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Leading Silks: Child Law (Public And Private)

Paul Hopkins KC9 Park PlacePaul has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and is an accomplished advocate. He consistently provided firm, clear advice and was mindful of the client’s vulnerabilities at all times in the case.’
James Tillyard KC30 Park Place ChambersAn exceptional silk.’

Leading Silks: Divorce And Financial Remedy

2022 Silks

Catherine Heyworth KC30 Park Place ChambersCatherine is an exceptional advocate. An excellent communicator with unquestionable empathy, she is always up to date with the law and gives clear advice.’

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public And Private)

Rhys Evans30 Park Place ChambersRhys is a formidable advocate with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and an extremely thorough and robust approach. He always goes above and beyond for clients. An outstanding barrister.’
Catrin John30 Park Place ChambersCatrin is an excellent practitioner – equivalent to a silk. She is a very effective cross-examiner, and takes a measured approach in complex cases.’
Nathan Jones30 Park Place ChambersA junior who is experienced beyond his year of call. Nathan is a very persuasive and accomplished advocate, and is extremely thorough in his preparation and attention to detail in cases. An excellent cross-examiner.’
Rhian Jones30 Park Place ChambersAn incredibly intelligent, extremely thorough and meticulous barrister. Rhian has detailed knowledge of each case, is quick to identify the issues and is extremely pragmatic in her approach to finding solutions.’
Rhian Kirby9 Park PlaceRhian is consistently hardworking with an eye for detail, and goes the extra mile for her clients. She can be counted on to get the job done. Even in the most difficult cases she is able to get clients to understand the complexities and to ensure they are where they need to be.’
Sarah MorganLinenhall ChambersSarah is thorough, confident, tenacious and pragmatic. She also has an extremely calm and reassuring manner, which is valued by clients.’
Claire Williams30 Park Place ChambersClaire’s attention to detail is excellent. Empathetic but confident and firm. She is thorough in her preparation of her cases, and has a sound and excellent knowledge of the law and procedure.’
Kathryn AnslowLinenhall ChambersA tough negotiator outside of court, and clear and forensic in the courtroom. She is always well prepared and very knowledgeable. Her rapport with lay clients is very good. A very impressive barrister.’
Matthew Barry9 Park PlaceMatthew is intelligent, easy to get on with, wonderful with clients and respected by both colleagues and judges. His written and oral advocacy is exceptional. A truly elegant lawyer.’
Kelly Chamberlain9 Park PlaceA user-friendly barrister who has a good rapport with clients and provides sound advice. She is intelligent and understands the relevant case law well.’
David Gareth Evans9 Park PlaceA junior who is always prepared, and has a fiercely bright but pragmatic approach.’
Hannah HortonLinenhall ChambersHannah is a strong advocate, very hardworking and professional. A very approachable and talented barrister.’
James Lewis9 Park PlaceJames is always prepared and a strong advocate. He is tenacious and fights his client’s corner. He is not fazed by complex Children Act cases.’

Leading Juniors: Divorce And Financial Remedy

Max Davies – 30 Park Place ChambersMax gets to the heart of every case quickly, gives clients realistic expectations and is a very persuasive advocate in court. He prepares for his cases meticulously and is always a reassuring presence for clients and solicitors alike.’
Natalie Sandercock9 Park PlaceA specialist in her field and a phenomenal advocate. Her ability to dig out gold nuggets in cases that can turn the case on its head is second to none. Clients feel confident and at ease with her. Her cross-examining in court is a joy to watch.’
Lisa Thomas9 Park PlaceLisa is a class act. She is unflappable even in the most complicated or emotive of cases. With meticulous preparation, a real eye for the good points and a calm and steely demeanour, Lisa is a formidable operator.’
David Gareth Evans9 Park PlaceHis calm, compassionate manner coupled with his razor-sharp legal and technical skills makes him a must to instruct.’
Christopher Felstead9 Park PlaceChristopher is incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of finance work. He has a forensic approach and leaves no stone unturned. His strategic advice is second-to-none and his way of explaining complex issues to the lay client is exceptional.’
Julian Reed – Pump Court ChambersJulian provides detailed analysis of the background of disputes, and gives very thorough advice on the next steps. The balance of his thorough and detailed analysis of the case, and his approachable manner, gives him qualities that few barristers can readily offer.’

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public And Private)

Clare BateLinenhall ChambersClare approaches every brief with the upmost professionalism. She is always highly organised and prepared. Her communication skills are brilliant.’

Family and children law in Regional Bar

30 Park Place Chambers

30 Park Place Chambers is singled out by clients as ‘an excellent set for family public law work‘. The ‘exceptionally strong‘ team has a solid track record in representing parents, guardians and local authorities across a wide range of cases involving allegations of serious physical and sexual abuse, poisoning and neglect, among other areas. Nathan Jones regularly handles complex cases involving the deaths of children. Members also field expertise in matrimonial finance, an area in which James Tillyard KC and Rebecca Harrington  excel. The group was recently bolstered at the senior end following Catherine Heyworth KC‘s elevation to silk.



An excellent and reliable set.’

The set is excellent for family law, with particular strength and depth across all levels of call in relation to child law.’

30 Park Place Chambers is regarded as an excellent set for family public law work.’

All the barristers are approachable, knowledgeable and go the extra mile to assist on cases.’


The clerks are very approachable and helpful.’

The family clerks are excellent – always helpful and quick to respond to enquiries. James Dowse is brilliant.’

Linenhall Chambers

Linenhall Chambers is home to ‘an excellent family team‘. Headed up by highly-regarded senior junior Daniel Dodd, the group has an excellent reputation for its expertise in handling care cases involving vulnerable individuals. The ‘dedicated, determined and extremely knowledgeableSarah Morgan regularly assists local authorities, children and parents with public and private children law matters involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, as waell as abduction cases. Hannah Horton represents local authorities from North Wales in care proceedings, and stands out for her track record in acting for vulnerable parents in private children law work.



A strong family set.’

Linenhall Chambers has excellent strength in depth and is always able to provide suitable counsel for matters.’

Helpful and easy to deal with.’


The clerks are always extremely helpful, knowledgeable and proactive.’

The service is excellent and the family clerks bend over backwards to assist.’

Lucy Morris is extremely helpful and swift to revert back to you.’

9 Park Place

9 Park Place ‘offers highly skilled, professional and talented counsel who have wide-ranging experience of family law‘. Members are adept at advising across the full range of both private and public children law issues. Matrimonial finance work is another key pillar of strength for the group; the ‘always thoroughly preparedNatalie Sandercock and Lisa Thomas, ‘a first-class advocate‘, count this as a core area of expertise. Head of chambers Paul Hopkins KC has an established track record in acting for parents and local authorities in cases involving allegations of serious violent and sexual abuse.



An impressive set, with a wealth of experienced and highly competent family advocates.’

Chambers has an excellent team of family barristers with expertise and depth of knowledge.’

Excellent all round family set.’

Very well organised.’


The family clerks are excellent; professional, efficient, friendly and always keen to assist. Their communication is impressive and they are always helpful in resolving any last minute instructions.’

The clerks are very approachable and amenable. Their ability to find counsel when requested is second to none.’