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  1. Family and children law – Leading silks
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Recent work for members of the family team at 7 Harrington Street includes public and private children law, financial remedy matters, and international child relocation and abduction proceedings. In January 2018 Clive Baker and Christine Bispham were both appointed to the bench.

Practitioners at 9 St John Street handle serious non-accidental injuries matters, sexual abuse claims and care and adoption proceedings, among other areas. In November 2017 Sara Lewis moved to St Philips Chambers, and in March 2018 Sarah Kilvington joined the set from 18 St John Street Chambers.

18 St John Street Chambers’ family practice is adept at handling financial remedy cases and public and private law children matters. In March 2018 Sarah Kilvington moved to 9 St John Street.

Ashley Murray at Ashley Murray Chambers is noted for his expertise in divorce cases and high-net worth financial remedy claims; pre-nuptial agreements are a growing area of instruction.

Atlantic Chambers’ family team represent local authorities, guardians and authorities across a broad spectrum of children law cases. Financial matters are another core area of instruction.

Deans Court Chambers has β€˜a wealth of talent in all areas of family law’. The team has established expertise in cases involving domestic and international relocation, fabricated/induced illness and allegations of serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Financial remedy cases are also included in the group’s workload. Alison Woodward was appointed to the circuit bench in January 2018.

A key area of strength for Exchange Chambers’ family practice is private financial remedy matters; high-value divorce cases dominate the team’s workload. Private law children matters form another area of instruction.

With a reputation as β€˜an excellent family law set’, St John's Buildings is viewed as β€˜the best set in Manchester for financial remedy barristers’. Children law is also a core area of instruction, with members handling, among other areas, adoption, non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and cases with international elements. Sally Harrison QC is representing the wife in the high-profile Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan divorce case, and Frances Heaton QC appeared in the case of a transgender Orthodox Jewish father who was appealing against an earlier ruling denying her direct contact with her children, who lived in the Charedi community with their mother; the appeal was successful.

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