional issues, and has extensive experience in complex alleged physical and sexual abuse cases.
New Park Court Chambers
Members of New Park Court Chambers are highly experienced in all areas of family law and are instructed both on a private and publicly-funded basis in financial and Children Act proceedings. Valerie Sterling heads the family team and has expertise in complex care and private law cases, as well as encompassing matrimonial finance cases of high-net-worth individuals.
Park Square Barristers is home to experienced family practitioners in the North Eastern circuit. The team is involved in many complex cases such as non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, radicalisation, and often involves an international element. Charlotte Worsley heads the family team and handles all aspects of children cases, particularly on public-law and care and adoption proceedings. Martin Todd specialises in child care injury and abuse cases; David Orbaum is noted for his involvement in cases with difficult and potentially dangerous parties; Jane Curnin undertakes cases involving serious injury and sexual abuse in children. Mark Henley has strengthened the set's family finance practice following his arrival from Zenith Chambers.
Now boasting more than 40 specialist family law practitioners, Parklane Plowden is considered 'a strong set of barristers, with a wide variety of skills and personalities' and as having 'real strength and depth in private children law matters, from a solid emerging junior group through to senior juniors'. Sara Anning heads the family team, which covers the full gamut of private and public instructions for parents, guardians, intervenors, and local authorities in cases involving care proceedings following allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, as well as forced marriage and jurisdiction issues, to name but a few. Julia Nelson represents clients in both finance and children issues; Elizabeth Darlington is instructed across the full range of high value and complex financial remedies and has particular expertise in cohabitee matters. The set has been recently strengthened following the arrival of several 'top-class barristers', including Louise McCallum, Clare Garnham, Lucy Sowden, and Lewis Donnelly, as well as rising stars Maxine Best and Nathaniel Garner, from Zenith Chambers. The set also draws praise from instructing solicitors for its training programmes, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members of Spire Barristers are recognised as national experts in the field of family law and provide a 'first-class service' to its clients. Taryn Lee QC is 'the go-to silk for complex children work in the North East', frequently acting in high-profile cases and over the past 16 months has also been involved in four cases regarding significant alleged peadophile rings. New silk and joint head of chambers, Jacqui Thomas specialises in complex cases relating to death, serious injury, or sexual assault against children. At the junior end, Sarah Blackmore acts for a variety of parties such as local authorities, parents, and children in cases involving non-accidental injury and sexual abuse; Elizabeth Shaw is a go-to for deprivation of liberty and claims involving sexual abuse. The future of the set looks bright with rising stars Reagan Persaud and Ashley Lord highly recommended by instructing solicitors.
St John's Buildings
A 'very strong set', St John's Buildings has 'excellent strength in depth' and 'extremely approachable' members of chambers in the field of family law. 'Also good at bringing pupils through who are well-trained and skilled.' With a background in both family and criminal law, Pennie Stanistreet is instructed in all aspects of Children Act applications, including finding of fact hearings both for local authorities and parents in relation to child injury and death. Olivia Weir has expertise acting for local authorities, parents, and children in alleged shaken baby cases, as well as sexual abuse and child protection. Former solicitor Jane Wheatley acts in complex public law proceedings and she also has a small private law practice including international relocation. Kate Morley's practice includes cases with child injury, sexual abuse, chronic neglect, and substance misuse, as well as jurisdiction matters and non-molestation orders.
Trinity Chambers has 'a number of excellent barristers and can be relied upon to offer a good service' with 'an excellent family team' that is 'professional, friendly, knowledgeable'. The family team takes instructions across the spectrum of family law, including public and private children disputes and financial remedy work. The set reports an uptick in matrimonial finance instructions over the past 12 months, with the team involved in high-profile and high-value arrangements including property and assets abroad, farms, and businesses, as well as complex pensions. A Family Court Recorder and head of the set's family group, Nicholas Stonor QC is regularly instructed in complex care proceedings. He has expertise in cases involving fatal injuries, factitious and induced illness, shaking, and sexual abuse, as well as jurisdictional, religious, and human rights issues. Among the juniors in the team, Margaret Francis Sweeting is known for her ability to represent vulnerable clients in public and private law disputes. Justin Gray has expertise in adoption, special guardianship, school and relocation cases, financial claims for children, and surrogacy, to name but a few areas. Timothy Spain is a specialist in high-value ancillary and financial relief cases, including matters involving companies, partnerships, farms, hidden wealth, and insolvency, as well as having experience local authority children cases.
Wilberforce Barristers is 'the go-to set' for child law matters in the Hull and Grimsby area with several members who will 'provide an excellent service to ensure that all clients' needs are met'. Joanne Jenkins has expertise in the presentation and investigation of expert medical evidence in relation to allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and fabricated and induced illness; other members of chambers are involved in cases involving issues such as internal relocation and removal from the jurisdiction.
Duncan Maxwell-Stewart of DMS Chambers is instructed in complex financial remedy proceedings involving businesses, farms, inherited wealth, family trusts, foreign assets, pensions, and significant personal injury awards.