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UK-Bar Guide

Family/Matrimonial — Midlands (Bar)

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
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."

SILKS 

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."

JUNIORS 

Stephanie Brown 
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."

Michele Friel
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."

Richard Hadley
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."

Christopher James 
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."

Ashley Wynne 
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."

Victoria Clifford 
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."

Kirsty Gallacher 
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.

Orla Grant 
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.

Anne Smallwood
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." 

Juliet Allen 
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."

Kristina Brown 
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.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 
St Ives Chambers continues to excel in all aspects of family law, with its barristers leading the way in children matters and family finance cases. While the team remains particularly noteworthy for the breadth of its public and private children work, it does regularly take on high-value matrimonial finance cases, many of which have specialist elements to them such as international assets or offshore trusts. Market commentators praise the clerking as efficient, approachable and organised. 

Client service: "The team has a variety of experience and a breadth of knowledge. Both clerks and counsel are helpful and accommodating." The clerking is led by chambers director Jackie Maskew, with Sarah Robinson and Clare Radburn heading the family teams.

SILKS 

Jeremy Weston QC
Head of chambers and a brilliant family silk who focuses exclusively on children matters. His caseload includes the most complex care cases, including sexual abuse, serious injuries and fatalities. Sources cite his excellent bedside manner and preparation for cases.
Strengths: "Specialist children's counsel, highly regarded and tactically astute." "Jeremy is approachable, easy to work with, affable with the client and gives good advice."

Elizabeth Isaacs QCImpressive silk with an excellent reputation in complex care proceedings that is reinforced by her former career in child protection social work. She is regularly instructed in cases involving death or serious injury, and also handles the more intricate aspects of private law such as surrogacy and same-sex parenting issues.
Strengths: "We worked very closely as a team, she is competent and approachable." "She is just really, really excellent and very nice."

JUNIORS 

Jayne Mullen 
Leading family junior focused on high-value matrimonial finance cases, with notable experience in issues concerning complex pensions and business accounts. Of late, her work has focused on large divorce settlements that often involve complex financial structures and division of assets.
Strengths: "Arguably the leading ancillary relief barrister in the West Midlands. A wonderfully calm and collected manner coupled with a keen mind and formidable approach to advocacy." "A very experienced, capable barrister. Excellent on financial dispute cases."

Nicholas Starks 
An excellent advocate who continues to impress with his detailed approach to cases and thorough preparation. He largely focuses on multifaceted financial provision cases arising from divorce as well as under TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications and the Civil Partnership Act. He is regularly instructed on disputes of a high-value and complex nature.
Strengths: "His legal knowledge is second to none on financial matters, he is very experienced in ancillary relief and achieves excellent results." "Outstanding attention to detail and excellent case preparation. He has strong strategic skills when looking at cases and communicates well with both solicitor and lay client."

Nina Bache 
Child law specialist and experienced advocate who receives instructions in public and private law cases that regularly involve severe abuse. She has a particular interest in representing children, although she also works with parents, guardians and local authorities, and is known for taking on cases that concern particularly vulnerable parties.
Strengths: "Excellent client manner, a hard-working and perceptive advocate." "Extremely thorough in her preparation of cases and analysis of reports. A confident and able advocate."

Ann Chavasse 
Well-regarded practitioner focused on care and adoption cases, who frequently undertakes matters involving physical and sexual abuse or neglect. She has gained significant expertise in matters involving complex medical evidence, serious injuries and infant death.
Strengths: "Ann is a very knowledgeable and passionate advocate." "Very robust in representing parents in difficult care matters. In the face of adversity she copes extremely well."

Andrew Day 
Noted by sources for his meticulous approach and attention to detail, he maintains a strong reputation for financial and property disputes. He has notable experience handling cases with onshore and offshore trust assets, businesses and pensions, and those arising from criminal confiscation proceedings.
Strengths: "Andrew is very knowledgeable, strategic and a good negotiator." "His detailed preparation is second to none on finance, he is reassuring to clients with a real desire to achieve the best outcome."

Tracy Lakin
A Children Act specialist, representing local authorities, guardians, parents and children in public and private childcare proceedings. Past cases have included aspects such as shaken baby syndrome, sexual abuse and chronic neglect.
Strengths: "Excellent, really hard-working and someone with a great eye for detail. Good with vulnerable clients."

Matthew Maynard 
Represents parents, local authorities and children in complicated care proceedings, which often concern severe non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and child death. Also noted for his private law practice, which has a particular slant towards surrogacy matters and international movement of children.
Strengths: "Very robust, no nonsense and straight-talking." "Good on his feet but also caring with wonderful client skills." 

Sarah Pritchard 
Junior barrister with an excellent childcare practice encompassing both public and private law issues. She has extensive experience handling cases that entail elements such as factitious illness, serious head injuries and child fatality.
Strengths: "Excels in her profession, has a keen eye for detail, is an excellent advocate and is approachable." "She's excellent in court, very impressive indeed."

Gregory Rogers 
Focuses on childcare work and, of late, has handled many cases of severe non-accidental injury. His practice also includes family financial matters.
Strengths: "Excellent advocate, very diplomatic and good with clients. A well-respected barrister in court."

Charmian Jackson
Continues to impress interviewees as a standout up-and-comer, with a practice that encompasses public and private family law. Lately, she has gained particular experience in handling financial remedies cases which involve individuals with disabilities, debt and state benefits considerations.
Strengths: "A rising star who is not only a safe pair of hands but is showing a true flair for advocacy. She is clear in her advice to clients and has confidence when articulating her case before the court." 

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 
Eminent family law team with a wide breadth of expertise in public and private law matters. The children law specialists have extensive experience of complex proceedings, from severe care cases to adoption and international child abduction. The financial remedies team also distinguishes itself by having impressive knowledge of issues such as pension arrangements, foreign assets, trusts of land and inheritance. Sources commend the skills the set's barristers bring to bear on the most complex cases and also praise the "standout" clerking. 

Client service: "Senior family clerk Mark Mansell is extraordinarily helpful. I know I can always get good people there." "The clerks are excellent, they are caring and hospitable. The service is second to none."

JUNIORS 

Stephen Abberley
Respected for both his undertaking of public and private children law work and complex financial proceedings, he continues to receive praise from interviewees, who highlight his impressive technical skill and analysis.
Strengths: "Stephen is very pleasant, doesn't mess about, gets on with clients and says it like it is." "He has a great track record of getting the findings he's looking for and has a very good, individual style of advocacy and client care as well."

Christopher Adams 
A well-known junior and public children law specialist who represents local authorities, parents and children in often serious and medically complex proceedings. His recent caseload has featured the most severe cases of non-accidental injury and child death, including murder cases.
Strengths: "Absolutely excellent, capable, competent and well prepared." "He is amazing, super bright, quiet and calm but makes his points well. He has everyone's respect."

Leisha Bond 
A standout financial provision practitioner, she represents clients in high-value cases, often involving complex property portfolios, businesses and large pensions. She has further experience of TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications and Children Act matters.
Strengths: "Very well prepared, good with clients and polished in her presentation." "Strong, direct and no-nonsense barrister."

Rosalyn Carter 
Renowned children law specialist with expertise covering both public and private law proceedings. Care and adoption work is a notable specialism, with matters habitually involving international elements. She also handles serious injury and child death matters, and regularly takes on cases with disputed or contradictory medical evidence.
Strengths: "Rosalyn is very good on children work, her service and commitment is second to none and she will always go the extra mile." "She's in a class of her own, she reads absolutely everything and will know everything in the bundle."

Louise McCabe
Standout practitioner specialising in high-value financial remedies, with recent cases including complexities of farming land, company assets and tax issues. Sources are full of praise for her technical ability and forensic skill set.
Strengths: "Destined for great things. A wonderful advocate, negotiator and communicator on all levels." "Gives sensible, pragmatic advice and also enjoys the detail of complex issues." 

Jonathan Nosworthy 
Highly regarded financial practitioner specialising in high net worth financial remedy claims and TOLATA cases. His broad experience encompasses overseas assets, complicated business arrangements, pensions and third-party interveners.  
Strengths: "Jonathan is exceptionally good. He is a fierce advocate but has a great bedside manner." "Excellent client manner, thorough knowledge and preparation."

