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Leading Silks: Child Law (Public And Private)

Taryn Lee KC - Spire BarristersTaryn is a passionate, formidable, fearless fighter. You want her on your client's side and not opposite you in the courtroom. A silk with a first-class mind and immense energy.
Nicholas Stonor KC - Trinity ChambersAn impressive silk - meticulous in preparation and persuasive in court. He is a personable and intelligent leader.

2020 Silks: Child Law (Public And Private)

Jacqueline Thomas KC - Spire BarristersA confident new silk with a very sharp and forensic mind. She is calmness personified.

2022 Silks

Charlotte Worsley KC - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Charlotte is at the top of her game. She is an exceptional advocate; precise, thoughtful and knowledgeable. Her client care is second to none especially with vulnerable clients. She commands respect from judges and fellow advocates alike.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public And Private)

Marisa Allman  - The 36 Group 'An incredibly bright, quick-thinking and analytical junior.'
Sara Anning - Parklane PlowdenShe has an exceptional eye for detail. An excellent advocate, she is fair and measured.
Justin Gray - Trinity ChambersJustin has a first-class mind. His knowledge of children law is second to none. His advice is authoritative. His advocacy is delivered with gravity.
John Jackson - Parklane PlowdenA tenacious barrister who has extensive knowledge of domestic abuse cases.
Manisha Marwaha - KBWA patient, robust and determined junior. Very knowledgeable and forensic.
Pauline Moulder - Dere Street BarristersPauline is a highly experienced advocate with superb client skills.
David Orbaum - Park Square Barristers Ltd.David is a formidable cross-examiner. He can unpick complexities in a case with ease. Measured and calm.
Jayne Pye - Broadway House ChambersJayne is a strong advocate, who is able to put clients at ease through her breadth of knowledge and personable approach.
Elizabeth Shaw - Spire BarristersA barrister who can be relied upon totally. She is tenacious in pursuing the rights of clients and will not shirk from giving difficult to hear advice. She is exceptionally skilled in communicating and working with vulnerable clients.
Timothy Spain - Trinity ChambersHis legal knowledge is second to none. He oozes confidence and commands the respect of the Bar and judiciary.
Alex Taylor - Parklane PlowdenHe is rightly perceived as an intellectual tactician by judges and fellow advocates, and has a reassuring yet forthright client care approach.
Sarah Blackmore - Spire BarristersSarah combines a first rate and instinctive knowledge for the most complex and demanding legal matters with an ability to communicate this easily and naturally with both lay and professional clients.
Jane Curnin - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Her knowledge of care proceedings is extremely thorough. She is very approachable, with an analytical eye.
Lewis Donnelly - Parklane PlowdenAn excellent family barrister. He is a staunch tactician who argues his client's case with confidence.
James Hargan - Park Square Barristers Ltd.A well-respected and reliable senior junior. His judgement is very sound. An excellent advocate.
Naomi Madderson - Crown ChambersNaomi has a fantastic strategic mind. She has immense energy and resilience, an exceptional eye for detail, and her advocacy is excellent. A silk in the making.
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is a detailed, precise and robust advocate. She provides sound advice to clients.
Reagan Persaud - Spire BarristersAn impressive advocate with a strong eye for detail. She is calm in and out of the courtroom. Conscientious and compassionate, she builds very good rapport with clients and judges.
Semaab Shaikh - Broadway House ChambersSemaab is simply excellent. She works incredibly hard and is always well prepared. Good with difficult clients.
Martin Todd - Park Square Barristers Ltd.An expert in complex cases, particularly involving alleged injuries. His advocacy is brilliant but it is his sensitivity and empathy with clients which stands out.
Emily Ward - Broadway House ChambersA very talented junior, with an extremely bright future. She is a calm and measured advocate, who presents her clients' cases in a strong and persuasive manner.
Sarah Fearon - Crown ChambersSarah's advice is balanced and clear. She builds good rapport with clients, and her analytical skills and attention to detail are second to none.
Kate Fenwick - Trinity ChambersKate has the gift of putting clients and instructing solicitors at ease within minutes of meeting, building trust and confidence but maintaining a professional and forthright manner. Her cross-examination is compelling.
Patrick Goodings - Trinity ChambersPatrick has an excellent capacity for putting parties and witnesses at ease. He always strives to ensure that fairness is achieved for vulnerable parties. He always demonstrates willingness to go the extra mile for his clients and represents them fearlessly and with endless energy.
Gaynor Hall - Crown ChambersInstructing Gaynor is a joy - she is the perfect combination of tenacity and grit with a down to earth, no nonsense approach. She is an engaging and clever advocate.
Phillipa Hildyard - Park Square Barristers Ltd.As a barrister, Phillipa has it all; she is exceptionally able, and very professional, yet remains personable and approachable.
Iain Hutchinson - Parklane PlowdenVery hardworking, approachable, and is able to explain a situation in a calm and focused way to lay and professional clients.
Karen Lennon - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Karen has a formidable intellect and makes her points in a persuasive and nuanced way.
Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenA junior with a good legal brain. She is determined and very thorough.
Huw Lippiatt - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Huw is thorough, keen and committed, with sound knowledge of child care law principles.
Guy Swiffen - Broadway House ChambersGuy is a tenacious and fearless advocate. Excellent with clients. His persuasive powers are second to none.
Dornier Whittaker - Broadway House ChambersShe is calmly reassuring with clients in what can be difficult cases. Her advice is sound and rational.
Charlotte Wilce - Parklane PlowdenA barrister who sits down with the papers and really puts the time into knowing her case.
Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenSimon is clever, sensible, always calm and has a good bedside manner with clients.
Maxine Best - Parklane PlowdenMaxine is very thorough in her work and leaves no stone unturned. Her manner in dealing with lay and professional clients is exceptional.
Claire Brissenden - Trinity ChambersClaire is an engaging advocate. She is tenacious, and fights her client's corner when required. Clients appreciate her calm and sensible approach.
Nathaniel Garner - Parklane PlowdenNathaniel is fastidious in his preparation and forensically astute. He has an exceptional ability as a lawyer and advocate.
Joanne Jenkins - Wilberforce ChambersJoanne is a confident and tenacious advocate who is always thoroughly prepared. Her empathetic approach and drive to secure the very best outcome for her client sees her always go above and beyond the call of duty.
Lucy Sowden - Parklane PlowdenLucy is well-respected in her field for her direct and effective cross-examination style. She always offers a balanced approach and is able to give firm and difficult advice when needed to.
Francesca Steels - Crown ChambersFrancesca always strives to deliver the best service. When she is acting for local authorities, she builds a good rapport with our social workers, which puts them at ease.

