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Children: Public Law Matters — London (Firms)


Bindmans LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Industry leaders in all matters relating to children law, both public and private, engaging in the most pressing current issues in this area. Houses a burgeoning matrimonial practice that acts for clients in high-value, contentious divorce proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I would unhesitatingly recommend Bindmans to anyone involved in public law children's cases. I would rank them as the one of the top firms in the country."

"They really make their clients feel like they've been fought for."

Notable practitioners

Amy Rowe is "a real specialist in international children cases" and has built a strong reputation through her work in significant public and private cases in the Supreme Court. Sources describe her as a "star of the department" and someone who is "smart, knowledgeable and seriously hard-working."

"Absolute legend" Katherine Gieve possesses an unshakable reputation in public and private children law, with sources describing her as a "long-standing player" in the industry who "you want on your side." She has historically been instrumental in law-making cases in the area and continues to advise on domestic and cross-border public law children cases.

Liz Dronfield is an associate on the team who splits her practice between complex cross-border and public law children work. Commentators note: "She is very efficient, reliable, child-centred, hard-working and approachable. Her knowledge of the law is excellent."

Department profile by Bindmans LLP

We offer a professional and sensitive approach to resolving family disputes because we understand how stressful it can be.

Our family law experts provide tailored, individual advice across a broad range of areas concerning relationships, children and international matters. The breadth of our family services means we have a wealth of experience to draw on, which informs our understanding of what are often complex and difficult situations.

We offer legal advice to help you decide the best approach for you. Whether you are entering into a legal agreement with your partner or your relationship is breaking down, our family law solicitors can work with you and offer comprehensive advice. When children are involved we are always sensitive to both their needs and yours as a parent or guardian.

Our services include:
•    Children
•    Divorce and relationship breakdown
•    Finances
•    Pre-nups and other agreements
•    Domestic abuse
•    Alternative Dispute Resolution
•    Child Abduction and International Family Law

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Creighton & Partners - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Public law specialists offering parents, guardians, children and local authorities advice on the full spectrum of complex children cases. Also handles other sensitive matters relating to family and mental health.

Notable practitioners

Louise Creighton acts for a broad clientele in sensitive adoption and care proceedings. She is known for her representation of guardians and children in non-accidental injury and abuse cases.

Tony McGovern is known for his deep experience in complex adoption and care proceedings and all related Children Act matters. He additionally acts as collaborative lawyer and mediator for families in both financial and children cases.

Emma Hall devotes her practice to childcare proceedings, mainly representing parents. She is noted for her expertise in non-accidental injury cases.

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Goodman Ray - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded children practice that handles serious cases relating to non-accidental injuries and abuse, often requiring technical medical examination. Also engaged in significant international cases in developing areas of law, including surrogacy and adoption.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm's reputation for excellence, tenacity and commitment to achieving the best for their clients is well founded and entirely accurate."

"I can't thank them enough for the guidance and support throughout what was a very stressful and emotionally draining experience."

Notable practitioners

Kevin Skinner is "a real high-flyer" and "very dynamic," with a specialism in international abduction cases. He also has a growing reputation for public law children cases. He is known in the market for his client-facing skills, with sources saying: "Clients are able to relate to him and he can build a trusting relationship very quickly."

Janet Broadley is an associate who is heavily involved in cutting-edge cross-border children matters, including cases involving jurisdictional challenges. Sources laud her, describing her as a "very bold, creative lawyer who is not afraid of pushing the boundaries of developing law."

Founding partner Peggy Ray has an outstanding reputation for her contributions to children law. She has specialism in cases involving complicated medical evidence.

Emma Sherrington is known for her representation of parents in cases involving serious allegations of abuse and fabricated illness. Her public law work includes both domestic matters and care proceedings involving more than one jurisdiction. One source describes her as "tactically astute with an excellent knowledge," adding: "She has impressed me as a focused and unflappable lawyer."