Elizabeth Walker
Experienced family law advocate focusing on care and adoption proceedings. Her caseload includes the more serious aspects of public children law such as abuse allegations and fatalities.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright, very personable, really on the ball and a good strategic thinker." "She is always very well prepared and good with clients."

Francesca Fothergill
Extremely competent matrimonial finance advocate, with a significant reputation for her grasp of issues relating to farming and landed estates. She is frequently instructed in cases with complex forensic accountancy evidence and in international matters such as foreign prenuptial agreements.
Strengths: "A formidable advocate, very good with agricultural cases and very approachable." "Her practical knowledge is great and she's also very bright. She has a good brain and is good at grasping the intricacies of the case."

Yolanda Pemberton 
Junior practitioner who impresses with her work on public law cases involving induced illness, serious injuries and historic or long-standing examples of sexual abuse. Particularly experienced in representing local authorities as well as parents and guardians.
Strengths: "Very well prepared and unflappable, I have absolute confidence in her abilities."

Lucie French
Well-reputed up-and-coming junior whose family law practice encompasses a full range of matters, including public and private children work. She also has a notable interest in TOLATA and other family finance proceedings.
Strengths: "She is sensible, has good cross-examination technique and instils confidence."
Recent work: Represented the defendants in a contested TOLATA trial following the death of their mother.

John Vater QC of Harcourt Chambers
An impressive advocate who specialises in the field of children's law. He undertakes the most serious care cases such as those involving allegations of serious injury and murder. He also handles sensitive and complex private children matters.
Strengths: "He is excellent, he got to grips with the case quickly and ran it successfully. I went to him for his medical knowledge and understanding." "Excellent in medical cases, and robust."

Since publication, John Vater has joined Harcourt Chambers

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Based in Nottingham and specialising in family law, St Mary's Chambers houses a number of well-regarded tenants handling a full spectrum of cases. The team is highly skilled in financial cases involving high net worth assets and complex financial issues, including family businesses and agricultural interests. Additionally, the set's children law practitioners are frequently involved in the most complex and serious cases of injury, abuse, fabricated illness and child death. Interviewees are impressed, describing St Mary's as "a well-run chambers and definitely the go-to set in Nottingham." 

Client service: "An excellent set, the clerks are efficient and incredibly organised. As a set they present a very united front and have good leadership on all sides." Scott Baldwin is the senior clerk.

JUNIORS 

Judith Claxton 
Experienced family law practitioner, focusing exclusively on public children matters. She has extensive expertise in complex multiple injury cases, as well as those where allegations of sexual abuse have been made.
Strengths: "She is excellent, thorough and hands-on." "I really rate her very highly. If I was up against it, I would go to her."

Nigel Page 
A highly regarded financial remedy advocate, he undertakes significant high net worth matters which frequently involve multiple properties, trusts, businesses or agricultural issues. He is highlighted by sources for his strength on complex ancillary relief cases.
Strengths: "He is very thorough, good with clients and with the financial side of things." "He is excellent, his preparation is second to none." 

Beryl Gilead 
Specialises in public law children work where she deals with the most complex care matters such as severe non-accidental injury claims and cases with unusual medical aspects. She represents local authorities, parents and guardians and is often appointed to take the lead on cases as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Beryl is highly intelligent, extremely good with clients and works very hard." "She is just phenomenal, very approachable, always willing to help and happy to go the extra mile." 

Jason Reece 
Respected barrister known for undertaking complicated children work and who is also joint head of chambers. He takes on public care cases involving emotional abuse, chronic neglect or fatal injuries, as well as private law cases such as international child abduction. His practice also covers financial remedy matters.
Strengths: "He's very thorough, always well prepared and personable." "Very good bedside manner, very helpful and sensible in his outlook. Good on his feet and gives robust advice." 

Victoria Hodges 
Joint head of chambers with a broad family law practice encompassing children matters such as sexual abuse allegations, non-accidental and fictitious injuries. She also handles a range of high net worth financial cases.
Strengths: "Very enthusiastic about her work, passionate and a safe pair of hands." "Gets to grips with cases very quickly and is exceptional at cross-examination."