Leading Juniors: Divorce And Financial Remedy

Marisa Allman  - The 36 Group 'Marisa is extremely diligent, unflappable and discusses complex legal issues with clients and solicitors alike in a clear, no nonsense manner.'
Roger Bickerdike - Broadway House ChambersRoger possesses a finely tuned ability to judge the feeling of a court and so deliver insightful and meaningful advice. That same intuitive knowledge enables him to deliver very effective advocacy.
Robert Cole - Broadway House ChambersRobert will always give an honest and open view of the strengths and weaknesses of the case but will also fight hard for the client in court. A pragmatic negotiator.
Elizabeth Darlington1GC | Family Law ‘Elizabeth has phenomenal knowledge of the area of cohabitee and property interests. She has a calm approach and first rate client handling skills, which mixed with her superb intellect and preparation make her a real asset to a case.
Anthony Hajimitsis - Broadway House ChambersHe is always completely across his brief and gives clear commercial advice in a measured and tactful way. He speaks with authority. His calm manner is exceptional.
Nicholas Power - Broadway House ChambersA highly skilled negotiator and advocate. He provides sound, measured advice and has a good rapport with clients.
Timothy Spain - Trinity ChambersHis legal knowledge is second to none. He oozes confidence and commands the respect of the Bar and judiciary.
Francesca FothergillParklane PlowdenShe is an extremely bright and able junior.
Emily Ward - Broadway House ChambersA very talented junior, with an extremely bright future. She is a calm and measured advocate, who presents her clients' cases in a strong and persuasive manner.
Jake Ellis - Broadway House ChambersAn excellent communicator who provides robust advice. He can turn a complex set of facts into a clear pleaded case. He puts clients at ease straightaway with his very personable approach.
Mark Henley - Park Square Barristers Ltd.Incredibly diligent and hardworking, with an eye for detail.
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is a detailed, precise and robust advocate. She provides sound advice to clients.
Dornier Whittaker - Broadway House ChambersShe is calmly reassuring with clients in what can be difficult cases. Her advice is sound and rational.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public And Private)

