Set Profile > No.18 Barristers Chambers > Southampton, England

Chambers of Tracey Hennessey
No.18 Barristers Chambers
21 Carlton Crescent
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 2ET
England

Family and children law Tier 3

The family team at No.18 Barristers Chambers is made up of 'very experienced and knowledgeable' barristers that frequently act for family members, guardians, and children in all levels of the family courts. Nigel Cholerton focuses both on care and financial remedy proceedings; Laura Baines appears in interim fact finding and final hearings involving care and supervision orders, section 8 orders, and injunctions; Katherine Henry is regularly instructed to deal with sensitive cases involving vulnerable witnesses and domestic abuse; and Lee Young is noted for his experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Laura Baines - No.18 Barristers ChambersMiss Baines always has a thorough grasp of each case. She is methodical and logical in her working. Miss Baines is always happy to provide an ear and an opinion. Ms Baines is very good in communicating with clients, especially those with learning disabilities. She is extremely patient and nothing is too much trouble for her. She is well versed on the law and very knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Cholerton - No.18 Barristers ChambersMr Cholerton has the ability to adapt to quickly changing scenarios in court and argue effectively when the case takes a turn. You can have confidence knowing the case is in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Henry - No.18 Barristers ChambersKatie is an extremely talented barrister, beyond her qualified years. She offers absolutely first class service to her instructing solicitors. To her clients, she offers the vital mix of academic expertise and service in an open, friendly and practical way. She is very clear in her advice and knows when to fight and when to negotiate. She is equally tenacious in both approaches.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lee Young - No.18 Barristers ChambersLee has a very robust approach in what are often difficult or protracted matters which is his strength but may not suit every individual client. His tenacious attitude wins the confidence of clients yet he will provide a realistic opinion to manage clients expectations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Nigel Cholerton - No.18 Barristers ChambersMr Cholerton has the ability to adapt to quickly changing scenarios in court and argue effectively when the case takes a turn. You can have confidence knowing the case is in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2

Employment

'A strong, varied and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills', No.18 Barristers Chambers handles both employer and employee work across a range of sectors. Ian Wheaton represented a Southampton taxi firm in a holiday pay case involving issues of employment status, and in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former manager of the firm. Barnaby Large  represented an employer in a discrimination case where the claimant refused to provide his address; the claim was successfully rejected for that reason.

Leading Juniors

Barnaby Large - No.18 Barristers Chambers Able to adeptly hone in on the pertinent points of each case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Wheaton - No.18 Barristers Chambers He is a strong advocate of practical, common sense advice which is tied in to their huge in depth knowledge of all employment law areas.
Ranked: Tier 3

Immigration

The team at No.18 Barristers Chambers is well-versed in immigration law and represents its broad client base on a variety of complex cases, such as human rights claims and emergency High Court injunctions. The team is led by the 'knowledgeable' Laura Baines, who frequently appears in first-tier and upper tribunals in relation to immigration and asylum matters. Sarah Hirech has extensive experience dealing with immigration cases including deportation, asylum, and trafficking, and has completed cases both on behalf of appellants and respondents.

Leading Juniors

Laura Baines - No.18 Barristers ChambersStrengths - the depth of her knowledge and experience. Her thorough preparation before cons and hearings and her manner with clients and solicitors alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Hirech - No.18 Barristers Chambers Quick to understand and take on board instructions in detailed and complex cases. Sympathetic to sensitive subjects, particularly for clients with applications related to family life in the UK. Representations are concise and to the point.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

No.18 Barristers Chambers has a wide range of expertise, primarily concentrated on the full spectrum of family law, which it deploys across the south of the country from its base in Southampton.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All 3 clerks are outstanding and will go out of their way to assist even when a barrister is needed at the very last minute. I would have no hesitation in recommending the chambers.

Clerks are efficient and easy to deal with. Confirm all relevant information in a timely fashion and support.

Clerks are very attentive and will try their best to accommodate requests.

Excellent Clerks – I do not hesitate to pick up the phone and if I have any questions, I know that Mark, the Head Clerk, will be on it. Very friendly, very nice, very approachable, and will do anything to help if they can. His offer of (ongoing) assistance when I was opening my own firm, has been incredibly kind, but makes for an excellent working relationship.

Excellent, all clerks are responsive and precise.

Good, all personable and easy to contact. If there are any issues they are swift to deal with them.

I have never had a bad experience contacting No. 18 Chambers, the clerks are all knowledgeable and helpful. In particular, Mark Windebank is an excellent representative for the chambers and I sincerely hope that he continues to lead the set for many a year to come. Mark works tirelessly for the benefit of the chambers and is always on hand when required.

Mark Windebank is a strong senior clerk who does seek to go beyond to serve client’s needs if possible.

Mark Windebank is always prompt to respond, and has excellent understanding of barristers’ areas of expertise and strengths.