Gareth Jacques 
Practises in all areas of family law, with an equal ability to take on matrimonial finance matters and complicated children law disputes. He is further experienced in handling divorce cases involving large agricultural estates.
Strengths: "Gareth is really competent, very skilful and a fluent advocate." "Excellent advocacy skills and tenacious in cross-examination."

Since publication, Jason Reece has moved in-house.

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Weston QC
Head of chambers and a brilliant family silk who focuses exclusively on children matters. His caseload includes the most complex care cases, including sexual abuse, serious injuries and fatalities. Sources cite his excellent bedside manner and preparation for cases.
Strengths: "Specialist children's counsel, highly regarded and tactically astute." "Jeremy is approachable, easy to work with, affable with the client and gives good advice."

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St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Isaacs QCImpressive silk with an excellent reputation in complex care proceedings that is reinforced by her former career in child protection social work. She is regularly instructed in cases involving death or serious injury, and also handles the more intricate aspects of private law such as surrogacy and same-sex parenting issues.
Strengths: "We worked very closely as a team, she is competent and approachable." "She is just really, really excellent and very nice."

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3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth McGrath QC of 3PB Barristers 
An expert family law practitioner with a broad range of experience. In children work, she has handled cases of abduction and relocation, as well as serious injury and sexual abuse. She also takes on complex financial remedy cases concerning high net worth individuals. Strengths: "An excellent silk. Her client care skills are second to none and she is robust in the face of difficult opponents." "A brilliant tactician and outstanding negotiator."

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Harcourt Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Kingerley of The 36 Group
Highly regarded for his expert handling of complex, high-profile children law matters, both public and private. His expertise also covers assisted conception and surrogacy.
Strengths: "Excellent, Martin is a cut above the rest." "Professional, charming and helpful." 

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Abberley
Respected for both his undertaking of public and private children law work and complex financial proceedings, he continues to receive praise from interviewees, who highlight his impressive technical skill and analysis.
Strengths: "Stephen is very pleasant, doesn't mess about, gets on with clients and says it like it is." "He has a great track record of getting the findings he's looking for and has a very good, individual style of advocacy and client care as well."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Adams 
A well-known junior and public children law specialist who represents local authorities, parents and children in often serious and medically complex proceedings. His recent caseload has featured the most severe cases of non-accidental injury and child death, including murder cases.
Strengths: "Absolutely excellent, capable, competent and well prepared." "He is amazing, super bright, quiet and calm but makes his points well. He has everyone's respect."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leisha Bond 
A standout financial provision practitioner, she represents clients in high-value cases, often involving complex property portfolios, businesses and large pensions. She has further experience of TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications and Children Act matters.
Strengths: "Very well prepared, good with clients and polished in her presentation." "Strong, direct and no-nonsense barrister."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephanie Brown 
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."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rosalyn Carter 
Renowned children law specialist with expertise covering both public and private law proceedings. Care and adoption work is a notable specialism, with matters habitually involving international elements. She also handles serious injury and child death matters, and regularly takes on cases with disputed or contradictory medical evidence.
Strengths: "Rosalyn is very good on children work, her service and commitment is second to none and she will always go the extra mile." "She's in a class of her own, she reads absolutely everything and will know everything in the bundle."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michele Friel
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."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Hadley
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."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher James 
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."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louise McCabe
Standout practitioner specialising in high-value financial remedies, with recent cases including complexities of farming land, company assets and tax issues. Sources are full of praise for her technical ability and forensic skill set.
Strengths: "Destined for great things. A wonderful advocate, negotiator and communicator on all levels." "Gives sensible, pragmatic advice and also enjoys the detail of complex issues." 

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3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Vanessa Meachin of 3PB Barristers 
Prominent family law specialist with a broad practice range encompassing matrimonial finance, care, adoption and private children work. Recent cases have included serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse, as well as the death of a child.
Strengths: "Absolutely excellent, her preparation is second to none and her advocacy is excellent." "Forensic, detailed and good with clients."

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3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lawrence Messling of 3PB Barristers 
Senior junior who focuses exclusively on serious public law children cases, in which he is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents and guardians. His caseload includes complex fact-finding cases, fabricated illnesses and multi-jurisdictional aspects.
Strengths: "Lawrence is excellent, extremely courteous, unruffled and very hard-working." "Always well prepared and a lovely manner. I just think he's brilliant."

