Set Profile > Fourteen > London, England

Fourteen
14 GRAY'S INN SQUARE
LONDON
WC1R 5JP
England

Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

Leading Silks

Michael Glaser QC - FourteenUnquestionably one of the best family silks at the Bar. Indefatigable and determined. Tactical and clever. Never leaves a stone unturned trying to get the best possible result for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ella Calnan - FourteenIs a barrister of exceptional ability. She is an absolute powerhouse, combining an appetite for hard work with first-rate judgement and a flair for advocacy. She possesses an huge amount of emotional intelligence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gillon Cameron - FourteenWith clients he comes across as thoughtful and measured. In court he is sharp and tenacious. I like the combination and so do clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ewan Murray - FourteenIs great to work with, is very numerate and works incredibly hard. A star in the making.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mandy Tanner - FourteenAn excellent and thorough advocate. Her intelligence is always impressive making complex matters simple. Great preparation and dialogue with solicitors in preparation for a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 4

Fourteen has a ‘good range of highly skilled barristers.’ The chambers has an ‘outstanding depth of barristers available, even at short notice and all barristers are very experienced.’ Members are equally adept at private law and public law children matters. The set's leading lights are Christopher Miller and Jay Banerji, while Ronan O’Donovan is another junior of note. The set has particular expertise in cases involving allegations of significant harm and where a local authority has become involved. Such cases include serious non-accidental injury cases, neglect as well as sexual and emotional abuse cases. Joan Connell, Henry Lamb, and Chris Stevenson are newly ranked members.

Leading Juniors

Jay Banerji - FourteenIs a class act: tactically astute, unfazed by judicial intervention, he handles witnesses with ease and is persuasive and polished in submissions. His smooth manner belies the deadly questions in cross-examination. A formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Miller - FourteenIs meticulous in his preparation and his attention to detail which is borne out in his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Joan Connell - FourteenCan be relied upon to provide a steady, strong hand in difficult cases. She is empathetic to lay clients and has an excellent manner in persuading people to do what her client wants. She is able to manage tricky clients with skill and to do so in a way that they do not feel that they are being managed.
Ranked: Tier 5
Henry Lamb - FourteenStrengths-attention to detail. He always had his eye on the ball. His preparation is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ronan O'Donovan - FourteenHas a raft of exceptional talents. His advocacy is clearly one of those talents and his skills in the courtroom are consistently impressive. He has used these skills to turn the tide on what might otherwise have appeared quite hopeless cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
Chris Stevenson - FourteenAttention for detail. Very clever. Passionate. Caring.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

Fourteen is a specialist family law set with particular strength in children law matters. In recent news, Ronan O’Donovan  and Michael Glaser QC have been elected joint heads of chambers.    

Testimonials

Clerks:

A good team. Regular communication and will always go the extra mile to find you suitable Counsel.

All the clerks are friendly and approachable and offer a very efficient service.

Always available, friendly/polite and very prompt in coming back.

I find the clerks friendly and efficient.

I have found that the clerks will go above and beyond to assist even if their set does not have Counsel available. The communication with the clerks and the service offered by them is impressive.

James Mitchell and Joe Lamb are both excellent.

Joe Lamb – very efficient.

The clerks are always helpful and try hard to find counsel to help. I feel our mutual clients are always at the forefront of their minds. Joseph Lamb is particularly helpful and knowledgeable. He always knows who will be best for the job at hand.

James Mitchell always goes the extra mile – he will resolve any problem.

The clerks are excellent. They go above and beyond to be helpful.

The clerks are exceptional at Fourteen and are ahead of their competitors. Every case that is sent to Fourteen feels valued. I know my clients will be well looked after.

The clerks are exceptionally helpful and always courteous. They respond when they say they will and often go the extra mile by doing so out of typical office hours.

The clerks are helpful and friendly, and always available. Joe Lamb and James Mitchell are particularly impressive.

The support team and clerks are brilliant. Always happy to help and easy to deal with.

Very good response times – will always offer you alternative counsel if preferred counsel is not available – and will continually review situation in case counsel does become available.

Accessible and willing to be flexible with the availability of counsel.

