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Leading Silks: Child Law (Public And Private)

Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersHe always prepares meticulously and is a measured as well as forceful advocate.
Nick Goodwin QC - Harcourt ChambersHe is a tenacious and meticulous counsel with superb knowledge of children and family law.
John Vater QC - Harcourt ChambersA brilliant cross-examiner who is superb at putting the client at ease.
Aidan Vine QC - Harcourt ChambersHe is an accomplished and effective advocate, with a measured style that many judges like, and with recognised expertise in children cases with human rights or jurisdictional issues.

2020 Silks: Child Law (Public And Private)

Jonathan Sampson QC - Harcourt ChambersAlways an impressive advocate with excellent client care.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public And Private)

Janet Bettle - Trinity ChambersAn exceptionally attentive barrister with a low-key approach to cross-examination which means a witness rarely feels her grip tighten until it is too late.
Katharine Ferguson - Fenners ChambersKatharine has a very thorough approach to all cases and is always incredibly well prepared.
Sara Granshaw - Harcourt ChambersHer advocacy and advice are consistently very high quality.
Simon Johnson - Stour ChambersHe has an impeccable knowledge of the law and his skills and experience command tremendous respect from clients and other professionals alike.
Nicola Martin - 3PBHer client care skills are exceptional in what can be very upsetting and stressful times for a lay client.
Kate Miller - East Anglian ChambersKate is very accessible and responsive to queries and is excellent at handling cases involving 'difficult' litigants in person.
Simon Miller - Harcourt ChambersHe is a very experienced and eloquent advocate.
Stefanie Wickins - Trinity ChambersHighly knowledgeable, and therefore very early on from meeting with clients is able to instil them with confidence as to the representation they will receive from her.
Louisa Adamson - Becket ChambersShe is sharp and on the ball and, in a difficult situation and with challenging cases, adopts just the right tone to get the job done.
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersHe is very grounded, pragmatic and down to earth enabling clients to relax and feel comfortable assured they are in a safe pair of hands whether that be in respect of children or financial cases.
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersShe is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.
Eleanor Battie - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonKnown for her thorough preparation as well as her perspicacious and tenacious manner.
Tim Bergin - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe offers sound, sensible and proactive advice and advocacy.
Sarah Earley - Pallant ChambersAn excellent advocate with a great deal of experience in children law.
Alex Forbes - Harcourt ChambersCan focus on the core issues immediately and has strong command in the court room.
Debra Gold - Fenners ChambersHer preparation skills are meticulous and has a very pragmatic approach and is willing to give firm advice when necessary.
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersWhen fully on fire Jason is second to none.
Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersShe gives down-to-earth advice and is good with the clients, putting them at their ease.
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersShe is highly experienced, has excellent manner with clients and deals with her cases calmly and with confidence.
Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt ChambersEdward is a strong and fearless advocate who is able to take on any case, regardless of its complexity and has the confidence of the court, solicitors and clients.
Richard O'Sullivan - Coram ChambersA highly experienced child care practitioner who represents local authorities and parents in public law proceedings.
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersShe is a rising star in the family field and is very adept at technology.
Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersTotally professional but sympathetic towards her clients and with thorough knowledge of her subject.
Nigel Sleight - Regency Barristers ChambersHe is a very well-prepared advocate who has established a well-deserved reputation as a safe pair of hands in public and private child law cases.
Lucinda Davis - Pallant ChambersAn outstanding advocate who is passionate about her work and provides down-to-earth and clear-cut advice for clients whether professional or lay.
Janet Hayward - Guildford ChambersHer combined strengths are superb skills as an advocate, a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and law in child cases and an empathy for the client's position.
Kate Kochnari - Stour ChambersShe provides robust and appropriate advice when asked and will offer this at times without being forceful.
James Legg - 3PBHis knowledge far exceeds his year of call and his ability to think outside the box is incredible.
Rosein Magee - Pallant ChambersShe is a very thorough and hardworking advocate who offers well-reasoned, robust arguments within the court arena.
Colin Morgan - Pallant ChambersAn exceptional barrister who takes greats pains to represent his client to be best of his ability.
Nick O'Brien - Coram ChambersVery good at mediating between warring family members and authorities.
Richard Ager - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonAn excellent barrister you can be confident instructing on a range of cases with varying degrees of complexity.
Grant Armstrong - Six Pump CourtExceptionally well-versed in all areas of family law including children cases in which there is an international element.
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Akta Chipalkatty - East Anglian ChambersImpresses with her pragmatic approach to matters.
Adam Clegg - Stour ChambersHe is always calm and well-prepared, whatever the circumstances of the case.
Amy Connell - East Anglian ChambersAble to provide clear and concise advice, whilst at the same being robust in getting her point across during hearings.
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Martha Gray - Harcourt ChambersOrganised, thorough and very personable: always a pleasure to work with.
Katrina Hambleton - Pallant ChambersShe is very professional and focused, her expertise is second-to-none, she puts clients at ease immediately due to her kind and approachable manner.
Zosia Keniston - Pallant ChambersShe is a very experienced barrister with excellent advocacy skills and a very calm manner, so you always feel like your case is in good hands.
Adam Smith - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonAn intuitive, dedicated and fearless advocate in court whilst maintaining a strong reputation as being kind and compassionate to his clients.
Nadia Tawfik - Pallant ChambersShe is quick on her feet and fearless in court, a safe pair of hands for any family law matter.
Caroline Topping - Six Pump CourtShe is very experienced in children law.
Shabnam Walji - Regency Barristers ChambersShe is always extremely prepared and solicitors have full confidence in her abilities to put forward the case on behalf of the client. She is an asset to the profession.