Mark Windebank is very easy to work with.

Mark Windebank makes exceptional efforts to forge supportive relationships with this firm and the individual Fee Earners. Often he will seek feedback to help improve services or supportive relationships, for example, recently he made contact to seek guidance on how his chambers could support Solicitors during the current Covid-19 crisis and offered competitively priced ADR services.

Mark Windebank will always go above and beyond to assist on cases. No problem is too difficult for him.

Mark Windibank always tries his best to help.

No 18’s services are exceptional.

Mark Windebank goes above and beyond to assist solicitors with their requests and is always approachable and cheerful. Fee structures are clear and there are no “hidden surprises”.

No.18 Chambers’ clerks are very prompt when responding to requests for both availability and fee quotes. Mark Windebank is particularly supportive and quick to respond to queries.

The Clerks are always keen to try and assist in finding Counsel should somebody not be available and are usually able to arrange somebody to meet a range of client budgets.

The service is excellent. Mark Windebank, in particular, is clearly an ambitious and helpful clerk, and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble. I have been very impressed by their dedication to providing a terrific service.

The service is impeccable. Nothing is too much trouble. I am able to contact the Clerks out of hours and have done so. Fee notes are turned around swiftly and they also offer regular training and lectures. The Clerks have also organised in-house training specifically at my office for our team without any fee whatsoever. the Clerks very rarely request a change of Counsel at the eleventh hour. This only ever occurs if a Barrister has gone part heard on a case.

Set:

A strong set of Chambers with a good choice of practical and technical experts willing to travel to any part of the UK. They have also provided in depth practical and technical training to our business in recent months.

A strong, varied, and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills, mind sets, and different approaches to tribunal hearings and training ranging from the broad brush to very technical.

Chambers offers a variety of courses throughout the year which are always well attended and include relevant law updates.

Chambers will always do their upmost to help facilitate continuation of counsel. The head of chambers will always take any feedback on board to improve services.

Great head clerk in Mark Windebank. Straight forward to deal with – transparency with fees.

I have found this set very approachable. They have provided excellent service, on difficult cases and at short notice.

I often use No. 18 as my ‘go to’ chambers, they will always work hard to find the right representative for the hearing and very rarely can they not find someone suitable regardless of the time constraint.

I regularly use No 18 Chambers. The Clerks are very helpful and will go to lengths to arrange cover for a hearing where necessary. The Clerks are aware of my preferred Counsel and always endeavour, wherever possible, to make those Barristers available. I specialise only in care proceedings so cannot comment upon the strength-in-depth other than to comment that there is usually Counsel available for cover. Miss Baines in particular has an expertise also in Immigration Law which is very useful when dealing with clients whose immigration status is unclear.

Mark Windebank is a superb asset to this set. He has client care at the forefront of his mind at all times and works extremely hard to maintain the solicitor/clerk relationship for his barristers.

Mark Windebank is brilliant. Flexible, practical and with a deep understanding of what a solicitor requires.

The immigration team generally are sound and reliable. I have no experience of the other teams.

No 18 as a set have very experienced and knowledgeable Barristers in all aspects of children law.

No 18 chambers are willing to go above and beyond to adapt and assist in what are often fluid instructions. They offer regular and informative training courses and promote feedback to ensure they meet the needs of their instructing solicitors and client base. No 18 are superbly competitive on pricing to ensure client’s even with moderate means have access to representation where possible.

No 18 have a good employment law team who are extremely knowledgeable and often go above and beyond for our clients.

No. 18 Chambers is an excellent chambers wide a variety of Counsel across a multitude of levels of experience and costs. Counsel and the Clerks are always friendly and keen to assist. An excellent Chambers to cover a wide arrange of clients and their needs.

No. 18 Chambers offer various training programmes and conferences across the year, which are excellent and very cost-effective. The turnout is always very popular.

No.18 Chambers offer a yearly Employment Law seminar which is very engaging and informative.

No18 has particular strength in family immigration and human rights matters: there is good crossover between family and immigration law expertise.

Number 18 has a good selection of counsel for children cases and offer regular updates by email as well as some face to face training sessions.

The chambers although a small set are outstanding. They offer a wide range of training programmes to Local practitioners. The set have a good quality mix of barristers.

The Chambers are very user friendly and response times are extremely quick.

The Chambers offer a wide range of competent barristers, they are all approachable and easy to reach.

This set are always happy to help often at short notice and will go out of their way to service their professional and lay clients.