Ashley Lord - Spire BarristersHe is very hardworking and dedicated. He is always completely committed to any client he represents.
Christopher Styles - Broadway House ChambersHe has a meticulous eye for detail, prepares diligently, and provides clear, compelling advocacy - one to watch.

Family and children law in Regional Bar

Broadway House Chambers

Members of Broadway House Chambers' 'strong family team' are recognised as established experts in matrimonial finance; head of the team Robert Cole is well known for his specialist expertise in this area. Nicholas Power and Anthony Hajimitsis are regularly instructed in cases involving multi-million pound assets. Public and private children law work also forms a core pillar of the practice, with Gillian Irving KC noted for representing parents and local authorities in cases involving sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries and fabricated illnesses, to name a few areas. Semaab Shaikh has a particular focus on domestic violence applications, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child abduction, and radicalisation cases. Jayne Pye is very experienced across the range of public and private law matters, including same-sex parenting, surrogacy, and adoption.



A strong family law set‘.

The set has an excellent family team, particularly for financial remedy work, including high-net-worth cases‘.

Chambers has a real depth of strong advocates, and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the right person is available‘.


An excellent clerking team‘.

The clerking team are pro-active, down to earth and user friendly‘.

The clerks at Broadway House are a real asset to the set‘.

Superb. Headed by Robin Slade, the clerks are second-to-none and will always go the extra mile to ensure that your needs are catered for‘.

Robin Slade always goes above and beyond to accommodate‘.

Dere Street Barristers

Dere Street Barristers is home to a group of highly experienced family practitioners on the North Eastern circuit. Practice head Tim Donnelly is instructed by local authorities and represents guardians and family members in complex sexual and medical abuse cases. Public children law specialist Pauline Moulder regularly appears in the High Court, and Elizabeth Callaghan has expertise in handling cases involving allegations of poisoning and severe sexual and physical abuse. Crispin Oliver is the key contact for matrimonial finance matters. In 2020 Sarah Woolrich left the set for a position at South Tyneside Council, and in January 2021 Karen Lennon moved to Park Square Barristers Ltd..

Park Square Barristers Ltd.

With a reputation as a 'first-rate chambers', Park Square Barristers Ltd. garners praise for its 'reassuring breadth of expertise' in family law. Charlotte Worsley KC, who leads the team, is noted for her expertise in public law cases, and has a solid track record in handling complex cases involving female genital mutilation, radicalisation and severe physical and sexual abuse. David Orbaum is 'an excellent advocate' and 'extremely well respected by the local judiciary', and is very experienced in handling child law cases with international elements. The 'very persuasive' Martin Todd is instructed by local authorities, guardians and parents in serious child injuries cases. Viewed as a 'rising star', Phillipa Hildyard is 'very bright' and 'a huge future ahead of her'. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Karen Lennon from Dere Street Barristers.



A sound set of chambers‘.

Strength in depth‘.


Excellent, responsive clerking‘.

Claudine Cooper is always so very helpful, polite, and will always endeavor to assist you with your enquiries. I cannot praise her highly enough‘.

Claudine Cooper, Paul Foster and Arnela Siranovic are a brilliant team, always willing to go the extra mile to help in any situation‘.

