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KCH Garden Square

Midland Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence Tier 2

In Nottingham and Leicester, KCH Garden Square’s team has a solid track record in representing parents, guardians, and local authorities across a wide range of children’s law matters, including care, adoption, placement, contact, residence, relocation, parental alienation and deprivation of liberty. Moira Ashton-Walsh handles a broad spectrum of public and private law cases involving child arrangements, parental alienation and welfare findings. James Cleary‘s expertise in public children’s law matters includes handling cases involving serious violence against children, sexual abuse and fabricated or induced illnesses.

Midland Circuit > Social housing Tier 2

KCH Garden Square is home to a ‘wide range of knowledgeable and approachable’ barristers. Oliver Nunn is ‘extremely knowledgeable in this area’ and specialises in injunctions, committals and closure orders on behalf of local authorities. Tom Russell has a ‘very pragmatic approach’ and regularly appears in property litigation cases before the High Court and County Courts. Rising star Ben Chapman is ‘always well-prepared with great attention to detail’, and successfully secured an anti-social behaviour injunction for a housing group.

Rising stars

Ben ChapmanKCH Garden Square ‘Ben has excellent communication skills. He is prompt, clear, accurate and helpful. He has a lovely, calm and reassuring manner with clients. He inspires the utmost confidence that he has read everything and is on top of their case.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Oliver NunnKCH Garden Square ‘Oliver has excellent attention to detail and can be relied upon to give clear, concise and sound advice. He is a competent advocate who strives to achieve the best possible outcome.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Russell – KCH Garden Square ‘Tom is a commercially astute barrister who takes a very practical approach to litigation. His advice is clear and concise.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1


‘The clerks are extremely helpful and responsive both via email and telephone. In particular, Stuart Walker will go out of his way to assist in any way he can.’

‘Stuart Walker is brilliant – always responsive and helpful.’

‘KCH Garden Square is a strong set with very helpful clerks who go above and beyond.’

‘KCH Garden Square offers a wide variety of skilled barristers across all levels of seniority. All counsel are approachable.’

Work highlights

KCH Garden Square is a multi disciplinary set that offers a specialist service within the areas of crime, civil and family law. With offices located at Nottingham and Leicester it is suitably based to serve court centres throughout the Midlands and often beyond.

Client wise, chambers still continues to support a vast array of customers. These include the CPS, local authorities in respect of childcare/public law work as well as within civil law matters and private client work. Chambers retains a proud loyalty towards local firms who have instructed for many years and can boast an impressive instruction retention rate in this respect. This awareness of strong client relationships is fundamental to how it operates, meeting clients’ needs and providing consistent excellence, from initial instruction until the completion of the case and beyond. In recent times chambers has seen a rise in instruction for more complex and led cases. In addition, many members are direct access qualified meaning that chambers can also expand services and offer access to counsel to members of the public directly.

Chambers is proud of its reputation for outstanding service and excellence in all areas of advocacy and stands by its motto of ‘Clear, Compelling and Approachable’ With over 70 tenants, chambers can boast some of the most reputable and experienced advocates throughout the Midlands and includes Recorders and Deputy District Judges within its ranks.

Members are actively involved in writing academic articles and some members have had publications. Furthermore, some members are involved in lecturing law at a local university and this remains of significant value to chambers whilst also enhancing its links to the local law community. In more recent times, in addition to being one of the first chambers to develop bespoke remote hearing hubs, chambers has invested in its education of future barristers by successfully piloting a ‘virtual mini pupillage scheme’ which takes place over the course of one day where potential future counsel can attended virtually and go through various workshops and ask questions of the panel. Additionally, chambers continues to put forward lectures, articles, workshops and other training events, both in-house as well as externally. Chambers remains committed to training it’s junior members,  offers CPD sessions and has recently been successful in becoming a registered AETO provider. Chambers remains active on circuit, and has regularly been successful in having members appointed to the  post of Assistant Circuit Junior (Family)

On the staffing front, Chambers is run in a  unique fashion, in that there are two practice directors, one for crime and one for civil and family, who together with chambers’ chief operating officer form the chambers staff management team. The staff management team is very well supported by the two practice management teams with years of experience in their relevant fields as well as administration staff. This is a modern and progressive approach that has served chambers well for a number of years in what has been an ever changing and challenging legal landscape.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Operating Officer Hannah Scothern hscothern@kchgardensquare.co.uk 0115 8532304
Practice Director - Crime Anthony Krogulec akrogulec@kchgardensquare.co.uk 0115 8532308
Practice Director - Civil and Family Stuart Walker swalker@kchgardensquare.co.uk 0115 8532312
Head of Chambers Jeremy Janes jjanes@kchgardensquare.co.uk 0115 941 8851
Head of Crime Hal Ewing hewing@kchgardensquare.co.uk 0115 941 8851
Head of Civil and Family Steven Veitch sveitch@kchgardensquare.co.uk 0115 941 8851