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St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jayne Mullen 
Leading family junior focused on high-value matrimonial finance cases, with notable experience in issues concerning complex pensions and business accounts. Of late, her work has focused on large divorce settlements that often involve complex financial structures and division of assets.
Strengths: "Arguably the leading ancillary relief barrister in the West Midlands. A wonderfully calm and collected manner coupled with a keen mind and formidable approach to advocacy." "A very experienced, capable barrister. Excellent on financial dispute cases."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Nosworthy 
Highly regarded financial practitioner specialising in high net worth financial remedy claims and TOLATA cases. His broad experience encompasses overseas assets, complicated business arrangements, pensions and third-party interveners.  
Strengths: "Jonathan is exceptionally good. He is a fierce advocate but has a great bedside manner." "Excellent client manner, thorough knowledge and preparation."

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St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Starks 
An excellent advocate who continues to impress with his detailed approach to cases and thorough preparation. He largely focuses on multifaceted financial provision cases arising from divorce as well as under TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications and the Civil Partnership Act. He is regularly instructed on disputes of a high-value and complex nature.
Strengths: "His legal knowledge is second to none on financial matters, he is very experienced in ancillary relief and achieves excellent results." "Outstanding attention to detail and excellent case preparation. He has strong strategic skills when looking at cases and communicates well with both solicitor and lay client."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Walker
Experienced family law advocate focusing on care and adoption proceedings. Her caseload includes the more serious aspects of public children law such as abuse allegations and fatalities.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright, very personable, really on the ball and a good strategic thinker." "She is always very well prepared and good with clients."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ashley Wynne 
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."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Juliet Allen 
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."

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St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nina Bache 
Child law specialist and experienced advocate who receives instructions in public and private law cases that regularly involve severe abuse. She has a particular interest in representing children, although she also works with parents, guardians and local authorities, and is known for taking on cases that concern particularly vulnerable parties.
Strengths: "Excellent client manner, a hard-working and perceptive advocate." "Extremely thorough in her preparation of cases and analysis of reports. A confident and able advocate."

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Band 2

The 36 Group

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrzej Bojarski of The 36 Group
Wins praise for his financial remedies practice in which he represents clients in high-value disputes. He is frequently instructed in matters involving business assets, trusts and international aspects.
Strengths: "Go-to individual for financial work. I know I can trust him and he will cut to the chase. He is brilliant with the client too." "A very accomplished advocate. Good on paper and in court."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kristina Brown 
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.

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ann Chavasse 
Well-regarded practitioner focused on care and adoption cases, who frequently undertakes matters involving physical and sexual abuse or neglect. She has gained significant expertise in matters involving complex medical evidence, serious injuries and infant death.
Strengths: "Ann is a very knowledgeable and passionate advocate." "Very robust in representing parents in difficult care matters. In the face of adversity she copes extremely well."

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Band 2

St Mary's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Judith Claxton 
Experienced family law practitioner, focusing exclusively on public children matters. She has extensive expertise in complex multiple injury cases, as well as those where allegations of sexual abuse have been made.
Strengths: "She is excellent, thorough and hands-on." "I really rate her very highly. If I was up against it, I would go to her."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Victoria Clifford 
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."

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Day 
Noted by sources for his meticulous approach and attention to detail, he maintains a strong reputation for financial and property disputes. He has notable experience handling cases with onshore and offshore trust assets, businesses and pensions, and those arising from criminal confiscation proceedings.
Strengths: "Andrew is very knowledgeable, strategic and a good negotiator." "His detailed preparation is second to none on finance, he is reassuring to clients with a real desire to achieve the best outcome."

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Band 2

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francesca Fothergill
Extremely competent matrimonial finance advocate, with a significant reputation for her grasp of issues relating to farming and landed estates. She is frequently instructed in cases with complex forensic accountancy evidence and in international matters such as foreign prenuptial agreements.
Strengths: "A formidable advocate, very good with agricultural cases and very approachable." "Her practical knowledge is great and she's also very bright. She has a good brain and is good at grasping the intricacies of the case."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kirsty Gallacher 
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.

