Laura Baines > Chambers of Tracey Hennessey > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

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


Areas of practice include: Family: Care & Children   (Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings, (International) child abduction, Private law children: Contact and Residence disputes)


Before being called to the Bar, Laura had extensive experience in the areas of child protection and public family law matters as a paralegal for Lancashire County Council. In the past she has used her spare time to focus on family issues having worked with Preston Women’s Refuge and the National Centre for Domestic Violence when at Bar school. To widen her experience Laura also worked as a solicitor’s agent across the North Western Circuit for LPC for 2 years before pupillage. She continues to practice family law, particularly Public and Private and the cross over this brings with immigration law. Having practiced in the city before coming back to the Western Circuit, Laura gained large experience in immigration matters and family matters in particular dealing with matters in the High Court.



Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Immigration

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Laura BainesNo.18 Barristers Chambers

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 2

Laura BainesNo.18 Barristers ChambersA measured barrister whose cross-examination is always well-considered and appropriate to the witness she is dealing with. She has the right amount of compassion and empathy to mix with her legal mind.’

No.18 Barristers Chambers‘ members have been kept especially busy handling complex private and public children law matters. Tracey Hennessey isn’t afraid to fight for her clients in the courtroom‘ and is regularly instructed in care cases involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse. The ‘always well-preparedLaura Baines represents guardians, local authorities, parents and children across a wide spectrum of public and private family law matters. Katherine Henry‘s ‘court delivery is superb, assured and gets the court’s attention in the right way‘. Complex care proceedings involving allegations of abuse have been prominent in the caseload of the ‘practicalNigel Cholerton. Sara Chalk is a ‘bold and very conscientious advocate‘.