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UK-Bar Guide

Family/Matrimonial — Midlands (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

No5 Chambers continues to excel and provide exceptional service across the spectrum of family law, with its deep bench of leading barristers consistently staying at the forefront of children and family finance law. The eminent financial remedies team is regularly instructed in cases of high-value matrimonial assets, often involving complex trust and international elements. The set is also noteworthy for the breadth of its public and private children work. Market commentators note the sheer quality of the set's barristers and report that "the clerking is very efficient."

Client service: "The level of clerking is second to none, the best that I have come across in my career." "They are very efficient and accommodating to your needs. If you can't get a particular barrister they'll sort it out. If something urgent comes in they will always come back to you and let you know if they can help." Russell Hobbs is the senior practice manager for the family group.

SILKS

Lorna Meyer QC
Exceptional silk dealing with a range of children law matters, from international adoption to complex physical and sexual abuse cases. She is noted for her expert representation of children, parents and local authorities.
Strengths: "A leader in the field." "One of the standout practitioners and a leader at the Bar."

Stefano Nuvoloni QC
A new silk 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: "He is extraordinarily helpful and collaborative." "Provides excellent client care."

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. Her caseload frequently involves disputes with significant multi-jurisdictional issues.
Strengths: "A first-rate practitioner who fights her client's corner fiercely." "She is up to date, and her paperwork is detailed and beyond compare. She's not afraid to tell me if she disagrees - she's firm but fair."

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 child law barrister working in the Midlands - my first choice every time." "Incredibly well respected by both lawyers and the judiciary. She's approachable, clear and concise, and always meticulous in her preparation."

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: "A silk in all but title. He gives clients confidence regardless of their intellect and position. Well respected by peers and the judiciary alike." "One of the very best juniors in Birmingham. The sort of person you want on your side."

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.
Strengths: "His advocacy is meticulous and he has the ability to sum up the overriding issues succinctly and persuasively. The clients feel he is approachable and are reassured by his advice." "A real specialist in financial remedy proceedings, expert in negotiations and able to remain calm under pressure."

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 robust litigator who is well versed in financial and Children Act matters." "Incredibly tenacious and a first choice for cases involving children."

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 potential future silk. She impresses with her level of preparation, judgement and ability to tackle big cases in a way that you would expect a more senior advocate to."

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 in cases with high-value assets.
Strengths: "She grasps the issues and cuts through the peripheral issues to the crux of the case on every single occasion." "A junior barrister who is tenacious and determined in the pursuit of her client's position. She is always well prepared and her attention to detail is excellent."

Anne Smallwood
A very experienced family finance practitioner specialising in ancillary relief following divorce or separation. She is regularly instructed in cases of substantial value involving corporate assets, foreign property or land and farming issues.
Strengths: "Excellent and has fantastic ability." "A highly regarded and senior advocate."

Juliet Allen
Focuses on finance-related matters, with her practice also encompassing disputes over land, inheritance and complex business arrangements. Lately, cases have included significant multi-jurisdictional elements.
Strengths: "She is absolutely excellent and even-handed. Not only does she work incredibly hard, she is an excellent advocate with an eye for detail and complexity." "She has a brilliant rapport with the clients; nothing is too much trouble for her. She is very sympathetic to the client's needs."

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: "A leading barrister in Birmingham - an excellent junior who gives London silks a run for their money." "A real fighter. If you want someone who can robustly litigate she would be your first pick - you want her to fight in your corner."

Helen Arthur
Well-regarded advocate undertaking both public and private children law matters. She places particular focus on public law proceedings and frequently represents local authorities and guardians in adoption and care proceeding cases.
Strengths: "A superb advocate, determined, knowledgeable and someone who will fight the client's corner. Thorough, approachable and will go the extra mile." "She was very good and got back to me straight away to let us know what we needed to do - she delivered an impressive level of service."