Department profile by Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray, is one of the leading children and family law firms in the UK, with a national and international reputation for its work in children and family law. Goodman Ray, offers a first-class service across the full spectrum of family law, including matrimonial finance, cohabitation, international adoption, surrogacy, child abduction, forced marriage injunctions and children law. The firm represents high-net-worth and international clients, whilst remaining committed to delivering a cutting-edge service to its legally-aided clients.

Goodman Ray’s, straightforward and innovative approach is welcomed by clients and is demonstrated by its lawyers’ involvement with other professional organisations. Clients are assured of expert representation by lawyers who will fearlessly fight their corner while sharing the firm’s child-centered ethos and promoting alternative dispute resolution where appropriate.



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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Committed public law practice representing adults and children in matters of the highest sensitivity, often involving an international element. Noted for its pro bono contributions and dedication to helping individuals receive access to justice.

Notable practitioners

Laila Bhunnoo is a key contact at the firm.

Department profile by Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

​Who we are:

At Hodge Jones & Allen, our family law specialists passionately believe that sensitivity, realism and a careful approach must come first with any family matter. We understand when it comes to family disputes – whether it is a divorce, a family breakdown, a civil partnership or problems with children – you will want answers, assurances and support through what can be a very difficult time.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Divorce and separation

  • Domestic abuse

  • Child care and adoption

  • Disputes involving children

  • Financial and property disputes

  • Same sex/alternative family matters

  • Prenuptial/post nuptial and cohabitation agreements

  • Child abduction

  • Mediation and collaborative law

  • Forced marriages and female genital mutilation orders

  • International surrogacy

Our specialist solicitors have acted for mothers, fathers, children, wives, husbands and partners in the UK, Europe and further afield. Fighting for what is right; it’s built into our DNA.Some of our reported cases include:

Chief Constable and another v YK and others [2010]  -  This case concerned a family proceeding in regards to forced marriage. 
Hertfordshire County Council v M. and Ors [2007] -The matter concerned applications for care and placement orders by the local authority in respect of one child. 

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Russell-Cooke - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Versatile, well-regarded family department representing clients in issues ranging from high-value financial disputes to serious public law children matters. Possesses noted expertise in public care and safeguarding work, including forced marriage. Also experienced handling international child relocation and adoption cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were superlative - thoughtful, considerate, knowledgeable, experienced and clever."

"They handled themselves with intelligence and legal acumen. The team did a great job, and was pragmatic and strategic about the whole thing."

Notable practitioners

James Carroll predominantly handles the financial side of matrimonial disputes, focusing on issues relating to tax and trusts. He is regarded as a "very strong tactician" who "gives first-class advice and works incredibly hard for his clients, maximising what can be achieved in a case." He is also a mediator and collaborative lawyer.

Kate Hamilton handles both financial remedy and private children proceedings for married and unmarried couples. Sources say she "is absolutely first-rate and gives no-nonsense and straightforward advice that inspires confidence," as well as being "super intelligent, quick and effective."

Fiona Read is a well-known mediator and is also trained in collaborative law methods. She advises on financial settlement and childcare arrangements in the context of relationship breakdown. She also sits as a part-time District Judge and hears private law children disputes.

Camilla Thornton covers the full spectrum of family matters, exhibiting particular expertise in collaborative law and negotiating prenuptial agreements. She is "measured and considered," according to market sources, and clients praise her for being "supportive whilst remaining pragmatic."

Samantha Little is an "extremely experienced solicitor and advocate" in the public law and international adoption space, and is considered "a real leader in this field." Market commentators say she is "a superstar care practitioner" and "an excellent tactician."

"Exceptional public lawyer" Sarah Richardson focuses on public children matters, particularly in the field of adoption, where she offers services including mediation and court advocacy. She is considered "phenomenally committed" by sources and has an "excellent grasp of the law and ensures the client understands what will happen every step of the way."

