Anthony Hand heads the care and children team at College Chambers and regularly appears in the High Court. Hand primarily handles Children Act and adoption cases, but is also instructed in matrimonial finance issues. He successfully represented a mother in a case of failing to prove a non-accidental injury claim, as is described as a 'go-to for parents and local authority work'. He also appeared in Dorset Council v E (Article 15 B11R), which considers the law around transferring care proceedings under The Hague Convention. The 'robust' Tahina Akther heads the set's family finance team and is particularly noted for cross-bored, complex financial disputes.
Family and children law in Regional Bar
Devon Chambers is a modern and progressive set that consists of eight members practising family law. Members act on behalf of local authorities, parents, and children in both public and private family law cases. Victoria Hoyle focuses on children law and represents parents including those with learning difficulties and the vulnerable in care proceedings. Sally Daulton is another name to note who focuses on public and private children law, including cases involving parental alientation and domestic abuse.
Queen Square Chambers
Queen Square Chambers members act in all areas of family law including instructions related to care proceeds, private children work, matrimonial finance, and also FGM. Richard Carron specialises in matters involving allegations of abuse, incest, disability issues, and language barriers, and is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of non-accidental injuries (NAI). Carron recently completed a case involving severe NAI caused to a six-week-old child. Ian Halliday is another name to note and is also instructed in NAI claims.
St John's Chambers is home to a large team of family barristers specialising in high-profile public and private family matters on the Western Circuit. Abigail Bond heads the children law team and specialises in care proceedings, while Zoe Saunders heads the family finance team, covering heavyweight financial remedy cases involving multiple properties, trusts of land, and farms. Andrew Commins is noted for his expertise in family finance matters; Christopher Sharp QC focuses on child care cases involving extreme abuse and injury; and the head of chambers on the Western Circuit, Susan Hunter, is an 'excellent advocate' who appears on behalf of parents, guardians, local authorities and state institutions.
With 'excellent availability of counsel with experience and expertise in family law', Walnut House is a go-to for solicitors in Exeter. Members cover all areas of family law, including public and private children matters, and ancillary relief. 'Exceptionally bright and a very impressive advocate', a former criminal and housing solicitor, Hugh Cornford has expertise in serious public law cases, as well as private law cases, on the western end of the circuit, and appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Albion Chambers is 'the best set for family law in Bristol' thanks to 'excellent strength in depth in both financial remedy and children work', according to instructing solicitors. In 'a class of his own', Charles Hyde QC is instructed in high-value matrimonial finance cases as well as highly complex children private and public law cases. Amongst the strong junior end, the 'accessible and client-focused' Deborah Dinan-Hayward is a go-to for large finance matters involving high-net-worth individuals, companies, farms, and tax implications; the 'best of his generation' Daniel Leafe acts in high-net-worth cases, with international elements, and TOLATA disputes. Hayley Griffiths specialises in complex care proceedings acting for local authorities, parents, and guardians, as well as private law children cases involving allegations of coercive control and domestic violence. Public and private law practitioner Sarah Pope is 'a great family proceedings barrister, whose sensitive and reassuring approach was very much welcomed by our lay clients'.
Pump Court Chambers are described as the 'go-to' set in the Western Circuit by clients and the family team specialise in all aspects of private and public children law. Edward Boydell heads the family finance team and specialises in high-net-worth financial remedy cases. Leading silk Leslie Samuels QC regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal for high-profile cases; Jennifer Lee is highly recommended for instructing high-value, complex cases concerning inherited wealth, family businesses, and hidden assets; and leading silk Penny Howe QC is noted for her focus on cases involving child death, serious inflicted injuries, and sexual abuse.
The team at 3PB regularly deal with all aspects of family law and have appeared in all stages of the courts. Elisabeth Hudson is experienced in Children Act work and has acted in a number of cases brought under the Hague Convention involving the return of children to and from Australia, USA, and Zimbabwe. Sarah O’Hara has a particular interest in non-accidental injury cases; Lucy Hendry specialises in public and private child law acting for parents, guardians, and local authorities; Hamish Dunlop is noted for his expertise in financial cases involving family businesses and inherited wealth; and Melissa Barlow is recommended for representing police authorities in cases of complexities between court proceedings and police investigations.
Magdalen Chambers has 'an extremely strong family team' and offers 'a wide range of barristers who without fail are top quality, therefore, they are usually my first phone call as they are helpful and friendly'. Areas of expertise include private and public law children law, adoption, and financial remedy on divorce. At the senior end, Susan Campbell QC is an experienced silk, 'popular with clients and has a gentle but persuasive manner; intellectually sharp'. With a broad practice covering most areas, Christopher Naish is 'calm, and approachable but has a rapier-sharp advocacy style which he can adapt to suit cases'. Carol Mashembo is praised for having 'attention to detail that is second to none' and for delivering 'detailed and precise presentation in court', whether it be in relation to children matters or financial. Elizabeth Willsteed is a go-to for children law matters; for family financial dispute resolution matters and TOLATA cases, Rupert Chapman is 'always meticulous in his preparation'.
The team at Colleton Chambers represents a variety of parties including guardians, local authorities, parents and intervenors in family law cases on the Western Circuit. Cases include allegations of non-accidental injury, sexual and physical abuse, as well as jurisdictional matters. Leading silk Claire Wills-Goldingham QC is a 'pleasure to work with' and is known for instructing cases including matrimonial finance, Court of Protection, and children law cases involving medical evidence. A recent instruction of note is Plymouth City Council v Wilkins & Ors. At the junior end Marie Leslie, Mark Whitehall, and Christopher Godfrey are recommended by instructing solicitors, clients, and peers.
Led by William Higginson, KBG Chambers covers all areas of family law with members specialising in public law, private children law, domestic abuse and financial remedies. Daniel Swan is instructed in complex children law hearings and recently covered cases including sexual assault, serious harm and neglect, and cases involving the death of a child through a drug overdose. Jonathon Bosanko undertakes financial matrimonial cases concerning debt, complex assets and trust, and high-net-worth matters.
The family team at No.18 Barristers Chambers is made up of 'very experienced and knowledgeable' barristers that frequently act for family members, guardians, and children in all levels of the family courts. Nigel Cholerton focuses both on care and financial remedy proceedings; Laura Baines appears in interim fact finding and final hearings involving care and supervision orders, section 8 orders, and injunctions; Katherine Henry is regularly instructed to deal with sensitive cases involving vulnerable witnesses and domestic abuse; and Lee Young is noted for his experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal.