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UK-Bar Guide

Family/Matrimonial — Western (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Albion Chambers is a Bristol mainstay for family law, with a strong and deep bench capable of taking on a wide range of matters. The set is especially well known for its work in matrimonial finance, with members regularly handling cases that include highly complex elements such as businesses, pensions, farming and trusts. It also has a number of children law specialists active in the public and private spheres.

Client service: Michael Harding is the set's senior family clerk.

SILKS

Charles Hyde QC
Head of chambers who has over 25 years' experience acting for clients in complex matrimonial finance disputes, and is also able to advise on private children cases. Known particularly for his pragmatism, he is described by more than one source as a "class act."
Strengths: "He prepares meticulously, is responsive to work with and has an excellent client manner." "Expert in high net worth financial matters, well liked by clients, a very smooth operator."

JUNIORS

Deborah Dinan-Hayward
Best known for her financial remedy work, with experience representing high net worth clients and a knack for cases involving overseas assets and interests. In addition to handling litigation, she is also able to guide clients through ADR.
Strengths: "Deborah has an excellent manner with clients, instilling in them confidence and reassurance that they are in safe hands." "Great rapport with nervous or uncertain clients, and a no-nonsense approach in court."

Daniel Leafe
Widely respected for his expert handling of complex financial disputes, Daniel Leafe focuses on cohabitation and matrimonial finance issues. He wins warm praise for the strength of his advocacy and ability to "think outside the box."
Strengths: "A determined and skilled advocate with a vast knowledge of case law." "He is always thoroughly prepared and has a stylish approach to his advocacy that impresses clients and solicitors alike."

Nicholas Sproull
Junior who is highly experienced in acting for high net worth individuals on financial remedy matters. He also has considerable expertise on associated cross-border issues.
Strengths: "Amazing advocate, incredibly approachable for clients." "Excellent with clients and a joy to watch in court. His attention to detail is second to none and he never fails to impress."

Stephen Roberts
Maintains a diverse practice, frequently advising on ancillary relief matters, and also able to take on complex public children law work. He is experienced at handling cases involving serious neglect, sexual assault and complicated care issues.
Strengths: "Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and an exceptional advocate. He is respected by opponents and earns the trust of clients. He handles cases in a very professional and client-focused manner."

Sarah Pope
Often acts for guardians on public children law cases. She has experience in a wide variety of issues, including FGM, international relocation, child death and sexual abuse.

Hayley Griffiths
Has over two decades of experience advising on a range of children law work, acting for children, parents and local authorities in public and private matters. She is especially well known for her work on cases involving complex care proceedings.
Strengths: "She's a super hard-working advocate, with a really personable manner." "Hayley has a calm and professional style which is reassuring to clients."

Tanya Zabihi
Has over 25 years of experience representing parents, guardians and local authorities on complicated children matters. She has expertise in care proceedings, especially where the children have special educational needs.
Strengths: "Very tenacious and good on complex cases." "Really good with clients and a very robust, strong advocate."

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Band 1

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An extensive team with vast experience representing clients on all aspects of family law. It is active on a range of matrimonial finance matters, and has members who are regularly instructed in cases concerning high net worth individuals and complicated financial arrangements or cross-border interests. The set also takes on public and private children law cases, and is adept at handling issues such as sexual abuse, abduction as well as applications for adoption and placement orders.

Client service: "Responsive in returning calls and offer a really good service." "I continue to be impressed by their clerks." Tony Atkins is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Leslie Samuels QC
Advises on the full range of family law issues, representing clients in public and private children matters, as well as in matrimonial finance cases. He is able to oversee ADR procedures as well as handle litigation.
Strengths: "He is highly authoritative, especially when it comes to cases concerning non-accidental injury in children." "He is hard-working, conscientious and a quietly assertive advocate."

JUNIORS

Edward Boydell
Head of the family finance team, with over two decades' experience advising on matrimonial finance. He regularly represents high net worth clients in cases involving challenging assets such as farms, family companies and overseas trusts.
Strengths: "Always exceptionally prepared, he is a fantastic negotiator and advocate who suits almost every client due to his versatile personality." "Excellent client-handling and thorough analytical skills."

Geoffrey Kelly
A specialist in matrimonial finance matters who is best known for working on financial remedies resulting from marriage and relationship breakdown. He also advises on disputes regarding Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
Strengths: "Geoff works very hard on his cases and is liked by clients, who feel reassured by his representation." "Always exceptionally prepared, he knows the law inside out, is a superb advocate, is very commercial in his approach and is always on hand to guide you through the process."

John Chapman
Fields a broad practice covering private child and matrimonial finance disputes. He regularly acts for high net worth individuals on complex cases involving overseas property, trusts and businesses.
Strengths: "Effective and well prepared." "He is very user-friendly, has a great manner with clients and is an excellent advocate."

Corinne Iten
Well respected for her work on complicated public children law matters, in which she represents parents, children and local authorities. She is especially experienced at taking on sexual assault and serious non-accidental injury cases.
Strengths: "Corinne Iten is an exceptional advocate orally and in written argument. She remains calm, is attentive to the client's instructions and gives clear advice." "Well respected, effective and well researched."

Annie Ward
Specialises in taking on finance disputes and is able to aid clients as a mediator as well as an advocate. She is experienced at taking on matrimonial cases involving inheritance, businesses and children issues.
Strengths: "Has an eye for detail, gives sound advice and is tenacious as an advocate." "Has a no-nonsense approach combined with pragmatic and sensible advice. She's always reassuring to anxious clients."

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A very strong Bristol-based team capable of representing clients across the full spectrum of family law matters. Offers a robust matrimonial finance practice and has also built up significant experience in private and public ADR proceedings. The set is also highly regarded for its forward-thinking approach to client service.

Client service: "A really busy set, but the clerks never leave you hanging, they always seem to be extremely organised." "Quality of clerking is very good. I think they are capable of getting the right person for the job and they work with you to make sure you get the service you want." Practice manager Luke Hodgson is in charge of the family team.

SILKS

Christopher Sharp QC
Leader of the set's family team and hugely respected for his experience of representing high net worth clients in major ancillary relief and TOLATA cases. He regularly acts in matters with an international element to them.
Strengths: "Has a keen eye for detail and an ability to grasp complicated issues with great ease." "Pre-eminent. He's been around forever. He's brilliant on the detail, very clever, very thorough, and he doesn't give up - he's a classic QC."

Kathryn Skellorn QC
Specialises in handling complicated children work in both a public and a private context. Her cases frequently concern highly sensitive and difficult issues, as well as complex medical elements. A number of them concern brain trauma, torture, sexual abuse and child death. She also regularly handles disputes regarding surrogacy and same-sex parenthood.
Strengths: "Very forensic and eloquent in court." "Tenacious, thorough and impressive."

JUNIORS

Nicholas Miller
Senior junior whose practice at the Bar is bolstered by his ten years' previous experience as a solicitor. He is highly thought of for his work in the ancillary relief sphere, representing clients in cases with complex pension, farm and company elements.
Strengths: "He's a rock on whom one can depend for any financial case." "Utterly reliable for outcomes, he always calls it right. Settles where he can, fights where he must."

Andrew Commins
Well known for representing high net worth clients on significant matrimonial finance issues, and is experienced at handling cases involving pensions, companies and trusts. In addition to his litigation practice, he also works as a mediator.
Strengths: "Clients like his straightforward and practical approach to cases." "Very calm and reasonable, and has an excellent client manner."

Susan Hunter
Head of St John's Chambers, she focuses her practice on financial remedy issues and is especially skilled at advising on cases involving third-party interests. She also acts for clients in private children cases.
Strengths: "Very analytical, forensic and user-friendly." "Her no-nonsense approach gains clients' confidence immediately."

Louise O'Neill
Highly regarded for her expertise in complex private and public children law matters, and has represented clients in international abduction, wardship and inherent jurisdiction cases.
Strengths: "She is an approachable and proactive advocate." "Really empathises with clients and brings real insight into the whole case."