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TV Edwards LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large team offering clients support across a wide range of family issues, including nuptial agreements, ancillary relief and private law children proceedings. Exhibits notable strength in public law care work, with deep expertise in abuse and adoption cases. Remains committed to taking legal aid-funded cases.

Notable practitioners

Maud Davis possesses "great experience and expertise" in public care proceedings, representing vulnerable parents and children. She has higher rights of audience and has appeared as an advocate in the family courts.

Alison Leivesley heads the public law practice and has significant expertise in cases involving FGM, forced marriage and 'honour'-based violence. She is described as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "completely committed" and "can make really complicated law very easy for people to understand."

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Senior Statesmen

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Absolute legend" Katherine Gieve possesses an unshakable reputation in public and private children law, with sources describing her as a "long-standing player" in the industry who "you want on your side." She has historically been instrumental in law-making cases in the area and continues to advise on domestic and cross-border public law children cases.

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TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Maud Davis possesses "great experience and expertise" in public care proceedings, representing vulnerable parents and children. She has higher rights of audience and has appeared as an advocate in the family courts.

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Freemans Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Nina Hansen is an experienced lawyer who acts in the most serious of public law matters on behalf of extremely vulnerable clients. One source lauds her approach, saying: "She is charm personified and, on behalf of her clients, is forceful and immovable."

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Samantha Little is an "extremely experienced solicitor and advocate" in the public law and international adoption space, and is considered "a real leader in this field." Market commentators say she is "a superstar care practitioner" and "an excellent tactician."

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Goodman Ray

From the Chambers UK guide

Founding partner Peggy Ray has an outstanding reputation for her contributions to children law. She has specialism in cases involving complicated medical evidence.

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Venters Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

June Venters QC of Venters Solicitors is a highly regarded criminal and family silk, handling public and private family cases of the highest severity. She appears as advocate on behalf of parents and children in challenging public law cases involving sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

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Creighton & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Louise Creighton acts for a broad clientele in sensitive adoption and care proceedings. She is known for her representation of guardians and children in non-accidental injury and abuse cases.

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Dawson Cornwell

From the Chambers UK guide

Zoë Fleetwood is a recent partner at the firm specialising in public law issues where EU regulations are concerned. One impressed source comments: "She's fantastic, handles a heavy caseload really well, works incredibly hard, is really good with clients and is very impressive."

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Creighton & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Hall devotes her practice to childcare proceedings, mainly representing parents. She is noted for her expertise in non-accidental injury cases.

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TV Edwards LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Leivesley heads the public law practice and has significant expertise in cases involving FGM, forced marriage and 'honour'-based violence. She is described as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "completely committed" and "can make really complicated law very easy for people to understand."

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Creighton & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony McGovern is known for his deep experience in complex adoption and care proceedings and all related Children Act matters. He additionally acts as collaborative lawyer and mediator for families in both financial and children cases.

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

"Exceptional public lawyer" Sarah Richardson focuses on public children matters, particularly in the field of adoption, where she offers services including mediation and court advocacy. She is considered "phenomenally committed" by sources and has an "excellent grasp of the law and ensures the client understands what will happen every step of the way."

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Goodman Ray

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Sherrington is known for her representation of parents in cases involving serious allegations of abuse and fabricated illness. Her public law work includes both domestic matters and care proceedings involving more than one jurisdiction. One source describes her as "tactically astute with an excellent knowledge," adding: "She has impressed me as a focused and unflappable lawyer."

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Star Associate

Freemans Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Coyle is an associate of the firm and is considered by commentators to be "a star by any standards; one of the very best junior solicitors that exists anywhere." She handles both complex public and international matters, and sources say that "nothing passes her by."

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Star Associate

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Liz Dronfield is an associate on the team who splits her practice between complex cross-border and public law children work. Commentators note: "She is very efficient, reliable, child-centred, hard-working and approachable. Her knowledge of the law is excellent."

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