Portrait of Sir Nicholas Francis

Sir Nicholas Francis

Year of Call 1981

Portrait of Eno Elezi

Eno Elezi

Year of Call 2019

Portrait of Henrietta Blohm

Henrietta Blohm

Year of Call 2022

Portrait of Shannon Knight

Shannon Knight

Year of Call 2021

Portrait of Francesca Fothergill

Francesca Fothergill

Year of Call 1994

Portrait of Daniel Jeffrey

Daniel Jeffrey

Barrister

Year of Call 2020

Portrait of Daniel Mutton

Daniel Mutton

Barrister

Year of Call 2016

Portrait of Nicholas Bennett

Nicholas Bennett

Barrister

Year of Call 2005

Portrait of Yasmin Hughes-Pugh

Yasmin Hughes-Pugh

Barrister

Year of Call 2018

Portrait of Philip Tait

Philip Tait

Year of Call 2018

Portrait of James Cooper

James Cooper

Barrister

Year of Call 2014

Portrait of Joseph Switalski

Joseph Switalski

Barrister

Year of Call 2014

Portrait of Emily Page

Emily Page

Barrister

Year of Call 2012

Portrait of James Pullen

James Pullen

Year of Call 2012

Portrait of Charlotte Trace

Charlotte Trace

Year of Call 2012

Portrait of Richard Tambling

Richard Tambling

Year of Call 2005

Portrait of Roshi Amiraftabi

Roshi Amiraftabi

Barrister

Year of Call 1993

Portrait of Alexa Storey-Rea

Alexa Storey-Rea

Year of Call 1990

Portrait of Andrew Willins

Andrew Willins

Year of Call 1970

Portrait of Judith Fordham

Judith Fordham

Year of Call 1970

Portrait of James Tillyard KC

James Tillyard KC

Year of Call 1970 Silk 1970

Portrait of Matthew Long

Matthew Long

Year of Call 2011

Portrait of Victoria Francis

Victoria Francis

Year of Call 2001

Portrait of Timothy Scott KC

Timothy Scott KC

Year of Call 1975 Silk 1995

Portrait of Anton J. Eriera

Anton J. Eriera

Year of Call 2010

Portrait of James Finch

James Finch

Year of Call 2011

Portrait of Helen Williams

Helen Williams

Year of Call 2007

Portrait of Christopher Butterfield

Christopher Butterfield

Year of Call 2004

Portrait of Jonathan Tod

Jonathan Tod

Year of Call 1990

Portrait of Nicholas Allen KC

Nicholas Allen KC

Joint Head of Chambers

Year of Call 1995 Silk 2018

Portrait of Max Lewis

Max Lewis

Year of Call 2002

Portrait of Ken Collins

Ken Collins

Year of Call 1996

Portrait of David Walden-Smith

David Walden-Smith

Year of Call 1985

Portrait of Dafydd Griffiths

Dafydd Griffiths

Year of Call 1997

Portrait of Clare Renton

Clare Renton

Year of Call 1972

Portrait of Conor Fee

Conor Fee

Year of Call 2006

Portrait of Simon Calhaem

Simon Calhaem

Year of Call 1999

Portrait of Ben Fearnley

Ben Fearnley

Year of Call 2001

Portrait of Sally Max

Sally Max

Year of Call 1991

Portrait of Indira Ramsahoye

Indira Ramsahoye

Year of Call 1980

Portrait of Georgina Black

Georgina Black

Year of Call 1999

Portrait of Peter Mitchell KC

Peter Mitchell KC

Year of Call 1996 Silk 2020

Portrait of Lynsey Cade Davies

Lynsey Cade Davies

Year of Call 2005

Portrait of Nicholas Chapman

Nicholas Chapman

Year of Call 1990

Portrait of Amber Sheridan

Amber Sheridan

Year of Call 2008

Portrait of Victoria Domenge

Victoria Domenge

Year of Call 1993

Portrait of Miriam Foster

Miriam Foster

Year of Call 2011

Portrait of Anthony Geadah

Anthony Geadah

Year of Call 2000

Portrait of Christopher Wagstaffe KC

Christopher Wagstaffe KC

Year of Call 1992 Silk 2011

Portrait of Lee Arnot

Lee Arnot

Year of Call 1990

Portrait of Judith Butler

Judith Butler

Year of Call 1993

Portrait of Brent Molyneux KC

Brent Molyneux KC

Year of Call 1994 Silk 2017

Portrait of Jonathan Southgate KC

Jonathan Southgate KC

Year of Call 1992 Silk 2013

Portrait of Peter Duckworth

Peter Duckworth

Year of Call 1971

Portrait of Paul Storey KC

Paul Storey KC

Year of Call 1982 Silk 2001

Portrait of Petra Teacher

Petra Teacher

Year of Call 2006

Portrait of Richard Bates

Richard Bates

Year of Call 1992

Portrait of Lucy Owens

Lucy Owens

Year of Call 1997

Portrait of Patrick Chamberlayne KC

Patrick Chamberlayne KC

Year of Call 1992 Silk 2010

Portrait of Sassa-Ann Amaouche

Sassa-Ann Amaouche

Year of Call 1996

Portrait of Philip Cayford KC

Philip Cayford KC

Year of Call 1975 Silk 2002

Portrait of Annabel Wentworth

Annabel Wentworth

Year of Call 1990

Portrait of Alexis Campbell KC

Alexis Campbell KC

Joint Head of Chambers

Year of Call 1990 Silk 2017

Portrait of Laura Heaton

Laura Heaton

Year of Call 1998

Professional Practice

Sir Nicholas Francis was appointed a High Court Judge of the Family Division in 2016 and returned to Chambers on the 7th May 2024.

Nick was one of the pioneers of the private FDR process before he was appointed a Judge of the Family Division in 2016 and he will again be accepting appointment as a Private FDR Judge and also as an early neutral evaluator in private law children cases.

Nick was one of the first to qualify as a Family Law finance arbitrator when the IFLA scheme was launched in 2012 and he will again be accepting appointment as an arbitrator.

Professional Practice

Eno joined chambers in October 2023 after completing his pupillage under the supervision of Simon Calhaem, Amber Sheridan and Indira Ramsahoye.

During his pupillage, he gained exposure to a wide range of family cases including complex financial remedy proceedings, Schedule 1 proceedings, Part III proceedings, private children law proceedings including abduction and relocation, Family Law Act proceedings and TOLATA claims.

Eno now accepts instructions in all areas of family law, with a focus on financial remedy and private children law cases.

Prior to joining chambers, Eno was a paralegal at Burgess Mee Family Law where he worked on private family law cases including SA v FA [2022] EWFC 115 (in which a stay of English divorce proceedings was successfully sought on forum non conveniens grounds in favour of proceedings in Abu Dhabi). Eno also spent a year as a research assistant to a commercial barrister, working on company law and insolvency cases across several jurisdictions.

  • Personal Information

    Qualifications:

    BSc Economics – London School of Economics

    GDL – City, University of London

    BPTC – City, University of London

    Awards:

    Diplock Scholarship – Middle Temple

    Winner of the Inner Temple Magna Carta Moot

    Winner of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot

Professional Practice

Henrietta joined Chambers in October 2023, after completing her pupillage under the supervision of Petra Teacher, Alexa Storey-Rea and Richard Tambling.

Henrietta was involved in a wide range of cases across all areas of family law during her pupillage: complex and high value financial remedy claims, Schedule 1 claims, private children law proceedings, public children law proceedings (including complex head injury cases) and applications brought under the Family Law Act 1996.

Henrietta accepts work in all of Chambers’ practice areas.

Prior to joining Chambers, Henrietta worked at a strategic communications consultancy. She was also a volunteer at Cambridge Nightline, a night-time listening support line for students. She subsequently became Co-ordinator of the service, leading a committee of volunteers in running the organisation.

Henrietta was an inaugural recipient of the Family Law Bar Association scholarship in 2021.

  • Personal Information

    Awards:

    Family Law Bar Association scholarship

    Monique Viner scholarship, Gray’s Inn

    Anthony Bessemer Clark scholarship, Gray’s Inn

    Anne Jemima Clough Prize, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Professional Practice

Shannon joined Chambers in October 2022 following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Richard Tambling, Petra Teacher, and Alexa Storey-Rea.

During her pupillage, Shannon was involved in a wide range of cases, including financial remedy matters, private and public children proceedings, TLATA 1996 proceedings, and applications brought under the Family Law Act 1996.

Shannon now accepts instructions on cases across all areas of family law.

Prior to joining Chambers, Shannon worked as a Paralegal at Sears Tooth, assisting on a variety of high value financial claims. She was also the Co-President of the Inner Temple Debating Society, having previously represented the Inn at national and international competitions.

  • Recommendations

    “Shannon Knight is one to watch. She is extraordinarily well prepared and already operating at a level years beyond her call.”
    Solicitor, financial remedy matter
    “Shannon is a tenacious, articulate and talented advocate… Shannon’s position statements are some of the best I have seen, they are incredibly well prepared, thorough and show excellent attention to detail.”
    Solicitor, private children matter
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Shannon has spoken at The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Forensic & Expert Witness Conference and Resolution’s National Conference. Shannon also provides lectures and seminars for solicitors on various areas of the law, with a particular focus on financial remedy and private children proceedings.

    • ‘Xydhias, 25 Years On- What Exactly IS a Xydhias Agreement?’ (Financial Remedies Journal, Spring 2024, with Daniel Mutton)

  • Personal Information

    Qualifications:

    • London School of Economics and Political Science – LLB (First Class Honours)
    • The University of Law- BPTC (Very Competent) and LLM (Distinction)

    Awards:

    • Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
    • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple
    • Ridgway Scholarship, Harlaxton College

Professional Practice

Francesca practises exclusively in matrimonial finance, with an emphasis on complex cases involving substantial assets, private companies, disputed tax and valuation issues, trusts and non-disclosure. Francesca has a particular expertise and interest in cases involving farms and landed estates. She is direct and pragmatic, and both a strong negotiator and a determined, fearless advocate when required.

  • Recommendations

    ‘an extremely bright and able junior’
    Legal 500 2022
    ‘a fearsome opponent and a superb advocate who has the ability to think on her feet like no other’
    Legal 500 2021
    ‘an extremely competent matrimonial finance advocate. Very clear in her advice and meticulous in her preparation’
    Chambers UK 2020
    ‘Really good at building a rapport with clients, she is really bright and she has a great brain’
    Chambers UK 2019
    ‘ a formidable advocate, very good with agricultural cases and very approachable. Her practical knowledge is great and she is also very bright. She is good at grasping the intricacies of a case’
    Chambers UK 2018

Professional Practice

Dan undertakes work in all areas of private family law with an emphasis on matrimonial finance and disputes involving children. Dan has a particular interest in cases that include fraud and the forensic assessment of money trails involving hidden overseas assets. Dan is often instructed in cases involving complex finding of fact hearings in both Children Act and Family Law Act proceedings. 

Dan has appeared in the High Court, unled, on multiple occasions including on appeal.  

Dan frequently lectures on topics of interest in family law and specialises in seminars on police disclosure. 

Before joining Chambers, Dan worked for the Ministry of Defence and as a police officer for the Metropolitan Police. Dan’s career saw him work in Counter-terrorism, C.I.D, the fraud squad, and in specialist domestic violence/child protection roles that involved specialist interview training. These experiences give Dan a unique insight and perspective into much of the work Chambers undertakes. 

  • Personal Information

    The University of Law – LLB (First Class Honours)  

    The University of Law – BPTC (Very Competent)

    Dan is passionate about sport and enjoys playing football for his Sunday league team. Dan also boxes and enjoys (poorly) playing a round of golf.

    Dan is an artist specialising in watercolour paintings and large abstract pieces. 

Professional Practice

Dan joined Chambers in October 2021, after completing his pupillage under the supervision of Petra Teacher, Simon Calhaem, and Max Lewis. Dan was involved in a wide range of cases across all areas of family law during his pupillage, including complex financial remedy claims, private children law proceedings, Schedule 1 claims, TOLATA 1996, and Family Law Act 1996 applications. He worked on cases at a variety of levels, notably in the High Court (Horohoe v Horohoe [2020] EWFC 102) and the Court of Appeal. Dan now accepts instructions on all private family law matters, with an emphasis on financial remedy and private children law proceedings. Before joining Chambers as a pupil, Dan worked as a paralegal at Mishcon de Reya LLP in both their family and contentious trusts teams, assisting on a variety of complex and high value financial claims.
  • Personal Information

    Oriel College, Oxford University – BA Law (Jurisprudence)

    City, University of London - BPTC

    Dan is a keen hockey player and skier, and occasionally also strays back into rugby and cricket when the opportunity arises.

Professional Practice

Nick is recognised in the legal directories as one of the country’s leading experts in pre- and post-nuptial agreements. He drafts them; reviews those drafted by others (including providing a second opinion for solicitors); and litigates matrimonial finance cases which concern them. The nature of Nick’s practice means that the identity of his clients is strictly confidential; but he acts for a wide range of business leaders, celebrities, aristocratic and landed families and other wealthy individuals. He is also instructed on behalf of businesses and trustees wanting to put in place common guidelines for nuptial agreements for their staff or beneficiaries. Nick’s practice concerns agreements both domestic and international. He is one of the few English practitioners completely comfortable with agreements involving input from multiple jurisdictions, such that he is frequently asked to lead a team of lawyers in different countries and navigate the complex issues which result.
  • Recommendations

    “… very practical and cuts to the heart of things … very intellectually bright.”
    Chambers HNW 2021
    “… particularly commended for his experience in financial and children disputes involving complex points of UK and EU law … a fantastic forensic mind.”
    Chambers 2021
    “… one of the best you can find in the UK for cross-border pre-nuptial agreements.”
    Chambers 2020
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Nick regularly lectures, at home and abroad, on the law and practice of nuptial agreements.

  • Personal Information

    Nick read Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford and Law at City University. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn as a Prince of Wales Scholar.

    He is married with two children, and lives in London.

Professional Practice

Yasmin joined chambers in October 2020 having completed her pupillage under the supervision of Max Lewis, Petra Teacher and Simon Calhaem. During pupillage, Yasmin gained experience of a wide range of family law cases, including public and private children law proceedings, complex financial remedy matters, claims under Schedule 1, TLATA 1996 proceedings, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims and applications under the Family Law Act 1996. Yasmin is instructed on cases across all areas of family law, with a particular focus on financial remedy proceedings and private children law matters. Prior to coming to the Bar, Yasmin worked in the family department at Withers LLP. During this time, Yasmin worked on a number of high value financial disputes, including the reported case of Christoforou v Christoforou (Alleged Removal of Trees from the Applicant’s land: “the tree issue”) [2020] EWHC 43(Fam). Prior to this, Yasmin worked at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan UK LLP, where she assisted on a number of high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration disputes.
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • During pupillage, Yasmin prepared research notes for other members of chambers on a range of topics, including second appeals, setting aside Decree Absolute, the appeal process in Guernsey, the use of covert recordings in Children Act 1989 proceedings, and the scope and application of legal professional privilege. She also contributed to the Family Law Week publication. 

       

      Yasmin is happy to speak at seminars/lectures. 

  • Personal Information

    Yasmin graduated from the University of Warwick with an LLB (Hons) degree. During her time at Warwick, Yasmin was the President of Warwick Bar Society (2014 – 2015) and won the Irwin Mitchell National Mooting Competition (2013). 

     

    Yasmin subsequently completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City University. Alongside her studies, Yasmin volunteered for legal charities, including the National Centre for Domestic Violence and the Blackfriars Legal Advice Clinic. 

     

    In 2016, she was awarded an Exhibition Scholarship, the Solk Scholarship and the Duke of Edinburgh Award by Inner Temple. 

     

    Yasmin is Welsh and is an avid supporter of the Welsh Rugby Union Team. In her spare time, Yasmin enjoys attending the theatre and travelling.

Professional Practice

Philip joined chambers in October 2019 and specialises in private family law. He is ranked as a rising star in the Legal 500, where he is described as a "formidable barrister" and an "excellent advocate”. 

  • Recommendations

    "Philip is a formidable barrister with attention to detail. He is an excellent advocate."
    Legal 500 - 2024
    'Philip is brave, confident, clever, hardworking and enthusiastic. He engages with clients in a very mature and reassuring way.' Ranked: Rising Star
    Legal 500 - 2023
  • Notable Cases

  • Personal Information

    After studying politics at Queen Mary, University of London, Philip converted to law and undertook an LLM at UCL. He was the recipient of the Joseph Jackson Scholarship from Middle Temple for his BPTC.

    Philip sings in the London Philharmonic Choir and speaks fluent German.


     

Professional Practice

James is ranked in Chambers and Partners in the ‘Up and Coming’ category.

James practices in all areas of family law, with a particular specialism in financial remedy proceedings. He is frequently instructed in cases which feature complicated legal and factual issues, recently including void marriages, complex remuneration packages (such as RSUs and LTIPs), and nuptial settlements. He is recognised by solicitors for his careful navigation of technical issues and composed client care skills. James has experience in being led by Silks, both from within 29 Bedford Row and from other chambers. He has conducted conferences, settlement meetings, and hearings in these cases against Silks, without his leader. He is instructed on appeals and the full spectrum of interim applications, and has appeared in the High Court. In the year before joining chambers, James worked as a paralegal in the family department of Withers LLP assisting on several high value financial remedy cases.

  • Recommendations

    "He is able to explain complicated areas of law in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner and clients are very complimentary of him. James' advocacy is excellent and he is confident and calm in his submissions, even when really tested on his feet."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "James is a skilled analyst and a persuasive advocate who is always thoroughly prepared."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "James is not afraid to deliver tough advice, combining compassion and realism in doing so. He has a clear vision of what direction he wants a case to take and tries his utmost to keep it on track."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
  • Personal Information

    James completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education in Nottingham, earning a Distinction on the Graduate Diploma in Law and reaching the final of the course Mooting Competition.

    Away from work, James is a keen football fan and is a begrudging supporter of Bolton Wanderers. He is also an avid reader and enjoys foreign travel, having spent the months before commencing pupillage in Guatemala and Honduras.

Professional Practice

Joseph has been a member of chambers since October 2016 following the successful completion of his pupillage. His areas of specialism are all aspects of matrimonial finance work and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Joseph is a busy junior who is known for giving pragmatic and frank advice. He is ranked as a leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

  • Recommendations

    "Joseph is brilliant and gives very straightforward advice."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "A persuasive advocate, who is always impeccably prepared and will go the extra mile for clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "Joseph Switalski has outstanding drafting skills, pays great attention to detail and is able to grasp and deal with complex issues quickly."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    'Joseph is a very able family law barrister. He is thorough and has experience beyond his years. His advice is on the button, and his preparation is very good."
    Legal 500 2024
    "Joe is a fantastic advocate, trusted by clients for his straightforward advice. He has a perfect mixture of charm and razor-sharp advocacy skills."
    - Chambers and Partners 2023
    "Joseph Switalski is brave and not afraid to stick his neck out for the client."
    - Chambers and Partners 2023
    "He gets to the heart of the issues in a case quickly, is a reassuring presence in court, and stands firm without being unattractive to tribunals."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "An exceptional advocate with a remarkable attention to detail and strong command of complex cases. He has a calm and methodical approach to each case which ensures that clients feel at ease." "Joseph has a quick and ready grasp of complex financial information including actuarial reports on pension sharing." "He holds his own against people of a higher call."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Notable Cases

    • The Incorporated Trustees of Great Calling Ministries Worldwide v Auguster Omonigho Irabor & Anor
      [2024] EWHC 803 (Fam)
    • AP v BP & Ors (financial remedies - appeal - disclosure - privilege)
      [2023] EWFC 170
      Read Judgment
    • AP v BP and others (financial remedies - appeal - disclosure - privilege)
      [2023] EWFC 169
      Read Judgment
    • Maughan v Wilmot
      [2021] EWHC 3592 (Fam)
      Read Judgment
    • Quan v Bray
      [2019] EWFC 46
      Read Judgment
    • Sharp v Sharp
      [2017] EWCA Civ 408
      Read Judgment
    • Wilmot v Maughan
      [2017] EWCA Civ 1668
      Read Judgment
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Joseph lectures on topical issues in Family Law to firms of solicitors and professional bodies such as Resolution. Recent examples include the division of assets after a short marriage; the rules of evidence in financial remedy proceedings; and, the principles at play in set aside applications.

  • Personal Information

    Joseph studied Law at Durham University before completing the Bar Professional Training Course the following year at Nottingham Law School.

     

    Before commencing the Bar Professional Training Course, Joseph was awarded a Major Scholarship by the Inner Temple. Whilst training to become a Barrister, he won the Professor Miryana Nesic award for Commercial Mediation and received the Family Law prize for his performance in the Family Law module.

     

    Away from work, Joseph is a keen football fan and film enthusiast. For those familiar with the term, he considers himself an avid Wittertainee.

Professional Practice

Emily joined Chambers in October 2015 upon successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Ken Collins, Nicholas Chapman and Indira Ramsahoye. She is now developing a practice in all areas of family law, with a particular focus on matrimonial finance and private law children matters. Prior to joining Chambers, Emily worked as a family paralegal at specialist family law firm Levison Meltzer Pigott and south-west London firm Hanne & Co Solicitors, where she worked on a wide range of complex matrimonial finance matters.
  • Personal Information

    Emily completed her degree in Law at the University of Bristol (spending one year at the University of Aarhus, Denmark) before undertaking her Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Law School.

    She has been awarded the Hardwicke Entrance Award, the Thomas More Bursary, the pupil accommodation award and the Eastham Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn.

    Outside of work, Emily enjoys sport; she holds a third Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a keen skier and ice-skater. She also has a particular interest in all things Madagascan, having spent six months there as a volunteer English teacher prior to commencing pupillage.

Professional Practice

James is instructed across the full spectrum of family law work. He regularly advises and represents clients in both matrimonial finance and public and private law children matters. He has a particular interest in cases with an international element and has recently acted as junior counsel in Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 3519 (Fam), a two-week trial in the High Court concerning issue estoppel, jurisdiction and forum issues. James is now building a mixed practice in family law and has particular ability in financial matters, having previously worked in the banking department of an international law firm. He appears at High Court and County Court level, earning praise as a skilled and confident advocate.

  • Recommendations

    'James is an intelligent advocate who quickly gets to the root of a case. He is quick on his feet, highly persuasive, and a complete delight to work with.’
    Legal 500 2024
    “James is a strong junior counsel. He is commercial and has a good judgement call. He works tirelessly for his clients and is very approachable.”
    Andrew Breakwell - Shakespeares
  • Notable Cases

    • Chai -v- Peng
      [2014] EWHC 3519 (FAM)
    • Migliaccio v Migliaccio [2016] EWHC 1055 (Fam)
      [2016] EWHC 1055 (Fam)
      Read Judgment
  • Personal Information

    Prior to coming to the Bar James worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Madagascar where he gained a very good command of French. He is a Jules Thorn Scholar (Major Award) of Middle Temple. Away from work he enjoys cycling and windsurfing, particularly in far-flung places.
     

Professional Practice

Charlotte is instructed in all areas of family law, predominantly financial remedy and private law Children Act matters (including claims under Schedule 1). She completed pupillage at 29 Bedford Row in 2014 and now has a busy and successful practice conducting her own cases and acting as a junior to leading silks. Prior to joining chambers, Charlotte spent a year working as a paralegal in the family department of Withers LLP assisting on a number of high value financial disputes including Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman [2012] EWHC 4277 (Fam) and [2013] EWHC 3627.
  • Recommendations

    “Charlotte Trace is a brilliant people person, who’s technically very good and always very approachable” “Charlotte is both sensitive to clients’ needs and incredible tenacious. She’ll never give up and will work tirelessly for her client”
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    ‘Charlotte is thorough in her preparation and makes sure she knows the case inside out. She has an extremely sharp mind and carefully puts her documents together. She is a confident advocate and is quick to think on her feet. She reads the court room well and knows when a judge has heard enough. She instantly builds a great rapport and is calm under pressure.’
    Legal 500 2023
    "She's well prepared, detailed and good with clients. Her advocacy is smooth and skilful, and she wins judges over easily." "Measured, forceful and to the point." "She's motivated and dedicated to her clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A very polished advocate, who has a fantastic ability to assimilate detail and present it in the best possible way for her client and the case."
    Legal 500 2022
    ‘She is thorough, astute and great with clients,’ says an industry observer of Charlotte Trace. Regarded by many as an emerging star of the family bar, Trace is regularly instructed in cases involving financial remedy and private law Children Act matters (including claims under Schedule 1), as well as acting as a junior to the leading silks in her chambers.’
    Spears 500 2022 and Spears Family Law Index 2021, included as one of the ‘top recommended family law barristers’
    “Thorough, diligent and someone who builds a rapport with clients quickly. Charlotte is pragmatic in her approach and highly effective.” “Incredibly detailed and well prepared” “She can read clients well and tailor her advice accordingly”
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    “a star in the making”
    Legal 500 2021
    Matrimonial finance practitioner with growing expertise in high net worth disputes. She often handles matters with jurisdictional issues and offshore assets, and is well regarded for her knowledge of all manner of financial issues. Strengths: "Has the ability to grasp the complex financial matrix quickly and discover what is and what is not important. The speed and accuracy with which she works is impressive." "She's a tenacious and forceful advocate who gets results without coming across as being too aggressive.”
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    “Charlotte is an absolute pleasure to work with and an exceptional talent at the bar. She is dedicated to getting the best possible results for her clients and is not afraid of hard work. During secondment she quickly became a central part of the team and earned immediate trust and respect from all of her peers. She was quick to accept any challenge placed before her and showed real intellect and flare in getting the job done. Higher praise and gratitude could not be given.”
    Solicitor
  • Notable Cases

  • Personal Information

    Charlotte was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge before undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Professional Training Course at The City Law School, London. She is a Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

Professional Practice

Richard’s practice is focused on matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 claims. He is frequently instructed on cases involving businesses and trusts and those cases with a foreign element. He often represents interveners and is adept at dealing with multi-party cases. Richard advises on TOLATA claims in the domestic context and those with concurrent Schedule 1 proceedings. As well as expertise on the finance side of cases, Richard is well-experienced on private law children applications including fact-finding hearings and cases involving complex family relationships and drug and alcohol abuse. Richard also represents clients on leave to remove hearings.
  • Recommendations

    "He's hard-working, diligent and makes submissions in a calm way. He is never ruffled on his feet." "Richard is effective, personable, persuasive and helpful. He's always willing to give extra time to his cases and sees the wood for the trees." "Experienced, approachable and works hard to reassure vulnerable clients. He takes a pragmatic approach to matters to secure proportionate results as early on as possible."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Knows how to handle tricky situations and complex cases, and is good at dealing with emotional clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    “Personable, approachable and very friendly, he’s very good at forming good relationships with the client. He’s got a lot to come in the future.”
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    "Richard is an excellent advocate, and completely unflappable. He immediately sets clients at ease with his calm but no-nonsense approach."
    Chambers & Partners 2019
  • Notable Cases

    • Hasan v (1) Ul-Hasan (deceased) and another
      [2021] EWHC 1791 (Fam); [2021] All ER (D) 61 (Aug)
    • WSCC v M,F,W,X,Y and Z
      [2011] 1 FLR 188
    • Re A (Abduction: Interim Directions: Accommodation by Local Authority)
      [2011] 1 FLR 1
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Richard writes regularly and enjoys writing about topics including trusts.  He is called on to write for journals outside of family law, for example, for Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal where he wrote an article on Immerman and the Jersey Trusts.

      Richard has co-authored a book on Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 applications and also contributed to Butterworths Civil Precedents.

      In addition to writing, Richard speaks at a variety of seminars including directly for solicitors at their offices or nowadays via remote video platform.

      Richard has lectured in a number of jurisdictions including Mauritius where he lectured at the annual Mauritian Bar CPD conference on the approach to family cases in England & Wales
       

  • Personal Information

    Richard has travelled the world extensively and enjoys experiencing different ways of life and different cuisines.

    A keen listener to music, Richard can also play the piano and the drums.  Richard is an enthusiastic cook.

Professional Practice

Almost exclusively in the field of children law. Private law children involving cases with an international element, in which questions of jurisdiction or enforcement of foreign orders arise, cases of child abduction (Hague and non-Hague), as well as international and internal relocation cases. Extensive experience in public law matters involving legally or factually complex issues, as well as those in which there are international issues, or where jurisdiction is challenged. Also instructed in applications concerning vulnerable adults, and those with mental incapacity in the Court of Protection, and in applications for forced marriage protection orders.
  • Recommendations

    "Reassures clients, takes her time and is methodical. She gives you a lot of confidence." "Roshi is able to communicate often complex legal principles to clients in a calm, comprehensive manner, and is good on issues that are often difficult to resolve and highly emotive. She puts child needs first in any proceedings, and is always there with practical solutions." "Roshi is thoroughly prepared, succinct, clear and well reasoned. She gets to grips with cases quickly."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    Specialises in public and private children law and is also an expert on abduction cases. Expertise: "A really good advocate who knows her way round international conventions."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • Re A (A Child)
      [2014] EWHC 604
    • A v A
      [2013] EWHC 3554
    • Re S
      (A Child) [2013] EWHC 1295
    • FQ v MQ
      [2013] EWHC 4149
    • L B Lewisham v DM
      (January 2012) (Family Law Journal)
    • Re B (Children)(Relocation Jurisdiction)
      [2008] EWCA Civ 1034
    • Local Authority X v MM (no 2)
      [2007] EWHC 2003
    • Local Authority X v MM (an adult) & Anor (no 1)
      [2007] EWHC 2689
    • V v V (Children)(Intractable Contact Dispute)
      [2004] EWHC 1215
    • Re: H (Abduction: Child of 16)
      [2000] 2 FLR 51

Professional Practice

Alexa practises in the field of children law, the majority of public law cases involving allegations of serious non-accidental injury, homicide or sexual abuse with a particular interest in the exploration in Court of scientific and medical issues taking place at the highest levels. Her private law children practice involves complex, often sensitive competing interests. In both these areas Alexa has had experience of dealing with those matters that attract public interest. She has extensive experience in dealing with clients with learning difficulties or other vulnerabilities, negotiating a way through complex proceedings in a manner they can follow most easily. Those cases and others often involve issues of the application of the Human Rights Act. Increasingly there has to be a particular awareness of disclosure issues and the effect on all aspects of the client’s Court appearances, this is a particular interest.

  • Recommendations

    “I have instructed Alexa on a number of Private Law Children Act matters over the last two years. Alexa is incredibly approachable and my clients like her sensible and practical advice which is essential when dealing with Children Act proceedings. As an instructing Solicitor I have found her to be incredibly supportive and she instantly pinpoints the issues. I like her commonsense approach and she is also somebody who thinks outside of the box. If I had to describe Alexa in a sentence I would say ‘She is like a breath of fresh air’.”
    Catherine France – Moss Fallon
    “Alexa Storey-Rea regularly goes above and beyond in her representation of parents. She is always well prepared, very robust and her attention to the finer details is impeccable. Her knowledge of complex legal issues and medical / scientific matters is second to none. Importantly. She is always able to put the client at ease in what is an incredibly stressful situation.”
    Rachel Carter - Woollen Michelmore
  • Notable Cases

    • Re G (Non-Accidental Head Injuries)
      [2024] EWFC 172
    • D AND A (FACT-FINDING: RESEARCH LITERATURE)
      [2024] EWCA Civ 663
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    • Essex CC v C & Ors
      [2022] EWFC 187
    • Re G: (Finding of Fact Hearing: Resuscitative Shake)
      [2022] EWFC B6 (21 January 2022)
      Read Judgment
    • Thurrock Council v M & Ors (withdrawal of care proceedings)
      [2021] EWFC 22
    • S and T (children:care orders)
      [2019] EWHC 3851 (fam)
    • A Local Authority v M & Ors (Fact Finding)
      [2019] EWFC 33
      Read Judgment
    • Re D (a child)
      [2017] EWHC 3075 (Fam)
    • Bucks CC v Andrews and Ors
      [2017] EWFC B19
    • Re J (rev 1)
      [2016] EWFC 12
    • Re X and Y (Children Disclosure of judgment to police)
      [2015] 1FLR 1218
    • Torbay Council v A Mother and others
      [2014] EWHC 479 (Fam)
    • Re IB and EB (children)
      [2014] EWHC 369 (Fam).
    • Re A (Care proceedings: Learning disabled parent)
      [2014] 2 FLR 591
    • Lancashire County Council v R
      [2013] EWHC 3064 (Fam)
    • Re CBY
      [2013] EWHC 4108 (Fam)
    • Re A (a child)
      [2013] EWHC 3502
    • Re L & M (Children)
      [2013] EWHC 1569
    • Re M (fact finding hearing: injuries to skull)
      [2013] 2 FLR 322
    • Re M (children)
      [2012] EWCA Civ 1710
    • Re JS
      [2012] EWHC 1370 (Fam)
    • Re Baby X
      [2011] EWHC 590 (fam)
    • A Local Authority v A
      [2011] 2 FLR 162
    • Re C & D (Photographs of injuries)
      [2011] 1 FLR 990
    • Hampshire County Council v SL & Ors
      [2004] EWHC 2720 (Fam)
    • RE: E (CHILDREN)
      [2003] EWCA Civ 418
    • Re R (Child of a teenage Mother)
      [2000] 2 FLR 660
    • Re K (Minors) (Disclosure)
      [1994] 1 FLR 377
  • Personal Information

    Married to Paul Storey QC. Four children. Interests – spending time with my family, some sport to account for love of chocolate.

Professional Practice

Matthew is instructed in all areas of family law work; he represents clients in both financial and children cases, those with a jurisdictional element and in public law cases. Matthew is a confident oral advocate, and is particularly tenacious in cross-examination. He has a meticulous approach to the planning and presentation of arguments on paper and is naturally comfortable with clients from different walks of life due to his innate interpersonal skills. Matthew's advice to his clients is direct and clear -- he will tell you what you need to hear, not just want to.

  • Recommendations

    ‘Approachable and incisive, his drafting in particular is excellent and he is adept at handling clients and solicitors alike. A pleasure to deal with’.
    Amanda Sandys - Camilla Baldwin
  • Notable Cases

    • Solovyev v Solovyeva
      [2014] EWFC 1546
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Recently gave a seminar (to a solicitors firm) on the impact of the new Child Maintenance regulations (formerly “CSA”) and how they are calculated.
  • Personal Information

    Matthew enjoys a wide range of social interests away from the law; particularly in playing rugby, golf and cricket (scoring both a golden duck and a half-century for the Bar team “Refreshers”). He is also a life-long supporter of Crystal Palace FC.

Professional Practice

Victoria practises in all areas of family law, with a particular emphasis on financial matters and private law children proceedings. Victoria also has experience in drafting preconception agreements.

  • Recommendations

    "Victoria is brilliantly prepared and gets clients onside very quickly. She explains very tricky concepts to clients beautifully. She is great at giving tricky advice. She is a great strategist and is excellent in court."
    Legal 500 2024
    "Victoria is an excellent advocate who is clear, concise and persuasive. She is also excellent at quickly getting to grips with and providing thorough advice on complex issues, particularly in relation to business interests and structures."
    Legal 500 2023
    "Victoria is solution focused and accessible. Her realistic and pragmatic approach to cases instils confidence in clients, solicitors, and judges alike."
    Legal 500 2022
  • Personal Information

    Lancing College, University of Cambridge (Queens' College), City University. Married with two children.

    Trustee of Delight (reg. charity no. 1159567)

Professional Practice

Tim is the preeminent silk specialising in international family law. He is regularly instructed by leading firms (and also many smaller firms) in cases with an international dimension concerning (among other areas) finance, children, and the recognition of foreign marriages and divorces. He also has wide experience in drafting international pre- and post-nuptial agreements and advises on the nuptial aspect of trusts. He has appeared in numerous reports cases, including in the House of Lords, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council as well as in Courts of Appeal of the Isle of Man and Gibraltar. He is accustomed to and enjoys working alongside foreign lawyers and regularly gives expert evidence on English law in other jurisdictions. Tim has been closely involved with the transition from the EU Regulations affecting English family law. He has had a number of meetings with ministers and civil servants and has twice given evidence to a House of Lords committee about Brexit and family law.
  • Recommendations

    "He is exceptionally calm and collaborative, and a reassuring presence to the most difficult of clients."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Has an unrivalled reputation for technical, tricky cross-border maintenance cases." "A man with a brilliant brain, who is outstanding at multi-jurisdictional cases. He makes himself available to help, even at short notice, and always goes the extra mile." "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of European enforcement."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    ‘Is resourceful, lateral and creative in his arguments.'
    Legal 500 (2020)
    "He's the god of gods when it comes to international jurisdiction." "His experience, breadth of knowledge and exposure to top end cases make him a leader in his field."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    ‘A master of the subject and the go-to silk in cross-border or international work.’
    Legal 500 2016
    His particular strengths are in relation to international law; he has a very compelling manner
    The Legal 500
    Excellent at dealing with difficult clients in a sensitive but firm way
    The Legal 500
    Frequently appears in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, representing clients in respect of complex international financial and private law children proceedings. Expertise: "In terms of the Europe scene and jurisdictonal arguments, there is no better." "He's very confident and he knows the law so well."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    ‘His accessibility is unrivalled, and he has very sound judgement and excellent drafting skills.'
    Legal 500 2015
    Tim was awarded (2013-14) Legal 500 Children and Family Silk of the Year and was the Chambers & Partners Family Silk of the Year 2011-12. He has been given consistently high rankings in both Chambers & Partners Directory and the Legal 500 for many years. He is ranked in Chambers Band 1 for matrimonial finance and is described as “One of the UK's best matrimonial finance practitioners, particularly in relation to cases with international elements”.
  • Notable Cases

    • Villiers v Villiers
      [2020] UKSC 30
    • D v D (Financial Remedies: Pre-marital Agreement and Unequal Shares)
      [2020] 2 FLR 662 (HC)
    • Lachaux v Lachaux
      [2019] 2 FLR 712 (CA)
    • Giusti v Ferragamo
      [2019] 2 FLR 261 (CA)
    • Kelly v Pyres
      [2019] 1 FLR 62 (CA)
    • MS v PS
      [2017] 1 FLR 1163 (CJEU)
    • Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill, Re
      [2016] 1 WLR 2870, [2016] UKPC 16
    • Ramadani v Ramadani
      [2016] 2 FLR 1233
    • Ray v Sekhri
      [2014] 2 FLR 1168 (CA)
    • T v T (Hemain Injunction)
      [2014] 1 FLR 96 (HC)
    • EA v AP
      [2013] EWHC 2344 (Fam)
    • Z v Z (No 2)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1100 (HC)
    • JKN v JCN (Divorce: Forum)
      [2011] 1 FLR 826 (HC)
    • Agbaje v Agbaje
      [2010] 1 FLR 1813 (SC)
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Tim is a regular contributor to Family Law, International Family Law and other publications. He is in great demand as a lecturer on a wide range of family law topics. He has spoken at all the major family law conferences as well as at numerous seminars and other lecture venues.

Professional Practice

Anton specialises in family finance, children law and cases of domestic abuse. Widely sought-after and highly regarded by judges, solicitors and litigants, Anton is known for his conscientiousness, legal knowledge, and written and oral advocacy skills. Anton is frequently instructed to represent parties in financial remedies proceedings on divorce. His family finance work encompasses cases ranging across the monetary spectrum (from modest assets/income through to very substantial wealth and resources). In addition to his extensive experience at first instance, Anton has had notable success on appeal on issues such as the proper identification and treatment of “soft” loans. Anton also conducts independent private FDR appointments, providing an objective and impartial view of the merits of a case to both parties in order to help couples settle their financial disputes without incurring the stress, delay and expense of a final hearing. In private children matters, Anton is frequently instructed to represent parents engaged in disputes relating to child arrangements. He is adept at dealing with all manner of contested issues in respect of the welfare of children, including disputes about schooling, and cases involving domestic abuse and/or international elements. Anton has a wealth of experience of domestic abuse cases, having both obtained, and successfully opposed, countless applications for protective orders (i.e. non-molestation, occupation and prohibited steps orders).

  • Recommendations

    “I have been very impressed by Anton on a number of occasions, he is extremely well prepared and very persuasive on his feet.”
    Tom Amlot – Alexiou Fisher Philipps
    “A tenacious advocate, excellent with clients, and an impressive all-rounder. Anton can be relied on to swiftly master detail and thoroughly consider all aspects of a case”.
    Vanessa Lloyd-Platt - Lloyd Platt & Co
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Anton is a contributor to the online publications, Westlaw Insight, CPDCast and the family law hub on a broad range of family law topics.
  • Personal Information

    Anton read law at Downing College, Cambridge and was admitted to the degree of Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. Anton is both a Hardwicke scholar and a Denning scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. Anton has a passion for the performing arts. He has acted with the Inner Temple Drama Society, the Globe Theatre and many other theatre companies. Anton officiates as a synagogue cantor at religious services and functions. Anton is a devoted husband and father. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his family when he can.

Professional Practice

James is instructed across all areas of family law. He advises and represents clients in matrimonial finance, disputes between unmarried cohabitants and in private law children matters. James seeks to assist clients in achieving a swift resolution to their matters at an early stage and seeks to broker negotiation where possible. Where that is not possible James is comfortable in litigation, he has represented clients in lengthy, complex final hearings including intervening parties and over multiple days in Court. He appears regularly in the High Court. As a result of his familiarity and comfort with civil law and procedure, James is specialised in areas where civil and family law overlap - such as disputes regarding the ownership of properties on which he is regularly instructed by parties to the marriage as well as third parties. In April 2022 James succeeded on an appeal in the High Court against a senior QC in the matter of Lockwood v Greenbaum [2022] EWHC 845 (Fam) - the second reported case on the s15(1)(c) gateway in Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 applications.

  • Recommendations

    "Extremely impressive advocate who is quick to grasp the complexities of a case and has an excellent manner with clients."
    Izzy Walsh – Hall Brown
  • Notable Cases

    • James v Seymour [2023]
      EWHC 844 (Fam)
    • NO v PQ
      [2023] EWFC 36
    • Lockwood v Greenbaum
      [2022] EWHC 845 (Fam)
    • V v W
      [2020] EWFC 84
    • SP v AL
      [2024] EWFC 72 (B)
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • An introduction to Family Law Act 1996 and Section 8 Children Act applications
    • Practical guidance on drafting of documents in financial remedy cases
    • The law and procedure in relation to void/voidable marriages and obtaining a nullity in relation thereto
    • "Third Party Issues" - a practical guide".

  • Personal Information

    James studied Jurisprudence (Law) at Pembroke College, Oxford before completing the BPTC in the year after his graduation.

    Outside work, James enjoys sport - he is a member at Worplesdon Golf Club and regularly represents the 'Refreshers', the barrister's cricket team. 

    He has a keen interest in horse racing and has several horses in training in both England and France.

Professional Practice

Helen is a specialist in financial cases. She has a particular expertise in cases with an international element, and in cases where there are business assets.

 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Helen worked at Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. She is a fully qualified chartered accountant (ACA) and an associate member of the ICAEW.

  • Recommendations

    "Helen is utterly brilliant. She is incredibly bright and has wisdom beyond her call. She is articulate and utterly unflappable in court."
    Legal 500 2024
    "An outstanding junior barrister who is extraordinarily versatile in her skill set and extremely numerate - she used to be an accountant. She is a very strong, passionate advocate in court." "Incredibly bright and really personable. She has a really clear view of the likely outcome, always predicting cases incredibly well." "She's very human and never loses sight of the fact that these are people's lives. She's also just amazing on the really technical points."       
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    “Helen is utterly brilliant. She is a first choice of junior for matrimonial finance cases. She has a mastery of her subject and is a skilled and fearless advocate.”
    Legal 500 2023
    "Helen is hard-working, pragmatic and someone who cares deeply about her clients. She's always engaged and everything you want in a barrister." "Helen Williams is extremely thorough and sensible in her advice and her approach to cases. She has fantastic numeracy skills and a keen eye for detail."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "Helen is clever, charming, meticulous, eloquent and persuasive. A first-rate advocate. Clients love her."
    Legal 500 2022
    "No-nonsense but has an empathetic, patient way of handling clients. She is good at understanding what's important to them before discussing options and solutions." "She can distil complex issues and convey them to tribunals with ease." "Well prepared and cares about her clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    ‘Has a very good overview of the tax and trust aspects of family law.’
    Legal 500 2019
    "She has a mastery of figures, and is a fantastic resource on cases with a lot of financial detail. Her star is in the ascendancy."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    "She has this amazing way of being able to give clients advice that they just take, and she is talented well beyond the years of her call. People just listen to what she has to say. Helen has a really good understanding of the financial aspects of cases and the complications attached to them. She is a brilliant advocate and she presents cases extremely capably."
    Chambers and Partners 2018
    Finance practitioner noted for her previous experience as a chartered accountant, which she brings to bear in matrimonial proceedings concerning complex tax, company and trust structure issues. Her cases often involve valuation issues and corporate non-disclosure. "A star in the making. She offers extremely good client care and has a superb knowledge of the law."
    Chambers and Partners 2017
  • Notable Cases

    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2024] EWCA Civ 100
    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2024 EWCA Civ 84
    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2023] EWFC 158
    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2023] EWFC 50
    • Mostyn-Williams v Mostyn Williams
      [2021] EWFC 123 (reported in 2023)
    • Re X (Children)
      [2022] EWCA Civ 1167
    • AZ v FM
      [2021] EWFC 2
    • AP -v- ALP
      [2018] EWHC 2758 (Fam)
    • In the matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Cases A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)
      [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam)
      Read Judgment
  • Personal Information

    Helen studied as an undergraduate at Oxford University and as a post-graduate at UCL, where she obtained a masters in law.

    Helen enjoys music, live performance, good food and wine, and most of all, spending time with her two Irish Setters, her family and her friends.

Professional Practice

Chris practises across the full range of family law work with a particular emphasis or both private and public children work, often including international issues and complex fact-finding hearings involving disputed medical evidence. Chris is also regularly instructed in financial remedy proceedings, including those involving international issues, trusts and company assets. Recently, Chris has appeared against numerous silks in two strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Recommendations

    "Christopher takes pride in his preparation, which is always meticulous. He will do all that he can to achieve a settlement without recourse to the court arena, but will fight his clients corner. He is strategic and appears one step, if not two steps, ahead of his opponent. Tenacious once in court. Well capable in any level of court, leaving no stone unturned."
    Legal 500 2022
    “A master of the Children Act. A thorough researcher who leaves no stone unturned and learns the client’s case to the finest detail. An efficient, eloquent and perhaps stealth-like advocate at ease in any level of courtroom.”
    Legal 500 2021
  • Notable Cases

    • Re Z (a child) (2nd judgment)
      [2021] EWHC 559 (Fam)
    • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks

    • Re Z (a child: DOLS: lack of secure placement)
      [2020] EWHC 1928 (Fam)
    • Birmingham Children’s Trust v K
      [2020] EWHC 861 (Fam)
    • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: The Internet

      Read Judgment
    • Re: D (a child)
      [2014] EWFC B188
    • Re B (A Child)
      [2014] 1 FLR 900
    • Devon County Council v EB & Ors (Minors)
      [2013] EWHC 968 (Fam)
    • A v B (jurisdiction)
      [2012] 1 FLR 768
    • Re B (care order: adjournment of fact-finding hearing)
      [2010] 2 FLR 1445
    • Re J (leave to remove: urgent case)
      [2007] 1 FLR 2033
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Author of the Children chapter in Cohabitation: Law and Precedents, Sweet & Maxwell

    • Contributor to the Oxford Handbook on Forensic Psychiatry (forthcoming)

    • Frequently lectures on topics across the field of family law.  Recent lectures have included: international relocation; financial remedies updates and children law arbitration

  • Personal Information

    MA (Cantab) 1st class – Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

    LLM – King’s College London.

    Diplôme universitaire d’études juridique françaises - Université de Poitiers, France

    Chris has four young children. When time allows, he enjoys mountain walking and scrambling and running occasional half marathons.

Professional Practice

Currently involved in a number of big money and high profile matrimonial and Schedule 1 Children Act cases including those with jurisdictional issues. He also specialises in drafting and advising on pre-nuptial agreements.
  • Recommendations

    "Knowledgeable, approachable, personable and dedicated to his clients." "He makes the client feel heard and is good in cross-examination." "He is persuasive, knows how to pitch a case and responds to judges' indications in a nuanced way."
    Chambers and Partner 2022
    "His advocacy skills are first-class; his client care is superb; his advice is clear and concise." - Ranked Tier 1
    Legal 500 2022
    "Has extensive experience in money cases and is developing a specialism in high-value prenuptial agreements." "He is a smiling assassin who always goes the extra mile." "Excellent, responsive and someone who gets work done quickly."
    Chambers & Partners 2021
    ‘His unstinting tenacity is matched by his endless finesse, particularly in complex and bitterly fought cases. He always has the ear of the judge and the total confidence of the client.’ - Ranked Tier 1
    Legal 500 2021
    ‘He is simply marvellous with nervous clients.’ - Ranked Tier 1
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    Highly competent across the board in financial matters
    The Legal 500
    Specialises in both matrimonial finance and private law children cases, and carries particular favour due to his knowledge of prenuptial agreements. His cases involve high-value financial disputes and complex Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings. Expertise: "He's absolutely charming and completely committed. He has a lovely manner with clients and they warm to him." "Excellent family practitioner with particular skill in the drafting and negotiating of prenuptial agreements."
    Chambers 2015
    ‘Excellent on paper and a courageous advocate.’
    Legal 500 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • AD v BD
      [2020] EWHC 857 Cohen J
    • MG v AG (Appeal Out of Time)
      [2020] EWFC B49
    • Y v Z
      [2014] 2 FLR 1313
    • PG v TW (No 2) (Child: Financial Provision)
      [2014] 1 FLR 923
    • PG v TW (No 1) (Child: Financial Provision: Legal Funding)
      [2014] 1FLR 508
    • PK v BC (Financial Remedy : Schedule 1)
      [2012] 2 FLR 1426
    • Z v Z (No 2)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1100
    • G v G (child maintenance: interim costs provision)
      [2010] 2 FLR 1264
    • N v D
      [2008] 1 FLR 1629
    • Morgan v Hill
      [2007] 1 FLR 1480
    • Re P (Child: Financial Provision)
      [2003] 2 FLR 865
    • B v B (Mesher Order)
      [2003] 2 FLR 285.
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • ‘Murphy’s Law’ [2015] Fam Law 69

    • Children Act 1989, Sch 1: important developments: PG v TW [2013] Fam Law 1286 

    • Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 Update on Jurisdiction, Law & Procedure [2012] Fam Law 543

    • Jurisdiction & Forum Issues in Schedule 1 Children Act Proceeding [2008] Fam Law 880

    • Schedule 1 To the Children Act: Consider the Mother’s Future [2007] Fam Law 140

  • Personal Information

    Travel, skiing, writing

Professional Practice

Nicholas specialises in high value matrimonial finance work. He is well known for his eye for detail, his knowledge of the law, and for his client care skills. He is Joint Head of Chambers (with Alexis Campbell KC).

Nicholas was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018. He was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge assigned to the Family Division in October 2021 and is also a nominated Judge of the Court of Protection. He was previously appointed a Recorder of the Family Court in 2016. He was elected a Bencher of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2021.

Nicholas is highly ranked in both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 directories. He is ‘Band 1’ ranked in the new ADR table in Chambers UK 2024 published in October 2023.

Nicholas is a qualified arbitrator (Finance) through the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) scheme. He was described as an “expert” in family arbitration by Peel J in G v G [2023] 2 FLR 491). He has to date been appointed as arbitrator in 31 cases and has written 26 awards (five having settled). This is a significant proportion of the c. 600 arbitrations which have been registered since the inception of the financial scheme. He was also retained on a further six cases which settled or where arbitration was not pursued before his appointment was formalised. He has also conducted more than 80 private FDRs as evaluator.

Nicholas is a regular lecturer including to full-time and part-time judges at the Judicial College.

Nicholas is a contributing editor of The Family Court Practice - ‘the Red Book’ – (LexisNexis). He is the editor of the family law chapters of Foskett on Compromise (Sweet & Maxwell), the 10th edition of which will be published in August 2024. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Financial Remedies Journal (Class Legal) and contributes regularly thereto. He has had several articles published in Family Law (LexisNexis). He is the co-author of the Practice Note on contempt proceedings under FPR 2010 Part 37 for Practical Law (Thomson Reuters).

Nicholas is a member of the FPRC Early Resolution Sub-Group which revised the FPR 2010 pre-application finance and children protocols. He was appointed by Mostyn J and Peel J to be a member of the committee revising the Family Court’s Standard Financial Orders which were published in 2023.

Nicholas co-authored the FLBA’s ‘Good Practice’ guidance for FDR Appointments much of which was later included in similar guidance published both by Resolution and the Family Justice Council. He is presently co-authoring (with Rhys Taylor of 36 Family and Andrew Day of St. Ives Chambers) a guide to best practice for Private FDR Appointments which will be published on the ADR section of the Bar Council website. He also contributed to Resolution’s Guide to Good Practice for Family Lawyers on Working with the Bar in Family Cases (2018 revision).

Nicholas was a member of the JUSTICE Working Party, Improving Access to Justice for Separating Families, chaired by Professor Gillian Douglas, which published its report in 2022.

Nicholas is a trained collaborative lawyer and has been instructed on a joint basis in several such cases. He is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Group West Midlands.

Nicholas is Co-Chair of the Bar Council’s Services Appointments Panel and a member of the Bar Representation Committee. He is a former member of the Bar Standards Board’s Conduct Committee and Resolution’s Dispute Resolution Committee.

Nicholas is a door tenant at St. Ives Chambers in Birmingham.

Nicholas is the Chair of the UK Association of LGBTQ+ Judges. He sits on Middle Temple’s LGBTQ+ Committee. He was a trustee of FreeBar from 2017 - 2022 and is a former Co-Chair of BLAGG, the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group.

Nicholas is also a qualified Attorney & Counsellor at Law, New York (admitted 1998).

  • Recommendations

    “Strengths: ‘He is particularly good at making the clients feel heard and at giving them a clear explanation of his conclusions. They don’t just accept his indications, but actually understand and agree with them by the time he's finished. I really do think he is one of the very best in that regard.’ ‘He sees cases from both parties' perspective and gives a balanced, sensible view.’ ‘He is very detailed, very measured and someone who puts everything into a case.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2024 (ADR)
    “Strengths: ‘Nicholas's attention to detail is second to none and he instils immediate confidence in even the most anxious or challenging client. His written and oral advocacy are persuasive, considered and compelling. Judges rate him and clients always feel supported by him.’ ‘Nicholas is a highly technical, detail-oriented barrister, who doesn't miss a trick. His client care skills are excellent and in court he is able to read the room and adjust his approach as needed.’ ‘He has a refined, confident manner, which instantly commands respect of the court. Possessed of a very easy and accessible manner with clients, he breaks everything down into simple terms and inspires confidence.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2024
    “Strengths: ‘Nicholas Allen is very good and hard-working. He reads every single letter in a case and is very personable. Judges like listening to him and he's very sensible in his approach.’ ‘Possessed of a first-rate intellect, he can tackle the most complex of cases. He's sympathetic to the lay client, whilst also being accessible and supportive to the instructing solicitor.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2023
    “Strengths: ‘He pays attention to the detail of complex cases.’ ‘He can translate the law into layman's terms and instils confidence from the minute he walks into the room.’ ‘A thorough, hard-working details man.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2022
    “Strengths: ‘Handles cases with meticulous detail and has a wonderful bedside manner with clients which puts them at great ease.’ ‘He is incredibly thorough, all over the detail, and someone who engenders trust and confidence.’ ‘While intellectual in his approach, he is able to explain and involve clients in his thought process and decision-making.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2021
    “Strengths: ‘Clients have a lot of confidence in him because he's meticulous and knows all the detail.' 'He's intelligent and has gravitas. People tend to listen to what he's saying because his delivery is so calm and sensible.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2020
    “Strengths: ‘Nick has got an attention to detail which is second to none, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. His presentation is also immaculate, with never a syllable, word or comma out of place.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2019
    “Strengths: ‘He is painstaking and meticulous. His knowledge of case law is second to none and this shines through in his position notes and skeletons. These are always provided on a timely basis.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2018
    “Strengths: “He reads absolutely everything he's sent and knows the papers inside out. He instils a huge amount of confidence in clients, he is an extremely charming advocate and he can disarm difficult cases.’”
    Chambers & Partners 2017
    "Commonly thought of in the profession as "a future silk." He specialises in matrimonial finance and is particularly noted for the quality of his preparation. Strengths: 'Clients absolutely love him. He is very good with sensitive clients, and difficult ones too. He is such a details man. Clients know he knows their case inside and out. Really thorough, really clever and a great advocate, he is going to be a silk.'”
    Chambers & Partners 2016
    “a favourite among solicitors for high net worth financial remedy work … 'His grasp of the law is phenomenal. His greatest talent is the depth in which he will go into a case. When I send him a brief I know he'll read it twice and be 100% prepared. I've never seen him flounder in court or not know a page number. He is a phenomenal comfort to those that instruct him.' ”
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    “utterly superb ... he has exceptional technical knowledge, and is very good with flustered clients”
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    “first class client skills ... a tremendous eye for detail and a first-rate knowledge of matrimonial law”
    Chambers & Partners 2013
    “one of his main strengths is his exceptional client care skills ... his bedside manner is perfect for vulnerable clients, and his advocacy is first class”
    Chambers & Partners 2012
    “Nicholas is multi-faceted and multi-talented. He is extremely well-versed in the law and incredibly thorough” … “the technically brilliant advocate Nicholas Allen KC” … “Nicholas is extremely knowledgeable, clear and fair as a PFDR judge. He provides helpful indications with good reasoning that invariably unlocks the case. He is a go-to on complex cases.”
    Legal 500 2024
    “Nicholas prepares every case, whatever size, with the same thoroughness, thoughtfulness and calmness and presents his views straightforwardly and persuasively. He is utterly reassuring both to clients and instructing solicitors. And his instinct is right on the money, assisted by his extensive experience as a judge and arbitrator.”
    Legal 500 2023
    “assimilates every fact and nuance of a case, and provides clients with clear, helpful advice. He inspires confidence in his instructing solicitors”
    Legal 500 2022
    “always knows the detail of the case - even where the papers are voluminous he has read them all at least once”
    Legal 500 2021
    "is fantastic and knows his papers inside and out on every case"
    Legal 500 2020
    "nothing escapes his attention"
    Legal 500 2018/19
    "one of the most technically strong members of the Bar"
    Legal 500 2017
    "he encapsulates the perfect combination of a brilliant legal mind and empathy towards clients"
    Legal 500 2016
    "his knowledge of black-letter and case law is spot on"
    Legal 500 2015
    “a real ‘details' man, who is definitely a silk of the future”
    Legal 500 2014
    “blessed with a superb legal mind and excellent advocacy skills”
    Legal 500 2013
    “an absolute star of the Family Bar”
    Legal 500 2012
    “hugely responsive, unfailingly courteous and an absolute delight to work with”
    Legal 500 2011
  • Notable Cases

    • Taiga v Ogbedo
      [2020] EWHC 3578 (Fam)
    • MT v OT (No.2)
      [2018] EWHC 2003 (Fam)
    • MT v OT (Schedule 1 Order)
      [2019] 1 FLR 93, FD
    • Sharland v Sharland
      [2015] 2 FLR 1367, SC
    • M v W (Application after New Zealand Financial Agreement)
      [2015] 1 FLR 465, FD
    • Sharland v Sharland
      [2014] 2 FLR 89, CA
    • SK v TK
      [2013] EWHC 834 (Fam)
    • S v S (Non-Disclosure)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1598, FD
    • Marinos v Marinos
      [2007] 2 FLR 1018, FD
    • R v R (Divorce: Jurisdiction: Domicile)
      [2006] 1 FLR 389, FD
    • A v B (Financial Relief: Agreements)
      [2005] 2 FLR 730, FD
    • Currey v Currey
      [2005] 1 FLR 952, CA
    • C v C (Costs: Ancillary Relief)
      [2004] 2 FLR 291, FD
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Author of ‘What is a “predicament of real need”?’ FRJ Blog 17 July 2024

    • Co-author of ‘Impact of Conduct on Needs’ 2024 FRJ 128

    • Author of ‘AT v BT: The Return of Compensation’ FRJ Blog 20 June 2024

    • Co-author of ‘‘Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns’ – Can a Change in the Law be a Barder Event?’ FRJ Blog 4 June 2024

    • Author of ‘Standish – the narrowing of ‘Matrimonialisation’’ FRJ Blog 28 May 2024

    • Author of ‘The Having of Children ‘Changes Everything’ – But in What Way?’ FRJ Blog 7 May 2024

    • Co-author of ‘D(R) Day: today’s changes to FPR Parts 3 and 28’ – FRJ Blog 29 April 2024

    • Author of ‘Quantifying periodical payments by reference to the needs principle: surveying the wood not the trees’ FRJ Blog 28 March 2024

    • Co-author of ‘Financial Dispute Revolution? The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2023’ [2024] FRJ 24

    • Co-author of ‘What is the true extent of FDR privilege?’ FRJ Blog 19 February 2024

    • Co-author of ‘The unopposable application for a Penal Notice’ FRJ Blog 18 January 2024 

    • Co-author of ‘Fresh carrot, bigger stick: Forthcoming rule changes and “the encouragement” of NCDR’ FRJ Blog 3 January 2024

    • Co-author of ‘Dickson v Rennie: Right or Wrong?’ FRJ Blog 4 December 2023

    • Author of ‘AS v CS : what are the consequences if the court has not mandated a Private FDR?’ [2023] FRJ 234

    • Co-author of ‘The Thwaite jurisdiction – a stay of execution?’ [2023] FRJ 203

    • Co-author of ‘The jurisdiction of the Family Court to determine property disputes in favour of third parties’ [2023] FRJ 192

    • Author of ‘To Deduct or Not to Deduct: That Remains the Question After Collardeau-Fuchs’ FRJ Blog 5 September 2023

    • Co-author of ‘Excluding s25(2)(g) ‘Conduct’ at an Interim Stage – Strike-Out or Summary Judgment by Another Name?’ FRJ Blog 11 August 2023

    • Author of ‘Orders under the Senior Courts Act 1981 s39 – Can the Court Act in Anticipation of Default?’ FRJ Blog 2 August 2023

    • Author of ‘Post-Separation Accrual in CG v DL – Are We Back to an Arbitrary Approach?’ FRJ Blog 18 July 2023

    • Author of 'Unilateral Assets and Short Marriages after E v L: Another White Leopard?' [2023] FRJ 124

    • Author of ‘The Revised Standard Family Court Orders: In With The New’ [2023] FRJ 101

    • Co-author of Practical Law’s ‘Contempt of court: proceedings under Part 37 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010’ (Thomson Reuters, 2023)

    • Author of ‘Omissions, Ambiguities, and Deficiencies – Seeking Clarification of a Judge's Reasoning’ [2023] FRJ 2

    • Author of ‘Myerson No. 1 and FPR 9.17(2): What Can the FDR Judge Actually Do?’ FRJ Blog 9 January 2023

    • Author of ‘For Reasons Which Are Not Fanciful – Daniels v Walker Applications in Financial Remedy Cases’ [2022] FRJ 175

    • Author of ‘A Matter of Clarification – Written Questions to Experts’ FRJ Blog 19 May 2002

    • Author of ‘Non-Matrimonial Property – Valuing the Family Business’ [2022] FRJ 6

    • Author of ‘Arbitration After Haley – If Not Now, When?’ [2021] Fam Law 811 

    • Author of ‘Some Are More Equal Than Others: Special Contribution After XW v XH’ [2020] Fam Law 1485

    • Acknowledged contributor to ‘Private FDRs’ [2020] Fam Law 815 by Simon Bruce (of Farrer & Co).

    • Editor of the family law chapters of “Foskett on Compromise” (Ninth Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2019).

    • Author of ‘Lying Around the Kitchen - Imerman Nine Years On' [2019] Fam Law 1131

    • Co-author of ‘Till death or re-marriage do our finances part: L v L’ [2012] Fam Law 665

    • Co-author of ‘The Law and Financial Provision on the Dissolution of Civil Partnerships’ [2009] Fam Law 836

    • Acknowledged contributor to Ancillary Relief after Miller and McFarlane by Nicholas Francis QC and David Salter (Lime Legal, 2006) 

    • Acknowledged in Cohabitation and Trusts of Land by Darlington, Heaton and Wagstaffe (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell, 2006) 

    • Nicholas is a regular lecturer to the Judicial College, national and regional Resolution, regional Law Societies and also in-house to solicitors’ firms.

  • Personal Information

    Nicholas was Chairman of the Emmanuel Society, the alumni organisation of Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 2013-2023. He is a former recipient of the Herchel Smith Scholarship from Emmanuel to Harvard University where he spent a year as Visiting Scholar at the university’s Law Faculty.

Professional Practice

Max’s practice covers all issues of Family Law, with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 cases, often involving substantial and complex assets spread over various jurisdictions. He has a particular interest in company and trust law issues within divorce, as well as pure matrimonial law, including the validity of marriages and divorces occurring in England and in particular legal issues concerning the recognition in England of foreign and/or religious marriages and divorces.