Kathryn Taylor
Practises across all aspects of family law, demonstrating an impressive ability to take on matrimonial finance disputes and complicated children law disputes. She has further experience in handling cases involving domestic abuse.
Strengths: "Really meticulous in her preparation, she kept us involved and was unafraid to make a point." "A future star I have no doubt. She is very impressive, has great advocacy skills and comes across well."

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Maintains its standing as a leading family law set, due to its experienced individuals who are able to provide a comprehensive range of family law expertise. The renowned childcare team remains a leader in the children law space, providing expert assistance on both public and private children work. Chambers also handles high-value matrimonial finance matters, often associated with complicating elements such as offshore trusts and foreign assets. An instructing solicitor reports: "They are the standout chambers in Birmingham."

Client service: "A really good set with very accommodating clerks. They will always go out of their way to provide a high level of service." "The clerks are first-rate, helpful and insightful." Sarah Robinson is the practice manager for the family team.

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.
Strengths: "Charming, able and well regarded by the judges. Reassures the client and takes the stress out of proceedings." "A leading silk."

Elizabeth Isaacs QC
Impressive 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: "A joy to work with. She is incredibly collaborative and gets the best out of the whole team. She is massively bright and has an ability to think outside of the box." "She has a superb work ethic and retains her balance, judgement and humour in stressful situations."

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: "Absolutely first-class. She can match any advocate in the country on financial remedy cases. One of the leading barristers in the country." "Has a wonderfully calm and collected manner coupled with a fine mind and a formidable approach to advocacy."

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 in disputes of a high-value and complex nature.
Strengths: "He knows his stuff and is so thorough and well prepared." "Really excellent and hugely forensic. When he gets the bit between his teeth he doesn't let go and runs with the points until he get a satisfactory conclusion."

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: "Combines compassion and empathy with a real fight and drive."

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 of handling cases with onshore and offshore trust assets, businesses and pensions, and those arising from criminal confiscation proceedings.
Strengths: "Detailed in his preparation, reassuring to clients and someone with a real desire to achieve the best outcome for the client." "Technically he is as good as anyone. He combines raw intelligence and academic ability."

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: "Superb. Her ability in cross-examination and in court leaves you in awe." "She is responsible in managing the client's expectations and her technical ability is second to none."

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: "His expertise belies his years as a barrister. He is always well prepared and able to make the most complicated of matters seem straightforward. "The next star in children law and a brilliant advocate."

Gregory Rogers
Focuses on childcare work, including cases involving severe non-accidental injury. His practice also includes family financial matters.
Strengths: "A superb barrister whose legal knowledge is brilliant. He gets to the core of the issue and fights for his clients in court." "He is a great matrimonial finance lawyer and is very good on the child law side."

Charmian Jackson
A talented advocate whose practice encompasses both public and private family law. Among other matters, she has noted experience of financial remedies cases that involve individuals with disabilities, debt and state benefits considerations.
Strengths: "She is a seriously excellent advocate who shows experience well beyond her year of qualification - a rising star." "A great barrister. Very able when it comes to family finance."

James Picken
Junior who is building a solid reputation as a calming influence and formidable advocate. Very well versed in handling public law cases involving allegations of chronic neglect or abuse. Also noted for his skilled handling of international relocation cases and disputes concerning the habitual residence of children.
Strengths: "He is softly spoken but has steel running through him; he is so effective and really impressive. "Displays fantastic attention to detail and his technical drafting is excellent."

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Band 1

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An extensive team with vast experience of representing clients in relation to all aspects of family law. It is active on a range of matrimonial finance matters and has advocates who are frequently instructed on behalf of high net worth individuals, providing impressive expertise on cases associated with issues such as pension arrangements, trusts and international assets. The childcare team is equally adept, regularly assisting on intricate public and private law matters, and proving expert in adoption and international abduction cases.

Client service: "They have a first-class clerking team led by Mark Mansell. They are always available and able to accommodate any request - really sets them apart from other chambers."

JUNIORS

Stephen Abberley
Respected for both his undertaking of public and private children law work and complex financial proceedings.
Strengths: "Highly experienced and approachable." "A highly respected individual."

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: "You will not meet a more prepared man." "Always calm, polite and in control of the situation for the client."

Leisha Bond
A standout financial provision practitioner who 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: "A robust and formidable advocate." "Very well prepared, great court manner and punches above her seniority."

Rosalyn Carter
Renowned children law specialist with expertise covering both public and private law proceedings. Care and adoption work is a notable specialism, and many of her matters involve international elements. She also handles serious injury and child death matters, and regularly takes on cases with disputed or contradictory medical evidence.
Strengths: "An exceptional advocate who is passionate about her cases and demonstrates a real commitment to ensuring that she gives a golden service while remaining honest and practical about what can be achieved." "Always gets the job done and adapts very well to the circumstances and to what is required for the client."

Louise McCabe
Standout practitioner specialising in high-value financial remedies, with impressively broad experience of cases involving matters such as farming land, company assets and tax issues.
Strengths: "She has a wonderful eye for detail and is a pugnacious and skilled advocate." "There is no case in terms of value and complexity that she cannot handle brilliantly."

Jonathan Nosworthy
Highly regarded financial practitioner specialising in high net worth financial remedy claims and TOLATA cases. His broad experience encompasses cases concerning overseas assets, complicated business arrangements, pensions and third party interveners.
Strengths: "Clearly an expert within his field of family law." "Strategically brilliant, incisive in his advice to clients and someone with a great manner."

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: "Thoroughly prepared, has a lovely manner with people and gets the issues incredibly quickly - a future judge." "She has really good judgement, is calm and unflappable, and can assimilate huge amounts of information."

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: "She's really good at building a rapport with clients, she's really bright, she has a great brain and she's good at grasping the intricacies of a 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: "An extremely effective and well-prepared advocate, who is industrious in the research and background work that she undertakes on any particular case." "Has a great eye for detail and is remarkably knowldegeable."

Lucie French
Well-reputed up-and-coming junior whose family law practice encompasses a full range of matters, including public and private children work. Her practice also covers TOLATA and other family finance proceedings.
Strengths: "A rising star at the Bar. She has poise and authority for a junior barrister and is learning quickly." "She has great client skills."

Dorian Day
An experienced advocate with a strong childcare practice, who also represents his clients in financial remedy matters. He frequently acts in matters concerning serious physical and sexual abuse.
Strengths: "He is an excellent all-rounder, who is calm under pressure and has a great manner in court." "An experienced and ferocious litigator."

Julie Moseley
A well-respected child law advocate who undertakes cases involving serious sexual allegations and complex private law matters. She has notable experience of handling cases involving sensitive children and issues of exposure to social media.
Strengths: "Absolutely expert in dealing with all manner of public child law cases." "Offers outstanding knowledge and advice."

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Nottingham-based family law specialists with a strong and deep bench of distinguished tenants capable of handling a wide range of issues. The set is especially well known for its ability in matrimonial finance work and is regularly instructed in complex financial and high net worth mandates, including cases involving family businesses and agricultural interests. The set also impresses in children law matters, and often handles the most challenging and severe cases of abuse, injury, fabricated illness and child death.

Client service: "Well-organised, helpful clerks who play a crucial role." Scott Baldwin is the set's senior clerk.

JUNIORS

Judith Claxton
Experienced family law practitioner focusing exclusively on public children law matters. She has extensive expertise in complex multiple injury cases, as well as those where allegations of sexual abuse have been made.
Strengths: "Immediately springs to mind as one of the most impressive barristers." "Her client care and case preparation are second to none. She is extremely competent in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal."

Nigel Page
A highly regarded financial remedy advocate who undertakes significant high net worth matters which often involve multiple properties, trusts, businesses or agricultural issues. He is highlighted by sources for his strength in complex ancillary relief cases.
Strengths: "Combines forensic attention to detail with an unparalleled abilty to establish and sustain client rapport." "Professional, pleasant to deal with and great on ancillary relief and settlement issues."

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: "Her delivery of legal advice and advocacy is razor-sharp yet she is unfussy and approachable." "She has very good mastery of the detail. A real standout."

Victoria Hodges
Joint head of chambers with a broad family law practice encompassing children matters such as sexual abuse allegations and non-accidental and fictitious injuries. She also handles a range of high net worth financial cases.
Strengths: "Her eloquence and wit can be deployed to convey a serious message and argue a serious point in a manner palatable to all parties. She is gracefully robust." "She is an all-rounder: professional, pleasant to deal with and great with clients."

Gareth Jacques
Practises in all areas of family law, and has 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: "Has excellent advocacy skills and is tenacious in cross-examination." "He is extremely knowledgeable on complex financial proceedings and his preparation is second to none."

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Band 1

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. She is noted for her expert representation of children, parents and local authorities.
Strengths: "A leader in the field." "One of the standout practitioners and a leader at the Bar."

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Band 1

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.
Strengths: "Charming, able and well regarded by the judges. Reassures the client and takes the stress out of proceedings." "A leading silk."

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Band 2

Elizabeth Isaacs QC

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Isaacs QC 
Impressive 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: "A joy to work with. She is incredibly collaborative and gets the best out of the whole team. She is massively bright and has an ability to think outside of the box." "She has a superb work ethic and retains her balance, judgement and humour in stressful situations."

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Band 2

Elizabeth McGrath QC

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: "A heavyweight in family proceedings, recently taken silk and a very popular advocate in the Birmingham community." "She is a strong practitioner with integrity."

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Band 2

Harcourt Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Vater QC of Harcourt Chambers
An impressive advocate who specialises in the field of children 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 law matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly committed, phenomenally bright and truly tenacious." "I never cease to be amazed at what he does; his knowledge is absolutely phenomenal."

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New Silk

Stefano Nuvoloni QC

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stefano Nuvoloni QC 
A new silk 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: "He is extraordinarily helpful and collaborative." "Provides excellent client care."

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Band 1

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.
Strengths: "Highly experienced and approachable." "A highly respected individual."

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Band 1

Christopher Adams

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: "You will not meet a more prepared man." "Always calm, polite and in control of the situation for the client."

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Band 1

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leisha Bond 
A standout financial provision practitioner who 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: "A robust and formidable advocate." "Very well prepared, great court manner and punches above her seniority."

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Band 1

Stephanie Brown

A

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. Her caseload frequently involves disputes with significant multi-jurisdictional issues.
Strengths: "A first-rate practitioner who fights her client's corner fiercely." "She is up to date, and her paperwork is detailed and beyond compare. She's not afraid to tell me if she disagrees - she's firm but fair."

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Band 1

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, and many of her matters involve international elements. She also handles serious injury and child death matters, and regularly takes on cases with disputed or contradictory medical evidence.
Strengths: "An exceptional advocate who is passionate about her cases and demonstrates a real commitment to ensuring that she gives a golden service while remaining honest and practical about what can be achieved." "Always gets the job done and adapts very well to the circumstances and to what is required for the client."

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Band 1

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 of handling cases with onshore and offshore trust assets, businesses and pensions, and those arising from criminal confiscation proceedings.
Strengths: "Detailed in his preparation, reassuring to clients and someone with a real desire to achieve the best outcome for the client." "Technically he is as good as anyone. He combines raw intelligence and academic ability."

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Band 1

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 child law barrister working in the Midlands - my first choice every time." "Incredibly well respected by both lawyers and the judiciary. She's approachable, clear and concise, and always meticulous in her preparation."

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Band 1

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: "A silk in all but title. He gives clients confidence regardless of their intellect and position. Well respected by peers and the judiciary alike." "One of the very best juniors in Birmingham. The sort of person you want on your side."

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Band 1

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: "His expertise belies his years as a barrister. He is always well prepared and able to make the most complicated of matters seem straightforward. "The next star in children law and a brilliant advocate."

