Set Profile > Fourteen > London, England


Children law (including public and private law) Tier 4

Fourteen ‘provides value for money, has strength in depth, and always has good counsel available to assist'. Clients particularly rate the set's 'really strong group of juniors’. Chambers has an excellent reputation for its work in public and private law children proceedings and is regularly involved in cases with an international dimension (‘It has many able barristers who are a safe pair of hands and who are well able to deal with routine public law cases as well as those that are more challenging’). Members also have experience in cases where there are allegations of significant harm and where a local authority has become involved.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Miller - FourteenIs committed to client care of the highest standard- he is meticulous in his preparation and his attention to detail which is borne out in his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jay Banerji - FourteenIs counsel of choice for many solicitors who value his polished advocacy and exceptional client-handling skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ronan O'Donovan - FourteenIs a really strong advocate who always inspires confidence in my clients and is always well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘impressive14 GRAY'S INN SQUARE is for some the ‘first port of call’ when looking for specialists in the area of public and private family law as well as ‘value for money’. Solicitors note the set ‘offers good juniors for mid- to high-net-worth matters’ who are ‘safe pairs of hands’ and ‘are very capable of dealing with complex children matters’. ‘I have full confidence in them to represent my clients,’ said one source. Early in 2019, Camini Kumar joined chambers. The ‘first-rate’ clerking team is led by practice director J-P Schulz and senior practice manager James Mitchell, who ‘are real assets to the set and are always prepared to go the extra mile to assist’. Practice manager Joe Lamb is ‘fantastic, down to earth and a really integral part to chambers. He is always helpful and friendly, no matter how busy he is’. ‘The clerks are helpful and diligent, always keen to help where they can to make counsel available if possible. There is no evidence of cases being "bounced" to enable more lucrative cases to be prioritised. There is a real attempt at continuity of counsel, and where that isn’t possible, the clerks are clear why and endeavour to reach an acceptable solution.’ Offices in: London

The set: Fourteen is a leading family law set with a national reputation for excellence. We are a dynamic and forward-thinking set of chambers and offer an approach that is both specialist and personalised. Members of Chambers have appeared in many leading ases in recent years, including cases that have attracted the attention of the national media. FOURTEEN have occupied a prominent position in the legal marketplace for many years and are increasingly recognised for excellence in the legal directories.

Types of work undertaken: With dedicated practice teams in family finance,  children law, the Court of Protection and international family law, our barristers provide specialist representation and advice. FOURTEEN also offers a range of dispute resolution services, including mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation.

Family finance: FOURTEEN provides first-rate specialist advice and representation in all claims relating to family finances, including: the financial consequences of the breakdown of marriages and civil partnerships, financial provision following divorce overseas, property disputes between cohabitees, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and separation agreements, financial provision for children and Inheritance Act disputes. Whehter brought pursuant to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, the Child Support Act 1991 or the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, we have the expertise to advise and represent at every stage of proceedings.

Children private law: FOURTEEN has been at the forefront of the development of private law disputes relating to children for many years, including in the areas of alternative family structures and surrogacy. Our barristers appear at all levels of court, including cases before the Supreme Court. We represent parents, step-parents, grandparents and other family memebrs as well as children. We are regularly instructed in cases involving disputes over child arrangements – where a child lives and with whom (s)he spends time – including where a parent seeks to relocate with the child within this jurisdiction and abroad. FOURTEEN provide assistance in applications for Specific Issue Orders regarding a child’s name, choice of school and medical treatment, and in the discrete areas of private law adoption, forced marriage, surrogacy, fertility and same sex parenting. We have particular experience acting in cases where there are allegations of significant harm and where a local authority has become involved.