Leading Juniors: Divorce And Financial Remedy

Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersShe is a force to be reckoned with.
George Coates - Guildford ChambersHe is known for his reassuring manner and for being forthright and pragmatic in delivering his advice.
Katharine Ferguson - Fenners ChambersKatharine has a very thorough approach to all cases and is always incredibly well prepared.
Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersShe has an unrivalled knack of expressing an opinion at the outset in terms of the eventual outcome, and being right.
Amanda Minto - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonExtremely competent in financial remedy cases. Her written work is excellent and her advocacy impressive. She really is the best of the local bar.
Stefanie Wickins - Trinity ChambersHighly knowledgeable, and therefore very early on from meeting with clients is able to instil them with confidence as to the representation they will receive from her.
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersHe is very grounded, pragmatic and down to earth enabling clients to relax and feel comfortable assured they are in a safe pair of hands whether that be in respect of children or financial cases.
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersShe is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.
John Brooke-Smith - Trinity ChambersHe provides sensible, realistic and pragmatic advice, with compassion for the client's situation.
Eleanor Dewhurst - Pallant ChambersShe is very hardworking and diligent, and she always makes sure the client is fully aware of what is happening.
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersWhen fully on fire Jason is second to none.
Tina Harrington - Trinity ChambersA formidable barrister who brings a point of view to heavyweight cases.
Jane Peckham - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonShe is a formidable advocate who will fight her client’s corner but she is also someone who can be relied upon to have the confidence to advise a client on what is the best approach to take in a case.
Louise Potter - Harcourt ChambersShe is reliable without fail and has a fantastic manner with clients.
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersShe is a rising star in the family field and is very adept at technology.
Wendy Rowlinson - Pallant ChambersShe has a high level of ability to understand and make connections with clients.
Andrew Bailey - Trinity ChambersHighly specialised in TLATA proceedings.
Katharine Bundell - Fenners ChambersShe is able to recall precedent cases, even very obscure ones, off the top of her head, also statutes and references to the family procedure rules.
Holly Coates - Becket ChambersShe contributes strong advocacy, good with clients and an ability to direct herself to the issues.
Josephine Spratt-Dawso - Trinity ChambersHer main strengths include robust advocacy skills and speaking plainly to the client and managing their expectations.
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
David Marusza - Harcourt ChambersHis preparation is detailed and he strenuously puts forward his clients cases in court, clearly and succinctly.
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersShe has good sound knowledge on complicated children cases.
Julia Shillingford - Harcourt Chambers ‘Julia is a tenacious, focused, and wise advocate. She is a constructive, but firm, opponent: she takes neither bad points nor prisoners.
Elizabeth Spence - Stour ChambersShe is a fantastic advocate who fights tooth and nail for her clients.
Nadia Tawfik - Pallant ChambersShe is quick on her feet and fearless in court, a safe pair of hands for any family law matter.
David Walden-Smith - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe is very experienced in complex high net worth financial cases.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public And Private)

Patrick Freer - Regency Barristers ChambersHe has an excellent manner with clients, he is attentive and sympathetic and able to put even the most anxious client at ease while also communicating clear and purposeful advice.

Family and children law in Regional Bar

29 Bedford Row Chambers

29 Bedford Row Chambers's David Walden-Smith has a broad practice, being particularly adept at handling financial remedy work, some of which involving financial issues around children. According to one solicitor 'he is very clear, sharp and pragmatic in his advice - clients really bond with him'. His chambers, which is based in London is 'a fantastic set offering an excellent range of experience able to suit all cases'.