An excellent clerking team Fourteen is strong at all levels. Skilfully led by the formidable Michael Glaser this is a set populated by likeable, approachable and talented practitioners – particular at the junior end. Chris Stevenson stands out amongst children practitioners as technically strong with a fine reputation amongst judges.

As barristers chambers become more corporate, there is a softer more human feel to Fourteen that I and my clients like.

Clerks are also helpful, and available, and easy to talk to. Some of the best clerks we deal with.

Set:

Fourteen are a fantastic Chambers, and usually my very first call when looking to instruct counsel. There is an excellent variety of very strong barristers and fantastic up and coming young juniors. They are value for money in private instructions, and go above and beyond when instructed. They are always aware of the latest law and trends and we often ask them to come to our firm for seminars and legal updates which never disappoint.

Fourteen are a very strong set and one that we regularly instruct for financial work. The junior barristers are particularly impressive in comparison to other family law chambers, with a wide range of skills and approaches and capable advocates at every call.

Fourteen are an excellent set. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others. They have a high number of members of equally standing and strength and always offer an equally good alternative if your first choice is not available. They have recently delivered a training programme in our office which was excellent.

Fourteen chambers is known to have barristers who are competitively competent in their legal knowledge and presentation. They are well regarded within the family law environment and commands respect from those around them.

Fourteen have been my go to chambers for years. The chambers have outstanding depth of barristers available, even on short notice, and all barristers are very experienced and have the right expertise.

I have instructed Fourteen for Family work for over 2 decades; they are my chambers to go to. They have an extremely talented team of family Barristers who secure good outcomes at a reasonable price. They are also flexible on deemed fees.

The training programmes are excellent. We had one a few weeks ago which was informative, and done via Teams. It was great for team morale.