  • Recommendations

    “Max is robust and very strong on detail particularly where companies are involved. He is very likable and has an excellent client manner.”
    Legal 500 2023
    "Max is a real heavyweight in financial remedies. He has a real attention to detail which is important, but also a very nice way about him when it comes to advocacy. Judges love him because he's punchy but also very humane."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "A dynamic advocate, both on paper and on his feet."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Particularly good on financial cases with a strong emphasis on company structures and valuations." "He's persuasive on his feet." "He's prompt, pays attention to detail, and is good on trusts."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    “A well-regarded junior”
    Legal 500 2021
    “Reasonable but can fight like hell when he needs to." "He commands the courtroom and has a vast knowledge of other areas of law, including tax and company law, which is a great advantage in more complex cases.”
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    “Highly recommended”
    Legal 500 2020
    "A smart, quick-thinking advocate who deals with clients and opponents alike with a unique blend of grace and tenacity." "He's the consummate professional, who I rate as much for his cool head and ability to settle matters as for his undoubted advocacy skills. He has a fearsome intellect, but is also practical and empathetic."
    Chambers and Partyners 2020
    "Max is an exceptional lawyer, who is extremely intelligent and personable." "He is a robust and excellent advocate."
    Chambers and Partner 2019
    ‘He instils great confidence.’
    Legal 500 - 2018
    “An exceptional and astute barrister”
    Legal 500 - 2017.
    “A genius who forensically examines every aspect of a case and has a phenomenal memory.”
    Legal 500 - 2016
  • Notable Cases

    • Clarke v Clarke
      [2023] 2 FLR 1
    • DP v EP (conduct: economic abuse: needs)
      [2023] EWFC 6
    • Tousi v Gaydukova
      [2023] EWHC 404 (Fam)
    • Akhter v Khan and the Attorney General
      [2019] 1 FLR 575
    • Alireza v Radwan
      [2018] 1 FLR 1333
    • K v K (nullity: bigamous marriage)
      [2017] 2 FLR 1055.
    • NR v AB (financial remedies)
      [2017] 1 FLR 1030
    • Montalto v Popat and others
      [2016] EWHC 810 (Ch)
    • P v P (variation of post-nuptial settlement)
      [2016] 1 FLR 437
    • Mann v Mann
      [2014] 2 FLR 928.
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Max regularly lectures on a wide range of family law issues (predominantly family finance, company valuations, foreign and religious marriage, and “Silver Separators”) and has several journal articles published in Family Law and elsewhere.

  • Personal Information

    University College School; Jews’ Free School; University of Bristol – BA(Hons); City University – PgDL; Inns of Court School of Law – BVC; David Karmel Entrance Award (Gray’s Inn); Denise Pannick Scholarship (Gray’s Inn).

    Max is married with three children. When not working, Max enjoys travel, literature, good food and wine, and films by the Zucker brothers.

Professional Practice

A broad range of private family work and whilst the bulk of it is related to the financial implications of relationship breakdown also retains a strong children practice with a particular interest in international relocation cases.
  • Recommendations

    Does well receiving instructions on complex ancillary relief and private law children disputes. Expertise: "Very bright, quick to grasp the nettle, and able to provide pragmatic advice based upon both what the client wants and needs."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    Undertakes complex ancillary relief cases, frequently involving international aspects, and is also noted for his knowledge of private law children cases. Expertise: "A very good junior who is very impressive, very thorough and highly intelligent."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Personal Information

    University of Sussex LLB (Hons); LLM

Professional Practice

David Walden-Smith is a financial remedies specialist with over 35 years experience at the Bar. Described by Chambers & Partners as “just superb” and “a tremendous arbitrator”, most of his time is now spent sitting as a private judge. Having been a qualified Family Arbitrator since the inception of the IFLA scheme in 2012, he has huge experience of conducting such hearings. He was counsel in the Court of Appeal case of Haley v Haley [2021] 1 FLR 1429, which affirmed the proposition that an Arbitral award in a financial remedies case is entirely akin to a decision of a Judge. David also hears very many private FDRs and conducts Early Neutral Evaluations. He is prepared to travel and conducts hearings in Chambers, at solicitor’s offices or elsewhere, according to the parties’ preference. He is also entirely comfortable conducting hearings over Zoom, Teams or any other suitable medium. His view of the privatised dispute resolution process is that, unlike a judge in court, with an over-busy list, he has the advantage of being able to pre-read in detail and to concentrate on just the one case. This enables him to provide a bespoke service and a far more considered indication. His experience is that solicitors and lay clients have found that the additional cost involved in the provision of a “private judge” – shared between the parties – to be extremely modest when compared with the overall expense of their litigation. The advantage to the parties of a tribunal who is dedicated exclusively to their case is invaluable.
  • Recommendations

    Highly regarded family finance specialist with strong expertise in matters involving complex company valuations, assets, trust and tax issues. "He is very adaptable; if he has to be firm with particularly difficult clients, he manages it really well, but he can also be empathetic." "He is a safe pair of hands."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    Highly regarded family finance specialist with a strong expertise in matters involving complex company valuations, assets, trust and tax issues. Healso takes on Schedule 1 applications. Strengths: “He is extremely hands-on and has a good grasp of the case, which enables the parties to reach a settlement.” “He has a great eye for detail and gets to the heart of any case quickly and efficiently. He is fair,pragmatic, and robust when required.”
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    Highly regarded family finance specialist with a strong expertise in matters involving complex company valuations, assets, trust and tax issues. "David Walden-Smith is just superb and is a tremendous arbitrator."
    Chambers and Partner 2020
    "His depth of preparation is second to none." "Extremely calm and thorough in his approach." "Very knowledgeable."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Notable Cases

    • o Haley v Haley
      [2020] EWCA Civ 1369
    • Re L-W
      [2011] 1 FLR 1095
    • Re B
      [2008] 2 FLR 2060
    • Oxley v Hiscock
      [2004] 2 FLR 669
  • Personal Information

    David is married with two children.  His daughter is a specialist neuro-physiotherapist, and his son is a junior doctor.

    His leisure pursuits include photography, cycling and sailing.

Professional Practice

Dafydd is a child care practitioner with extensive expertise in all areas of both private and public law. The emphasis of his practice is in the field of children private law which covers a wide ambit from external and internal relocation to acrimonious private law children matters involving implacable hostility and parental alienation. His cases routinely feature expert psychiatric and/or psychological opinion and sometimes require a nuanced and sensitive approach. He has further expertise in cases involving substance misuse (both drug and alcohol) and mental health issues. He is frequently briefed in cases of domestic violence and where emotional and psychological harm is present. He undertakes injunctive relief work, both Non – molestation and Occupation Order applications, pursuant to the Family Law Act 1996 He also specialises in the fields of jurisdiction and abduction in the High Court as well as public law. In the field of Public Law he usually represents either parents or Guardians. His cases involve complex medical issues (including NAHI & FFI) or cases involving allegations of serious sexual abuse. Dafydd originally started his career at 7 Bedford Row as a Common law Barrister which brings his added understanding to the criminal aspects of cases as well as meaning that he is often brought in to cases where there may be a Quasi – Criminal/fact finding aspect to them. Dafydd has appeared at all levels of court (save the Supreme Court) and has been involved and appeared in a number of appeals to the Court of Appeal. Dafydd was shortlisted for Family and Children Junior of the Year - Legal 500 UK Awards (2018) & Family and Children Junior of the Year - Legal 500 UK Awards (2019). Dafydd has also recently worked on the IICSA and is also a ‘ranked’ junior barrister in chambers and partners and is on the ‘Leading Junior’ list for the Legal 500. Dafydd has sat as a judge for the Welsh Legal Awards in both 2019 & 2020.

  • Recommendations

    'Dafydd is approachable, puts clients at ease, is knowledgeable and can reduce complex advice into understandable language for clients.’ Dafydd Griffiths is an ‘intelligent, intuitive and thorough advocate’ who specialises in relocation and cases in which parental alienation allegations appear.'
    Legal 500 2024
    "Dafydd is a robust advocate - he represents clients fiercely, displaying great confidence and technical ability” "He really represents his clients well and the way he dissects and analyses the issues is good." "Approachable, always so well prepared and stealthy in his advocacy."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "Dafydd's advocacy is exemplary. He is quick on his feet and formidable in cross-examination, and written advocacy is meticulous and equally as persuasive as his oral advocacy."
    Legal 500 2023
    "Always well prepared and effective in court, he knows his stuff and is clear in his advice." "Dafydd Griffiths is easy to work with, personable and great with clients. He's easy to speak to and is a supportive barrister to both solicitors and clients. He knows his area inside out and back to front."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "As an experienced practitioner in both private and public law, Dafydd has an excellent grasp of the law and strategy to assist clients at all levels. He is able to get the client to open up about their problems, so that they can give clear instructions to enable him to advise them yet keeping the client at ease and remain confident in him."
    Legal 500 2022
    "He stands out for his kindness towards clients and his ability to deliver difficult news in a timely way." "He instils a lot of confidence in his lay clients." "Quick on his feet and adept at dealing with any technical issues that might arise in a case."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    ‘Dafydd Is an exceptional advocate and has a first-class rapport with clients, they all love him. His written work is second to none and he is a fierce adversary.’
    Legal 500 2021
    "He has infinite patience and is thorough, tough and sensible." "His way with clients is outstanding because he puts them at ease and deals with their anxieties." "Always willing to go the extra mile, he demonstrates his passion and commitment to each of the clients he represents."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    'Is extremely well prepared, professional and highly knowledgeable. He is also very good with clients treating them with kindness while managing their expectations'
    Legal 500 2020
    "Dafydd is approachable and supportive outside the courtroom but all that disappears when he cross-examines the other side. His style is tough, dynamic and doggedly determined - you want him on your team. He is simply brilliant." "He gives robust advice and doesn't pull his punches. His experience in invaluable."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    ‘Having him appear on our behalf sent a shiver down the opposition’s spine.’
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    "Highly intelligent, with great patience, conscientiousness and flexibility." "He's a real fighter in court."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    ‘He is a very effective advocate, with silk-standard paperwork.’
    Legal 500
    ‘A first-class children barrister.’
    Legal 500
    Legal 500 UK awards (2018) & (2019)
  • Notable Cases

    • Re J (a child)
      [2012] EWHCC 3353 (fam)
    • O – M (children)
      [2009] EWCA Civ 1405
    • A Local Authority v J
      [2008] EWHC 1484 (fam)
    • Re B
      (2007) Lawtel AC0115985
    • Greenwich LC Council v S
      (2007) 2 FLR 154, FD
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Dafydd has run a PLO course for Butterworths and has lectured on private law updates for RELATE and undertaken in - house public law courses for Solicitor firms.
  • Personal Information

    Dafydd is a fluent Welsh speaker who read Law at University. He is married with one child. He is an avid sports fan who is a season ticket holder at Arsenal FC and in addition he follows the Welsh rugby side religiously. Outside of chambers he enjoys socialising and has an interest in the Arts.

Professional Practice

Broad experience and interest. A particular emphasis on family law cases with an international dimension. Reported cases on jurisdiction, child abduction, matrimonial finance, inheritance, surrogacy and international Family Law. 2014 - Forced Marriage Commission Fully Accredited Mediator - 2015 2018 - Jordans Family Law Awards: Short-listed International Family Lawyer of the Year

  • Recommendations

    “Clare Renton has a unique combination of experience, flair, and passion. She will drill deep into authorities. She has the breadth of knowledge that comes from many years’ practice coupled with experience of wider areas of family law which enables her to bring extra value to complex international finance cases The solicitors and lay clients may be sure that she is totally committed to finding all of the points of domestic and overseas law that will achieve the desired result.”
    Pamela Collis - Family Law in Partnership
    “I have had the pleasure of working with Clare for many years now, and have always been impressed by her knowledge in International cases whether involving money children or jurisdiction. . Her expertise is combined with the vital ability to give straightforward practical advice on strategy and likely outcome Clare is quick to respond to requests for input at every stage, which is extremely comforting in stressful situations. Clare is my “go to” person” on jurisdictional matters.”
    Mary Kaye - Shakespeare Martineau
    “Clare has exceptional expertise and experience in international family law. She is also very approachable, always ready to discuss cases when needed . She is invaluable to those of us working in this complex and challenging area of law. This firm has instructed her regularly for about 7 years”
    Jane Chanot - The Family Law Co
    “Clare is an exceptional international family lawyer and a pleasure to instruct. I have instructed Clare in a number of High Court children matters and her confident yet calm demeanour instantly put my clients at ease. Clare is an excellent strategist on cross border and complex jurisdiction issues.”
    Alexandra Tribe - Expatriate Law
    “Clare Renton is the go-to international family law counsel. She has an impressive knowledge of the law of other jurisdictions. Always kind and helpful to her instructing solicitors, she is on their speed dial for many, never afraid to take on the complex of cases. She has the ability to provide pinpoint accuracy with her analysis. I can confidently rely on her to provide clear and concise advice whenever I call upon her.”
    Graeme Fraser - Partner & Head of Family - OGR Stock Denton
  • Notable Cases

    • Re S Hague Convention 1980 habitual residence consent article 13(b)
      [2023] EWHC 2717 (Fam) Cobb J
    • Re J Hague Convention 1980 (Habitual Residence: Acquiescence)
      [2023] EWHC 3141 (Fam) Cobb J
    • K v K (Pensions)
      [1995] 1 FLR 35
    • Re W
      [1995] 1 WLR 159 (adoption surrogacy)
    • K v D
      [1998] 1 FLR 700 (discretionary stay of ancillary relief)
    • Re R (child abduction)
      [1997] 1 FLR 663
    • M v M
      [2003] 2 FLR 636 Wall J (implacable hostility)
    • Norris v Norris
      [2003] 1 FLR 1142 Bennett J (ancillary relief – overspend addback)
    • Norris v Norris
      [2003] CA 2 FLR 1124 – (Costs )
    • Re G
      [2004] 1 FLR 378 (Brussels II and European Convention Article 11)
    • E v E
      [2007] 1 FLR 1977 Hague Convention (Habitual residence Comity)
    • Klentzeris v Klentzeris
      [ 2007] 2 FLR 996 CA Hague Convention/ Brussels 2 revised
    • Re G
      [2008] 2 FLR 351 President (Habitual residence )
    • M v M
      [2010] EWHC 982 Baron J Sept Fam Law Magazine (Domicile and Forum Conveniens Divorce)
    • M v T
      [2010] EWHC 1479 Charles J Sept Fam Law Magazine 2 FLR (B2R Article 11 (7) Hague Convention Article 11 return order)
    • Re T
      [2010] EWHC 3177 2011 1 FLR Peter Jackson J (Hague Convention 1980 Article 13 habitual residence Neulinger HRA principles)
    • Rana v Manan
      [2011] EWHC Parker J All England Reporter 2011 AER (D) 179 (May) validity of foreign marriage
    • T v B
      [2013] Holman J (to be reported) habitual residence employment
    • S v S
      [2014] EWHC 575 (FAM) Wardship
    • Re N
      [2014] EWHC 749 (EU enforcement Spanish child return order)
    • C (Children)
      [2014] EWCA Civ 705 (Relocation to Brazil)
    • Re E-R (A Child)
      [2015] EWCA Civ 405 - welfare -( biological parent-child arrangements)
    • Re E-R
      [2016] EWHC 805 child arrangements -costs award children case
    • BK v NK
      [2016] EWHC 2496 (Fam) Macdonald J - rights of custody Poland. Relevance of father’s deportation
    • Casey v Cervi
      [2017] EWHC 1669 (Fam)
    • E-R (Child arrangements order - Costs no 2)
      [2017] EWHC 2535 (Fam)
    • Re: L-S
      [2017] EWCA 2177
    • V v M
      [2019] EWHC 466 Williams J forum conveniens child dispute; antisuit injunction
    • KJC v GRC (Hague convention)
      [2019] EWHC 3170 (Fam)
    • C v B
      [2021] EWHC 1369 Cobb J Hague Convention 1980 consent
    • Re A-M (a child) (1980 Hague Convention)
      [2021] EWCA Civ 998 Article 13(b)
    • TMB v PLB
      [2021] EWFC 66 Cohen J EU maintenance regulation : defences
    • Borg v Zubaidy
      [2021] EWHC 3227 Poole J contempt of court
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • 2016 B2R  Proposed Recast  : the FLBA s response (joint author)  

    • 2016 Brexit: the Bar’s response (joint author )

    • Jordans Conference international children issues 2014

    • Editorial Board journal of Centre for Family Studies

    • International Aspects of Ancillary Relief FLBA  annual conference 

    • Relocation the English perspective International Bar Association (2012)

    • Regular lectures to solicitors on family law

    • Editorial board, Centre for Family Policy Studies

  • Personal Information

    Mencap worker; Bencher, Lincoln's Inn; 3 adult childen.

Professional Practice

Conor specialises in matrimonial finance. He is frequently instructed on complex matters involving trusts, companies and cases with an international dimension. Conor acts and advises on claims for financial provision under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, and on cohabitation and property ownership disputes involving claims under TLATA. He regularly drafts and advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Alongside his financial practice, Conor has particular experience in private law children applications. Conor advises on matrimonial disputes in the Cayman Islands and in Jersey.
  • Recommendations

    "Knowledgeable when it comes to technical issues, especially those concerning business shareholdings and income analysis." "He is user-friendly, approachable and experienced at forming good relationships with clients and judges alike." "Pragmatic, calm and persuasive, he understands his clients and they feel totally supported by him."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A strong, pragmatic and extremely user-friendly finance practitioner. "
    Legal 500 2022
    “Makes clients – and their instructing solicitors – feel very safe. He is always well-prepared but also sees through the detail to the real issues.”
    The Legal 500 2021
    "Conor has an excellent grasp of commercial business interests." "He is incredibly calm and patient, which is crucial for clients. His depth of knowledge is fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for him." "Incredibly personable and has a good eye for detail.”
    Chambers & Partners 2020
  • Notable Cases

    • Franklin v Franklin
      [2014 (2) CILR 79]
    • Gordon v Watler
      Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (Civil) 13/2014
    • CR v SR (Financial Remedies: Permission to Appeal)
      [2013] Fam Law 938
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Conor lectures widely on a variety of topics relevant to financial remedy proceedings. He has published a number of articles, including most recently on the issue of maintenance claims pursuant to a sole domicile petition.

  • Personal Information

    Educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Conor graduated in law from Magdalen College, Oxford (MA Jurisprudence) having also spent a year studying law at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris (Certificat Supérieur). He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn as a Prince of Wales Scholar. Conor is a keen sportsman and enjoys music and foreign travel.

Professional Practice

Simon specialises in complex high value financial work, including matrimonial finance, inheritance claims, probate and Court of Protection work as well as civil disputes between family members, trusts claims and civil enforcement, Simon is also a specialist in professional negligence claims (Solicitors and Barristers). He provides advocacy and advisory services in England and Wales, Gibraltar, Jersey, the Cayman Islands and further afield.

  • Recommendations

    Ranked in both Offshore and Matrimonial Finance categories
    “His legal knowledge and tactical expertise in family law are impressive. He is the tiger in your corner and a joy to instruct” (offshore)
    Legal 500 2023
    “‘Simon is incredibly bright and approachable. He is down to earth and has a lovely engaging manner with clients. He is thorough in his presentation and has encyclopedic knowledge of the law which enhances his presentation. His advocacy is calm and measured. He isn't afraid from complicated cases on either the facts or the law, indeed the more complex, the better.’”
    Legal 500 2023
    “Simon Calhaem gives incredibly robust advice, adopts a very commercial approach to his cases and is very good at giving the parameters of what a financial settlement should be. He's not afraid to run a case but is very pragmatic and always mindful of a potential settlement.”
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "A very bright and effective junior, who develops a good rapport with clients and judges."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Simon's impressive intellect and considerable experience are evident in each instruction, bringing reassurance and inspiring confidence in clients." (offshore)
    Legal 500 2022
    "Good both on paper and in his oral advocacy." "He is particularly good at giving clear, straightforward advice to clients." "He's strategic, he thinks deeply about his cases and he's personable."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Exceedingly clever, technically excellent and has a reassuring manner with clients." (offshore)
    The Legal 500 2021
    "So quick on his feet in court, Simon often out manoeuvres his opponents and remains unflappable in the face of judicial pressure." (Family - Divorce and Financial Remedy)
    The Legal 500 2021
  • Notable Cases

    • Simon -v- Simon & Level
      [2023] EWCA Civ 1048
    • Zhaolong Li (known as Nathan Li) v Oliver Simons
      [2023] EWHC 1626
    • RA v KS (interim Order for Sale)
      [2023] EWFC 102
    • Villiers v Villiers
      [2023] 1 FLR 1316; [2023] 2 All ER 897 (CoA)
    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2023] 1 FLR 388
    • TM v KM (compensation award)
      [2022] EWFC 155
    • Simon v Simon (Level intervening)
      [2022] EWFC 35
    • Simon v Simon (Level intervening)
      [2022] EWFC 29
    • Villiers v Villiers
      [2022] 1 FLR 513
    • LS v PS (Q Company (a litigation lender) intervening)
      [2021] EWHC 3508 (Fam)
    • Weisz v Weisz and others
      [2020] 2 FLR 95
    • C v C (Jersey)
      (2019) UKPC 40 [2020] 1 FLR 641
    • EB V LWB (and ors)
      [2017] EWHC 3624
    • Wyatt v Vince (No 2) (Settlement: Publicity)
      [2017] 1 FLR 1766
    • N v N
      [2016] EWCA Civ 945
    • A v B (Jersey Court of Appeal)
      [2016] JCA098
    • Wyatt v Vince
      [2015] UKSC 14
    • S V S
      [2014] EWHC 4732
    • Colborne v Colborne
      [2014] EWCA Civ 1488
    • L v M
      [2014] EWHC 2220
    • AM v SS (Legal Services Order)
      [2015] 1 FLR 972
    • Solomon v Solomon and Ors
      [2013] EWCA Civ 1095
    • Wyatt v Vince
      [2013] All ER (D) 109 (Jun), (CA)
    • McRoberts v McRoberts
      [2012] All ER (D) 12 (Nov), (Chd)
    • Foster v Foster (Cayman Islands Court of Appeal)
      [2011] (2) CILR 89
    • V v V (Divorce: Jurisdiction)
      [2011] 2 FLR 778
    • W v W (Financial Relief: Enforcement)
      [2011] 2 FLR 1268
    • K v B (Costs: Financial Relief)
      [2011] 1 FLR 1745
    • Bradley v Bradley (Security for Costs)
      [2008] 2 FLR 1433 (CA)
    • A v B (Damages: Paternity)
      [2007] 2 FLR 1051, [2007] 3 FCR 861 (QBD)
    • Kimber v Kimber (Writ Ne Exeat Regno)
      [2006] EWCA Civ 706, CA
    • Rowe v Clarke No2
      [2006] All ER (D) 124 (May)
    • Crossley v Crossley (TLATA)
      [2006] 2 FLR 813, CA
    • Rowe v Clarke (Probate)
      [2005] EWHC 3068 (Ch D)
    • LW v Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England (OFSTED)[Legal Argument on appropriate disposal]
      [2004] 270.EYSUS
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Guest Lecturer, University of the West Indies (Barbados) 2013-

    • ‘The Writ Ne Exeat Regno’ Family Law

    • ‘Express Trusts and Ancillary Relief’ Family Law

    • ‘Divorce and Recession’ Family Law

    • Co-author of Divorce & Bankruptcy: A Practical Guide for a Family Lawyer

    • Contributor to Duckworth’s Matrimonial Finance & Taxation (Bankruptcy)

    • Contributor to Ross Inheritance Act Claims and Challenges

  • Personal Information

    Simon was educated at Sir Thomas Alleynes School and then Mansfield College, Oxford (Jurisprudence MA). A member of the Denning Society he was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn as a Sir Thomas More Scholar, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of East London whilst a Bar Student at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1999. Married with two children Simon enjoys the countryside and yacht racing.

