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Chambers of Anthony Hand
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SO15 2ET

Western Circuit > Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

College Chambers has members offering ‘a wealth of knowledge about Court of Protection matters‘. Daniel Nother, an ‘excellent advocate‘ who is ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable in this field‘, heads the team - he mainly handles s.21A deprivation of liberty challenges and deputyship applications under the Mental Health Capacity Act and is regularly instructed by protected persons, local authorities, and family members. Carol Davies also has experience in relation to s.21A cases, as well as Court of Protection matters arising out of inheritance and probate disputes.

Leading Juniors

Daniel Nother – College Chambers ‘Daniel is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in Court of Protection matters. His advocacy is always impressive and delivered to the highest standard and his ability to explain complex legal matters to lay parties is a great strength of his.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Carol Davies – College Chambers ‘Carol is extremely practical in her advice and always seeks to find a sensible way forward. She is particularly strong dealing with litigants in person and in court is calm, clear, and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 1


‘Nia Caruana-Davies is an incredibly efficient and knowledgeable clerk. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘There is a wealth of knowledge about Court of Protection matters within chambers.’

‘College Chambers is always keen to assist and has good availability of local counsel.’ 

‘The clerks are responsive and always assist where possible.’

‘The clerks are friendly and quick to respond to queries.’

‘The clerks at College Chambers are always helpful, efficient and easily contactable.’

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

Derek Marshall - College Chambers College Chambers' former head Derek Marshall 'has vast experience, and a calm and personable style. He is also authoritative, so quickly gains the trust of the parties in a mediation'. Qualifying as a civil dispute mediator in 2006, Marshall has since carried out hundreds of mediations in England and abroad.  

Western Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

Rising stars

Amy OkeCollege Chambers ‘Amy is a very competent junior barrister. She prepares for cases extremely thoroughly, has a good approach in court and when dealing with professionals and lay clients, and is a skilled advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Anthony HandCollege Chambers ‘Anthony is able to grasp complex matters quickly and simplify the issues to provide invaluable and balanced advice. He has excellent advocacy skills and is able to hold his own against KCs in serious child abuse cases.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona McCreath - College Chambers ‘Fiona is an excellent advocate and a go-to counsel in complex cases. She is experienced and pragmatic, giving straightforward and sensible advice which often has the effect of narrowing the issues in a case. As an advocate, Fiona is calm and persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Carol DaviesCollege ChambersShe is approachable and often goes the extra mile and offers concise and high-level advice as well as practical assistance. She has wide experience in civil litigation, which makes her advice comprehensive no matter what area of practice the advice relates to.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Tahina Akther – College ChambersShe excels in making technical arguments.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2

Western Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Daniel PiddingtonCollege Chambers ‘Daniel is excellent at managing client relationships and delivering advice in clear and unambiguous language. He is also an extremely competent advocate who is able to grapple with complex issues.' 
Ranked: Tier 3

Western Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy

Leading Juniors

Neil Maton – College Chambers ‘Neil is a superb and well-rounded barrister with an ability to get straight to the heart of a case. He is a master tactician and also very approachable.'
Ranked: Tier 3

College Chambers is a multi-disciplinary set offering legal advice and representation at all levels of call across the core practice areas of family children, finance and civil. Providing professional legal services to clients for over 30 years, College Chambers prides itself on putting people at the heart of what they do.  The barristers’ excellent reputation and depth of experience has established College Chambers as one of the South’s leading sets. Their standing arises from their work as specialist advocates, mediators and arbitrators, strongly supported by an experienced clerking team. An integral part of College Chambers service is their long-standing commitment to publicly funded work.

Work undertaken
The family children team is led by the experienced care specialist and head of chambers Anthony Hand. It has a large range of practitioners who offer a variety of expertise in public and private law. As well as undertaking private law work, they often represent local authorities, children, parents and intervenors in complex care cases including NAI or FII matters. Some members of the team also specialise in international cases concerning children, including child abduction both under Hague Convention and Brussels II Revised.  Members are happy to offer advice at an early stage in an effort to resolve matters without the need for court proceedings.  Many of its cases have been reported as leading authorities over the years. The family children team have continued to hold its successful monthly Child Law Webinar throughout 2023, after there start in 2020 with the “Lockdown series”.

Neil Maton, heads the family finance team. The team have extensive experience at unravelling complicated matters and have experts in areas such as complex pensions and bankruptcy proceedings. Members can advise through all stages of litigation. The team are known for providing a sympathetic yet practical approach in all matters. Equipped with a wealth of experience the team regularly deliver webinars to the wider profession and is well known for its breadth of knowledge from modest cases to those involving clients with a high-net-worth cases.

Members also deal with cohabitation issues and disputes between families which involve the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA).

Carl Geary heads the civil and commercial team. The team consists of a very active group of practitioners that offer a high level of expertise within the spectrum of civil law. The personal injury team offers a prompt and efficient service that covers the full range of personal injury cases, from minor whiplash claims to major industrial injuries and clinical negligence. College Chambers prides itself on offering Round Table meetings and a full suite of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) services including arbitration counsel to meet the needs of clients. Members appear in all commercial courts including the High Court in London. They regularly provide expert advice across all areas of commercial and contract law.  In 2020 one of the team’s construction cases was reported in the Upper Tribunal ( Lands Chamber)

There is a very experienced wills and probate sub-team which deals with contentious and non-contentious probate claims, applications to the court to deal with personal representatives and the administration of estates and applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 Act for financial provision. Many of the team’s cases cross border estates.  Its cases regularly reach the higher courts and receive national press coverage.

The employment team is led by Daniel Piddington who is a specialist in this area of law. The team consists of 11 members that cover all aspects of employment law including discrimination, pensions and equal pay. They regularly act on behalf of employers and employees, providing a full range of both advisory and advocacy services. The team has experience in directly supporting in-house advisers and individuals. Their clients include large nationwide retail businesses, public sector organisations and private individuals. The team are able to facilitate or support internal disciplinary and grievance processes with a view to maintaining relationships. College Chambers offers clients round table meetings and alternative dispute resolution services.

Daniel Nother heads the Court of Protection team who regularly appear in Mental Capacity Act 2005 matters including deprivation of liberty, deputyship, property and affairs and health and welfare disputes.

Chambers has a strong reputation and practice in dispute resolution in particular, mediation and arbitration.

The dispute resolution team offers a range of options as to alternative dispute to court. A number of the team are qualified mediators and hold specialist qualifications and memberships within this field. Heavy weight mediator Derek Marshall has an extensive mediation practice and has conducted hundreds of mediations, he is also a qualified arbitrator. Carol Davies another heavyweight mediator is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and conducts many mediations and arbitrations. Daniel Nother is qualified Children Law Arbitrator.

The education team consists of a small team of dedicated barristers with expertise in this area. They accept instructions from parents, pupils, schools, NGOs including charities and local authorities in education law. They act both on instructions from solicitors and on a direct access basis. The team regularly appear in appeals to the first-tier Special Education Needs and Disability (“SEND”) Tribunal acting for local authorities, parents, and pupils. The members act in cases concerning Educational Health and Care Plans (“EHCPs”) and disability discrimination claims arising in the education setting

Many members are direct access qualified and can accept instructions directly from members of the public in suitable cases in all areas of practice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers Anthony Hand (1989)
Deputy Head of Chambers Daniel Nother (1994)
Member of Chambers Robin Belben (1969)
Member of Chambers Derek Marshall (1980)
Member of Chambers Fiona McCreath (1991)
Member of Chambers Carol Davies (1995)
Member of Chambers Amanda Gillett (1998)
Member of Chambers Louise Harvey (2000)
Member of Chambers Andrew Skinner (2000)
Member of Chambers Neil Maton (2001)
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Bowden (2001)
Member of Chambers Justine Hayler (2005)
Member of Chambers Gemma Bower (2006)
Member of Chambers Daniel Piddington (2008)
Member of Chambers David Lang (2010)
Member of Chambers Edward Hurley (2010)
Member of Chambers Marianna Lo Conte (2012)
Member of Chambers Amy Oke (2016)
Member of Chambers Nicola Peach (2015)
Member of Chambers Harrison Willis (2016)
Member of Chambers Charlotte Kelly (2016)
Member of Chambers Jessica Price (2014)
Member of Chambers Kingsleigh Viollet (2013)
Member of Chambers Carl Geary (2019)
Member of Chambers Millie Elliott (2018)
Member of Chambers Molly Mifsud (2019)
Member of Chambers Poppy Watson (2020)
Member of Chambers Shan Parker (2018)
Member of Chambers Sannah Dad (2019)
Door Tenant Tory Putnam (2005)
Door Tenant Jason Hughes (2009)
Door Tenant David Pugh (2008)
Door Tenant Nicola Bowker (2012)
JP Schulz : Senior Clerk :
Nia Caruana-Davies : 1st Junior Clerk :
Sophie Lanzoni : Clerk :
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
Charter Institute of Arbitrators CIArb

COMPANY/FIRM: Biscoes Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Derek Marshall is a specialist in dispute resolution matters including commercial disputes, chancery and contested wills and probate disputes. I would not hesitate in recommending Derek to colleagues and fellow professionals as an advocate or indeed as a mediator.

COMPANY/FIRM: Tracy Morris
TESTIMONIAL: Tahina Akther is very impressive in the court room and had the Claimant pulled to pieces with minutes. We obviously won the case against us and cannot praise her performance enough. She is one very professional lady and we would recommend her to anyone.

TESTIMONIAL: I am always utterly impressed with how bright, engaging and hard working Anthony Hand is. I am also always astounded with his knowledge of the law. Mr Hand is the first choice for Social Workers because of his excellent advocacy skills

TESTIMONIAL: I tend to instruct Carol Davies on contentious probate and inheritance act claims or disputes with trustees. She uses her abilities as an advocate and mediator to resolve cases and where possible reach sensible outcomes and avoiding the risks and costs of a trial. I would not hesitate in recommending Carol to colleagues and fellow