Very good chambers, the clerks are swift and helpful.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law Tier 3

The family team at No.18 Barristers Chambers is made up of 'very experienced and knowledgeable' barristers that frequently act for family members, guardians, and children in all levels of the family courts. Nigel Cholerton focuses both on care and financial remedy proceedings; Laura Baines appears in interim fact finding and final hearings involving care and supervision orders, section 8 orders, and injunctions; Katherine Henry is regularly instructed to deal with sensitive cases involving vulnerable witnesses and domestic abuse; and Lee Young is noted for his experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Laura Baines - No.18 Barristers ChambersMiss Baines always has a thorough grasp of each case. She is methodical and logical in her working. Miss Baines is always happy to provide an ear and an opinion. Ms Baines is very good in communicating with clients, especially those with learning disabilities. She is extremely patient and nothing is too much trouble for her. She is well versed on the law and very knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Cholerton - No.18 Barristers ChambersMr Cholerton has the ability to adapt to quickly changing scenarios in court and argue effectively when the case takes a turn. You can have confidence knowing the case is in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Henry - No.18 Barristers ChambersKatie is an extremely talented barrister, beyond her qualified years. She offers absolutely first class service to her instructing solicitors. To her clients, she offers the vital mix of academic expertise and service in an open, friendly and practical way. She is very clear in her advice and knows when to fight and when to negotiate. She is equally tenacious in both approaches.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lee Young - No.18 Barristers ChambersLee has a very robust approach in what are often difficult or protracted matters which is his strength but may not suit every individual client. His tenacious attitude wins the confidence of clients yet he will provide a realistic opinion to manage clients expectations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Nigel Cholerton - No.18 Barristers ChambersMr Cholerton has the ability to adapt to quickly changing scenarios in court and argue effectively when the case takes a turn. You can have confidence knowing the case is in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

'A strong, varied and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills', No.18 Barristers Chambers handles both employer and employee work across a range of sectors. Ian Wheaton represented a Southampton taxi firm in a holiday pay case involving issues of employment status, and in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former manager of the firm. Barnaby Large  represented an employer in a discrimination case where the claimant refused to provide his address; the claim was successfully rejected for that reason.

Leading Juniors

Barnaby Large - No.18 Barristers Chambers Able to adeptly hone in on the pertinent points of each case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Wheaton - No.18 Barristers Chambers He is a strong advocate of practical, common sense advice which is tied in to their huge in depth knowledge of all employment law areas.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Immigration

The team at No.18 Barristers Chambers is well-versed in immigration law and represents its broad client base on a variety of complex cases, such as human rights claims and emergency High Court injunctions. The team is led by the 'knowledgeable' Laura Baines, who frequently appears in first-tier and upper tribunals in relation to immigration and asylum matters. Sarah Hirech has extensive experience dealing with immigration cases including deportation, asylum, and trafficking, and has completed cases both on behalf of appellants and respondents.

Leading Juniors

Laura Baines - No.18 Barristers ChambersStrengths - the depth of her knowledge and experience. Her thorough preparation before cons and hearings and her manner with clients and solicitors alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Hirech - No.18 Barristers Chambers Quick to understand and take on board instructions in detailed and complex cases. Sympathetic to sensitive subjects, particularly for clients with applications related to family life in the UK. Representations are concise and to the point.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

No.18 Barristers Chambers has a wide range of expertise, primarily concentrated on the full spectrum of family law, which it deploys across the south of the country from its base in Southampton.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All 3 clerks are outstanding and will go out of their way to assist even when a barrister is needed at the very last minute. I would have no hesitation in recommending the chambers.

Clerks are efficient and easy to deal with. Confirm all relevant information in a timely fashion and support.

Clerks are very attentive and will try their best to accommodate requests.

Excellent Clerks – I do not hesitate to pick up the phone and if I have any questions, I know that Mark, the Head Clerk, will be on it. Very friendly, very nice, very approachable, and will do anything to help if they can. His offer of (ongoing) assistance when I was opening my own firm, has been incredibly kind, but makes for an excellent working relationship.

Excellent, all clerks are responsive and precise.

Good, all personable and easy to contact. If there are any issues they are swift to deal with them.

I have never had a bad experience contacting No. 18 Chambers, the clerks are all knowledgeable and helpful. In particular, Mark Windebank is an excellent representative for the chambers and I sincerely hope that he continues to lead the set for many a year to come. Mark works tirelessly for the benefit of the chambers and is always on hand when required.

Mark Windebank is a strong senior clerk who does seek to go beyond to serve client’s needs if possible.

Mark Windebank is always prompt to respond, and has excellent understanding of barristers’ areas of expertise and strengths.

Mark Windebank is very easy to work with.

Mark Windebank makes exceptional efforts to forge supportive relationships with this firm and the individual Fee Earners. Often he will seek feedback to help improve services or supportive relationships, for example, recently he made contact to seek guidance on how his chambers could support Solicitors during the current Covid-19 crisis and offered competitively priced ADR services.

Mark Windebank will always go above and beyond to assist on cases. No problem is too difficult for him.

Mark Windibank always tries his best to help.