Professional Practice

University of Oxford, Jurisprudence Lady Templeman Scholar, Middle Temple Benefactors’ Scholar.

Ben’s practice encompasses all of the financial aspects of relationship breakdown including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, the separation of unmarried couples and financial provision for children, together with jurisdiction disputes. Ben is known for being an approachable and hands-on advocate, well skilled at complex financial cases and with a keen eye for detail. He is regularly praised for his good manner with clients and his willingness to provide assistance throughout the litigation process. Ben regularly lectures on a wide range of family law related topics and has authored a large number of articles.

Ben is also keen advocate of all forms of alternative dispute resolution.  He is regularly instructed to act as a private FDR / ENE tribunal and is a qualified arbitrator, both of which comprise a large part of his practice.  He is rated as ‘Band 1’ for ‘Private FDR Judges and Arbitrators’ in Legal 500, and is described as, ‘an excellent all-around tribunal for cases of all shapes and sizes. He has a relaxed but authoritative manner and is effective in bringing lay clients on board with his indications.’

  • Recommendations

    "Down to earth, approachable, extremely bright and knowledgeable. He gets to the crux of the matter immediately while remaining on top of the detail throughout, and provides clear, pragmatic, no-nonsense advice." "Ben is brilliant with the details. He can very quickly get a handle on complex issues and has a knack for explaining matters to clients in laymen's terms." "His written work is fantastic; he's detailed but he's got the experience to know when to drill down into the detail and when not to for fear of annoying the judge."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    ‘an excellent all-around tribunal for cases of all shapes and sizes. He has a relaxed but authoritative manner and is effective in bringing lay clients on board with his indications.’
    Band 1, Legal 500 2023
    ‘Ben is a hugely supportive barrister to work with. He understands the family dynamic and supports clients (and solicitors) to achieve the best outcomes. His judgement is excellent, and he’s a hugely persuasive advocate.’
    Legal 500 2023
    "He is quick to appraise the issues and seeks a proportionate outcome for his clients." "His analytical capabilities are something to watch. He is able to grasp extremely complex issues in a matter of seconds."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Ben is tactically brilliant, with a forensic mind and eager eye for detail. His preparation is flawless, and he always ensures that the client feels at ease.
    Legal 500 2022
    "Ben is agile in negotiations and always inspires confidence." "His ability to digest huge quantities of information and numbers without referring to them is so impressive." "One of the brightest lawyers around and a walking law encyclopedia."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    "Ben has sound judgement, methodical and detailed preparation, alongside an excellent understanding of the law. His preparation makes you feel at ease going to court settlement meetings."
    Legal 500 2021
    "Extremely clever and has an excellent grasp of complex financial matters." "He is an incredibly detailed barrister. If you've got a case where you need someone to go through the minutiae, he's your man. He's got a systematic way of approaching things and the paperwork he produces is always meticulous and well thought out."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    "Extremely clever with an excellent grasp of more complex financial matters."
    Legal 500 2020
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Ben regularly lectures on a wide range of family law related topics topics. Recent lectures include company issues in family law, finances in Children Act (1989) Sch 1 proceedings and the implications of death and bankruptcy on divorce proceedings.

       

      Ben also regularly writes articles on current legal topics.

  • Personal Information

    Ben is married with two children and lives in London.  When not at work (which does sometimes occur) Ben enjoys spending time with his children and travelling when he can.

Professional Practice

Sally specialises exclusively in the field of family finance and has been consistently recommended in that area by the major guides to the legal profession. She has maintained her top tier ranking in the Legal 500 (2023 edition) where she is described as a “simply superb” leading junior. Joining 29 Bedford Row in 2011, she has a predominantly London-based practice comprising substantial matrimonial disputes, commonly involving private companies, trusts or complex pension issues. In addition Sally has considerable experience of high value Schedule 1 claims.
  • Recommendations

    Sally is simply superb. She has an absolutely amazing intellect and her advocacy is second to none
    Legal 500 - 2023
    She is ferociously intelligent, with unfailing forensic knowledge of the papers and the issues in a case
    Legal 500 - 2022
    "A no-nonsense detail merchant who puts both instructing solicitors and clients at ease with her forensic approach and clear, firm advice." "She's approachable, friendly and someone who ensures clients are well prepared for what lies ahead." "She will read every piece of paper in a case and digest it fully."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    Razor sharp. Incredibly analytical and strategic. She is always meticulously prepared and knows her way around every page of a bundle. She is no nonsense and a very effective and powerful advocate.
    Legal 500 – 2021
    Her preparation is meticulous and she can recall all the facts in a case, making her a formidable opponent … Her ability to absorb complex information quickly is astonishing … Razor-sharp and does not miss a trick.
    Chambers & Partners – 2021
    She has a brain like a steel-trap and is hugely adept at relating to the client – a force to be reckoned with.
    Legal 500 - 2020
    Detail-focused, patient and surgically precise in her advice and advocacy. She’s an excellent negotiator and advocate.
    Chambers & Partners – 2020
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Co-author, Dictionary of Financial Remedies (Class Publishing).

    • Revised and updated the financial provision for children section in the ‘Children and Young Persons’ volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of England’ (2012 issue).

    • Sally lectures regularly on topical issues in the financial remedies field.

  • Personal Information

    Sally read law at King’s College, Cambridge. She is married with four children.

Professional Practice

Indira specialises in all aspects of children law, practising predominantly in the High Court and Principal Registry. Particulary known for her expertise in cases with an international element (especially those involving external relocation, child abduction or jurisdictional issues), her practice also encompasses the areas of residence and contact, internal relocation, serious cases of child abuse and adoption. She has a particular interest in – and vast experience of - cases concerning the Sub-Continent or the Middle East. Indira has appeared in numerous reported cases, including K v K (the most significant relocation decision of the last decade), and is recommended for private and international children law by all the major guides to the legal profession.
  • Recommendations

    "Indira is empathetic and pays real attention to detail. She has a gorgeous way of putting across her arguments - forceful but also measured." "She is good at managing clients' expectations, and has this knack of being able to read the judges and know when she's said enough."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A consummate children lawyer with a real empathy for the child and where the real-life solution lies. Brilliant with clients and without doubt a star of the specialist children Bar. "
    Legal 500 2022
    "Indira has impeccable judgement, and always knows which arguments to run and where to draw the line. Clients love her and the passion she brings to their cases – they really feel she is fighting for them. Solicitors love her as she is unwavering in her advice and doesn't sit on the fence."
    Chambers & Partners 2018
    ‘Clients love her and the passion she brings to their cases.’
    Legal 500 - 2018
    An extremely experienced and effective advocate in international children matters
    The Legal 500
    An extremely experienced private law children practitioner who receives praise for her skill in international abduction cases and proceedings relating to allegations of hostility. Expertise: "She has an amazing amount of enthusiasm for this work, and really does fight for every single case." "A very safe pair of hands in difficult and emotional children cases, who has very good client-handling skills."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    “Private children law specialist Indira Ramsahoye is a leading junior in the area of relocation … clients just love her"
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    "Recommended for matters with an international element."
    Legal 500 2015
    “International children cases are Indira Ramsahoye’s forte”
    Legal 500 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • Re T (Children) (Contact: application to replace indirect contact with supervised contact)
      [2013] All ER (D) 87 (Apr)
    • K v K (Relocation: Shared Care Arrangement)
      [2012] 2 FLR 880
    • R and R v A (Costs in Children Proceedings)
      [2011] 2 FLR 672
    • P v G (Family Law Act 1986: Jurisdiction)
      [2010] 2 FLR 1888
    • Re S (Foreign Contact Order)
      ) [2010] 1 FLR 982
    • RS v KS (Abduction: Wrongful Retention)
      [2009] 2 FLR 1231
    • Re W (Leave to Remove)
      [2008] 2 FLR 1170
    • Re L (Abduction: Future Consent)
      [2008] 1 FLR 914
    • Re C (Costs: Enforcement of Foreign Contact Order)
      [2008] 1 FLR 619
    • JPC v SLW and SMW
      [2007] 2 FLR 900
    • Best v Hesketh
      [2006] 1 FLR 593
    • Re S (Child: Financial Provision)
      [2005] 2 FLR 94
    • Re J (Abduction: Child’s Objections to Return)
      [2004] 2 FLR 64
    • Re A (Foreign Contact Order: Jurisdiction)
      [2004] 1 FLR 641
    • Re H (Child Abduction: Mother’s Asylum)
      [2003] 2 FLR 1105
    • Re M (Abduction) (Consent: Acquiescence)
      [1999] 1 FLR 171
    • T v T (Child Abduction: Non-Convention Country)
      [1998] 2 FLR 1110
    • Re M (Abduction: Psychological Harm)
      [1997] 2 FLR 690
    • Re K (Abduction: Consent)
      [1997] 2 FLR 212
    • Re P (Representation)
      [1996] 1 FLR 486
    • Re M (Abduction: Undertakings)
      [1995] 1 FLR 1021
    • Re R (Child Abduction: Acquiescence)
      [1995] 1 FLR 716
    • Essex County Council v F
      [1993] 1 FLR 847
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Regular lecturer, most recently on international relocation and on the impact of the 1996 Hague Convention.

  • Personal Information

    Indira read law at the University of London. She has a daughter and lives in London.

Professional Practice

Tenacious, quick-witted and charming, Georgina is a feisty matrimonial finance practitioner with a particular strength in dealing with, “difficult” clients. She is a Pegasus Scholar and a Middle Temple Benefactors’ Scholar.
  • Recommendations

    “A go –getter advocate with excellent judgment”.
    Chambers & Partners
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Lectured for Central Law Training, 2004-2006: ‘Ancillary Relief Update’ and ‘Advocacy in Ancillary Relief’.

  • Personal Information

    Interests are: Tibetan Buddhism, travel writing and Yoga. Speaks French and Italian.

Professional Practice

Following a decade in which Peter appeared in the Supreme Court twice (in Agbaje and Sharland) and in the Court of Appeal in a number of other leading cases (including Prest, Brack and Hart), Peter took Silk in 2020. He continues his high-profile appellate work, most recently leading the wife’s legal team in her successful and ground-breaking outing to the Court of Appeal in the latest stage of the decade-long Goddard-Watts litigation.

Peter specialises in all aspects of the law relating to relationship finance, with his work encompassing matrimonial finance and claims for financial provision for children, with an emphasis on complex financial cases involving substantial assets, trust structures, tax and valuation issues and/or requiring injunctive relief and/or third party disclosure; international jurisdictional disputes; and the drafting and enforcement of pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. He has particular expertise in the law on setting aside orders for non-disclosure (the subject matter of Sharland and Goddard-Watts) and on proceedings for contempt of court (at issue in Prest and Hart).

Peter prides himself on providing top-quality client care. He considers it essential that his clients are given the information and time to understand the advice he is giving and that he is available throughout proceedings to assist, if called upon to do so. He is ranked as a leader in his field in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Spears 500. The 2022 volume of Legal 500 records that “Peter is the most charming intellect in the business. He is a wonderful advocate who makes every client feel special and in the right hands.” Whilst the 2023 volume of Chambers & Partners describes him as “a fantastic person to pick up the phone to and run issues by. He’s personable, charismatic, and excellent. He’s a nice man with a great intellect who delivers results” and as having “a quick brain and an easy rapport with clients”.

Peter has utilised his standing in the profession and rapport with clients to develop a busy additional practice as a Private FDR evaluator and has an enviable reputation for promoting settlement, even in the most contentious of cases.

  • Recommendations

    "A persuasive advocate who keeps cases in proportion." "He cares passionately about both the law and the individuals caught up in the process." "A charming practitioner with a serious intellect who is adored by clients."
    Chambers and Partner 2022
    "A silk at the top of his game. He always prepares meticulously and brings the perfect combination of wit, charm and pure intellect to the table."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Working with Peter is an absolute joy, and a weight off any instructing solicitor's mind. He has a heart of gold, is always willing to help guide the case, and has an intellect and quickness on his feet that reassures you that you could not be doing a better job for your client."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    ‘Leaves no stone unturned.’
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    Experienced in big-money cases
    The Legal 500
    Handles the examination and preparation of nuptial agreements alongside complex ancillary relief proceedings, including those involving special contributions and non-marital assets. Expertise: "A real character. He's a man with a great brain who is a brilliant strategic planner. A first choice for top-end work."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    An expert in ancillary relief and TOLATA issues. He has particular knowledge of offshore wealth issues, trusts, companies and bankruptcy. Expertise: "An excellent advocate, who is strong on paperwork and shows great attention to detail. Clients feel he really fights their corner."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    ‘Expertise in complex financial cases involving substantial assets.’
    Legal 500 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • Goddard-Watts v. Goddard-Watts
      [2023] EWCA Civ 115
    • MB v EB (No 2)
      [2019] EWHC 3676 (Fam)
    • MB v EB
      [2019] EWHC 1649 (Fam)
    • Brack v. Brack
      [2018] EWCA Civ 2862 and [2020] EWHC 2142 (Fam)
    • Hart v. Hart
      [2016] EWCA Civ 497, [2017] EWCA Civ 1306 and [2018] EWCA Civ 1053
    • Prest v. Prest
      [2015] EWCA Civ 714
    • Sharland v Sharland
      [2015] UKSC 60
    • C v. C (Appeal: Hadkinson Order)
      [2011] 1 FLR 434
    • Agbaje v. Agbaje
      [2010] UKSC 10
  • Personal Information

    Peter was a professional musician before coming to the Bar. He lives in London and loves his job – as well as his time away from work!

Professional Practice

Lynsey is an established and busy family practitioner whose practice is predominantly financial remedy work on divorce/dissolution. Lynsey’s work has a particular emphasis on cases with an international dimension and cases which involve complex company valuation or trust issues.
  • Recommendations

    "Able to grasp the facts of the case quickly and understand what the client wants in terms of an outcome." "She is warm, caring and able to distil issues and explain them simply to clients. She is their support and she gains their trust swiftly." "Always thoroughly prepared and effective."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "She's absolutely stupendous; frighteningly clever and someone who puts in the extra mile on her cases."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    'A junior of choice in really high net worth complex cases involving trusts, private company and public company interests. She is exceptionally clever, exceptionally bright and produces schedules and spreadsheets that have top be seen top be believed.'
    Chambers and Partner 2018
    'Lynsey is enormously helpful and constructive in her approach to cases. She's hard-working, detailed and focused on what is important in a case- she's a good tactician.'
    Chambers and Partners 2017
    Deals principally with complex matrimonial finance disputes, particularly those concerning multi-jurisdictional dimensions. Expertise: "Phenomenal, particularly in court appearances. She's forthright and extremely knowledgeable." "A very safe pair of hands and one of the brightest stars of her call at the Family Bar."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    Up and coming, she is making a mark handling ancillary financial relief cases. Commentators say she is good on cases with international elements. Expertise: "A tenacious and a very good advocate."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • Divall v Divall
      [2014] Fam Law 781
    • Price v Price
      [2014] All ER (D) 28 (Jun)
    • Shield v Shield
      [2014] All ER (D) 27
    • Shield v Shield
      [2013] EWHC 3525 (Fam)
    • D v D and the I Trust
      [2011] 2 FLR 29
    • B v B
      [2010] All ER (D) 61
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Assistant Editor of Family Affairs

    • Regular lecturer, most recently on ‘Enforcement of financial remedy orders, home and away’, ‘Update on Impact of Trusts in Financial Remedy Cases’ and ‘Impact of the Supreme Court decision in Prest’

    • Contributor to CPDcast

  • Personal Information

    Enjoys skiing, polo and travel. An avid Arsenal and Welsh rugby supporter.

Professional Practice

Primarily practises in the area of Financial Remedy to which he brings an experienced and no nonsense approach.
  • Recommendations

    "He is knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience across family law." "A skilled advocate who is good at keeping a grip on the overall case detail while adapting to what is happening in court." "He is tenacious and doesn't shirk from any battles."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "He is tenacious, direct, and inspires the confidence of clients and solicitors by arming himself with shield and sword when necessary to fight his client’s corner."
    Legal 500 2022
    "He is excellent, very feisty, and a very good cross-examiner." "Always well prepared, able and pragmatic."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    ‘Very clever and very numerate.’
    The Legal 500 2019
    “He’s experienced, reliable. Knowledgeable and someone who gives accurate advice. Although a tough lawyer who can stand up to his client, he’s a nice, modest guy to work with”
    Chambers and Partners 2018
  • Notable Cases

    • T v F
      [2016] EWFC 26
    • Matharu v Matharu
      [1994] 2 FLR 597
    • Currey v Currey
      [2005] 1 FLR 952
    • V v V (divorce; jurisdiction)
      [2011] 2 FLR 778
    • Yates v Yates
      [2013] 2 FLR 1070
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Frequent lecturer.

  • Personal Information

    Former Royal Naval Officer. Lives in London and Dorset. Interests include cricket and national hunt racing.

Professional Practice

Amber’s practice covers all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance and disputes involving children (including Schedule 1 provision and relocation cases). Amber has a particular interest in cases with a foreign element, and has appeared as a junior in a number of complex, high value Part III MPFA 1984 cases. Amber was a shortlisted Young Family Barrister of the Year in 2012 and was featured in Spear's Wealth as a "rising star" of family law.
  • Recommendations

    "A fearless advocate who always has all the facts of a case at her fingertips." "She gains the trust and respect of her clients, who feel she understands their issues and is willing to fight their corner." "She's at the top of her game - she works hard and has a great manner with clients.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A tenacious advocate with an eye for detail and excellent judgement."
    Legal 500 2022
    "A great strategist, who has a keen eye for negotiation and getting the best settlement for a client. She's hard-working, committed and supportive." "Amber is fearless, great with clients, has good judgement and is a great advocate and negotiator.”
    Chambers & Partners 2020, Band 2
    "Quick to assimilate detail and salient issues on a case. Is a calm presence in long negotiations and clients take to her quickly and trust her. She is very accessible and user friendly for her instructing solicitors."
    Legal 500 2020
    ‘Very bright, determined and hardworking.’
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    "Amber is extremely hard-working, has excellent judgement and throws herself into a case."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    “Has a level of judgement which is way beyond her years. She’s very good on her feet and completely unflappable both in court and in conference with clients.”
    Chambers and Partners 2018
    “A shrewd negotiator and one to watch for the future. She is cool and level-headed.”
    Chambers and Partners 2017
    Already being led on some of the biggest cases, she has a strong reputation for her fantastic attention to detail, and has quickly developed an expertise in complex financial cases with an international element. She also deals with private law children matters. "She's a thorough individual whose paperwork is top-drawer. It's precise, punchy and completely on point. She's hugely intelligent and for someone so young she's got precocious judgement."
    Chambers & Partners 2016
    One of the best young juniors in the world of complex matrimonial finance. Her cases often concern issues of beneficial ownership of marital and overseas assets. Expertise: "She's a wonderfully talented young lady who's very poised and very nice to work with." Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning the beneficial ownership of company shares worth in the region of £25 million.
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    A matrimonial finance junior already turning heads thanks to a run of recent successes, including a number in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Expertise: "Incredibly hard-working and has wonderful judgement."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • Nieman v Withers LLP
      [2022] EWHC 2237 (QB)
    • Alireza v Radwan & others
      [2017] EWCA Civ 1545
    • Chai v Peng & Others
      [2017] EWHC 792 (Fam)
    • NR v AB
      [2016] EWHC 277 (Fam)
    • Seagrove v Sullivan
      [2015] 2 FLR 602
    • Shield v Shield
      [2014] EWHC 23 (Fam)
    • Shield v Shield
      [2013] EWHC 3525 (Fam)
    • Agbaje v Agbaje
      [2010] 1 FLR 1813
    • Golubovich v Golubovich
      [2010] 2 FLR 1614
    • Golubovich v Golubovich
      [2011] 2 FLR 1193
    • Golubovich v Golubovich
      [2011] EWCA Civ 528
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Amber regularly lectures on a range of family law-related subjects.

Professional Practice

Victoria is listed in Chambers & Partners UK as a ‘Leading Junior’ in the area of Matrimonial Finance.

Victoria practices in all areas of Family Law with particular emphasis on matrimonial finance work and private law children matters.

She is equally able to handle both the financial and the children issues allowing her to deal with all aspects of family breakdown.
Her reported cases reflect the flexibility of her practice; including high net worth financial remedy matters and private children cases.

Victoria is an experienced Mediator dealing with both finances and children.

  • Recommendations

    "An intelligent and thoughtful advocate." "She cuts through to the main issues and is effective in a conciliatory way." "She's straightforward and works to reach an agreement."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "An experienced counsel with a full skill-set. She does excellent preparatory work, is good with the clients, has a good working relationship with the judiciary and has strong advocacy skills. " "Victoria has an incredible ability to weigh up all the information, analyse it and maximise its use."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    "Victoria really invests in the case, and is tactically quite canny." "She is meticulous in her preparation."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    'She comes across as very soft to start but she's like steel. Very good at giving the client the odds and risks involved, she points out the good and bad points.'
    Chambers and Partner 2018
    'She has a very considered style, is thoughtful and has a sophisticated approach. She's impressive but does not showboat or strut. She has no ego'
    Chambers & Partners 2017
    "She's always very incisive and able to cut straight to the crux of a problem. She's an excellent cross-examiner - -“
    Chambers & Partners 2016
    Specialises in both financial and private law children matters, and is strong on cases involving multi-jurisdictional disputes. Expertise: "She's very quick to pick up something. She grasps it, absorbs it and runs with it. She can step into the breach and get the result."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    ‘Always a very capable and steady pair of hands’
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • CC v NC
      [2014] EWHC 703 (Fam)
    • N v F
      [2011] EWHC 586 (Fam)
    • M v M (Divorce: Domicile)
      [2011] 1 FLR 919
    • Re H (Contact Order)
      [2010] 2 FLR 866
    • M v M
      [2009] EWHC 1941 (Fam)
    • Paulin v Paulin
      [2009] 2 FLR 354
    • RH v RH (Ancillary Relief: Costs)
      [2008] 2 FLR 2142
    • W (A Child)
      [2008] EWCA Civ 1181
    • El Faragy v El Faragy & Ors
      [2007] EWCA Civ 1149
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Victoria lectures and writes articles on various aspects of matrimonial law; recent topics have included: the matrimonial home, inherited assets, and bankruptcy.
  • Personal Information

    BA (Hons) English, History, Philosophy, University of Exeter; CPE Postgraduate Law Diploma, University of Westminster; Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law. Married with 3 children. Speaks good Spanish.

