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Leading Silks

Sally Harrison KC – St John’s Buildings ‘Sally is an outstandingly skilled advocate. Her ability and aplomb are without equal outside of London, she is a superstar with a steely edge to her advocacy that is highly effective, and she has an excellent ability to think on her feet and adapt as required.’
Samantha Hillas KCSt John’s Buildings ‘Samantha is the go-to barrister for complex financial remedy work in the North West. She is always well prepared and has a wonderful manner with clients, as an advocate she is confident and pragmatic, and her detailed and polished notes always greatly assist the court.'

Leading Juniors

Archna Dawar – St John’s Buildings ‘Archna is brilliant and really technically able, and she thoroughly prepares and puts clients and opponents at ease. She is methodical and creative in her approach to cases, clients absolutely love her and her high energy, and you cannot rate her highly enough; she is definitely one to have on your side.’
Charles Eastwood – St John’s BuildingsCharles has become the leading junior counsel for family finance work in the North West. He is a fierce and tenacious advocate who will push matters as far as he can for clients; he’s a real fighter.’
Judith FordhamExchange Chambers ‘Judith is a fighter when needed to be and eminently practical. If settlement can be achieved even after hard negotiations, she is the barrister to have in your camp, as clients are impressed and her advocacy is well-prepared and tactical.’
Ashley Murray – Ashley Murray Chambers ‘Ashley is without question the most experienced senior junior matrimonial finance barrister in the North West. He always reads the papers carefully and this enables him to add immediate value to the case, and he is a calm and persuasive advocate who is well-regarded by the judiciary.’
Stephen Murray – 18 St John Street ChambersStephen is a ferocious and meticulous advocate who leaves no stone unturned in preparing a case and fighting to achieve the best possible result for a client. He is persuasive and has a deep knowledge of caselaw and local judicial approach that marks him out as a sought-after senior junior on the Northern Circuit.'
Frances De Navarro – St John’s BuildingsFrances has many fantastic qualities; she is thorough in her preparation for conferences and court hearings, she prepares notes or position statements for cases whether they are requested or not, and she is proactive on cases and extremely personable. Whilst she may have a sensitive approach with clients, she is straight-talking and spot on with her advice, her advocacy is effortless, and she makes her submissions powerfully.’
Simon Charles – St John’s Buildings ‘Simon’s technical approach and breadth of knowledge is formidable. His background in commercial and Chancery work gives him an edge when dealing with family-related, civil-based claims and proceedings, and he is technically strong, incisive, and tenacious.’
Elisabeth Cooper – St John’s BuildingsElisabeth achieves the perfect balance of technical ability and accuracy, whilst also being personable and easy to work with. She is very methodical in her submissions to the court, and clients know that she is fighting their corner.’
Neil Montaldo – St John’s BuildingsNeil is a truly first-rate advocate. He has a non-confrontational but persuasive manner that takes the judge by the hand, leading them to his desired outcome, and this combined with his ability to predict the outcome of the case, alongside his ability to build relationships with the client, makes him one of the best juniors around.’

Family: divorce and financial remedy in Regional Bar

St John's Buildings

St John’s Buildings is ‘the go-to team in the North for matrimonial finances work with two of the best silks in the country and a team of juniors who are all excellent.’ The members represent national and international clients in their family and matrimonial finance cases, and the members handle matters concerning inheritance, trusts, hidden assets, and bankruptcy. Sally Harrison KC undertakes high-value matrimonial finance cases concerning complex valuations regarding pensions and companies. Samantha Hillas KC handles financial remedy work exclusively, and she frequently acts for clients regarding their pre and post-nuptial agreements, as well as tax and corporate structures. The set is also home to Charles Eastwood who handles Schedule 1 claims, and Frances De Navarro‘s practice includes handling business valuations and family trusts. Archna Dawar specialise in high-value financial remedy work, and Hannah Wood has expertise in handling separation agreements, business assets, and Schedule 1 cases.


‘Emma Manning is excellent and beyond helpful.’

‘Mark Robinson and the team are a pleasure to deal with and work hard to accommodate requests.’

‘Ryan Barker is exceptional.’

‘Both Ryan Barker and Emma Manning in the clerking team are the best in the business and are always very responsive and helpful.’ 

‘The clerks are excellent; commercial and honest, and they match counsel to client as opposed to merely being a diary service.’

‘St John’s Buildings is the go-to team in the North for matrimonial finances work with two of the best Silks in the country and a team of juniors who are all excellent.’

‘St John’s Buildings is the leading financial remedy set in the North West. The financial remedy team as a whole is fantastic and there are numerous excellent counsel.’

‘Strong on matrimonial finance, particularly at the senior end, and a good range of different levels of experienced barristers available.’

18 St John Street Chambers

The family finance team at 18 St John Street Chambers handles a wide range of matters, from financial remedy proceedings and recovery and preservation of assets, to cohabitee disputes, inheritance matters, and TOLATA cases. Stephen Murray specialises in matrimonial finance with a strong focus on complex cases for high-net-worth individuals, and Kate Donohue is also a key member of the team.


‘Camille Scott is particularly excellent, is very approachable, and very good at problem solving.’

‘Camille Scott is excellent.’

‘Camille Scott and her team offer excellent support and are always quick to respond to enquiries, whether they are new or ongoing matters. Camille gets the job done.’

‘Clerking is excellent, particularly Camille Scott.’

‘The clerks are always available and able to give cost estimates.’

‘A go-to set for high-net-worth financial work and complex private children law work.’

‘An excellent set with some outstanding talent.’

‘A very approachable and flexible set.’

7 Harrington Street

The members at 7 Harrington Street undertake a variety of financial remedy cases, and the team includes Tom Fazackerley, who practices exclusively in divorce and financial remedy work. Additionally, Fazackerley undertakes cohabitation disputes and applications for financial provision for children. The set is also home to Grant Lazarus, who is skilled in complex pension-related issues.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers ‘is a go-to set’ and its financial remedy team is led by Judith Fordham, who practices exclusively in matrimonial finance. Fordham regularly acts on high-value cases involving complex assets.


‘Rachel Williams is excellent. She is efficient, friendly, and has a good rapport with listing officers in courts.’

‘The clerking team are efficient and friendly and provide a fantastic service.’

‘Exchange chambers are a go-to set. They offer such experience in every field of law.’

‘Counsel always seem to know the latest trends of the local courts.’