No 18’s services are exceptional.

Mark Windebank goes above and beyond to assist solicitors with their requests and is always approachable and cheerful. Fee structures are clear and there are no “hidden surprises”.

No.18 Chambers’ clerks are very prompt when responding to requests for both availability and fee quotes. Mark Windebank is particularly supportive and quick to respond to queries.

The Clerks are always keen to try and assist in finding Counsel should somebody not be available and are usually able to arrange somebody to meet a range of client budgets.

The service is excellent. Mark Windebank, in particular, is clearly an ambitious and helpful clerk, and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble. I have been very impressed by their dedication to providing a terrific service.

The service is impeccable. Nothing is too much trouble. I am able to contact the Clerks out of hours and have done so. Fee notes are turned around swiftly and they also offer regular training and lectures. The Clerks have also organised in-house training specifically at my office for our team without any fee whatsoever. the Clerks very rarely request a change of Counsel at the eleventh hour. This only ever occurs if a Barrister has gone part heard on a case.

Set:

A strong set of Chambers with a good choice of practical and technical experts willing to travel to any part of the UK. They have also provided in depth practical and technical training to our business in recent months.

A strong, varied, and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills, mind sets, and different approaches to tribunal hearings and training ranging from the broad brush to very technical.

Chambers offers a variety of courses throughout the year which are always well attended and include relevant law updates.

Chambers will always do their upmost to help facilitate continuation of counsel. The head of chambers will always take any feedback on board to improve services.

Great head clerk in Mark Windebank. Straight forward to deal with – transparency with fees.

I have found this set very approachable. They have provided excellent service, on difficult cases and at short notice.

I often use No. 18 as my ‘go to’ chambers, they will always work hard to find the right representative for the hearing and very rarely can they not find someone suitable regardless of the time constraint.

I regularly use No 18 Chambers. The Clerks are very helpful and will go to lengths to arrange cover for a hearing where necessary. The Clerks are aware of my preferred Counsel and always endeavour, wherever possible, to make those Barristers available. I specialise only in care proceedings so cannot comment upon the strength-in-depth other than to comment that there is usually Counsel available for cover. Miss Baines in particular has an expertise also in Immigration Law which is very useful when dealing with clients whose immigration status is unclear.

Mark Windebank is a superb asset to this set. He has client care at the forefront of his mind at all times and works extremely hard to maintain the solicitor/clerk relationship for his barristers.

Mark Windebank is brilliant. Flexible, practical and with a deep understanding of what a solicitor requires.

The immigration team generally are sound and reliable. I have no experience of the other teams.

No 18 as a set have very experienced and knowledgeable Barristers in all aspects of children law.

No 18 chambers are willing to go above and beyond to adapt and assist in what are often fluid instructions. They offer regular and informative training courses and promote feedback to ensure they meet the needs of their instructing solicitors and client base. No 18 are superbly competitive on pricing to ensure client’s even with moderate means have access to representation where possible.

No 18 have a good employment law team who are extremely knowledgeable and often go above and beyond for our clients.

No. 18 Chambers is an excellent chambers wide a variety of Counsel across a multitude of levels of experience and costs. Counsel and the Clerks are always friendly and keen to assist. An excellent Chambers to cover a wide arrange of clients and their needs.

No. 18 Chambers offer various training programmes and conferences across the year, which are excellent and very cost-effective. The turnout is always very popular.

No.18 Chambers offer a yearly Employment Law seminar which is very engaging and informative.

No18 has particular strength in family immigration and human rights matters: there is good crossover between family and immigration law expertise.

Number 18 has a good selection of counsel for children cases and offer regular updates by email as well as some face to face training sessions.

The chambers although a small set are outstanding. They offer a wide range of training programmes to Local practitioners. The set have a good quality mix of barristers.

The Chambers are very user friendly and response times are extremely quick.

The Chambers offer a wide range of competent barristers, they are all approachable and easy to reach.

This set are always happy to help often at short notice and will go out of their way to service their professional and lay clients.

Very good chambers, the clerks are swift and helpful.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Nigel Cholerton photo Nigel Cholerton Areas of practice include: Family: Finance ( Divorce & Separation, Cohabitation including…
 Gary Fawcett  photo Gary Fawcett Areas of practice include: Family: Finance ( Divorce & Separation, Cohabitation including…
 Tracey Hennessey  photo Tracey Hennessey Areas of practice include: Family: Care & Children   (Public Law / Care…
 James Vatcher  photo James Vatcher Areas of practice include: Family: Finance ( Divorce & Separation, Cohabitation including…
Mr Ian Wheaton photo Mr Ian Wheaton Areas of practice include: Employment & Discrimination , Chancery and Commercial (Trusts…
 Lee Young photo Lee Young Areas of practice include: Family: Finance ( Divorce & Separation, Cohabitation including…