Professional Practice

Miriam is instructed in all areas of family law work; she represents clients in both complex and high net worth financial remedy proceedings and also in Children Act cases, as well as cases with a jurisdictional element. Miriam was a junior in the Supreme Court case of Wyatt v Vince, which considered the relationship between the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Family Procedure Rules 2010 in relation to Strike Out applications. Miriam’s experience working in American politics has equipped her with a confident, robust approach and she combines this with an easy manner with clients and an eye for detail.

  • Recommendations

    ‘Miriam relishes a collegiate approach to her cases. She is contactable and accessible, and her client manner is excellent, and she does not shy away from providing tough advice. She is an excellent advocate, able to delve into the detail and present her arguments robustly if required.'
    Legal 500 2024
    "She is fantastic with clients, not afraid of a fight in court and someone who is really hands-on."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "She's really bold and brave in her advocacy and she's great with clients. Very empathetic, she works very hard to get them onside, and certainly gains their trust very quickly.”
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "She is a very hard-working, skilled barrister who is always attuned to the demeanour of the tribunal."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "A formidable advocate, who's very sharp-witted and forensic in her approach."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    “Miriam is an exceptionally bright and able junior barrister. She is personable, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with.”
    Miles Geffin - Mishcon de Reya
    “Miriam is the one of the very brightest and most attentive of juniors, very user friendly for clients and solicitors alike.”
    Rosie Schumm - Forsters
  • Notable Cases

    • CG v DL No 2
      [2023] EWFC 238
    • CG v DL
      [2023] EWFC 82
    • Wyatt v Vince
      [2015] UKSC 14
    • Vince v Wyatt
      [2013] EWCA Civ 495
  • Personal Information

    Miriam was educated at Marlborough College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Before coming to the Bar, Miriam lived in New York City and Chicago where she worked in American politics, as a press secretary to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and on the Obama For America election campaigns. Miriam enjoys cooking and entertaining, playing tennis and looking at art.

Professional Practice

Specialises in high value matrimonial finance disputes and related claims, including those involving trusts, jurisdiction disputes and international forum disputes. Anthony also accepts instructions to act in a quasi–judicial capacity at a ‘private FDR’.

  • Recommendations

    "A brilliant advocate whose written work is really punchy and extremely persuasive. He can be very tenacious, knowing he's got the facts behind him." "He's very quick to get to the heart of a case and focus intently on what's important. His is a nice advocacy style; he's candid and discards what is not relevant, focusing instead on the things the court will be interested in." "Anthony is an outstanding advocate and strategist with huge energy and a real passion for his work."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "Anthony is an excellent advocate and always digs to get to the bottom of an issue, leaving no stone unturned."
    Legal 500 2024
    "Anthony Geadah is tenacious, fearless and confidence-inspiring." "He's someone that's always happy to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into a case. He's phenomenal with clients and such a delight to deal with."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "Anthony is fearless, prepares meticulously and inspires confidence in clients."
    Legal 500 2023
    "His style of cross-examination and persuasion of judges is subtle but effective." "He is pithy, responsive and puts up a fight on worldwide enforcement orders." "A good negotiator with a no-nonsense approach."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Anthony is a confident barrister, and his advocacy is solid and persuasive."
    Legal 500 2022
    'Is thorough and tenacious with an amazing eye for detail. His advocacy is extremely strong.’
    Legal 500 (Leading Junior: Family (Including Divorce and Financial Remedy)
  • Notable Cases

    • M v F
      [2018] All ER (D) 150 (Jun) - Appeal hearing Mostyn J (08.05.18)
    • Ladwa v Chapman
      2018 (Chancery Division)
    • Hamilton v Hamilton
      [2013] EWCA Civ 13
    • F (Children) (2010)
      [2010] EWCA Civ 554
    • MB v KB
      [2007] 2 FLR 586
    • Green v Green
      [2006] EWCH 2010 (Fam)
    • Hamilton v Hamilton (First Instance) Family Division Parker J

  • Personal Information

    Anthony was educated at the Maidstone Grammar School before reading Law at King's College London. He is married with two children.

Professional Practice

Christopher has been described as “the go-to silk for financial cases with trust elements.” He has appeared in many of the leading cases in this area, such as Charalambous v Charalambous, Ben Hashem v Shayif, A v A & St George Trustees and Prest v Petrodel. He has spoken on this subject, and on wider issues concerning assets held in the names of third parties nationally and internationally, and has written or co-written numerous publications on the topic. His non-contentious work substantially comprises providing trustees with advice on adopting policies to avoid becoming embroiled in matrimonial litigation, including the use of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. More generally, Christopher is often instructed in high net worth cases with international elements and/or complex asset holding structures, in particular where valuation, disclosure or enforcement issues are to the fore or where pre-post nuptial agreements are featured. He frequently receives instructions from related overseas jurisdictions including Hong Kong and the Caribbean in relation to both English and overseas proceedings and has appeared in the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man on a number of occasions. Christopher also has particular knowledge and experience of cohabitation cases and related Schedule 1 issues. He appeared in a number of important Court of Appeal cases in this field such as Oxley v Hiscock and Prazic v Prazic. Christopher accepts instructions to act as a private FDR judge both in England.
  • Recommendations

    "He is good at unravelling trust issues in complex matrimonial cases." "Christopher is clear, precise, responsive, and good at explaining issues to clients." "He holds the client at the centre of cases and focuses on what they need."
    Chambers and Partner 2021
    "A shrewd tactician and a force to be reckoned with in court."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Incredibly skilled advocate with a great courtroom presence." "Technically astute and excellent at dealing with complex matters."
    Chambers & Partners 2021
    "Excellent client skills - makes impenetrable legal constructs accessible and understandable."
    Legal 500 2021
    ‘Is an accomplished and charismatic advocate who has an easy rapport with clients.’
    Legal 500 (2020)
    'His oral advocacy is thoughtful yet robust and firm, and he is highly intelligent.’
    Legal 500 2016
    "Highly intelligent and an absolute expert in his field when handling very high net worth trust work and company issues. He is down to earth, which endears him to the clients. He gives clients full advice, and is a calm and considered advocate whose written work is incredibly detailed.”
    Chambers & Partners 2016
    The go-to silk for financial cases with trust elements, and the king of detail
    The Legal 500
    Involved in numerous international financial disputes pertaining to complex trust and offshore asset holdings. Expertise: "Christopher is extremely approachable and good to work with. His client care skills are second to none and I have never had anything less than an excellent experience with him and glowing feedback from clients." "The go-to person for company and trust aspects."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    ‘Has the rare gift of being able to explain staggeringly complex issues with clarity.'
    Legal 500 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • Giggs v Giggs
      [2017] EWHC 822
    • Chai v Peng & Others
      [2017] EWHC 792
    • Seagrove v Sullivan
      [2015] 2 FLR 602
    • Gohil v Gohil
      [2014] EWCA Civ 274
    • Shield v Shield
      [2014] EWHC 23 (Fam)
    • Shield v Shield
      [2013] EWHC 3525 (Fam)
    • SK v TK
      [2013] EWHC 834 (Fam)
    • M v M & Others
      [2013] EWHC 2534 (Fam)
    • Hamilton v Hamilton
      [2013] EWCA Civ 13
    • Musa & Others v Holliday & Others
      [2012] EWCA Civ 1268
    • Prest v Prest & Petrodel Resources Ltd
      [2011] EWHC (Fam) 2956
    • D v D & M Ltd
      (21 September 2011) High Court of the Isle of Man
    • Vaughan v Vaughan
      [2010] EWCA Civ 349
    • B v R
      [2010] 1 FLR 563
    • Ben Hashem v Shayif
      [2008] EWHC 2380
    • A v A & St George Trustees Ltd
      [2007] 2 FLR 467
    • Prazic v Prazic
      [2006] EWCA Civ 497
    • Oxley v Hiscock
      [2005] Fam 211
    • Charalambous v Charalambous
      [2005] Fam 250
    • Ahmed v Gould
      [2005] EWCA Civ 1829
    • C v C (Variation of Post-Nuptial Settlement: Company Shares)
      [2003] 2 FLR 493
    • B v B (Financial Provision: Welfare of Child and Conduct)
      [2002] 1 FLR 555
    • Rampal v Rampal (No 2)
      [2001] 2 FLR 1179
    • Purba v Purba
      [2000] 1 FLR 444
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Christopher is a co-author of Cohabitation and Trusts of Land (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn published 2009).
    • He also contributed a section on dealing with trusts in ancillary relief proceedings to Peter Duckworth’s standard work Matrimonial Property and Finance.
    • He has provided evidence of English law for use in overseas proceedings, has written numerous articles for a range of professional journals (including Family Law, Family Affairs and Trusts and Trustees) and has lectured nationally and internationally to the profession and the judiciary on a range of issues relating to matrimonial finance.
  • Personal Information

    Married, with children. Occasional footballer/cricketer/golfer. Enthusiastic follower of Manchester City FC and the England Rugby team. Education: Glossop School, University of Essex.

Professional Practice

Lee Arnot is a senior junior barrister, with particular expertise in matrimonial finance and private law children work, often representing clients in respect of both aspects of their case. In matrimonial finance, he is instructed in cases dealing with complex financial disputes, including high net worth assets, trusts and company assets, as well as high conflict children cases involving allegations of alienation, serious allegations of abuse, and permanent relocation abroad. He is regularly instructed in public law cases, and private law cases with a background of social services involvement. He has been rated in the main directories for many years and appears in numerous reported cases. 

Lee is a Recorder sitting in Family and Crime on the Northern Circuit.

He also sits as Deputy District Judge in the Financial Remedies Court, as well as in private law children’s work, in London, including the Central Family Court. 

He undertakes private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluation and is a qualified arbitrator (Children) through the Institute of Family Arbitrators (IFLA) scheme.

  • Recommendations

    "Lee Arnot is superb and a brilliant tactician. He knows the law inside out and he knows how to work the court." "He is forensic, great with clients and generally a pleasure to work with. You know you'll get the best possible outcome when he's involved."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    "Lee has excellent advocacy skills, highly intelligent, excellent with clients, and reliable."
    Legal 500 2023
    "Calm, focused and persuasive with judges. He manages clients well and gives honest, sound advice." "He provides clear direction for clients and instructing solicitors alike."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Absolutely brilliant on children law and so calm and astute. He can make anyone feel so re-assured. A brilliant tactician and great to work with. An amazing advocate reads the court so well."
    Legal 500 2022
    ‘Works harder than others and achieves excellent outcomes as a result.’
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    "He's absolutely formidable, an immensely good strategist, and hugely thorough." "He is superb; he's intelligent, quick to grasp the important issues and personable with it."
    Chambers and Partyners 2019
    "He's absolutely formidable, an immensely good strategist, and hugely thorough." "He is superb; he's intelligent, quick to grasp the important issues and personable with it."
    Chambers & Partners 2019
    ‘Works harder than others and achieves excellent outcomes as a result.’
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    Very measured and persuasive, and cool when under pressure
    The Legal 500
    Manages a diverse practice relating to matrimonial finance as well as complex private and public law children proceedings. Some of his cases concern difficult circumstances of physical and emotional abuse and the examination of medical and police evidence. Expertise: "His breadth of knowledge is incredibly helpful, and he has an understanding of how conflict can affect clients."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    "He really understands children work. He really gets to the heart of what the case is all about."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    "An intelligent practitioner, with great judgement and attuned forensic skills"
    Legal 500 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • B-T (A Child: Threshold Conditions)
      [2020] EWCA Civ / 697 [2020] 1 WLR 4469
    • Re V (A Child)
      [2013] EWCA Civ. 1649
    • MA v RS (Contact: Parenting Roles)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1056
    • Re M (Contact: Long-Term Best Interests)
      [2006] 1 FLR 627
    • A v A (Shared Residence)
      [2004] 1 FLR 1195
    • Re W (Minors) (Care Order: Adequacy of Care Plan)
      [2002] 1 FLR 815.
  • Personal Information

    Married. Lives in London.

Professional Practice

Judith has a significant practice in matrimonial finance and the financial consequences on the breakdown of civil partnership and cohabitation. She has specialist experience in cases involving farms, trusts, businesses, and significant wealth. Judith is often instructed in cases that have parallel private law children proceedings which may have implications on the outcome of financial proceedings. She has substantial experience in private law children proceedings, and a particular interest in relocation cases. She endeavours to approach all cases in a pragmatic way, with an eye to swift and economic resolution where possible. Nevertheless, she is ready to challenge an inappropriate opposition case with robust and firm resolve at trial where necessary
  • Recommendations

    I’ve worked with Judith for many years. What you are assured of is a thorough understanding of the nuances of her brief, pragmatism and commerciality. Furthermore, Judith is a superb negotiator and advocate who is able to read her tribunal and has its respect and confidence. She’s robust when the circumstances demand and she is able to be supportive of a vulnerable client in equal measure. Judith is responsive, very approachable and she will work with you as a team. Her skill set enables her to quickly secure the trust and confidence of the client. If you use her for the first time I am sure you’ll have that feeling of trust equally swiftly.
    Robert Williams - Managing Partner at Family Law Partners, Arbitrator and Deputy District Judge
    Our clients consistently thank me for recommending Judith to represent their interests. She is an exceptional advocate and negotiator, with an eye for detail, who instils confidence by virtue of her persuasive, insightful and empathetic approach. Her knowledge of the law and its relevance to the particular circumstances of her client’s case is exemplary. Our clients are invariably confident that they are in the hands of an expert. I couldn’t recommend Judith more highly. Quite frankly, she’s brilliant and that is the feedback I invariably receive from grateful clients.
    Yashin Masoliver - Partner/Head of Family Department.
  • Notable Cases

    • Re B (Interim Care Order: Directions)
      [2002] 1 FLR 545
    • Greenwich London Borough Council v H
      [1996] 2 FLR 736
  • Personal Information

    Judith is a Blackstone Exhibitioner and Middle Temple Scholar. Married with 3 children. She has a keen interest in travel and has lived and worked abroad. She enjoys sport and many outdoor pursuits with her children and also theatre, music and museums whenever she has an opportunity! She runs a school debating society and conducts mock trials in order to teach students about advocacy and presentation.

Professional Practice

Principally known for his expertise in high net worth financial remedy cases, including those with complex international aspects.

  • Recommendations

    "He prepares meticulously and his advocacy is like honey." "A detailed, fastidious barrister who has incredible advocacy skills." "He sees the strengths and weaknesses of cases quickly, and gets to the point of doing the deal when it's in his client's interest to do so."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Brent is an exceptional advocate. He has a masterful command of the language and will be able to find the perfect word to fit in all circumstances. He is calm and persuasive and will ensure that the least attractive submission is made as attractive as possible."
    Legal 500 2022
    "A fantastic advocate who's very good on the law, has good judgement and takes the heat out of the case." "He's got a particular ability to explain complicated, high-risk areas of law in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way."
    Chambers & Partners 2020
    "Brent is an excellent strategist, who is clever all day long and can see the wood for the trees." "He's an eloquent advocate, who is approachable and thorough."
    Chambers & Partners 2019
    ‘Tactically superb.’
    The Legal 500 2019
  • Notable Cases

    • DH v RH (No3) (Final Hearing)
      [2024] EWFC 79
    • The Incorporated Trustees of Great Calling Ministries Worldwide v Auguster Omonigho Irabor & Anor
      [2024] EWHC 803 (Fam)
    • GA v EL (No 2) (Post Separation Accrual)
      [2023] EWFC 206
    • GA v EL
      [2023] EWFC 187
    • Cazalet v Abu-Zalaf
      [2023] EWCA Civ 1065
    • McClean v McClean & Ors
      [2023] EWHC 1735 (Fam)
    • OLGA CAZALET (otherwise ANGELA JILINA) -v- WALID ABU-ZALAF
      [2022] EWFC 119
    • VV v VV
      [2022] EWFC 46
    • VV v VV
      [2022] EWFC 41
    • MG v GM
      [2022] EWFC 8
    • Hasan v Ul-Hasan (Deceased) Anor
      [2021] EWHC 1791 (Fam)
    • Moher v Moher
      [2019] EWCA Civ 1482
    • ABX v SBX
      [2018] EWFC 81 (Fam)
    • Rothschild v Charmaine De Souza
      [2018] EWHC 1855 (Fam)
    • B v B
      [2017] EWHC (Fam)
    • Rapp v Sarre
      [2016] EWCA Civ 93
    • BD v FD (No 2)
      [2016] EWHC 594 (Fam)
    • MAP v MFP
      [2015] EWHC 627 (Fam)
    • R v R and Others
      [2013] EWHC 4244 (Fam)
    • BN v MA
      [2013] EWHC 4250 (Fam)
    • EA v AP
      [2013] EWHC 2344 (Fam)
    • T v M
      [2013] EWHC 1585 (Fam)
    • V v V (Prenuptial Agreement)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1315
    • M v M (Financial Provision)
      [2011] 1 FLR 1773
    • RH v RH (Ancillary Relief: Costs)
      [2008] 2 FLR 2142
    • McFarlane v McFarlane; Parlour v Parlour
      [2004] 2 FLR 893, CA
    • A v A; B v B
      [2000] 1 FLR 701, FD

Professional Practice

Nominated by Chambers and Partners for ‘Silk of the Year in 2016’, The Legal 500 'Family Silk of the Year in 2018' and Shortlisted for the Legal 500 'Family and Children Silk of the year 2020', Jonathan appears regularly in very highly complex financial remedy cases many of which are reported. He is very highly regarded by solicitors – and see Recommendations below.

  • Recommendations

    "Jonathan Southgate is a fantastic courtroom advocate and commands the attention of the court. He's able to take on challenging points with a confidence that elevates the strength of his case."
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    "You cannot fault his advice. Whatever the issue in the case he's always right in what he says about how to manage it and get the best outcome."
    "He gives clients a fantastic run for their money and he's an iron fist in a velvet glove. He's charming but very gritty and determined when pursuing clients' cases to get the result that they want."
    "Jonathan is strategic and focused. He is calm and organised. He is incredibly good at managing difficult clients."
    Legal 500 2024
    "He's persuasive, intellectually agile and someone with a great head for numbers. He turns that to fabulous advantage when he's on his feet." "A robust advocate who's not scared to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in, no matter how difficult the case." "A numerical wizard who is always on top of the figures."
    "Jonathan is very persuasive advocate, a great strategist, robust and tenacious."
    Chambers and Partners 2023
    Jonathan Southgate KC has a formidable practice representing household names and high net worth individuals in tremendously high-value matrimonial finance proceedings. He is commended for his tenacity in court and his commercial awareness during divorce.
    Legal 500 2023
    "Jonathan Southgate is a fantastic barrister, who's very tactical and strategic in his approach."
    "He's absolutely mind-blowingly brilliant; he completely taps into his cases, is very responsive and is a sensational advocate. In everything he does he's very calm and self-assured, but also quite tough. He's prepared to correctly push points that solicitors might not think are worth the trouble."
    Ranked as Star Individual
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Jonathan is at the top of his game: a highly intelligent, personable and extremely persuasive advocate who knows his case inside out. Judges listen to him and respect him"
    Ranked Tier 1 (Leading Silks)
    Legal 500 2022
    "At the top in terms of level of representation, advice and client care, he is a joy to work with." "Approachable, kind and fiercely intelligent, he is very respectful in court." "A highly strategic, tenacious and effective advocate."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    ‘Is an excellent advocate. He is highly persuasive - taking time to address points made against him in a clear, and intelligent manner. He is a formidable strategist.’
    Legal 500 2021
    ‘Very commercial and highly strategic, with an ability to look at the big picture as well as attend to the minute detail,’ ‘Huge stamina, work rate, and a great team player.’
    2021 Spears Family Law Index
    "An absolute master of the detail in a case and a good advocate." "Incisive in his cross-examination, he's like a dog with a bone in cases and he's got a good command of the wider issues within them."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    ‘The financial silk who everyone wants on their side – hugely in demand and for good reason – an extremely bright and persuasive advocate.’
    Legal 500 (2020)
    "Highly intelligent and forcefully charming. He's a fine strategist, who is extremely calm under fire." "He's a persuasive advocate, who will steer a case and deliver every time."
    Chambers and Partners 2018/19
    'Increasingly a go-to figure for the complex big money cases.’
    Legal 500 2018
    "Despite only having taken silk a few years ago, Jonathan is a match for any other QC at the Family Bar. Frighteningly bright but always calm, he can charm even the most difficult client."
    Chambers and Partners 2017
    ‘A very impressive Court performer, who is measured, astute and wise beyond his years.’
    The Legal 500 - 2016
    "So bright he almost shines." "He has made a seamless transition into silk. He's a tenacious advocate with the ear of the court. He is very tactical in his approach and reassuring for clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2016
    A dedicated matrimonial finance silk who has particular expertise in cases pertaining to substantial assets, premarital holdings and complex nuptial agreements. Expertise: "He's a wizard who has great judgement and offers fine client-handling and advocacy skills." "Good with figures, he makes the complex appear simple."
    Chambers and Partners 2015
    “Having made silk in 2013, Jonathan Southgate QC continues to rise in prominence in the matrimonial finance arena. He wins tremendous praise from fellow barristers and instructing solicitors … described as a great advocate and very thorough."
    Chambers and Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • CG v DL (No 2)
      [2023] EWFC 238
    • BL v OR
      [2023] EWFC 229
    • GA v EL (No.2)
      [2023] EWFC 206
    • GA v EL
      [2023] EWFC 187
    • TRNS v TRNK
      [2023] EWFC 133
    • AZ v AG
      [2023] EWHC 2014 (Fam)
    • Simon -v- Simon & Level
      [2023] EWCA Civ 1048
    • CG v DL
      [2023] EWFC 82 (Fam)
    • Gallagher v Gallagher (No.2)(Financial Remedies)
      [2022] EWFC 53
    • Gallagher v Gallagher (No.1)(Reporting Restrictions)
      [2022] EWFC 52
    • XZ v YZ
      [2022] EWFC 49
    • Simon v Simon & Level (no 3)
      [2022] EWFC 35
    • Simon v Simon & Level (Joinder)
      [2022] EWFC 29
    • MG v GM (MPS LSPO)
      [2022] EWFC 8
    • Mostyn-Williams v Mostyn Williams
      [2021] EWFC 123
    • LS v PS
      [2021] EWFC 108
    • Christoforou -v- Christoforou
      [2020] EWHC 43 (Fam)
    • WG v HG
      [2018] EWFC 84
    • Sharp v Sharp
      [2017] EWCA Civ 408
    • AB v FC
      [2016] EWHC 3285 (Fam)
    • Christoforou v Christoforou
      [2016] EWHC 2988 (Fam)
    • T v F
      [2016] EWFC 26
    • AE v BE
      [2014] EWHC 4868 (Fam)
    • JS and RS
      [2015] EWHC 2921 (Fam)
    • S v S
      [2014] EWHC 4732
    • Ahmed and Mehmet v Mustafa
      [2014] EWCA Civ 277
    • R v R (Financial Remedies: Needs and Practicalities)
      [2013] 1 FLR 120
    • DR v GR and Others (Financial Remedy: Variation of Overseas Trust)
      [2013] EWHC 1196 (Fam)
    • BJ v MJ (Financial Remedy: Overseas Trusts)
      [2011] EWHC 2708 (Fam)
    • Golubovich v Golubovich
      [2010] EWCA Civ 810
    • H v H
      [2009] EWHC 3739 (Fam)
    • McFarlane v McFarlane
      [2009] EWHC 891 (Fam)
    • P v P
      [2010] 1 FLR 1126
    • P v P (Financial Relief: Procedure)
      [2009] 1 FLR 696
    • Kimber v Kimber (Writ Ne Exeat Regno)
      [2006] EWCA Civ 706
    • Kimber v Brookman Solicitors
      [2004] 2 FLR 221
    • Reid v Reid
      [2004] 1 FLR 736
    • Corbett v Corbett
      [2003] 2 FLR 385
  • Personal Information

    Married with 3 children. Lives in London.

