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    • Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersParticularly recommended for settlement negotiations.
    • Andrew Bailey - Trinity ChambersHighly specialised in TOLATA proceedings
    • Katharine Bundell - Fenners ChambersRecommended for financial remedy work and TOLATA matters.
    • Holly Coates - Becket ChambersActive in both children and financial remedy cases
    • Sarah Earley - Pallant ChambersAn extremely able advocate who works collaboratively with solicitors.
    • Janet Hayward - Guildford ChambersA skilled advocate whose knowledge and experience can be relied upon in children law cases.
    • Marcia Hyde - Coram ChambersA care proceedings specialist.
    • Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersRobust, pragmatic and fantastic with the clients.
    • Colin Morgan - Pallant ChambersHe has an excellent ability to explain complex medical matters to lay clients.
    • Nicholas O'Brien - Coram ChambersActs for all parties in care cases.
    • Nigel Sleight - Regency Barristers ChambersActs for all parties in complex care proceedings.
    • Josephine Spratt-Dawson - Trinity ChambersTenacious and robust in her advocacy.
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    • Grant Armstrong - Six Pump CourtA strong family law generalist.
    • Akta Chipalkatty - East Anglian ChambersPragmatic, collaborative and fantastic with clients.
    • Adam Clegg - Stour ChambersAlways calm and well prepared, whatever the circumstances of the case.
    • Amy Connell - East Anglian ChambersParticularly recommended for cases with young parents or vulnerable clients.
    • Lucinda Davis - Pallant ChambersRecommended for care cases.
    • Kate Kochnari - Stour ChambersGoes the extra mile for her clients.
    • James Legg - 3PBVery thorough and well-prepared.
    • Rosein Magee - Pallant ChambersA strong family law generalist.
    • Nadia Tawfik - Pallant ChambersArgues without fear or fluster, no matter the calibre of opponent.
    • Caroline Topping - Six Pump CourtA brilliant advocate who is particularly knowledgeable on non-accidental injury cases.
    • Christopher Wall - Becket ChambersSpecialises in public law children and matrimonial finance work.

1 Crown Office Row, Brighton continues to operate across the family and children law space, with specialist practitioners in finance, care and private children work. The set is also notable for its work concerning cross-border placements and relocations. Anita Mehta departed the set for 4 Paper Buildings.

3PB is praised for its ability to 'meet a variety of client needs from the basic to the complex' and its 'very knowledgeable' members. Nicola Martin is instructed on both financial remedy claims and children act cases, with a particular specialism in applications for international relocation, while James Legg is particularly notable for his work in public law children cases.

Becket Chambers provides a well-rounded family and children law service, with specialists in matrimonial finance, cohabitation and both public and private children work, with a particular focus on cases involving domestic abuse or non-accidental injury to children.

Coram Chambers is particularly known for its members' presence in care proceedings, with several members specialising heavily in this area and providing 'a range of barristers who would meet every clients needs'. The set is also home to  barristers with more mixed practice, including matrimonial and private law children work. Nicholas O’Brien acted for a mother in appealing a refusal to re-open findings of fact, and the judge's refusal to order disclosure of therapy records.

East Anglian Chambers's family team acts on the full range of family matters, though it is perhaps more well known for children law work. The set is praised by clients for housing 'some real gems' in family law and the 'generally brilliant' availability of counsel.

Fenners Chambers is praised by clients as a 'go-to set in Cambridge' for family law matters, and the home of Debra Gold and Katharine Ferguson Gold is particularly recommended for care work, while Ferguson is strong on private children law cases and financial remedy.

Guildford Chambers is home to a wide range of specialist family barristers, and as such clients 'can have confidence that an equally strong alternative will be provided' if counsel of choice is unavailable.  The set is active in all areas of law within the sector, including financial remedy work as well as children law.

Specialist family set Harcourt Chambers is well-known for its wide range of 'formidable advocates' at all levels of call. The set covers every aspect of family work, but is particularly formidable in high-value matrimonial finance and complex public law children work. Members have recently appeared in high-profile cases concerning fabricated/induced injury, sexual abuse, international abduction and undisclosed assets, among many others. Previously the head of chambers, Francis Judd QC has been elevated to the Family Division of the High Court.

Pallant Chambers is home to a strong stable of junior family counsel, with members acting across the children (both public and private law) and financial spaces.

Nigel Sleight is the key name to note at Regency Barristers Chambers and is primarily involved in care proceedings, often concerning serious abuse. International adoption and international child abduction are other areas of knowledge at the set.

'Helpful and easy to deal with' set Six Pump Court is home to child law specialist Caroline Topping, who has particular experience in allegations of abuse, and Grant Armstrong, who practices across a broad range of family law matters.

Family law makes up the lion's share of the workload of the members of Stour Chambers and this is reflected in the praise received from clients for its collaborative, flexible approach, and the selection of 'very strong advocates' available.

Particularly known for its financial remedy and private law work, Trinity Chambers provides a highly-specialised family law service that is the 'first port of call' for many family solicitors in Essex.

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