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A popular choice for high-profile children and matrimonial finance matters. Individuals here have practices that encompass both domestic and cross-border disputes, and expertise in the handling of child abduction, adoption and surrogacy cases. The barristers are sought after by high net worth, often international, clients as well as a host of professionals to handle complex proceedings. The set's money practice, in particular, receives unanimous praise, with practitioners taking on the full gamut of high-value financial disputes before the highest courts in the country. Specific prowess exists in cases involving prenuptial disputes, Schedule 1, offshore trusts, TOLATA, and many other issues. Solicitors say: "This is one of the only chambers in London where you can confidently use the same barrister for both finance and children work and know that they are not only competent but interested in dealing with both issues for the client."
"The clerks are helpful, friendly and responsive. They want to make your life easier." "The clerks are user-friendly and will always bend over backwards to find the right choice of counsel for cases." "Senior clerk Chris Gittins is commercial and a shining light in the clerking world."

Strengths:

Alex Tatton-Bennett
A junior on the rise with a rapidly growing practice in high-value matrimonial finance and divorce. He is experienced in handling nuptial agreements, variation applications and Schedule 1 proceedings. He also often handles enforcements and non-disclosure issues.
"User-friendly, readily available, thorough and someone who puts good thought into his documents." "He's forthright in his advocacy and inspires the confidence of both clients and judges." "Alex knows his papers inside-out and gives practical, strategic advice from the outset. He is great with clients, the other side and judges."

Strengths:

Alexander Chandler QC
Specialised matrimonial finance practitioner acting in substantial disputes concerning onshore and multi-jurisdictional assets. He is noted for his handling of complex issues surrounding TOLATA applications, and frequently handles Schedule 1 claims. Chandler sits part-time as a deputy district judge.
"A superb advocate who pays attention to detail and is persuasive in court." "He's a thought leader in intervenor work and commands the respect of the courtroom, whilst also proving friendly but firm with clients." "A good negotiator who reassures anxious clients and gets to grips with issues which most concern them. "

Strengths:

Anna McKenna QC
A specialist children law practitioner who has particular strength in handling public law matters, and is an expert in surrogacy and non-accidental injury cases. She also boasts strength in private law children cases, including those involving jurisdictional disputes and abductions.
"A pragmatic, engaging, robust advocate who is great with clients." "She is able to cut through the issues and provide clear, decisive and strategic advice." "She manages clients in a human way and fights their corner to the best of her ability."

Strengths:

Caroline Lister
Has a broad practice covering both high net worth ancillary relief and international private children cases. She has expertise in skilfully handling particularly acrimonious proceedings. Lister is at home with Schedule 1 cases and other complex financial issues, including those relating to assets and inheritance. She also has experience in child arrangement orders.
"Particularly good with vulnerable clients and those with health difficulties. She is skilled in handling complex children cases, particularly leave to remove matters." "Thorough, succinct and experienced, she is highly knowledgeable and helps you understand what's required in cases." "Caroline is hard-working, diligent and bright."

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Charles Howard QC
Heavy-hitting family practitioner who demonstrates notable expertise in significant matrimonial finance and complex private children matters. He has extensive experience of handling international matters including abduction and enforcement cases. His practice before joining the set included a wide range of civil law.
"He is superb on complex international matters and has total control of the courtroom." "Charles is a hard-hitting barrister, ready to fight his client's corner every step of the way." "He is thorough and leaves no stone unturned."

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Charlotte Hartley
Junior barrister with noted ability in financial remedy cases, and a practice relating to multi-jurisdictional disputes. She has further experience in contested private children proceedings involving allegations of domestic violence and abuse, and has earned a reputation as a rising star.
"She is good at assessing cases and distilling them into a digestible form for clients." "She is good at calming clients down and is pragmatic in her settlement advice." "She is empathetic, clever and completely dedicated to her money and children work."
Recent work: Handled enforcement proceedings following the largest ever financial remedy award of £453 million. Issues in the matter included the forensic tracing of overseas assets in trust and company structures.

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Christopher Pocock QC
A highly experienced financial silk who routinely handles proceedings for high net worth individuals. He is noted for his expert knowledge of complex pension, corporate and asset structures as they relate to family law. He is further noted for his expertise as an FDR judge.
"Christopher Pocock is experienced, knowledgeable and fantastic with numbers." "An excellent advocate and negotiator with an extremely good bedside manner, he is good at cases involving complex figures and issues." "He has a fantastic brain for figures and has that combination of authority and approachability."