Professional Practice

As a financial remedy specialist of long standing, Peter combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with a commercial approach to resolving disputes. As he says, “You have to put emotions to one side and solve your problems in a businesslike way. It’s one of the most important business decisions you will make in your life”.

Peter’s extramural interests include running two commercial companies and a small pension scheme. He both sits, and advocates, at arbitrations and pFDRs.

“Praised for the competency of his advice, his advocacy skills, and above all the charming way he deals with clients”— Chambers & Partners

  • Recommendations

    A gifted family law practitioner dealing with complex matrimonial finance proceedings. Expertise: "A very careful preparer of his papers, who also has a great deal of commercial acumen. He is very good at financial analysis."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    A savvy matrimonial finance expert with particular experience of tackling business issues involved in divorce proceedings. Expertise: "A go-to guy for complex areas of law." Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal case Davies v Davies, which concerned a dispute concerning a London hotel worth £8 million.
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • Hall v Simons
      [2002] 1 AC 615 (CA and HL)
    • Dharamshi v Dharamshi
      [2001] 1 FLR 736 (CA and HL)
    • Thomas v Thomas
      [1995] 2 FLR 668
    • Hildebrand
      [1992] 1 FLR 244
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Author of Matrimonial Property & Finance (Bloomsbury Professional)

    • Co-author (with DJ Hess) of Dictionary of Financial Remedies (Class Publishing)

    • Writes for Family Law Journal and Family Affairs 

  • Personal Information

    Business and financial services (director of EquityShare Ltd, Niche Capital Ltd, and Xiros Ltd; manages a pension scheme). Piano playing (LRAM; throws charity recitals; one broadcast on Radio 3). Current issues and the public square. Entrepreneurial startups.

Professional Practice

Paul practises mainly in the field of children law. He has extensive experience in complex and high profile High Court cases involving allegations of serious non accidental injuries and homicide especially those concerning scientific or medical issues. He has extensive experience in Appellate work in the Court of Appeal ranging through public law cases, private law cases, those with a human rights element, paternity and disclosure. He also has significant experience in the Supreme Court, having appeared on numerous occasions . His private law practice includes cases with LGBT issues, and those involving disclosure issues, and alleged sexual abuse. He has been involved in a number of cases concerning individuals with learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities and has a particular interest in these areas. Inevitably, in a practice such as this, Paul's cases regularly involve the application of the Human Rights Act 1998, in which again, he has a particular interest.

  • Recommendations

    “Paul is a remarkable advocate who brims with confidence and charisma” and “A very powerful advocate and a great tactician, who is one of the best at cross-examining. He puts his all into cases-always has ,always will do”
    Chambers and Partners 2024
    “Paul is a real Master of oral and written advocacy with an incredible understanding of the medicine and personal dynamic of cases. A real champion of disadvantaged and underprivileged clients”
    Legal 500 2024
    Star Individual
    Chambers and Partners 2016, 2017, 2018 , 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024
    "First class for cases of alleged non accidental injury. The best there is"
    The Legal 500 2022
    ‘The perfect blend of an advocate, he is approachable but authoritative. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and uses it to enormous effect. He fights every case with incredible energy and commitment’
    The Legal 500 2021
    “Has the command of the court, his cross examination of expert witnesses is exceptionally good - he never fails to hit the spot and nail the important point”
    Legal 500 2020
    ‘Dominates the courtroom’
    Legal 500 2019
    ‘He understands complex medical history and can cross-examine the country’s most eminent medics with ease.’
    Legal 500 2017
    Ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024
    "His ability to put together and assimilate legal arguments is second to none, and his capacity to cut through legal arguments is unrivalled. He really is the business-if you want an expert cross examined you bring him in. He is extremely hard working and well versed in medical matters and research "
    Chambers & Partners 2022
    "In a category of his own when it comes to complex head injury cases. His cross-examination of medical experts is a wonder of the modern legal world, and he is one of the best advocates of his generation." "Absolutely superb, he cruises into the case like a Panzer tank, and destroys the other side." "The passion that man has for his cases is incredible. There are not enough superlatives to describe him."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    “Storey is Stellar” “His advocacy is outstanding and his cross examination of experts is second to none”
    Chambers & Partners 2020
    ‘He is tactically formidable and second to none on matters of medical evidence. He is the complete package' ‘He is super-intelligent, and his experience of cross examining experts is deep’
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    'He is simply the best public law children lawyer.He has an excellent forensic mind and is a fantastic tactician'
    Chambers and Partners 2018
    Standout children specialist who is renowned for his formidable advocacy and involvement in highly complex public and private cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. His expertise extends to non-accidental injury, death and abuse issues, and he has handled a number of old cases revived following new evidence. Strengths: "He is one of the best silks for medical cases, and there is no one in England who knows more about traumatic infant brain injury. He is a most formidable and ferocious opponent."
    Chambers and Partners 2017
    "He is unstoppable. His work rate is phenomenal. He's always prepared for cases and has an amazing conversational style which judges think they're not going to fall for but always do. If you were in real trouble he's the one you would want to represent you."
    Chambers and Partners 2016
    A revered children law practitioner who receives great praise for his work in the field of public law proceedings, and often appears in the Supreme Court. His care cases involve complex medical considerations and frequently relate to serious circumstances of non-accidental injury. Expertise: "He is a powerhouse when it comes to non-accidental head injury cases, and he is a joy to work to work with." "He often destroys the arguments of local authorities when representing parents."
    Chambers and Partners 2015
    In the 2013 edition of Chambers Directory, again placing him in Band 1 the directory quoted as follows – “Paul Storey QC is a fantastic parents’ advocate” and he is “... a complete star in children's work”.
    Chambers and Partners 2013
    Placed in Band 1 in the 2012 edition of Chambers Directory for Family Law Queen's Counsel specialising in children work, the directory stated: “He is amazing and gets excellent results.” and “He is held in particularly high regard for his understanding of non accidental injury and the medical issues involved in his work”.
    His expertise in the medical and scientific issues in relation to non accidental injuries was recognised in the leading case of Devon County Council v EB [2013] EWHC 968 (Fam). (Para 159).
  • Notable Cases

    • Re G (Non-Accidental Head Injuries)
      [2024] EWFC 172
    • Re BR (Transparency order: Finding of fact hearing)
      (2023)EWFC 9
    • Essex CC v C & Ors
      [2022] EWFC 187
    • Re G: (Finding of Fact Hearing: Resuscitative Shake)
      [2022] EWFC B6 (21 January 2022)
      Read Judgment
    • Re 5 Children (Induced and Exaggerated Illnesses Pattern of Behavior)
      [2021] EWHC 3750 (Fam) (10 December 2021)
      Read Judgment
    • Kent County Council v C & ors
      [2021] EWFC 122
    • Re A (A Child)(Fact Finding:Modern Slavery)
      [2021] EWFC 79
    • A County Council v M
      [2021] EWFC 35
    • Re BB (Care Proceedings:Mid Trial Dismissal and Withdrawal of Allegations)
      [2021] EWFC 20
    • A and B (Children: Fact finding)
      (2020)EWFC B84
    • East Riding of Yorkshire Council v C:Re S (fact finding)
      [2020] EWFC 71
    • Lancashire CC v M,F and C
      [2020] EWFC 43
    • Re J (Fact Finding Hearing in Care Proceedings)
      [2019] EWFC 73
    • Plymouth City Council v Wilkins and Vanselow
      [2019] EWFC 70
    • AA & 25 others
      [2019] EWFC 64
    • Plymouth City Council v Wilkins and Vanselow
      [2019] EWFC 60
    • A Local Authority v M & Ors (Fact Finding)
      [2019] EWFC 33
      Read Judgment
    • Re Y(A child:Fact finding:FII)
      [2018] EWFC 4020 (Fam)
    • Re Y (Fact Finding)
      [2018] EWFC B20
    • Re A and W (Fact finding) (2016) EWFC 64 Re A and W (Welfare)
      [2017] EWFC 8
    • Plymouth City Council v Wilkins and Vanselow
      [2017] EWFC 75
    • Re D (a child)
      [2017] EWHC 3075 (Fam)
    • Bucks CC v Andrews and Ors
      [2017] EWFC B19
    • Bournemouth CC v A Mother and Ors
      [2017] EWFC 18
    • Medway BC v R and others (Participation of vulnerable parties)
      [2016] EWFC B104
    • Re AD & AM (Fact Finding:Rehearing)
      [2016] EWHC 2912 (Fam)
    • Re J (Rev 1)
      [2016] EWFC 12
    • Re AD and AM (Fact-Finding hearing) (Application for re-hearing)
      [2016] EWHC 326 (Fam)
    • Re: S (a child) (care proceedings:surrogacy)
      [2015] EWFC 99
    • Kent CC v D and others (5) (Rehearing)
      [2015] EWFC 96
    • Kent CC v ad and others (4)
      [2015] EWFC 95
    • Kent CC v D and others (3) (Application for rehearing)
      [2015] EWFC 94
    • Kent CC v D and others (2) (Fact Finding)
      [2015] EWFC 93
    • Re X and Y (Children Disclosure of judgment to police)
      [2015] 1FLR 1218
    • Re A & B (Contact) (No 1)
      [2015] 2FLR 883
    • Re J (Vulnerable witness: Sexual Abuse: Fact finding)
      [2015] 1FLR 1152 CA
    • Re L (Withdrawal: Head injuries-unknown cause)(Rev 1)
      [2015] EWFC 67 (06 July 2015)
    • HB (a child)
      [2015] EWFC 74
    • Luton BC -v- 'Family W'
      [2014] EWHC 4347 (Fam)
      Read Judgment
    • E A and L (Children) )
      [2014] EWHC B21 (Fam
    • Kent CC v D and others
      [2014] EWFC 59
    • Torbay Council v A Mother and others
      [2014] EWHC 479 (Fam)
    • Re IB and EB (children)
      [2014] EWHC 369 (Fam)
    • Re B (a child)
      [2014] EWCA CIV 843
    • Re A (A child) (Vulnerable witness: Fact finding)
      [2014] 1 FLR 146, FD
    • Re A (care proceedings: Learning disabled parent)
      [2014] 2 FLR 591
    • Re T and M
      [2013] EWHC 3645 (Fam)
    • Re A (A Child)
      [2013] EWHC 3502 (Fam)
    • Re A (A child) (Vulnerable witness)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1473
    • Lancashire County Council v R
      [2013] EWHC 3064 (Fam)
    • Re A (Sexual abuse: Disclosure)
      [2013] 1 FLR 948, SC
    • Re J (Care proceedings: Past possible perpetrators)
      [2013] 1 FLR 1373, SC
    • Re B (Care proceedings; Appeal)
      [2013] 2FLR 1075, SC
    • Re A (Disclosure)
      [2013] 1 FLR 919, CA
    • Re F (Paternity registration)
      [2013] 2FLR 1036 CA
    • London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors (No.1)
      [2013] 1 FLR 833, FD
    • Re G & E (Children) (Vulnerable witness)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1556
    • London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors (No.2)
      [2013] 1 FLR 914, FD
    • Re B (A child)
      [2013] 2 FLR 388, CA
    • Re C-G (Contact Order Staying Contact with Father)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1307 CA
    • Devon County Council v EB
      [2013] EWHC 968 (Fam)
    • Re A (a child)
      [2013] EWHC 3502 (Fam)
    • P&L (Contact)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1068
    • Re M (A child)
      [2012] EWCA Civ 1905, CA
    • SB v A Local authority
      [2012] EWCA Civ 1269, CA
    • Re JS
      [2012] EWHC 1370 (Fam)
    • Re J (Children)
      [2012] 2 FLR 842 CA
    • Re C & D (Photographs of injuries)
      [2011] 1 FLR 990, FD
    • Re L (Children) (Fact finding: Appeal)
      [2011] 2 FCR 247, CA
    • Lancashire CC v D & E
      [2010] 2 FLR 196, FD
    • Re M (Adoption: Leave to oppose)
      [2010] 1 FLR 238, FD
    • Re M (Children) (Fact finding hearing: Residence Order)
      [2010] EWCA Civ 67, CA
    • Re D (Care proceedings: Preliminary hearing)
      [2009] 2 FLR 668, CA
    • Re LM (Reporting restrictions: Coroner's inquest)
      [2008] 1 FLR 1360
    • B v Torbay council
      [2007] 1 FLR 203, FD
    • R (Plymouth City Council) v Secretary of State for Education & Skills
      [2005] 2 FLR 1279
    • Re C (A child: Contact)
      [2004] All ER (July), CA
    • Hampshire CC v S, L & Ors
      [2004] EWHC 2720 Fam, FD
    • RE: E (CHILDREN)
      [2003] EWCA Civ 418
    • Re B (Non accidental injury)
      [2002] 2 FLR 113, CA
    • Re M (Residence)
      [2002] 2 FLR 1059, CA
    • Re L (Care proceedings: Disclosure to third party)
      [2000] 1 FLR 913, FD
    • Re W (Residence Order)
      [1999] 1 FLR 869, CA
    • Re C (Care or Supervision Order)
      [1999] 2 FLR 621, FD
    • Re B (Residence Order: Status quo)
      [1998] 1 FLR 36, CA
    • U v W (Attorney General intervening)
      [1997] 2 FLR 282, FD
    • Roy v Roy
      [1996] 1 FLR 541, CA
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Regular lecturer at national and local training days. In the past has chaired NAGALRO National Conference, lectured at the JSB / Judicial College and to the Western Circuit Judiciary at Dartington on numerous occasions.
    • Has contributed several articles to Family Law Journal and a co-written chapter on the law related to kinship care. (Assessment in Kinship Care edited by Talbot & Calder 2006).
  • Personal Information

    Married to Alexa Storey. Six children. Interests – spending time with my family, sport (particularly playing squash, table tennis and cycling) and watching football (season ticket at Fulham FC) and rugby (season ticket at Harlequins FC). Enjoying long walks and good wine.

Professional Practice

Petra practises in all areas of Family Law, with a particular focus on matrimonial finance (including nuptial agreements) and private law Children Act matters (including claims under Schedule 1).

  • Recommendations

    “an exemplary barrister with excellent all-round skills. Her written work and advocacy are first class.” “She throws herself into the detail and lives and breathes her cases, inspiring the confidence of clients and solicitors alike. Petra is a brilliant tactician with an impeccable knowledge of the law.”
    Chambers and Partners 2023/24
    “Petra is supremely capable. Her judgement is always excellent. Her presentation at court is intelligent, perceptive, immaculate and elegant. She always has the ear of the court. She has fantastic client care skills. She works constructively with her instructing solicitors and is supportive and helpful.”
    Legal 500 2023/24
    "A hard worker who is skilful, knowledgeable, always prepared and persuasive in front of judges." "She's hot on the detail, commercial, straightforward in her advice and good at tailoring her approach to the client." "Calm and reassuring with clients, she moves cases forward pragmatically and sensibly."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A robust and astute advocate who fights hard for her clients."
    Legal 500 2022
    “Brings both an energy and a calm-headed focus to every case. She's great to work with, and forms a natural team with solicitor and client.”
    Legal 500 2021
    “A tenacious advocate”
    Legal 500 2019
    "She's hugely intelligent, and has incredible gravitas and great judgement." "She has a first-rate brain and her presentation is immaculate."
    Chambers and Partners 2019
    ''She has incredibly impressive judgement, she is objective, she's got great poise and she's a superb advocate. Intensely meticulous in her preparation and economic in the way she uses language, she focuses on the issues in a case and is delightful to work with.''
    Chambers and Partners 2018
  • Notable Cases

    • HD v WB
      [2023] EWFC 2
    • Gallagher v Gallagher (No.2) (Financial Remedies)
      [2022] EWFC 53
    • Gallagher v Gallagher (No.1) (Reporting Restrictions)
      [2022] EWFC 52
    • VV v VV
      [2022] EWFC 46
    • VV v VV
      [2022] EWFC 41
    • C (A child)
      [2021] EWFC 32
    • Giggs v Giggs
      [2017] EWHC 822
    • Y v Y (Financial Orders: Inherited Wealth)
      [2013] 2 FLR 924
    • Re G (Abduction: Withdrawal of Proceedings, Acquiescence, and Habitual Residence)
      [2008] 2 FLR 351
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Petra regularly lectures on the law and procedure relevant to financial remedy proceedings.

Professional Practice

Richard has a strong finance-focused practice based predominantly in London. Richard typically works in high net worth cases, often involving complex issues as to valuation, liquidity and disclosure. He is particularly good with clients. In recent years, Richard has been increasingly involved in Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases. Richard comes from a farming family and he has a particular interest in and experience of farming cases.
  • Recommendations

    "Richard is a very experienced practitioner who shows great dedication to his clients."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Calm, collected, methodical, organised and communicative." "He's calm and measured in his advocacy."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    “His advocacy is second to none. Every sentence Richard says to the Judge is a good point. There is no flannel. He is a QC in disguise and he regularly comes up against them and comes out on top”
    The Legal 500 2021
    “A user-friendly barrister with a lot of experience in money cases, who is good at dealing with clients.” “Every sentence he writes makes a good point and he is lethal on his feet”
    Chambers & Partners 2021
  • Notable Cases

    • JL v SL No 1
      [2014] EWHC 3658 (Fam)
    • JL v SL No 2
      [2015] EWHC 360 (Fam)
    • JL v SL No 3
      [2015] EWHC 555 (Fam)
    • Hopkins v Hopkins
      [2015] EWHC 812 (Fam)
    • Joy v Joy-Morancho & Others (No 3)
      [2015] EWHC 2507 (Fam)
    • Welch v Welch
      [2015] EWHC 2622 (Fam)
    • Haskell v Haskell
      [2019] 3434 (Fam)
  • Personal Information

    Bedford School and Durham University.

    Enjoys classic cars and has a small collection including his late grandfather’s 1950s Rolls-Royce and a 1960s Mercedes 230SL.

    Married with two children.

Professional Practice

Lucy specialises in all financial aspects of relationship breakdown including claims for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. Lucy has appeared at all levels of court up to the Court of Appeal and she is often instructed against silks. Lucy takes a pragmatic, solution-focused approach at all times. She is a persistent and persuasive advocate in court and was credited in Chambers and Partners 2021 as “someone who gets the ear of the judge” and is “ready to fight for her clients.” Lucy is a qualified as a financial arbitrator and sits as a private FDR judge. Lucy was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2022.

  • Recommendations

    "Has a good rapport with clients and puts them at ease. She's responsive, thorough, well prepared and someone who gets the ear of the judge." "Lucy gets on top of the issues in cases and gives clear, coherent advice to clients." "She's down-to-earth, matter-of-fact and ready to fight for her clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A compelling advocate. She is incredibly bright and always meticulously prepared. She is wonderful with clients yet firm when providing them with clear, practical and pragmatic advice."
    Legal 500 2022
    “I have no hesitation in recommending Lucy Owens. She is insightful, has good judgment and is exceptionally constructive.”
    Linzi Bull – Harbottle & Lewis LLP
    I have been instructing Lucy Owens since the late 1990’s and have always been impressed with the quality of her work. Tenacious and incisive, Lucy is a highly persuasive advocate. Her written work is excellent and her judgement sound. Lucy is not only thorough but goes the extra mile for both her lay and her professional clients. Her client care is second to none.
    Tony Roe - Tony Roe Solicitors
  • Notable Cases

    • Azarmi-Movafagh v Bassiri-Dezfouli
      [2021] EWCA Civ 1184
    • Thakkar v Thakkar
      [2017] EWFC 13
    • Thakkar v Thakkar
      [2016] EWHC 2488
    • Re C-G (Contact Order: Staying Contact with Father)
      [2013] EWCA Civ 301
    • Re H (Children: Contact Order)
      [2001] 1 FCR 49
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Lucy lectures on a wide variety of topics.

  • Personal Information

    Married with 4 children.