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louise McCabe 
Standout practitioner specialising in high-value financial remedies, with impressively broad experience of cases involving matters such as farming land, company assets and tax issues.
Strengths: "She has a wonderful eye for detail and is a pugnacious and skilled advocate." "There is no case in terms of value and complexity that she cannot handle brilliantly."

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Vanessa Meachin

A

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 concerned serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse, as well as the death of a child.
Strengths: "A well-prepared and robust advocate, who is very client-friendly and skilled at cross-examination. Her star is in the ascendancy." "Equally excellent at matrimonial finance and child care work."

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Lawrence Messling

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: "Unflappable and smooth. He just seems to ask the right questions at the right time with unerring ease."

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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: "Absolutely first-class. She can match any advocate in the country on financial remedy cases. One of the leading barristers in the country." "Has a wonderfully calm and collected manner coupled with a fine mind and a formidable approach to advocacy."

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Jonathan Nosworthy

A

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 cases concerning overseas assets, complicated business arrangements, pensions and third party interveners.
Strengths: "Clearly an expert within his field of family law." "Strategically brilliant, incisive in his advice to clients and someone with a great manner."

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Band 1

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 in disputes of a high-value and complex nature.
Strengths: "He knows his stuff and is so thorough and well prepared." "Really excellent and hugely forensic. When he gets the bit between his teeth he doesn't let go and runs with the points until he get a satisfactory conclusion."

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Band 1

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: "Thoroughly prepared, has a lovely manner with people and gets the issues incredibly quickly - a future judge." "She has really good judgement, is calm and unflappable, and can assimilate huge amounts of information."

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Band 1

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.
Strengths: "His advocacy is meticulous and he has the ability to sum up the overriding issues succinctly and persuasively. The clients feel he is approachable and are reassured by his advice." "A real specialist in financial remedy proceedings, expert in negotiations and able to remain calm under pressure."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Juliet Allen 
Focuses on finance-related matters, with her practice also encompassing disputes over land, inheritance and complex business arrangements. Lately, cases have included significant multi-jurisdictional elements.
Strengths: "She is absolutely excellent and even-handed. Not only does she work incredibly hard, she is an excellent advocate with an eye for detail and complexity." "She has a brilliant rapport with the clients; nothing is too much trouble for her. She is very sympathetic to the client's needs."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Arthur
Well-regarded advocate undertaking both public and private children law matters. She places particular focus on public law proceedings and frequently represents local authorities and guardians in adoption and care proceeding cases.
Strengths: "A superb advocate, determined, knowledgeable and someone who will fight the client's corner. Thorough, approachable and will go the extra mile." "She was very good and got back to me straight away to let us know what we needed to do - she delivered an impressive level of service."

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Band 2

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: "Combines compassion and empathy with a real fight and drive."

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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: "A real star of his generation, who is in high demand for complex financial remedy cases due to his keen intellect and attention to detail. He takes a pragmatic but tenacious approach to his cases."

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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: "A leading barrister in Birmingham - an excellent junior who gives London silks a run for their money." "A real fighter. If you want someone who can robustly litigate she would be your first pick - you want her to fight in your corner."

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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 law matters. She has extensive expertise in complex multiple injury cases, as well as those where allegations of sexual abuse have been made.
Strengths: "Immediately springs to mind as one of the most impressive barristers." "Her client care and case preparation are second to none. She is extremely competent in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal."

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Band 2

Victoria Clifford

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 robust litigator who is well versed in financial and Children Act matters." "Incredibly tenacious and a first choice for cases involving children."

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Band 2

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dorian Day 
An experienced advocate with a strong childcare practice, who also represents his clients in financial remedy matters. He frequently acts in matters concerning serious physical and sexual abuse.
Strengths: "He is an excellent all-rounder, who is calm under pressure and has a great  manner in court." "An experienced and ferocious litigator."