Coram Chambers

From its London base, Coram Chambers has a number of senior juniors such as Richard O’Sullivan and Nick O’Brien who are active in the child law space across the South Eastern circuit.

Harcourt Chambers

'A formidable set armed with fantastic advocates', Harcourt Chambers is a specialist family set with barristers available at all levels of call. Members of chambers, which is based in both London and Oxford (where it has 'a good strength of knowledge across its members and gets involved in the local community'), are instructed across the piece, including private law children issues with international elements, as well as complex family finance matters ('a go-to chambers for money cases' according to one solicitor) and public law child work for both parents and local authorities. Jonathan Sampson QC is a 2020 silk appointment, joining top end that includes the likes of Damian Garrido QC and John Vater QC , with the set featuring a strong junior bench including Jane Campbell, Simon Miller and Sara Granshaw for child law matters, and Fiona Hay, a notable senior junior for family finance.

1 Crown Office Row, Brighton

Family law is a core strength of 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton, with the set having 'a good choice of counsel at all levels' undertaking the whole range of family proceedings from public and private children law matters (one solicitor praising it as 'particularly strong in Children Act work') through to financial remedies, as well as domestic violence injunctions. Underlining the strength across seniorities, one solicitor praises the set as having 'an excellent choice of barristers from Queen's Counsel down to newly called, investing wisely in its pupils to ensure they are court-ready and always an impressive asset to chambers'.

Guildford Chambers

Guildford Chambers 'is a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield'. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are 'all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients', with Coates 'a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers'.

Pallant Chambers

Pallant Chambers hosts a strong group of junior tenants that are active in financial remedy cases involving farms and company assets, among other complicating factors. The set also includes members such as Sarah Earley,  who also act for guardians and local authorities in children law cases - the set is described as 'a very sound regional chambers, particularly for children law' by one solicitor, and another credits it as having 'a very strong public family law team with barristers of all levels across all areas' of the discipline.

Trinity Chambers

'A good all-round family set with a large local following', Chelmsford-based Trinity Chambers is known for its work along the lines of financial remedy, cohabitee claims and private law child matters. Members also act for local authorities, parents, guardians and grandparents in care cases. Stefanie Wickins is a notable practitioner across both areas. In terms of range of seniority, the set 'ranges from junior-junior barristers those with in excess of 30 years experience, with a number also sitting on occasion in a judicial capacity'.

3PB

Nicola Martin and James Legg are the key names to note at 3PB, with Martin involved in high net worth ancillary relief proceedings and care cases, while Legg's focus lies on children cases. The set, whose members are instructed by both well-respected private client and Legal Aid firms alike, has 'great depth of knowledge and a greater ability to cover matters around the country'. 

Becket Chambers

At Becket Chambers, Louisa Adamson is frequently instructed on behalf of parents, spouses, grandparents, children and local authorities in cases involving allegations of domestic violence. Holly Coates contributes matrimonial finance expertise to the set, which offers 'mediation, arbitration and a good range of counsel in family matters, from more senior to junior as needed by solicitors with a broad range of clients'.

East Anglian Chambers

A set known for child law cases, in addition to being recommended for work for local authorities in public law proceedings, members of East Anglian Chambers also handle private law and international relocation disputes. According to one solicitor, it is 'an excellent set with a variety of counsel both really excellent juniors and senior juniors'. In particular, Kate Miller 'takes a no-nonsense approach both with her fellow advocates and her clients, but without ever losing a sense of compassion'.

Fenners Chambers

Fenners Chambers houses financial claims and private law children matters expert Katharine Ferguson, Debra Gold, who is adept at dealing with child care cases, including international cases involving children from other European countries where issues of jurisdiction arise, and financial remedy specialist Katharine Bundell - names part of a package that makes it, according to one solicitor 'a great chambers with a real depth and breadth of expertise'.

Regency Barristers Chambers

At Regency Barristers Chambers in Peterborough, Nigel Sleight and Shabnam Walji are instructed by local authorities in public family law cases involving non-accidental injury and serious sexual abuse allegations; the set is 'local to the Peterborough courts, and therefore well-known to the local judiciary: the set has some very good experienced and senior counsel well able to handle complex public law cases'. Rising star Patrick Freer handles both public and private children law matters.

Six Pump Court

Six Pump Court is home to children law specialist Caroline Topping, who appears in public law cases involving allegations of serious physical abuse and non-accidental injury to children, and Grant Armstrong who acts in all types of family matters, primarily involving children and often exceptionally vulnerable ones.

Stour Chambers

Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.