Children public law: FOURTEEN has a national reputation for its expertise in public law proceedings. Our barristers have acted in many of the landmark cases, regularly appearing at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. We act in care proceedings, adoption matters, special guardianship applications and in judicial review cases and the barristers represent not only parents, children and local authorities but also adopters, foster parents and other interveners or interested parties. FOURTEEN provides the highest quality of representation and legal advice. We are experts in cases involcing non-accidental injury, factitious illness, neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Our public law barristers are also experienced in representing vulnerable clients with mental health and/or learning difficulties. We have considerable experience in representing professional bodies such as CAFCASS, NYAS and the Official Solicitor in the more complex cases that arise in this area.

Increasingly, we are being instructed in public law areas with an international focus, including international adoptions and matters involving the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, we are often instructed in relation to the growing number of cases involving alleged radicalisation of children, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Court of Protection: FOURTEEN appear frequently in the Court of Protection, both in health and welfare cases and in matters pertaining to property and financial affairs. In addition, we often appear in cases brought under of involving the Mental Health Act 1983 and undertake advisory work and provide representation in the field of community care law.

International: The international family law team has extensive experience dealing with cross-border disputes involving the movement of children, jurisdictional conflicts, international family finance, forced marriage and ‘stranded spouses’ cases. Our barristers regularly appear in cases involving international assets, on- and off-shore trusts, companies and partnerships and cases with the need for injunctive relief and enforcement action. The barristers are regularly instructed in cases involving child abduction and relocation as well as claims following a foreign marriage or divorce, international adoption (within the context of both private law and public law proceedings) and forced marriage and surrogacy cases.

Administration: FOURTEEN have a team a very experienced clerks who together bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the cases Chambers undertakes enabling them to provide an exemplary service to users of Chambers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of chambers Ronan O'Donovan
Practice Director J-P Schulz
Members of Chambers O'DONOVAN, Ronan (1994)
Members of Chambers GLASER QC, Michael (1998)
Members of Chambers LOWE QC, Nigel (1972) (consultant)
Members of Chambers SLOMNICKA, Barbara (1976)*
Members of Chambers MARKS, Gillian (1981)*
Members of Chambers CONNELL, Joan (1985)
Members of Chambers SHARP, David (1986)
Members of Chambers HABBOO, Camille (1987)*
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Patricia (1988)*
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Jonathan (1988)*
Members of Chambers EVANS, Dylan (1989)
Members of Chambers SINCLAIR, Jean-Paul (1989)
Members of Chambers SOFFA, Helen (1990)
Members of Chambers JONES, Rhys (1990)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Rachael (1992)
Members of Chambers WARD, Martin (1992)
Members of Chambers POWELL, Robin (1993)
Members of Chambers POPE, Sarah (1994)*
Members of Chambers WHITTAM, Samantha (1995)
Members of Chambers MILLER, Christopher (1998)
Members of Chambers STUART, Damian (1998)
Members of Chambers CAMERON, Gillon (2001)
Members of Chambers BANERJI, Jay (2001)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Laura (2001)
Members of Chambers SHORT, Mandy (2003)
Members of Chambers LAMB, Henry (2004)
Members of Chambers BOUCHER-GILES, Ben (2004)
Members of Chambers SPENCER, Anna (2004)*
Members of Chambers CALNAN, Ella (2007)
Members of Chambers SINGH, Ranjit (2007)
Members of Chambers KUMAR, Camini (2008)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Ewan (2008)
Members of Chambers MULHOLLAND, James (2008)
Members of Chambers SHAW, Jenna (2009)
Members of Chambers STEVENSON, Chris (2009)
Members of Chambers TANNER, Mandy (2009)
Members of Chambers MILLER, Victoria (2010)
Member of Chambers BAILEY-MUNROE, Sarah (2012)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Georgina (2013)
Members of Chambers CASSIDY, Rachael (2014)
Members of Chambers WARMOTH, Matthew (2013)
Member of Chambers GARRETT-SADLER, Grace (2013)
Members of Chambers WHELAN, Madeleine (2017)
Members of Chambers SAMARASINGHE, Gayan (2017)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Joanna (2016)
Members of Chambers * Door tenants
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