Jody Atkinson
Focuses his practice on matrimonial finance issues, and is skilled at taking on inheritance and probate cases. Also active in matters related to child support.
Strengths: "Brilliant, bright, very good on child support agency work." "Very knowledgeable."

Catriona Duthie
Practises across the full spectrum of family law matters, and is best known for her work acting for clients in private and public children law matters. She is noted by sources for being a tenacious litigator.
Strengths: "Excellent and an impressive advocate."

Judi Evans
Heads the family practice group at the set, and enjoys a solid reputation for her work in the public sphere, particularly on non-accidental injury cases. She has additional experience acting as a mediator.
Strengths: "Judi Evans has a great rapport with clients and is quick on her feet."

Lucy Reed
Specialises in children work, and is able to act for clients on a wide variety of public and private cases. She regularly advises on matters involving challenging or vulnerable parties, such as parents with substance abuse or mental health issues, and children with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Strengths: "Lucy is humane, sensible and crafts her submissions with precision and insight." "Combines a massive intellect with really meticulous forensic preparation, and has enormous humanity as well."

Zoë Saunders
A junior best known for her work on cohabitation disputes, including TOLATA and Schedule 1 applications. She is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance litigation, handling cases concerning pension, insolvency and land issues.
Strengths: "She gives robust and compassionate advice, and clients love her humour and real-world approach. Her technical and commercial knowledge is excellent and she is above all practical and realistic in all matters."

Richard Norman
Acts in a wide variety of family law matters, including those concerning financial remedies following relationship breakdowns, and complicated private children cases.
Strengths: "He has great energy and an ability to absorb and distil huge amounts of information. He has a very good ability to read a case and call the right settlement offer." "Excellent, he is very measured when dealing with particularly difficult litigants in person."

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

3PB Barristers enjoys a strengthening reputation in the area of family law, and fields an experienced group with a history of acting for clients in a wide range of matters. Members are engaged on significant public and private children law cases and the set also offers a dedicated family financial and property team. In addition to its litigation prowess, 3PB is also skilled at taking clients through the process of ADR.

Client service: "The clerks are always ready and willing to help." "If there is anything that concerns me, I know I can bring it to the clerks' attention and it is dealt with discreetly and efficiently." Russell Porter is the family clerk.

JUNIORS

Rachael Goodall
Primarily works on financial remedy and TOLATA disputes, especially those arising from relationship breakdown. She is also able to advise on private children matters.
Strengths: "A great all-rounder, whose manner with clients is commendable as she is sensitive yet strong. Her advice is top class." "Offers excellent knowledge of matrimonial financial law and proceedings, thorough and prompt preparation, superior attention to detail, and great empathy with clients in difficult circumstances."

Nicola Martin
Highly thought of for her work taking on difficult childcare cases, including those involving serious injury or death. Additionally well respected for her work on matrimonial finance cases.

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Star Individuals

Christopher Sharp QC

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St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Sharp QC
Leader of the set's family team and hugely respected for his experience of representing high net worth clients in major ancillary relief and TOLATA cases. He regularly acts in matters with an international element to them.
Strengths: "Has a keen eye for detail and an ability to grasp complicated issues with great ease." "Pre-eminent. He's been around forever. He's brilliant on the detail, very clever, very thorough, and he doesn't give up - he's a classic QC."

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Band 1

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Hyde QC 
Head of chambers who has over 25 years' experience acting for clients in complex matrimonial finance disputes, and is also able to advise on private children cases. Known particularly for his pragmatism, he is described by more than one source as a "class act."
Strengths: "He prepares meticulously, is responsive to work with and has an excellent client manner." "Expert in high net worth financial matters, well liked by clients, a very smooth operator."

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Band 1

Susan Jacklin QC

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1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Susan Jacklin QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers 
Enjoys a very strong reputation for her work across the spectrum of family law. She acts for clients facing difficult financial remedy and private children matters.
Strengths: "Very approachable, her clients like her, and she distils complex legal and factual concepts in a manner they understand." "Calm, one of the most thorough people I've ever met, and someone with the most remarkable tactical brain."

