No5 Chambers is a set with a national reach that has a wealth of highly experienced individuals who undertake a broad spectrum of family work. The renowned matrimonial finance team is frequently instructed in high net worth cases, and also undertakes complex private and public law children matters. Sources note the team's professionalism and the clerks' helpful approach, describing No5 as an "impressive, forward-looking set."
Client service: "The clerks, led by Russell Hobbs, are very helpful and accessible. The go-to chambers in the Midlands." "The set is efficiently run, customer-friendly and good at liaising with the courts."
Lorna Meyer QC
Exceptional silk dealing with a range of children law matters, from international adoption to complex physical and sexual abuse cases. Interviewees praise her as an impressive intellectual and an excellent advocate.
Strengths: "Lorna is a reassuring presence in any case, has a good command of her material and a composed style that judges like." "A very clever, hugely conscientious lawyer who has a good rapport with both clients and judges."
Recent work: Presented an application to use High Court inherent jurisdiction to disrupt the activity of a group of men engaged in the child sexual exploitation of a teenager. The case is believed to have been the first of its kind.
Stefano Nuvoloni QC
Senior junior practising in all areas of childcare law, from cases of severe injury or fatality to the most contentious residence and relocation disputes. He has an expanding practice advising local authorities on human rights issues, and has been involved in recent ground-breaking work on the disruption of child sexual exploitation.
Strengths: "Very hard-working, fair in his representation and well prepared." "Really impressive, he was able to build up trust with a very difficult client. He really stands out."
Highly experienced and a leader in matrimonial finance cases, she is regularly instructed in high-value financial remedy work involving complex assets, such as family businesses. Of late, her caseload has featured a strong emphasis on disputes that involve multi-jurisdictional issues.
Strengths: "A first-class barrister, thorough and conscientious." "She has a wonderful combination of empathy, technical knowledge and a robust approach when needed."
A standout practitioner specialising in private law children work, she has extensive experience in issues ranging from fostering and adoption to external relocation. Sources highlight her as the go-to individual for complex children cases.
Strengths: "Michele is simply the best for complex Children Act matters. She has a wealth of knowledge and applies this in a robust and effective manner." "Spot-on with her preparation, and her cross-examination is second to none."
An impressive junior who focuses exclusively on children matters. His practice encompasses a range of the most sensitive care proceedings, with notable skill at handling complex medical evidence. He also undertakes immigration and abduction-related issues.
Strengths: "Absolutely first-class and delightful to work with. He is thorough and effective." "Really knows his stuff, good attention to detail and very meticulous. A very good advocate."
Specialist family barrister focusing on complex financial claims. He frequently undertakes high net worth cases involving family businesses, professional partnerships and pension issues, as well as disputes between unmarried couples.
Strengths: "He has a certain perspicacity which reassures clients, he feels like a safe pair of hands and is also very approachable."
A highly rated advocate focused on high-value matrimonial finance cases and cohabitee disputes. He has specialist knowledge of cases involving trusts, corporate interests and third-party claims. Sources are impressed with his in-depth technical knowledge.
Strengths: "A real specialist in financial remedy proceedings, an expert in negotiations and able to remain calm under pressure." "Personable, succinct and gives honest, pragmatic advice."
Well-regarded practitioner undertaking a broad range of family law work such as complex public and private children issues, domestic abuse injunctions and financial disputes. She often takes on cases that require careful handling of vulnerable and challenging clients.
Strengths: "A very strong and robust advocate, excellent at managing client expectations." "My first port of call for complex matters. A tough litigator who fights tooth and nail for her client."
Continuing to impress with expertise beyond her call, Kirsty Gallacher handles care matters involving the most severe abuse allegations, whether physical, sexual or emotional. Other notable areas of expertise include child abduction cases and jurisdictional issues.
Strengths: "A real rising star, Kirsty is patient with her clients and communicates well." "She is extremely prepared and thorough, gets on well with clients and always fights for them."
Recent work: Represented a mother facing all her children being placed into care.
A strong junior with a mixed practice covering both public and private children law, as well as ancillary relief and other matrimonial finance work. She regularly represents clients in cases involving examples of serious abuse, including domestic violence. In financial matters, she is often instructed on cases with high-value assets.
Strengths: "A go-to individual for children work. She is superb and very good with clients." "An excellent advocate who cuts to the chase and is good at resolving issues."
Recent work: Represented the husband in a financial remedy dispute that concerned approximately £6.6 million worth of assets.
A very experienced family finance practitioner specialising in ancillary relief following divorce or separation. Regularly instructed on cases of substantial value involving corporate assets, foreign property or land and farming issues.
Strengths: "Anne is very good, very dependable and great with clients. I have a lot of confidence in her."
Focuses on private law children work, with her practice also encompassing disputes over land, inheritance and complex business arrangements. Lately, cases have included significant multi-jurisdictional elements.
Strengths: "Extremely easy to work with, a very good advocate and very affable." "Good with her clients, robust and always clear and realistic with her advice."
An established practitioner in both public and private children law who focuses on serious cases of child abuse involving complex medical and factual evidence. She acts for parents and children as well as local authorities.
Strengths: "Smart, insightful and someone with a phenomenal work rate, she has the makings of a future silk." "She can take a case that is drifting and pin it down."
Recent work: Represented the father of an 11-year-old child whose mother asserted parental alienation and opposed any contact between father and child.