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Band 2

St Mary's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Beryl Gilead 
Specialises in public law children work where she deals with the most complex care matters such as severe non-accidental injury claims and cases with unusual medical aspects. She represents local authorities, parents and guardians and is often appointed to take the lead on cases as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Beryl is highly intelligent, extremely good with clients and works very hard." "She is just phenomenal, very approachable, always willing to help and happy to go the extra mile." 

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Orla Grant 
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.

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Band 2

St Mary's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Victoria Hodges 
Joint head of chambers with a broad family law practice encompassing children matters such as sexual abuse allegations, non-accidental and fictitious injuries. She also handles a range of high net worth financial cases.
Strengths: "Very enthusiastic about her work, passionate and a safe pair of hands." "Gets to grips with cases very quickly and is exceptional at cross-examination."

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Band 2

The 36 Group

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Kingerley of The 36 Group
Highly regarded for his expert handling of complex, high-profile children law matters, both public and private. His expertise also covers assisted conception and surrogacy.
Strengths: "Excellent, Martin is a cut above the rest." "Professional, charming and helpful." 

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tracy Lakin
A Children Act specialist, representing local authorities, guardians, parents and children in public and private childcare proceedings. Past cases have included aspects such as shaken baby syndrome, sexual abuse and chronic neglect.
Strengths: "Excellent, really hard-working and someone with a great eye for detail. Good with vulnerable clients."

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Maynard 
Represents parents, local authorities and children in complicated care proceedings, which often concern severe non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and child death. Also noted for his private law practice, which has a particular slant towards surrogacy matters and international movement of children.
Strengths: "Very robust, no nonsense and straight-talking." "Good on his feet but also caring with wonderful client skills." 

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Band 2

St Mary's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Page 
A highly regarded financial remedy advocate, he undertakes significant high net worth matters which frequently involve multiple properties, trusts, businesses or agricultural issues. He is highlighted by sources for his strength on complex ancillary relief cases.
Strengths: "He is very thorough, good with clients and with the financial side of things." "He is excellent, his preparation is second to none." 

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Band 2

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Yolanda Pemberton 
Junior practitioner who impresses with her work on public law cases involving induced illness, serious injuries and historic or long-standing examples of sexual abuse. Particularly experienced in representing local authorities as well as parents and guardians.
Strengths: "Very well prepared and unflappable, I have absolute confidence in her abilities."

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Pritchard 
Junior barrister with an excellent childcare practice encompassing both public and private law issues. She has extensive experience handling cases that entail elements such as factitious illness, serious head injuries and child fatality.
Strengths: "Excels in her profession, has a keen eye for detail, is an excellent advocate and is approachable." "She's excellent in court, very impressive indeed."

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Band 2

Nottingham County Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jason Reece of Nottingham County Court 

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gregory Rogers 
Focuses on childcare work and, of late, has handled many cases of severe non-accidental injury. His practice also includes family financial matters.
Strengths: "Excellent advocate, very diplomatic and good with clients. A well-respected barrister in court."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anne Smallwood
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." 

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Up and Coming

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lucie French
Well-reputed up-and-coming junior whose family law practice encompasses a full range of matters, including public and private children work. She also has a notable interest in TOLATA and other family finance proceedings.
Strengths: "She is sensible, has good cross-examination technique and instils confidence."
Recent work: Represented the defendants in a contested TOLATA trial following the death of their mother.

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Up and Coming

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charmian Jackson
Continues to impress interviewees as a standout up-and-comer, with a practice that encompasses public and private family law. Lately, she has gained particular experience in handling financial remedies cases which involve individuals with disabilities, debt and state benefits considerations.
Strengths: "A rising star who is not only a safe pair of hands but is showing a true flair for advocacy. She is clear in her advice to clients and has confidence when articulating her case before the court." 

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Up and Coming

St Mary's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gareth Jacques 
Practises in all areas of family law, with an equal ability to take on matrimonial finance matters and complicated children law disputes. He is further experienced in handling divorce cases involving large agricultural estates.
Strengths: "Gareth is really competent, very skilful and a fluent advocate." "Excellent advocacy skills and tenacious in cross-examination."

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