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Family/Matrimonial — Northern Ireland


Caldwell & Robinson - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Derry

What the team is known for Leading family practice advising on matters ranging from marital breakdown to relocation and international abduction. Well versed in dealing with multi-jurisdictional issues and cases involving high-value assets. Also possesses expertise on surrogacy and issues associated with adoption.

Strengths The department attracts praise for its ability to handle cross-border mandates in Ireland: "Caldwell & Robinson provide a full range of legal services north and south of the Irish border, and have sufficient knowledge of the law in both jurisdictions to work expertly between them."

Others appreciate the team's in-depth understanding of the financial complexities involved in matrimonial disputes: "They are one of the go-to firms as they can handle the whole range of financial provision as well as matters that contain more complex business issues."

Notable practitioners

Department head Karen O'Leary is roundly praised as an "excellent communicator." Sources also stress that she "inspires client confidence and excels at conflict resolution and problem solving." She specialises in private family law matters and is qualified to practise in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. She is sought out in particular for her expertise on cases involving international aspects.

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Belfast

What the team is known for Well-known team handling a range of family law issues, both matrimonial and child-related. Offers a comprehensive service to clients engaged in matrimonial disputes, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and high-value ancillary relief cases. Especially well placed to handle issues of child relocation and international child abduction.

Strengths The group's qualities are summed up by a source who says: "They are professional, efficient and ethical."

Market commentators also report: "They are very professional and good to deal with - they know their stuff."

Notable practitioners

William Cross is recognised widely as a prominent figure and leading performer in the family law space. One source says: "He is an absolute gentleman, a pleasure to deal with and very well respected - particularly on Hague Convention and relocation cases." His expertise covers divorce and financial remedy matters, as well as children's residence and contact orders. In particular, he is renowned for his in-depth knowledge of international child abduction cases.

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Edwards & Co - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Belfast

What the team is known for Well-established family law team handling divorce, ancillary relief matters and related children's law issues. Able to advise on matters involving overseas assets, agricultural assets and business interests. Adept on matters involving international aspects, including the enforcement of maintenance orders and child abduction cases.

Strengths Several interviewees highlight the quality of the firm's service: "The team are knowledgeable, focused and well resourced to ensure that no stone is left unturned, to provide the client with the best possible advice and options open to them. They provide an excellent service."

Other clients are impressed by the ability to work collectively. One says: "The team functions in a co-ordinated manner which makes it easier for me, as a client, to feel engaged and connected."

Notable practitioners

The "simply outstanding" Julie Tierney is recognised for her strong track record on divorce and ancillary relief applications. One client says: "She goes the extra distance to meet the realistic expectations of her clients. She is hard-working and exceptionally competent."

Department profile by Edwards & Co

The Edwards and Co Family and Matrimonial Department is led by Julie Tierney. https://www.chambersandpartners.com/UK/person/1558673/julie-tierney
Julie Tierney is ranked as a notable practitioner. She has expertise in Divorce and Ancillary Relief work, as well as experience in related children matters. Julie has been described by one client as having
“an approachable manner, responds quickly to queries and gives sound advice”.

The dedicated Family Law Department has outstanding expertise in Divorce and Ancillary Relief matters. We have particular expertise advising high net-worth individuals in complex matters involving assets located outside the UK and cases involving business interests and agricultural assets.

The Department also acts for clients in children’s law issues and regularly appear before all Family Courts in Northern Ireland including the High Court. Practice Head, Julie Tierney, is an accredited member of the Children (NI) Order Panel. Associate Carla Fraser advises clients on all aspects of Family Law issues affecting children to include private and Public Law Proceedings. We are also experienced in dealing with Domestic Proceedings such as Non Molestation Order and Occupation Order Proceedings.

We have key relationships with other Family and Matrimonial Lawyers throughout the UK and further afield.

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Band 1

Flynn & McGettrick

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Caldwell of Flynn & McGettrick possesses significant experience of child law matters, and is noted in particular for her experience on custody disputes. One source says: "Anne is a brilliant lawyer who is respected by all as someone who knows her stuff. She fights for her client but at the same time is sensible and is certainly someone I would look up to in family law."

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Band 1

Peden & Reid

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Crawford of Peden & Reid maintains an impressive practice with extensive expertise in financial provision disputes, often involving an international dimension. Market commentators report: "He is a very well respected and senior practitioner, primarily recognised for his ancillary relief work. He is particularly good when businesses are involved."

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Band 1

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

From the Chambers UK guide

William Cross is recognised widely as a prominent figure and leading performer in the family law space. One source says: "He is an absolute gentleman, a pleasure to deal with and very well respected - particularly on Hague Convention and relocation cases." His expertise covers divorce and financial remedy matters, as well as children's residence and contact orders. In particular, he is renowned for his in-depth knowledge of international child abduction cases.

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Band 1

Caldwell & Robinson

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Karen O'Leary is roundly praised as an "excellent communicator." Sources also stress that she "inspires client confidence and excels at conflict resolution and problem solving." She specialises in private family law matters and is qualified to practise in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. She is sought out in particular for her expertise on cases involving international aspects.

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Band 2

John Boston & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Boston of John Boston & Co is an experienced matrimonial lawyer who handles complex and high-value matters. She is held in high esteem by her commentators who define her as "one of the leading ancillary relief lawyers." Another adds: "You are dealing with a professional who has the client's best interests at heart."

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Band 2

Marie-Louise Lowry

Elliott Duffy Garrett

From the Chambers UK guide

Marie-Louise Lowry of Elliott Duffy Garrett is an experienced matrimonial and commercial advocate who is well versed in issues arising from separations including high-value financial disputes involving commercial assets.

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Band 2

King & Gowdy

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Reid of King & Gowdy is "a great guy who stands up for his client and is someone you can do business with," according to market commentators. He represents clients both in ancillary relief and child law proceedings.

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Band 2

Edwards & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

The "simply outstanding" Julie Tierney is recognised for her strong track record on divorce and ancillary relief applications. One client says: "She goes the extra distance to meet the realistic expectations of her clients. She is hard-working and exceptionally competent."

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Band 2

Thompsons Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Willis of Thompsons Solicitors is a well-regarded family law specialist. He advises on all aspects of matrimonial breakdown, including ancillary relief and orders relating to children.

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Associates to watch

Millar McCall Wylie

From the Chambers UK guide

Julie Byers of Millar McCall Wylie regularly handles cases involving the division of substantial matrimonial assets, in particular she has a strong track record on matters complicated by commercial and business interests. She also has extensive experience of child abduction cases.

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