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Band 2

Colleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nkumbe Ekaney QC of Colleton Chambers
Represents parents and children in public and private child law cases, with particular expertise advising on matters concerning serious non-accidental injuries. He is also experienced at handling matters that concern sexual assault, neglect and child death.
Strengths: "A children lawyer through and through." "Very well thought of."

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Band 2

Claire Wills-Goldingham QC

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Colleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Claire Wills-Goldingham QC of Colleton Chambers 
Has over 25 years' experience in family law, advising on public and private child matters including serious non-accidental injury and child death cases. She is also able to advise on high-value financial remedies involving farms and family companies. 
Strengths: "A robust and tenacious advocate who fights hard for clients." "She's excellent on complex high net worth cases."

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Band 3

Leslie Samuels QC

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leslie Samuels QC
Advises on the full range of family law issues, representing clients in public and private children matters, as well as in matrimonial finance cases. He is able to oversee ADR procedures as well as handle litigation.
Strengths: "He is highly authoritative, especially when it comes to cases concerning non-accidental injury in children." "He is hard-working, conscientious and a quietly assertive advocate."

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Band 3

Kathryn Skellorn QC

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kathryn Skellorn QC 
Specialises in handling complicated children work in both a public and a private context. Her cases frequently concern highly sensitive and difficult issues, as well as complex medical elements. A number of them concern brain trauma, torture, sexual abuse and child death. She also regularly handles disputes regarding surrogacy and same-sex parenthood.
Strengths: "Very forensic and eloquent in court." "Tenacious, thorough and impressive."

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Band 1

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Boydell 
Head of the family finance team, with over two decades' experience advising on matrimonial finance. He regularly represents high net worth clients in cases involving challenging assets such as farms, family companies and overseas trusts.
Strengths: "Always exceptionally prepared, he is a fantastic negotiator and advocate who suits almost every client due to his versatile personality." "Excellent client-handling and thorough analytical skills."

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Band 1

Deborah Dinan-Hayward

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Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Deborah Dinan-Hayward 
Best known for her financial remedy work, with experience representing high net worth clients and a knack for cases involving overseas assets and interests. In addition to handling litigation, she is also able to guide clients through ADR.
Strengths: "Deborah has an excellent manner with clients, instilling in them confidence and reassurance that they are in safe hands." "Great rapport with nervous or uncertain clients, and a no-nonsense approach in court."

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Band 1

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Leafe 
Widely respected for his expert handling of complex financial disputes, Daniel Leafe focuses on cohabitation and matrimonial finance issues. He wins warm praise for the strength of his advocacy and ability to "think outside the box."
Strengths: "A determined and skilled advocate with a vast knowledge of case law." "He is always thoroughly prepared and has a stylish approach to his advocacy that impresses clients and solicitors alike."

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Band 1

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Miller 
Senior junior whose practice at the Bar is bolstered by his ten years' previous experience as a solicitor. He is highly thought of for his work in the ancillary relief sphere, representing clients in cases with complex pension, farm and company elements.
Strengths: "He's a rock on whom one can depend for any financial case." "Utterly reliable for outcomes, he always calls it right. Settles where he can, fights where he must."

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Band 1

Nicholas Sproull

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Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Sproull
Junior who is highly experienced in acting for high net worth individuals on financial remedy matters. He also has considerable expertise on associated cross-border issues.
Strengths: "Amazing advocate, incredibly approachable for clients." "Excellent with clients and a joy to watch in court. His attention to detail is second to none and he never fails to impress."

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Band 2

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Commins 
Well known for representing high net worth clients on significant matrimonial finance issues, and is experienced at handling cases involving pensions, companies and trusts. In addition to his litigation practice, he also works as a mediator.
Strengths: "Clients like his straightforward and practical approach to cases." "Very calm and reasonable, and has an excellent client manner."

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Band 2

Clerksroom Barristers Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ralph Dixon of Clerksroom Barristers Chambers 
A senior junior best known for his experience acting for high net worth clients on financial remedy matters.
Strengths: "Very able and tenacious, a tough negotiator."

