Our family team is made up of 27 barristers. Between them they provide a breadth and depth of experience in all areas of Family Law and at all levels of Court.
Our barristers are regularly instructed in high profile cases at both first instance and appellate level. We operate on a collegiate basis and our clients benefit from the fact that in addition to being able to call on the expertise of other members of the family team, we are able to seek advice from practitioners with civil expertise, and where appropriate cross-refer cases within chambers.
Indeed some members of the family team practise in more than one area. Several members of the financial remedies team undertake property and general civil litigation, and some members of the children law team undertake court of protection work as well. This cross-pollination between our practice areas can be particularly useful when a family law case involves issues of: housing, vulnerable adults, immigration, judicial review, property law etc
Care Proceedings – In addition to being successful in a number of local authority tenders for care work, barristers regularly appear for parents, children’s guardians and intervenors. Barristers are frequently instructed to advise and appear cases involving serious non accidental injury, sexual abuse, factitious illness, terrorism, forced marriage, deprivation of liberty involving children over 16 and cases involving the cross border movement of children within care proceedings, including cases where children have been abducted while in care and the use of the Inherent Jurisdiction of the court in the context of public law proceedings.
Adoption – Barristers are frequently instructed in contested adoption applications and intercountry adoptions.
Surrogacy – Chambers has a very strong surrogacy team, and its members have been instrumental in assisting the court in developing this area of jurisprudence, particularly in cases where a child is born as the result of a commercial surrogacy arrangement undertaken outside of the UK.
Private law children – Barristers are regularly instructed to undertake cases in private law children disputes including cases involving parental alienation, serious allegations by one parent against the other, relocation, abduction and declaratory relief to determine specific issues (for example, sterilisation and termination cases).
Financial Remedies – Barristers have considerable experience in advising and representing parties to financial remedy applications in the Family Court and the High Court. In addition, they are experienced in advising and representing parties in related applications, for example under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and Family Law Act 1996.