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  1. Family and children law – Leading silks
  2. Family and children law – Leading juniors

Family and children law – Leading silks

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Family and children law – Leading juniors

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    • Louisa Adamson - Becket Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases involving allegations of domestic violence.’
    • Douglas Allen - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A very personable barrister.’
    • Grant Armstrong - Six Pump Court β€˜Experienced across a purview of family law matters.’
    • Andrew Bailey - Trinity Chambers β€˜Very well known for his expertise in TOLATA cases.’
    • Eleanor Battie - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Perspicacious and tenacious.’
    • Janet Bettle - Trinity Chambers β€˜An assiduous and persistent barrister.’
    • John Brooke-Smith - Trinity Chambers β€˜A strong advocate who easily gains clients’ trust.’
    • Katharine Bundell - Fenners Chambers β€˜She has expertise across a broad spectrum of family law cases.’
    • Jane Campbell - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A sharp advocate on her feet.’
    • George Coates - Guildford Chambers β€˜He has expertise in financial remedy cases.’
    • Holly Coates - Becket Chambers β€˜Recommended for children law and family finance cases.’
    • Jennifer Collins - Westgate Chambers β€˜Very personable with clients.’
    • Nick Davies - Fenners Chambers β€˜He has great client communication skills.’
    • Lucinda Davis - Pallant Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in public law children work.’
    • Eleanor Dewhurst - Pallant Chambers β€˜Recommended for family finance cases.’
    • Sarah Earley - Pallant Chambers β€˜A child law specialist.’
    • Katharine Ferguson - Fenners Chambers β€˜She has a very keen eye for detail and a reassuring manner.’
    • Alex Forbes - Harcourt Chambers β€˜His clear and relaxed manner gives clients confidence.’
    • Debra Gold - Fenners Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in children law work.’
    • Sara Granshaw - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Very experienced in public law children cases.’
    • Jason Green - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Very approachable and authoritative; clients warm to him.’
    • Fiona Griffin - Guildford Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases involving care and adoption proceedings.’
    • Maria Hancock - Westgate Chambers β€˜Represents all parties in public law children cases.’
    • Tina Harrington - Trinity Chambers β€˜Her practice includes financial remedy and private children law cases.’
    • Fiona Hay - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Calm, sensible, pragmatic and empathetic.’
    • Janet Haywood - Guildford Chambers β€˜She will fight her client’s corner.’
    • Paul Hollow - Fenners Chambers β€˜An amiable barrister.’
    • Marcia Hyde - Coram Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in children law cases involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries.’
    • Simon Johnson - Stour Chambers β€˜A walking encyclopaedia of family law.’
    • Christine Julien - Guildford Chambers β€˜Recent work includes cases of physical and sexual abuse.’
    • Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt Chambers β€˜He combines a meticulous eye with an approachable demeanour.’
    • Rosein Magee - Pallant Chambers β€˜Highly experienced across a broad spectrum of family law cases.’
    • Ian Martignetti - Regency Barristers Chambers β€˜Recommended for a purview of public and private children law work.’
    • Nicola Martin - 3PB β€˜A robust and approachable advocate.’
    • Anita Mehta - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜An indomitable advocate.’
    • Kate Miller - East Anglian Chambers β€˜Robust, skilled on her feet, and speaks the clients’ language.’
    • Simon Miller - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A very eloquent advocate, who can hold his own against silks.’
    • Amanda Minto - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜An excellent advocate on her feet.’
    • Colin Morgan - Pallant Chambers β€˜A family law specialist.’
    • Nick O’Brien - Coram Chambers β€˜A very knowledgeable advocate.’
    • Richard O’Sullivan - Coram Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in care cases.’
    • Jane Peckham - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Very calm yet robust; clients and judges love her.’
    • Louise Potter - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Perceptive and solution-focussed.’
    • Emily Rayner - Harcourt Chambers β€˜Her advocacy is calm, persuasive and hits home with judges.’
    • Wendy Rowlinson - Pallant Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate.’
    • Jonathan Sampson - Harcourt Chambers β€˜A barrister with an impressive intellect and elegant style.’
    • Claire Shrimpton - Guildford Chambers β€˜Forthright and passionate.’
    • Nigel Sleight - Regency Barristers Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in serious care cases.’
    • Roderick Spinks - Fenners Chambers β€˜Charming, pragmatic and calm under pressure.’
    • Josephine Spratt-Dawson - Trinity Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in financial remedy cases.’
    • John Thornton - Stour Chambers β€˜Very experienced in public and private children law matters.’
    • Caroline Topping - Six Pump Court β€˜Noted for her expertise in non-accidental injuries and serious physical abuse cases.’
    • Tom Tyler - 3PB β€˜Noted for his expertise in matrimonial finance work.’
    • Michael Valks - Westgate Chambers β€˜Clients like his approachable manner.’
    • Christopher Wall - Becket Chambers β€˜Very experienced in matrimonial finance and public law children matters.’
    • Kelly Ward - Pallant Chambers β€˜Experienced in international abduction cases.’
    • Stefanie Wickins - Trinity Chambers β€˜A very talented barrister with excellent technical ability.’

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At 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton, practitioners report an uptick in financial remedy cases; children law cases are another core area of instruction. Amanda Minto joined from Guildford Chambers in April 2018.

At 3PB, members are adept at handling cross-jurisdictional cases, financial remedy matters and public and private children law issues, including cases of abduction and relocation. In June 2018 Katherine Dunseath moved to 1GC | Family Law.

Becket Chambers’ family group marked an increase in private law children cases pertaining to care work; other areas of expertise include financial remedy disputes, TOLATA issues and public law children matters.

Coram Chambers has solid experience acting for local authorities, guardians and parents across a wide spectrum of private and public law children cases.

East Anglian Chambers’ family group saw an increase in family finance cases; members are also adept at handling cases involving non-accidental injuries, care proceedings and international matters. Carolyn Rothwell was appointed to the bench in March 2018.

Fenners Chambers’ members have expertise in financial remedy matters and are well known for representing guardians and local authorities in care cases.

Recent work for Guildford Chambers’ team includes care proceedings, cases involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, TOLATA and financial remedy matters.

Harcourt Chambers has a solid reputation for the β€˜depth and breadth’ in its family team, which has seen an uptick in matrimonial finance and private law children work. Public law children cases are a core strength for the group; recent work includes cases of fabricated/induced illness, sexual abuse and international matters. In March 2018 Jane Campbell joined from Six Pump Court.

The family team at Pallant Chambers are frequently instructed in public law children work and high-value financial remedy cases. The recent workload includes a case involving allegations of female genital mutilation. In 2017 Charlotte Georges moved to The 36 Group.

Ian Martignetti and Nigel Sleight are key names at Regency Barristers Chambers for public and private children law work.

Six Pump Court reports an increase in public and private children law matters, alongside instructions in financial remedy and domestic violence cases. In March 2018 Jane Campbell moved to Harcourt Chambers

Family law is a cornerstone area of expertise at Stour Chambers. The group also has established experience in matrimonial/family finance, child abduction and public and private law children matters. In July 2018 Gemma Farrington moved to 42 Bedford Row.

Trinity Chambers reports an uptick in care instructions, alongside matrimonial finance disputes and TOLATA cases.

The recent workload for members of Westgate Chambers’s family team include cases of serious abuse, fabricated/induced illness, care proceedings and non-accidental injuries.

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