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Band 2

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Susan Hunter 
Head of St John's Chambers, she focuses her practice on financial remedy issues and is especially skilled at advising on cases involving third-party interests. She also acts for clients in private children cases.
Strengths: "Very analytical, forensic and user-friendly." "Her no-nonsense approach gains clients' confidence immediately."

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Band 2

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Geoffrey Kelly 
A specialist in matrimonial finance matters who is best known for working on financial remedies resulting from marriage and relationship breakdown. He also advises on disputes regarding Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
Strengths: "Geoff works very hard on his cases and is liked by clients, who feel reassured by his representation." "Always exceptionally prepared, he knows the law inside out, is a superb advocate, is very commercial in his approach and is always on hand to guide you through the process."

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Band 2

Christopher Naish

Magdalen Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Naish of Magdalen Chambers 
Has a broad practice, acting for guardians, parents and local authorities on private and public children law matters, as well as being able to handle complex financial remedy cases.
Strengths: "Christopher Naish is very highly experienced and has a wealth of knowledge of family law. He also is very good at establishing a good relationship with clients and putting them at their ease." "A commanding presence, with good attention to detail, and great in cross-examination."

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Band 2

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louise O'Neill 
Highly regarded for her expertise in complex private and public children law matters, and has represented clients in international abduction, wardship and inherent jurisdiction cases.
Strengths: "She is an approachable and proactive advocate." "Really empathises with clients and brings real insight into the whole case."

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Band 2

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Roberts 
Maintains a diverse practice, frequently advising on ancillary relief matters, and also able to take on complex public children law work. He is experienced at handling cases involving serious neglect, sexual assault and complicated care issues.
Strengths: "Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and an exceptional advocate. He is respected by opponents and earns the trust of clients. He handles cases in a very professional and client-focused manner."

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Band 2

Colleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Whitehall of Colleton Chambers 
Specialises in taking on children law cases that involve complex medical evidence and serious injuries. Also well known for his expertise in cases involving adoption and children being placed into care.
Strengths: "Calm and unflappable in even the most volatile situations - his ability to defuse situations is unique and a great asset." "An incredibly safe pair of hands who is very well respected by other counsel and solicitors that undertake this type of work."

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Band 3

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jody Atkinson 
Focuses his practice on matrimonial finance issues, and is skilled at taking on inheritance and probate cases. Also active in matters related to child support.
Strengths: "Brilliant, bright, very good on child support agency work." "Very knowledgeable."

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Band 3

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Chapman
Fields a broad practice covering private child and matrimonial finance disputes. He regularly acts for high net worth individuals on complex cases involving overseas property, trusts and businesses.
Strengths: "Effective and well prepared." "He is very user-friendly, has a great manner with clients and is an excellent advocate."

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Band 3

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catriona Duthie 
Practises across the full spectrum of family law matters, and is best known for her work acting for clients in private and public children law matters. She is noted by sources for being a tenacious litigator.
Strengths: "Excellent and an impressive advocate."

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Band 3

KBG Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Colin Elliott of KBG Chambers 
Specialises in acting for high net worth individuals in complex issues of financial remedy and ancillary relief. He is experienced at taking on cases that involve pensions, trusts and farms, as well as those with international aspects to them.
Strengths: "The best money practitioner in Cornwall. Judges like him enormously." "A very good finance barrister."

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Band 3

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Judi Evans 
Heads the family practice group at the set, and enjoys a solid reputation for her work in the public sphere, particularly on non-accidental injury cases. She has additional experience acting as a mediator.
Strengths: "Judi Evans has a great rapport with clients and is quick on her feet."

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Band 3

Christopher Godfrey

Colleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Godfrey of Colleton Chambers 
Focuses his practice on public children law work, and devotes the majority of his time to care matters. Also skilled at taking on private disputes involving child relocation and surrogacy. 
Strengths: "Chris is straight-talking and down-to-earth. He tells it as it is." "Well mannered and good with both professional and lay clients."

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rachael Goodall
Primarily works on financial remedy and TOLATA disputes, especially those arising from relationship breakdown. She is also able to advise on private children matters.
Strengths: "A great all-rounder, whose manner with clients is commendable as she is sensitive yet strong. Her advice is top class." "Offers excellent knowledge of matrimonial financial law and proceedings, thorough and prompt preparation, superior attention to detail, and great empathy with clients in difficult circumstances."