Professional Practice

Patrick specialises in complex financial remedy proceedings, jurisdictional disputes, and Inheritance Act cases. He is particularly sought after in non-disclosure cases, where tough and focused cross examination is required, and where there are complicated business and trust issues. Solicitors seek him out knowing he will build confidence in their client, give tough advice where needed, and then tirelessly fight their corner in court. Recent cases include W v C (Financial Remedies: Appeal: Non-Disclosure) [2013] 2 FLR 115 (establishing for the first time the ambit of the duty of disclosure where one spouse does not press for full detailed disclosure from the other); H v S (Recognition of Overseas Divorce) [2012] 2 FLR 157 (establishing for the first time that a Saudi talaq divorce may be entitled to be recognised in English law, so as to allow a wife to bring proceedings under Part III of the MFPA 1984); Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] 2 FLR 643 (landmark Court of Appeal decision – the first ever Civil Partnership divorce case); and Sekhri v Ray [2013] All ER (D) 350 (Jul) (establishing domicile for two spouses both resident in Singapore in order to found jurisdiction for an English petition on the basis of both domiciles).
  • Recommendations

    "A razor-sharp, erudite and illustrious silk. Clients adore him."
    Legal 500 2022
    "A wonderful cross-examiner with the ability to absorb complicated facts, law and financial information in order to present a persuasive case." "A brilliant advocate who's quick-thinking and good on his feet." "He puts clients at ease and shows particular skill in distilling the most complicated points of law into clear, logical, strategic advice."
    Chambers and Partner 2022
    ‘Is ferociously smart and is able to reduce a complex case to a few winning points and does not get bogged down in detail.’
    Legal 500 (2020)
    "Patrick is a force to be reckoned with in that he goes right to the heart of the issues in a case. Judges immediately listen to him and he has a lot of authority in the courtroom." "An incredible advocate who gives advice that is absolutely clear and always robust."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    A first class advocate and a determined, highly effective cross-examiner; probably the best in his field
    Legal 500
    Maintains a diverse and very well-respected practice dealing with complex and substantial ancillary relief matters, as well as civil partnership and Schedule 1 claims. Many of his cases involve cross-border considerations. Expertise: "Calm, cool and personable." "He's a very accomplished advocate who's very good on his feet. Clients feel confident with him because he obviously knows what he's talking about. He's a class act."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    ‘A first-choice silk for high-value matters, and the best cross-examiner at the family Bar.'
    Legal 500 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • SA v PA (Pre-marital agreement: Compensation)
      [2014] EWHC 392
    • H v H
      [2014] EWHC 760 (Fam)
    • W v C (Financial Remedies: Appeal: Non-Disclosure)
      [2013] 2 FLR 115
    • Sekhri v Ray
      [2013] All ER (D) 350 (Jul)
    • Lawrence v Gallagher
      [2012] 2 FLR 643
    • H v S (Recognition of Overseas Divorce)
      [2012] 2 FLR 157
    • NLW v ARC
      [2012] 2 FLR 129
    • L-K v K (No 3)
      [2007] 2 FLR 741
    • L-K v K (No 2)
      [2007] 2 FLR 729
    • Re G (Maintenance Pending Suit)
      [2007] 1 FLR 1674
    • P v P (Inherited Property)
      [2005] 1 FLR 576
    • G v G (Financial Provision: Separation Agreement)
      [2004] 1 FLR 1011
    • Re K (Replacement of Guardian ad Litem)
      [2001] 1 FLR 663

Professional Practice

Sassa’s practice focus is on all aspects of financial remedy proceedings, to include pre-nuptial settlements, Part III and variation applications, and, Schedule 1. She has a particular expertise in cases involving non-disclosure, complex company structures and assets located in multiple jurisdictions. She has appeared in both the Court of Appeal, most recently in Ravendark Holdings Ltd v Rotenberg & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1661 and Des Pallieres v Des Pallieres [2021] EWCA Civ 955, and in the Supreme Court in Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38. Sassa was voted the Chambers & Partners Family Junior of the Year in 2019. Her approach has been described as “robust” and “a fearless advocate” but always underpinned by the willingness to give unwelcome advice to her own clients, Sassa is ranked in Band 1 in the latest addition of Chambers & Partners.
  • Recommendations

    "A skilful negotiator who has a very reassuring and gentle manner with her clients." "She's dedicated to her clients and has a good way of promoting their best interests." "Sassa-Ann can hold her own against anyone and gives realistic, pragmatic advice to her clients."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Her strategic skills are invaluable and it is clear that everything she does has the long term aim in sight."
    Legal 500 2022
    ‘Has the wow factor and in court is a force to be reckoned with.’
    Legal 500 2018/2019
    Manages a strong matrimonial finance practice, and deals principally in cases relating to complex forum disputes and multi-jurisdictional concerns. Expertise: "She's able to handle the most complex matters with confidence. She's a tenacious negotiator who always commits to her client’s cause." "She has a good-quality brain, and adopts a lovely style with clients." Recent work: Acted in a complex contested forums case involving substantial assets. The case concerned jurisdictional, tax and trust issues
    Chambers & Partners 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • N v N (BIIR: Stay of Maintenance Proceedings)
      [2012] EWHC 4282 (Fam), Moor J, 05/10/2012
    • Constantinides v Constantinides
      [2013] EWHC 3688 (Fam), Holman J, 06/11/2013

Professional Practice

Head of Chambers between 2016 and 2021. Professional practice based mainly upon financial remedy work, specialising in a wide range of big money divorce, family and offshore trusts, international finance cases, TOLATA, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and disputes, Schedule 1 Children Act claims and leave to remove. More recently reported cases (listed below) have included two successful Supreme Court appeals - the seminal Wyatt v Vince, acting for the ultimately successful wife, and Mills v Mills (the lifetime maintenance case) for the husband; appearances in the Court of Appeal have included the very recent, long running case of Xanthopoulos v Rakshina [2024] EWCA Civ 84/ 100 which involved very significant Russian assets, 12 LSPO orders in favour of the husband,  and a costs bill for the financially stronger party (the wife) of some £9m. Other Court of Appeal cases have involved the similarly contested Villiers v Villiers [2022] EWCA, a successful appeal against the judgment of Mostyn J [2021] EWFC; Re R, acting for the mother in an internal relocation case; Morgan v Hill, a leading Schedule 1 authority; El Faragy (the ‘judicial humour’ case) and Shield v Shield, a long-running family trust case in which the parties’ son intervened to make a claim based upon promissory estoppel. Philip has a particular reputation for persistence in long running and difficult cases, often but not exclusively for wives, in which disclosure and cooperation have proved challenging. In addition to his court and advisory work, Philip is an enthusiastic supporter of early intervention and the alternative dispute resolution procedures (mainly the Private FDR) championed by 29 BR. He took a proactive role in the creation and design, within Chambers, of our own mediation and private FDR suite of conference rooms, and in addition to the reported decisions listed below has acted in a substantial number of matters, mainly in the High Court, which have settled following early neutral evaluation or the private FDR process. Philip is a trained arbitrator and consultant editor of Family Affairs, the FLBA’ s magazine. In 2022 he was nominated Family Silk of the Year by both Family Law and the Legal 500.

  • Recommendations

    “Mr Cayford deserves considerable credit for the expertise he showed in prosecuting this appeal. He made no attempt to avoid the undoubtedly difficult issues he had to face…. Notwithstanding those difficulties, he put forward his lay client's case with skill and tenacity.”
    Court of Appeal judgment in Xanthopoulos v Rakshina [2024] EWCA Civ 84
    ‘Philip’s advocacy skills are second to none. He is brilliant on his feet. He is calm and measured in everything he does.’
    Legal 500 2024
    "He puts clients at ease in big-money cases." "He's charming and has a great presence with clients and in court."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    " A class act. His courtroom skills are superb. A tenacious negotiator who is well prepared and persuasive."
    Legal 500 2022
    "An absolute heavyweight who's fantastic on his feet." "He's good at catching the ear of the court with his almost regal presentation."
    Chambers and Partner 2020
    ‘Comes with a weight of authority which puts clients at ease and gives clients immense confidence.’
    Legal 500 (2020)
    Recommended as a Leader in his field - Band 1
    Chambers and Partners 2016
    Has been involved in some of the most high-profile recent family cases. He is one of the most experienced finance silks and is accustomed to dealing with complicated asset structures including trusts. He also frequently advises on private law children matters. Strengths: "He has had a phenomenal year. He is extremely approachable for the lawyers and the client, and has an incredible bedside manner. He works incredibly hard and is extremely busy. A loyal set of firms go to him before any others."
    Chambers and Partners 2016
    Very busy matrimonial silk who represents high net worth and high-profile clients in complex financial proceedings pertaining to maintenance orders, family trusts and significant postmarital assets. Expertise: "He's just superb in court, and very good at reasssuring the nervous and sometimes undermined wives of wealthy men."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    'A class act, who dominates the courtroom and is an excellent cross-examiner.’
    Legal 500
  • Notable Cases

    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2023] EWFC 158 (Peel J) LSPO costs
    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2024] EWCA Civ 84 (Substantive appeal)
    • Xanthopoulos v Rakshina
      [2024] EWCA Civ 100 (Appeal costs)
    • Villiers v Villiers
      [2022] EWCA 772
    • Villiers v Villiers
      [2021] EWFC 23
    • o AJ -v -DM (Divorce – amendment of petition under Art 3(1)(a) Council Regulation (EC) No.2201/2003)
      [2019] EWHC 702 (Fam) Cohen J
    • Mills -v- Mills
      [2018] UKSC 38
    • Hagen v Hagen (Big money divorce; offshore holdings and trusts)
      [2017] FT 28 June 2017 Roberts J
    • Goyal v Goyal No 3 (Enforcement of order relating to foreign pension)
      [2017] EWHC 1 Mostyn J
    • Re:R (Final)
      [2016] EWCA CIV 1016
    • Vince -v- Wyatt
      [2016] EWHC (Cobb J) 1368
    • ALI-V- ALI
      CA 19/7/15 (FLW)
    • Wyatt v Vince
      [2015] UKSC 14
    • RA v SJ
      [2014] EWHC 4054
    • Shield v Shield
      [2014] EWCA Civ 1136
    • PG v TW (No 2) Sch 1 (Footballer; foreign applicant)
      [2014] 1 FLR 923
    • PG v TW (No 1) (Sch 1 Costs awarded against father under four separate heads)
      [2014] 1 FLR 508
    • Shield v Shield
      [2014] EWHC 23 (Fam)
    • Shield v Shield
      [2013] EWHC 3525 (Fam)
    • Michelle Young v Scott Young
      [2013] EWHC 3637
    • Vince v Wyatt (Delay in bringing claim: strike out: A v A costs)
      [2013] EWCA Civ 495
    • Re S (Leave to Remove: costs)
      [2010] 1 FLR 834
    • B v B (Off shore trusts)
      [2010] All ER (D) 61 (May)
    • Mahon v Mahon (Drawing inferences from non-disclosure)
      [2008] EWCA Civ 901
    • RH v RH (A/R costs: treatment of costs where winner’s costs are disproportionately high)
      [2008] 2 FLR 2142
    • Congden v Todd (Lottery winners) The Times
      18th May 2007 ChD
    • Re J: Leave to Remove: urgent case
      [2007] 1 FLR 2033, CA
    • Morgan v Hill (Schedule 1)
      [2007] 1 FLR 1480, CA
    • El Faragy (Judicial humour: recusal)
      [2007] EWCA Civ 1149
    • Re H (Abduction: Dominica: Corporal punishment)
      [2007] 1 FLR 72, CA
    • F v G (Schedule 1)
      [2005] 1 FLR 261, FD
    • Q v Q (Footballer: big money)
      [2005] 2 FLR 640, FD
    • Re G (Liberty to restore adjourned lump sum claim after remarriage)
      [2004] 1 FLR 997, FD
    • B v El B
      [2003] 1 FLR 811, FD
    • Payne v Payne (Leave to remove)
      [2001] 1 FLR 1052, CA
    • A v M (Privacy: disclosure: injunction for well known author)
      [2000] 1 FLR 562, FD
    • Davies v Davies (Conflict of interest: solicitor unable to act against former client)
      [2000] 1 FLR 39, CA
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Editor and consultant editor of Family Affairs (FLBA magazine) since 2007

    • Frequent contributor to Family Law, Family Affairs and other legal periodicals
    • Frequent lecturer at Law Society, FLBA National Conferences, Resolution National Conference, Jordans, Butterworths, White Paper, House of Commons Debating Society etc

    • Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer

  • Personal Information

    Refreshers CC (Bar cricket club) President: Emmy nominated Documentary filmmaker (wildlife and conservation): Photographer and journalist: Tusk Trust Global Ambassador: Private Pilot.

Professional Practice

Annabel Wentworth accepts instructions in all areas of the law concerning children, including private and public law. In private law she often acts for parents in disagreements over living and contact arrangements. Her work includes contact and residence disputes, declarations of parentage, internal relocation and leave to remove from the jurisdiction. In public law, she primarily represents children and parents involved in complex proceedings involving serious allegations of abuse of children, often including multiple experts. This has extended to fatal or near fatal injuries within the family. She has extensive experience of acting for vulnerable clients.

  • Recommendations

    "I have instructed Annabel to represent children and parents in the County Court and FPC, for findings of fact and at the welfare stage. The cases varied in complexity, from non accidental injury to chronic neglect, drug and alcohol issues and domestic violence. Her approach on all matters is analytical, she is well prepared and informed, imaginative in approach. Annabel has an easy manner with clients, relaxed, professional and constructive. Above all she is a good lawyer who is well respected by the court."
    Sarah Whitby - Heald Nickinson
    “I have instructed Annabel on children matters since the outset of my career. This has included many cases with local authority involvement, serious medical or criminal issues and allegations of domestic abuse and violence. Annabel always approaches matters sensitively and clients and others like and respect her. She is pragmatic, fair and gives clients very clear advice on the court’s likely approach which is generally spot on. She is wonderful to work with.”
    Felicity Chapman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Notable Cases

    • J & P v C & Suffolk County Council
      [2005] EWHC 1016 (Fam)
  • Personal Information

    She speaks German (fairly fluent) and French. Her Russian is rather rusty, and her Italian is execrable and understood only in restaurants. She enjoys travel, and walking and cycling with friends and family.

Professional Practice

Alexis is joint Head of Chambers (together with Nicholas Allen QC). She has specialised in divorce and matrimonial financial claims (including financial claims for children) for more than 30 years. The backbone of her work is complex financial remedy cases, although she does some children (mainly re-location) work. Alexis has a reputation as a tough negotiator, managing cases in a constructive basis to minimise litigation, but essentially, is recognised in all the directories as a formidable litigator. She was nominated as Family Silk of the Year by Chambers & Partners in 2020. Alexis is a qualified arbitrator (Finance) through the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators scheme. She was originally appointed as a Crown Court Recorder in 2010 and since 2014 sits as a Recorder in the Family Court (in both public and private law). Alexis is regularly instructed to conduct Private FDR Appointments.

  • Recommendations

    "A great advocate who is measured and has the ear of the court." "She combines having her finger on the pulse of family law with understanding the subtleties of litigation." "A fearless advocate with a great eye for detail, who is practical and empathetic with clients.
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    " An outstanding silk. She has an incredible ability to make clients feel at ease and supported, and is a fierce yet charming advocate in the court room. "
    Legal 500 2022
    "Incredibly hard-working and practical, she's a considered, eloquent and persuasive counsel, who knows how to manage client expectations." "Alexis is tenacious in court and doesn't take any prisoners."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    "She's a great advocate who is very on top of the figures and will fight your corner fiercely." "She is beyond bright, and her bedside manner is impeccable."
    Chambers & Partners 2019
    ‘Fiercely intelligent.’ Legal500 2018/2019
    Legal500 2018/2019
    Commended for her intelligence, insight and approachability
    The Legal 500
    A strong junior for complex cross-border financial disputes and international private law children matters. Expertise: "She is the complete deal. She is sensationally good at picking up papers and gets what the issues are. A brilliant advocate who has just got the lot."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    Increasingly recognised for her excellence in matrimonial finance work, especially those cases involving trusts, company disputes, nuptial agreements and international matters. Expertise: "She has always been great; she is excellent on her feet." "A great negotiator."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    ‘Staggeringly good, not only at grasping detail and commercial practicalities, but also in presenting them.'
    Legal 500 2015
  • Notable Cases

    • Horohoe v Horohoe
      [2020] EWFC 102, [2020] All ER (D) 158 (Nov)
    • Re Z (a child) (Schedule 1: legal costs funding order; interim financial provision) X v Y
      [2020] All ER (D) 140 (Nov) & [2020] EWFC 80
    • Villiers v Villiers
      [2020] UKSC 30
    • A v BCD & London Borough of Islington
      [2020] EWCOP 1
    • Re V
      [2017] 1 FLR 1083
    • JL v SL (No.3)
      [2015] 2 FLR 1220
    • JL v SL (No.2)
      [2015] 2 FLR 1202
    • JL v SL
      [2015] EWHC 360
    • AS v JS & Others
      [2013] EWHC 1699 (Fam)
    • Sharma v Sharma and others
      [2012] EWHC 2529 (Fam)
    • Martin-Dye v Martin-Dye
      [2006] 2 FLR 901
    • Laing v Laing
      [2007] 2 FLR 199
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Alexis lectures routinely within the UK and around the globe, to specialist family lawyers directly and on behalf of the industry main publishers, (At a Glance, Family Law, Family Law Journal, White Paper, etc). Alexis is also responsible for preparing key papers and lectures on behalf of the Judicial College, the body responsible for judicial training for judges.  

  • Personal Information

    Married, with 2 children. Lives in London. Enjoys sailing, travelling, making wine and drinking it.

Professional Practice

Laura’s practice is predominantly focussed on financial remedies cases including of high net worth, high profile clients and cases with modest assets but other complex aspects including trust and company structures, on and offshore assets and where 3rd parties intervene. She has a wide range of experience of Trusts of Land cases and applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989. She has worked as a junior to a number of QCs both in and out of Chambers. Laura is also interested in other dispute resolution methods. She is a collaborative lawyer and mediator.

  • Recommendations

    "She keeps to the point, remains focused, and is a great emotional support to clients." "Her analysis is always detailed and spot-on." "She is solution-oriented and handles clients well."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Laura is well-liked by clients, who admire her clear, efficient and realistic advice."
    Legal 500 2022
    Focuses on matrimonial finance disputes, particularly cases concerning Schedule 1 relief applications. Expertise: "She gives very sensible advice, and is not afraid to pack a punch when she needs to."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    ‘Recommended for cases involving trust and company structures and onshore and offshore assets.
    Legal 500 2015
    Highly respected for her complex ancillary relief work. She is also experienced with Schedule 1 matters and prenuptial agreements. Expertise: "A good, user-friendly advocate who is a commanding presence in court."
    Chambers & Partners 2014 where she is rated in Band 2.
    Described as "a good advocate, who is very user-friendly."
    Chambers & Partners 2013 where she is rated in Band 2.
    She gets down to the detail and is deeply reassuring to clients
    The Legal 500
  • Notable Cases

    • Q v Q
      [2005] 2 FLR 640
    • Re C (financial provision)
      [2007] 2 FLR 13
    • SK v TK
      [2013] EWHC 834 (Fam)
    • M v M and Others
      [2014] 1 FLR 439
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Co-author of Cohabitation and Trusts of Land (Thomson Reuters)

  • Personal Information

    Lives outside London is married with children

Education

  • Newnham College, University of Cambridge – BA Human, Social and Political Sciences (First Class)
  • City, University of London – GDL (Distinction)
  • City, University of London – BPTC (Distinction)

Education

  • Somerville College, Oxford University MA (Oxon) Modern History
  • Oakham School

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Agricultural Law Association

Memberships

  • Resolution
  • FLBA
  • Advocate

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Memberships

  • Resolution and Young Resolution (Joint Chair of London YRes)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Memberships

  • FLBA

Memberships

  • FLBA

Appointments

  • Recorder,
    1999
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,
    2011

Memberships

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • FLBA
  • Bar European Group

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • Contentious Trusts Association

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Appointments

  • Deputy High Court Judge,
    2021
  • Recorder,
    2016
  • Arbitrator,
    2016

Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • Family Law Bar Association (committee member 2003-2008)
  • Former member of the Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board (2005-2007)
  • Former member of Resolution's Dispute Resolution Committee (2011-2015)
  • Member of the American Bar Association

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education

  • University of Sussex LLB (Hons)

Memberships

  • FLBA

Appointments

  • Family Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Institute of Family Law Arbitrators
  • Resolution

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Grays Inn

Appointments

  • One of 26 EU experts to consider Matrimonial Property and Succession within the EU,
    2006

Memberships

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • BIICL
  • Bar European Group
  • Legal Committee of REUNITE

Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • FLBA
  • Pro Bono Unit

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • The Denning Society
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Mediator (Civil and Commercial)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

Appointments

  • Deputy District Judge ,
    Family and Civil, South Eastern Circuit - March 2019

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Resolution (associate member)

Memberships

  • FLBA

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Resolution

Education

  • FLBA

Appointments

  • Deputy District Judge on Western Circuit,

Memberships

  • FLBA

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Resolution

Appointments

  • Deputy District Judge ,
    2019

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of CONTRA

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Grays Inn

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • SE Circuit

Appointments

  • Member of Bar Standards Board,
    2006-2011
  • Committee Member FLBA,
    2004-2009
  • Deputy District Judge (Family),
    March 2019
  • Recorder (Crime),
    January 2022

Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • FLBA
  • Resolution

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • CMC
  • Middle Temple

Memberships

  • FLBA

Memberships

  • FLBA

Memberships

  • MCIArb
  • Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship

Appointments

  • Assistant Recorder,
    1999
  • Recorder,
    2000
  • Queen's Counsel,
    2001
  • Deputy High Court Judge,
    2004

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Lincoln's Inn

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Committee Member of the Family Law Bar Association

Appointments

  • Deputy District Judge 2022,

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

Memberships

  • FLBA

Appointments

  • Bencher of the Middle Temple,

Memberships

  • FLBA

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Appointments

  • MCIArb Arbitrator (IFLA) ,
    2018
  • Family Recorder (Private and Public Law),
    2014
  • Crown Court Recorder,
    2010

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Fellow of International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Member of Lawyers Circle

Memberships

  • Associate member of Resolution
  • FLBA

Areas of Expertise