Family and children law in Regional Bar

Ashley Murray Chambers

'First class' Ashley Murray Chambers is a go-to for specialist divorce and financial remedy cases. Ashley Murray is highly experienced in financial remedy and is described by clients as 'one of the most experienced high-net-worth ancillary relief experts in the North West'. Murray has particular expertise in pre-nuptial work involving high-net-worth assets.

Atlantic Chambers

The team at Atlantic Chambers offers expertise in all areas of family law, from private to public and financial matters, and provides an 'excellent service' to its clients. Michael Sellars is well-known for care matters and is a go-to for local authorities, although he is also instructed on behalf of children by their guardians. Other names to note are Andrew Banks who provides a 'down to earth' approach to clients in financial remedy cases, while Christine Johnson is 'easy to work with' and a 'confident advocate' in child law work involving local authorities, guardians, and parents.

Kenworthy's Chambers

Kenworthy's Chambers members are highlighted for being 'very committed to access to justice' and have significant experience in private children law as well as public children law, acting both for parents and local authorities in lengthy and complex care proceedings. 'A formidable advocate', Sarah Johnson has experience in cases involving forced marriage, domestic violence, and human rights issues. 'Knowledgeable' former solicitor Paul Im Thurn has experience in child abduction cases and those involving allegations of sexual abuse against children.

St John's Buildings

Described as 'the go-to set for family lawyers across the region', St John's Buildings is home to a host of specialist family barristers, covering all aspects of family and children law at every level, from juniors through to silks. Sally Harrison QC is noted for her expertise in matrimonial finance and cases involving high-net-worth finances. Karl Rowley QC specialises in children law and has extensive experience of medical cases, while Lorraine Cavanagh QC is involved in medical treatment disputes, and recently worked on Re B (Secure Accommodation Order) where she secured accommodation orders under section 25 of the Children Act 1989. At the junior end, Neil Montaldo and Samantha Hillas both have niche high-net-worth matrimonial finance practices, acting in a number of cases involving high-profile sports and media personalities. Shaun Spencer has particular expertise in cases involving the inherent jurisdiction as well as cases involving serious abuse of or fatal injuries to children. Strengthening the team, Archna Dawar, who has arrived from Deans Court Chambers, is recommended for both financial remedy and children law-related work.

18 St John Street Chambers

Members of 18 St John Street Chambers provide 'an excellent service' to clients and pride themselves on their approachability and expertise across the family field of law, including divorce and financial remedy, as well as private and public children law. Stephen Murray is known for his meticulous preparation and thorough grasp of the law; Yvonne Healing brings a 'calm and child-focused approach to addressing issues'; Kate Bramall has an established and broad client-base; former solicitor Leonie Caplan is a go-to for care proceedings; Kate Donohue is highlighted by instructing law firm for putting clients at ease; Fiona Holloran has a 'strong forensic grasp' in evidence and issues; while the 'very knowledgeable' Rehana Begum is another name to note for her complex public law cases.

7 Harrington Street

7 Harrington Street is well-known in the Northern circuit for its extensive family law practice covering adoption, financial remedy, child abduction, and residence cases, to name but a few. The team is 'very supportive' and represents a range of clients in family and child law proceedings. Tom Fazackerley practices exclusively in divorce and financial remedy work, as well as private law children matters, representing parents, extended family members, and guardians in applications for child arrangement orders. Margarett Parr is noted for her experience of complex cases involving sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, and mental health issues and has 'an excellent grasp of cases from the outset'. The future of chambers looks bright with Natasha Johnson and Megan Gilchrist highlighted as rising stars in the private public law and family law proceedings.

9 St John Street

9 St John Street is highly regarded on the Northern Circuit for its wealth of expertise in all areas of matrimonial, finance, and children law. Sarah Kilvington's public law practice encompasses serious abuse of children – especially fabricated and induced illness, gender dysphoria in children, and complex sexual abuse; Rachel Heppenstall is highly experienced in cases involving serious non-accidental injury including infant death; Joanne Barnett regularly appears in family courts, including High Court, representing parents, grandparents, local authorities, the Official Solicitor, the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS), and Children’s Guardian in complex cases, as well as those cases with an international element. Kalsoom Maqsood's practice includes fatal and catastrophic injury cases to children, sexual abuse, fabricated and induced illness, gender dysphoria, and cases involving significant harm from neglect.

Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers is home to 'excellent and highly respected advocates' in private and public children law matters. The 'exceptionalJulia Cheetham QC is a leading silk who undertakes highly complex children cases. The 'incredibly intelligentMichael Jones recently dealt with a case on the issue of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and whether such status crosses the threshold for the making of Part IV of the Children Act 1989. Delivering her advice in 'a caring and considerate way', Rebecca Gregg represents parents and children's guardians in issues relating to serious allegations of physical, emotional, and sexual harm. Sasha Watkinson is another name to note who regularly appears in the High Court, as well as appearances in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers offers a 'high-quality service' to its clients on the Northern circuit and members are highly experienced in all manners of family law and provide specialist advice representing parties in difficult and complex Children Act proceedings. 'An excellent negotiator', Judith Fordham leads the team and has particular strength in financial relief and matrimonial finance; she has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge and is also a family arbitrator who deals with private FDRs. Appointed Deputy District Judge in 2019, Sheren Guirguis is 'a pleasure to work with' and has expertise in financial remedy proceedings and Inheritance Act claims.