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Band 3

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hayley Griffiths 
Has over two decades of experience advising on a range of children law work, acting for children, parents and local authorities in public and private matters. She is especially well known for her work on cases involving complex care proceedings.
Strengths: "She's a super hard-working advocate, with a really personable manner." "Hayley has a calm and professional style which is reassuring to clients."

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Band 3

Colleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Liz Ingham of Colleton Chambers 
Leads the family group at the set, and has over 25 years' experience across a wide range of family law matters. She is especially well versed in handling cases involving factitious illness and serious injury to babies.
Strengths: "Very thorough, competent and quietly persuasive." "She has an uncanny ability to remember the most obscure pieces of information in cases and is always able to get to the relevant point with minimum fuss or delay."

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Band 3

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Corinne Iten 
Well respected for her work on complicated public children law matters, in which she represents parents, children and local authorities. She is especially experienced at taking on sexual assault and serious non-accidental injury cases.
Strengths: "Corinne Iten is an exceptional advocate orally and in written argument. She remains calm, is attentive to the client's instructions and gives clear advice." "Well respected, effective and well researched."

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Martin 
Highly thought of for her work taking on difficult childcare cases, including those involving serious injury or death. Additionally well respected for her work on matrimonial finance cases.

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Band 3

Magdalen Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Carol Mashembo of Magdalen Chambers 
Has a diverse family practice encompassing cohabitation disputes, financial remedies and private children law. She has over 15 years' experience and is used to handling cases that involve dealing with litigants in person.
Strengths: "Good at looking at the wider picture, being pragmatic and finding the best solution for clients." "Extremely impressive – she's strong, sensible and very insightful. Her advice on when to fight and when not to fight undoubtedly helped the client enormously."

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Band 3

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Pope 
Often acts for guardians on public children law cases. She has experience in a wide variety of issues, including FGM, international relocation, child death and sexual abuse.

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Band 3

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lucy Reed 
Specialises in children work, and is able to act for clients on a wide variety of public and private cases. She regularly advises on matters involving challenging or vulnerable parties, such as parents with substance abuse or mental health issues, and children with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Strengths: "Lucy is humane, sensible and crafts her submissions with precision and insight." "Combines a massive intellect with really meticulous forensic preparation, and has enormous humanity as well."

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Band 3

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zoë Saunders 
A junior best known for her work on cohabitation disputes, including TOLATA and Schedule 1 applications. She is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance litigation, handling cases concerning pension, insolvency and land issues.
Strengths: "She gives robust and compassionate advice, and clients love her humour and real-world approach. Her technical and commercial knowledge is excellent and she is above all practical and realistic in all matters."

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Band 3

KBG Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gina Small of KBG Chambers 
Best known for her work advising on difficult care and adoption cases. She is also very capable when it comes to ancillary relief, and has further experience of handling inheritance issues.
Strengths: "Very thorough and experienced in both public law and private Children Act matters."

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Band 3

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Annie Ward 
Specialises in taking on finance disputes and is able to aid clients as a mediator as well as an advocate. She is experienced at taking on matrimonial cases involving inheritance, businesses and children issues.
Strengths: "Has an eye for detail, gives sound advice and is tenacious as an advocate." "Has a no-nonsense approach combined with pragmatic and sensible advice. She's always reassuring to anxious clients."

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Band 3

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tanya Zabihi 
Has over 25 years of experience representing parents, guardians and local authorities on complicated children matters. She has expertise in care proceedings, especially where the children have special educational needs.
Strengths: "Very tenacious and good on complex cases." "Really good with clients and a very robust, strong advocate."

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Up and Coming

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Norman 
Acts in a wide variety of family law matters, including those concerning financial remedies following relationship breakdowns, and complicated private children cases.
Strengths: "He has great energy and an ability to absorb and distil huge amounts of information. He has a very good ability to read a case and call the right settlement offer." "Excellent, he is very measured when dealing with particularly difficult litigants in person."

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