Family and children law in Regional Bar
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'.
'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.
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 '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 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.
'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'.
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'.
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 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 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 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.