Parklane Plowden

Viewed as ‘the strongest family set in Leeds‘, Parklane Plowden‘s ‘impressive‘ team of ‘high quality barristers‘ stands out for being ‘very good on private children law‘. Head of the team Sara Anning is noted for her ‘depth and breadth of knowledge‘, and regularly handles public law cases involving serious allegations of abuse and injuries. In a recent highlight for the set, Anning and Charlotte Wilce appeared in a Court of Appeal case addressing whether fathers and relatives should be notified by local authorities before a child is relinquished for adoption following a concealed pregnancy. Clare Garnham acts for local authorities, parents, and interveners across a broad range of public and private child law matters. The ‘strong advocateJulia Nelson handles private law disputes pertaining to internal relocation and child arrangement orders, and is equally adept at advising on matrimonial finance issues. In March 2021 the team was bolstered by the arrival of Francesca Fothergill from St Philips Chambers.



Parklane Plowden has a wealth of experience in family law, both financial and children work‘.

Fantastic set with great coverage for private children and financial remedy work – there is always a barrister suitable for any given case‘.

A high quality set‘.

Chambers is efficient and helpful‘.


The management by the clerks is first rate‘.

The clerks are always accommodating‘.

The clerks are very efficient and helpful. They go out of their way to accommodate requests and deliver a top class service‘.

Mark Williams stands out as always going the extra mile‘.

Mark Williams is a real asset to chambers‘.

Trinity Chambers

'Strong family set' Trinity Chambers is home to a team of 'talented barristers at all levels', and is singled out by clients as a 'go to set for private children work due to strength in depth'. On the financial remedy side, Timothy Spain is a key practitioner, and regularly handles high-value financial and ancillary relief cases as well as acting in local authority children matters. Nicholas Stonor KC has 'an extraordinary grasp of the law and the facts'; complex care cases, relocation matters and forced marriage issues are among his areas of expertise. Justin Gray has a niche focus on child law cases pertaining to international movement of children, and placement of children in Scotland by local authorities. In October 2020 James Richardson was appointed to the district bench.



The set has a plethora of highly intelligent, highly skilled barristers, who clients ask for time and time again‘.

A very experienced set of family barristers‘.

A reliable chambers, always offering superb representation‘.


A very well served set from the bottom to the top‘.

The family clerking team is led by the dynamic Steven Preen and the unflappable Ken McLafferty, who complement each other to great effect‘.

Ken McLafferty and Steven Preen are excellent. They are friendly, accommodating and efficient‘.

The clerks are practical, down to earth, helpful and flexible‘.

Spire Barristers

Spire Barristers is 'a very strong set in family law' with a team made up of 'high-quality practitioners'. Taryn Lee KC is 'a pillar of strength for her clients', 'simply magnificent on her feet' and 'the go-to silk on the North Eastern circuit for complex family cases'. Jacqueline Thomas KC is 'an authoritative and persuasive advocate' and 'an exceptional barrister in the field of child protection'. Thomas acts as joint head of chambers with the 'formidable' Sarah Blackmore, who 'has steered cases through troubled waters with wisdom' and is sought after for her expertise in children law cases involving serious, including sexual, abuse. Elizabeth Shaw is 'an outstanding lawyer who is totally committed to her clients'. The 'conscientious and robust' Reagan Persaud and the 'very confident' Ashley Lord are frequently instructed in cases involving sexual abuse, allegations of violence against children and fabricated/induced illness.



The set houses a strong mix of talented barristers‘.

A highly professional and reliable set‘.

Good depth of experienced counsel‘.

Excellent client care‘.

The quality of service of those undertaking family law, together with the friendly and supportive nature makes them a pleasure to work with and provides me with confidence that the service my clients will receive will be of a high standard‘.


Leigh Royall is supremely helpful, good-humoured and able‘.

Donna Gaughan and Jennifer Bridgeman always do their best to help in difficult situations‘.

Donna Gaughan is a consummate professional, who goes above and beyond to assist and to make life easier for instructing solicitors‘.

Shannon Hart is an absolute star in the making – intuitive and service-driven‘.

Leigh Royall is outstanding – always approachable‘.