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
Joint Head of Chambers Michael Glaser QC
Joint Head of Chambers Ronan O'Donovan
Member of Chambers O'DONOVAN, Ronan (1994)
Member of Chambers GLASER QC, Michael (1998)
Member of Chambers LOWE QC, Nigel (1972) (consultant)
Member of Chambers SLOMNICKA, Barbara (1976)*
Member of Chambers MARKS, Gillian (1981)*
Member of Chambers CONNELL, Joan (1985)
Member of Chambers SHARP, David (1986)
Member of Chambers HABBOO, Camille (1987)*
Member of Chambers ROBERTS, Patricia (1988)*
Member of Chambers WILKINSON, Jonathan (1988)*
Member of Chambers EVANS, Dylan (1989)
Member of Chambers SINCLAIR, Jean-Paul (1989)
Member of Chambers SOFFA, Helen (1990)
Member of Chambers JONES, Rhys (1990)
Member of Chambers JAMES, Rachael (1992)
Member of Chambers WARD, Martin (1992)
Member of Chambers POWELL, Robin (1993)
Member of Chambers POPE, Sarah (1994)*
Member of Chambers WHITTAM, Samantha (1995)
Member of Chambers MILLER, Christopher (1998)
Member of Chambers STUART, Damian (1998)
Member of Chambers CAMERON, Gillon (2001)
Member of Chambers BANERJI, Jay (2001)
Member of Chambers SCOTT, Laura (2001)
Member of Chambers SHORT, Mandy (2003)
Member of Chambers LAMB, Henry (2004)
Member of Chambers BOUCHER-GILES, Ben (2004)
Member of Chambers SPENCER, Anna (2004)*
Member of Chambers CALNAN, Ella (2007)
Member of Chambers SINGH, Ranjit (2007)
Member of Chambers KUMAR, Camini (2008)
Member of Chambers MURRAY, Ewan (2008)
Member of Chambers MULHOLLAND, James (2008)
Member of Chambers SHAW, Jenna (2009)
Member of Chambers STEVENSON, Chris (2009)
Member of Chambers TANNER, Mandy (2009)
Member of Chambers MILLER, Victoria (2010)
Member of Chambers BAILEY-MUNROE, Sarah (2012)
Member of Chambers ROBINSON, Georgina (2013)
Member of Chambers CASSIDY, Rachael (2014)
Member of Chambers WARMOTH, Matthew (2013)
Member of Chambers GARRETT-SADLER, Grace (2013)
Member of Chambers WHELAN, Madeleine (2017)
Member of Chambers SAMARASINGHE, Gayan (2017)
Member of Chambers SMITH, Joanna (2016)
* Door tenants
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Bailey-Munroe  photo Sarah Bailey-Munroe Upon successful completion of her Law degree at Downing College, Cambridge, Sarah…
 Jay Banerji  photo Jay Banerji Jay specialises in family law. His work covers all areas of the…
 Ben Boucher-Giles  photo Ben Boucher-Giles Ben’s expertise is primarily in high-value, complex matrimonial finances cases, particularly those…
 Ella Calnan  photo Ella Calnan Ella is a specialist family law barrister with a particular expertise in…
 Gillon Cameron  photo Gillon Cameron Gillon practises in all areas of private family law with an emphasis…
 Rachael Cassidy  photo Rachael Cassidy Rachael practises in all areas of family law, accepting instructions in matrimonial…
 Joan Connell  photo Joan Connell Joan is a specialist family law practitioner. She has considerable experience of…
 Dylan Evans  photo Dylan Evans Dylan has specialised in family law for the past 20 years. His…
 Grace Garrett-Sadler  photo Grace Garrett-Sadler Grace practices in all areas of family law, with a particular focus…
 Michael Glaser  QC photo Michael Glaser  QC Michael has had another fantastic year. Successful three times in the COA…
 Rachael James  photo Rachael James Called in 1992, Rachael is a very experienced family law practitioner specialising…
 Rhys Jones  photo Rhys Jones Rhys was a solicitor for 10 years before transferring to the Bar…
 Camini Kumar  photo Camini Kumar Camini has specialised in family law since she was called to the…
 Henry Lamb  photo Henry Lamb Henry practices in all areas of family law but has a particularly…
 Victoria Miller  photo Victoria Miller Victoria’s practice covers all aspects of family law, including financial remedies, applications…
 Christopher Miller  photo Christopher Miller Christopher practices exclusively in Family Law and areas related to the breakdown…
 James Mulholland  photo James Mulholland Children Private: James is regularly instructed in complex matters and represents parents,…
 Ewan Murray  photo Ewan Murray Called to the Bar in 2008, Ewan practices exclusively in the private…
 Ronan O’Donovan photo Ronan O’Donovan Ronan is Head of Chambers at Fourteen. He is a specialist in…
 Robin Powell  photo Robin Powell
 Georgina Robinson  photo Georgina Robinson Georgina practises in all areas of family law. She accepts instructions in…
 Gayan Samarasinghe  photo Gayan Samarasinghe Gayan acts in both private and public law children proceedings. He has…
 Laura Scott  photo Laura Scott Laura practises exclusively in children and domestic violence law and has extensive…
 David Sharp  photo David Sharp Family law with an emphasis on cohabitation disputes (including the Trusts of…
 Jenna Shaw  photo Jenna Shaw Jenna has particular experience in cases relating to children, in both public…
 Mandy Short  photo Mandy Short Mandy practices in all aspects of family law including Public and Private…
 Jean-Paul Sinclair  photo Jean-Paul Sinclair An experienced practitioner, Jean-Paul accepts instructions across the range of family law…
 Ranjit Singh  photo Ranjit Singh Ranjit’s practice encompasses all areas of family law and the Court of…
 Joanna Smith  photo Joanna Smith Joanna began her tenancy at FOURTEEN in October 2019 after successful completion…
 Helen Soffa  photo Helen Soffa Helen is a family law specialist and her practice is primarily in…
 Chris Stevenson  photo Chris Stevenson Specialist practice areas: all areas of family law, including public and private…
 Damian Stuart  photo Damian Stuart Damian was called to the Bar in 2009 after a successful career…
 Mandy Tanner  photo Mandy Tanner Mandy is a private client specialist. Her particular focus is on financial…
 Martin Ward  photo Martin Ward Martin draws upon his extensive experience of not only family law but…
 Matthew Warmoth  photo Matthew Warmoth Matt practises in all areas of Family Law. He acts for a…
 Madeleine Whelan  photo Madeleine Whelan Madeleine joined FOURTEEN as a tenant after successful completion of her pupillage…
 Samantha Whittam  photo Samantha Whittam Sam is a specialist children law practitioner with over 23 years’ experience…