Set Profile > Chambers of Victoria Hodges and Judy Claxton > Nottingham , East Midlands

Chambers of Victoria Hodges and Judy Claxton
St Mary's Chambers
East Midlands

Set overviews: England and Wales

The East Midlands’ ‘specialist family law set’, St Mary's Chambers, is ‘a well-established set of chambers with a good selection of barristers available for Children Act cases’. In early 2019, Matthew O’Grady was appointed a judge of the First-Tier Tribunal. The clerks’ room is led by the ‘totally reliable and efficient’ senior clerk Scott Baldwin. First junior Kamla Chall-Bange is ‘a delight to deal with at all times – she provides what is needed, when it is needed’. The set has a particular offering in direct access though Offices in: Nottingham


St Mary’s Chambers is a specialist family law set, particularly known for its work in complex public law cases involving serious physical and/or sexual abuse. It is also skilled at cases involving high-net-worth matrimonial financial matters.

The set: St Mary’s Chambers was originally a common law set. It has been on the same street in Nottingham since the 1940s. In 1999 it was decided that Chambers would become a specialist family law set. At the time there were no other specialist family sets outside of London and even now, nearly 15 years on, there are only two or three such sets in the country.

Through careful expansion, Chambers has gradually grown from 12 members at its creation to nearly 40 members it has today. Much of this growth has been through the recruitment and training of new tenants through a specialist family law pupillage. This has ensured that the firm offer a consistently high level of quality advocacy and advisory services to its client base.

In more recent times, individuals have cultivated niche specialisms within the family law field. The number of individuals offering such services have grown and the set now has teams of highly skilled barristers offering assistance in Islamic law (including forced marriage), Court of Protection, Inquests, unmarried couple disputes and alternative dispute resolution.

St Mary’s Chambers is based in the East Midlands, but its client base and geographical coverage span a much larger area. Barristers from St Mary’s regularly attend courts across the whole of the Midlands, South Yorkshire and the East of England, and they are not averse to travelling further afield if required.

St Mary’s Chambers combines the traditional standards of excellence of the Bar with a modern approach to the way it conducts its business. Modern methods of delivery of service ensure that clients get the type of service they want, in the way they want it, at an affordable cost. It is known for providing a highly efficient, yet personal service from a team of high quality family law specialists, who have their finger on the pulse of the current massive disruptions to the legal market.

It is one of the few sets recently appointed to the Co-operative Legal Services Family Law Panel, and was awarded the Family Law Set of the Year (Outside of London) award in the Acquisition International 2013 Legal Awards.

Types of work undertaken: The barristers provide expert advice and representation of the highest quality in all aspects of family law. They particularly offer expertise in the areas of divorce/finance and child care law. Due to recent changes to the rules governing barristers, joint instruction, Public Access and alternative dispute resolution provide clients with more choice than ever before. These services include public childcare work; adoption and special guardianship; wardship; private law work, including residence and contact disputes; permanent removal from the jurisdiction; child abduction and The Hague Convention applications; injunctive relief; divorce, nullity and judicial separation; ancillary relief; high-value financial disputes with various complexities including issues of businesses, shares, farming cases, pensions and trusts; financial disputes between unmarried/cohabiting couples and under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act; Inheritance Act and contentious probate claims; forced marriage protection orders; Court of Protection; inquests; Islamic law; and alternative dispute resolution services, including joint settlement reports, mediation and arbitration.

The set is primed to deal with increased levels of public access work as word of its availability filters through to the public, and so is ready to expand into new types of service, following client demand.


Department Name Email Telephone
Heads of Chambers Vickie Hodges
Heads of Chambers Judy Claxton
Members of Chambers PAGE, Nigel (1976)
Members of Chambers HODGES, Victoria (1980)
Members of Chambers SALMON, Kevin (1984)
Members of Chambers THIND, Anita (1988)
Members of Chambers GILEAD, Beryl (1989)
Members of Chambers MULRENNAN, Maria (1990)
Members of Chambers CLAXTON, Judy (1991)
Members of Chambers BEESE, Nicola (1998)
Members of Chambers SNELUS, James (1999)
Members of Chambers SIMPSON, Hannah (2000)
Members of Chambers McCLUSKEY, Mark (2001)
Members of Chambers GILLESPIE, Jane (2001)
Members of Chambers ARSHAD, Raffia (2002)
Members of Chambers COCKAYNE, Kerry (2002)
Members of Chambers KNOTT, Helen (2002)
Members of Chambers WREN, Andrew (2005)
Members of Chambers BEWLEY, Amanda (2005)
Members of Chambers COVINGTON, Rebecca (2006)
Members of Chambers SAMPSON, Helen (2006)
Members of Chambers WELLS, Chris (2007)
Members of Chambers JACQUES, Gareth (2007)
Members of Chambers DUNLOP, Trish (2009)
Members of Chambers O'GRADY, Matthew (2010)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Stephen (2010)
Members of Chambers FARRINGTON, Gail (2011)
Members of Chambers MANNERING, Stephen (2011)
Members of Chambers WOODS, Timothy (2013)
Members of Chambers FROST, Jennifer (2013)
Members of Chambers MARTIN, Laura (2013)
Members of Chambers DAVIS, Sara (2014)
Members of Chambers ANDERSON, Gareth (2014)
Member of Chambers MORAN, Kathryn (2015)
Member of Chambers GILBOURNE, Sue (2017)
Member of Chambers YAFAI, Miriam (2016)
Member of Chambers HAZELWOOD, Joshua (2015)
Member of Chambers THURLBY, Emily (2006)
Member of Chambers BRODIE, Mary (2015)
Members of Chambers GEEKIE QC, Charles (1985)*
Members of Chambers BICKLER QC, Simon (1988)*
Members of Chambers LEE, Jessica (2000)*
Members of Chambers *Door tenant
Scott Baldwin : Senior Clerk