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Band 2

Francesca Fothergill

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: "She's really good at building a rapport with clients, she's really bright, she has a great brain and she's good at grasping the intricacies of a 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 potential future silk. She impresses with her level of preparation, judgement and ability to tackle big cases in a way that you would expect a more senior advocate to."

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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: "Her delivery of legal advice and advocacy is razor-sharp yet she is unfussy and approachable." "She has very good mastery of the detail. A real standout."

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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 in cases with high-value assets.
Strengths: "She grasps the issues and cuts through the peripheral issues to the crux of the case on every single occasion." "A junior barrister who is tenacious and determined in the pursuit of her client's position. She is always well prepared and her attention to detail is excellent."

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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 and non-accidental and fictitious injuries. She also handles a range of high net worth financial cases.
Strengths: "Her eloquence and wit can be deployed to convey a serious message and argue a serious point in a manner palatable to all parties. She is gracefully robust." "She is an all-rounder: professional, pleasant to deal with and great with clients."

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charmian Jackson 
A talented advocate whose practice encompasses both public and private family law. Among other matters, she has noted experience of financial remedies cases that involve individuals with disabilities, debt and state benefits considerations.
Strengths: "She is a seriously excellent advocate who shows experience well beyond her year of qualification - a rising star." "A great barrister. Very able when it comes to family finance."

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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: "He has a fantastic bedside manner with clients, and is a very effective operator."

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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: "Superb. Her ability in cross-examination and in court leaves you in awe." "She is responsible in managing the client's expectations and her technical ability is second to none."

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Band 2

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julie Moseley 
A well-respected child law advocate who undertakes cases involving serious sexual allegations and complex private law matters. She has notable experience of handling cases involving sensitive children and issues of exposure to social media.
Strengths: "Absolutely expert in dealing with all manner of public child law cases." "Offers outstanding knowledge and advice."

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Band 2

St Mary's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Page 
A highly regarded financial remedy advocate who undertakes significant high net worth matters which often involve multiple properties, trusts, businesses or agricultural issues. He is highlighted by sources for his strength in complex ancillary relief cases.
Strengths: "Combines forensic attention to detail with an unparalleled abilty to establish and sustain client rapport." "Professional, pleasant to deal with and great on ancillary relief and settlement issues."

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Band 2

Yolanda Pemberton

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: "An extremely effective and well-prepared advocate, who is industrious in the research and background work that she undertakes on any particular case." "Has a great eye for detail and is remarkably knowldegeable." 

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Picken 
Junior who is building a solid reputation as a calming influence and formidable advocate. Very well versed in handling public law cases involving allegations of chronic neglect or abuse. Also noted for his skilled handling of international relocation cases and disputes concerning the habitual residence of children.
Strengths: "He is softly spoken but has steel running through him; he is so effective and really impressive. "Displays fantastic attention to detail and his technical drafting is excellent."

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gregory Rogers 
Focuses on childcare work, including cases involving severe non-accidental injury. His practice also includes family financial matters.
Strengths: "A superb barrister whose legal knowledge is brilliant. He gets to the core of the issue and fights for his clients in court." "He is a great matrimonial finance lawyer and is very good on the child law side."

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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. She is regularly instructed in cases of substantial value involving corporate assets, foreign property or land and farming issues.
Strengths: "Excellent and has fantastic ability." "A highly regarded and senior advocate."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kathryn Taylor 
Practises across all aspects of family law, demonstrating an impressive ability to take on matrimonial finance disputes and complicated children law disputes. She has further experience in handling cases involving domestic abuse.
Strengths: "Really meticulous in her preparation, she kept us involved and was unafraid to make a point." "A future star I have no doubt. She is very impressive, has great advocacy skills and comes across well."

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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. Her practice also covers TOLATA and other family finance proceedings.
Strengths: "A rising star at the Bar. She has poise and authority for a junior barrister and is learning quickly." "She has great client skills."

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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, and has 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: "Has excellent advocacy skills and is tenacious in cross-examination." "He is extremely knowledgeable on complex financial proceedings and his preparation is second to none."

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