Strengths:

Deborah Eaton QC
Pre-eminent silk in family law renowned for her tremendous knowledge of private law children matters. Her practice is strong on complex leave to remove and abduction matters, many of which have an international aspect to them. Eaton has an immense reputation in the market for her incredible courtroom advocacy and strategic vision.
"A phenomenal advocate whose clients get the best standard of advice due to her wealth of experience." "She argues points robustly but also works collaboratively." "Deborah Eaton is an outstanding QC and the number-one choice for complex children work. She combines empathy with ruthless advocacy skills."

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Deepak Nagpal QC
2021 silk widely venerated for his acuity and encyclopaedic legal knowledge, he is admired by instructing solicitors for his strong command of matters involving international jurisdictions. He boasts a number of appearances in high-value divorce cases and is a regular fixture in the High Court.
"He has good experience with cross-border matters." "Deepak quickly understands problems" and is "user-friendly and responsive."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Selman
Focuses on private proceedings following relationship dissolution, on both the financial and children sides. Her children practice covers all related issues, including leave to remove and prohibited steps orders. Sources praise her for her pragmatic approach.
"She is user-friendly, good with clients and particularly knowledgeable when it comes to cases involving social services." "A charming, intuitive advocate who never raises the temperature on cases."

Strengths:

Frank Feehan QC
Highly experienced family silk with demonstrable expertise in serious public law children matters involving such issues as complex medical evidence. He is also instructed in sexual abuse issues and has experience of handling high net worth divorce work.
"He's skilled in cross-examination and sees the bigger picture at all times. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." "Frank is a force to be reckoned with in court, and does children and financial remedy work to a high standard." "He is on top of all the detail and very supportive."

Strengths:

George Gordon
Noted barrister with recognised experience across a range of financial cases, from nuptial agreements to multi-jurisdictional financial remedy disputes. He also handles ancillary relief claims involving third parties and parallel child welfare proceedings.
"George Gordon has a real eye for the detail and a calm approach that inspires confidence." "He is calming, personable, understanding and reassuring with clients." "He is technically minded but has the ability to put that knowledge into practical, commercial outcomes."

Strengths:

Harry Oliver QC
Standout silk in the field of divorce law who routinely handles significant financial remedy proceedings for extremely high-profile individuals. His work is mainly international and often involves complex issues relating to businesses and offshore trusts. Sources see him as having one of the most technical brains at the Family Bar and applaud him for demonstrating the utmost attention to detail. He is further noted for having a charismatic court manner.
"A tough negotiator and fantastic, compelling advocate who is highly numerate." "He's a powerful performer who sees the bigger picture in cases and gives unequivocal advice." "Harry is clear in his advice and comes up with considered, well thought-out approaches to resolving difficult problems."

Strengths:

Helen Pomeroy
A respected family practitioner with noted ability in private children disputes. Pomeroy represents clients in sensitive cases involving sexual abuse and domestic violence allegations. She is additionally equipped to handle matters involving children on the autism spectrum.
"She can be tenacious in her advocacy, but also continues to see the bigger picture and builds a great rapport with clients." "Clients know she has their backs and their best interests at heart." "Helen Pomeroy is hard-working and fantastic on her feet."

Strengths:

James Roberts QC
Highly regarded family practitioner whose practice is divided between the very largest financial disputes and complex multi-jurisdictional child matters. His financial remedy practice sees him representing high net worth figures in enormous divorce proceedings with labyrinthine assets to navigate. He possesses considerable experience in matters concerning offshore trusts.
"Clients feel understood and protected when he is in their corner." "If there's hidden money to be uncovered, he will do a thorough job and find it." "A careful listener who remembers the smallest details of cases and is spot-on with his advice. He has got the ear of the court and has the ability to gauge which point to pursue and when."

Strengths:

James Turner QC
Universally acclaimed practitioner recognised for the strength of both his finance and children work. Handling complex matters at the highest level, he is noted for his expertise in child abduction. Sources also praise his encyclopaedic knowledge of international children disputes and financial issues.
"A top-drawer practitioner who is fearless, approachable, kind and extremely hard-working." "He has a phenomenal knowledge of the law. James disseminates and articulates information in a way that is focused but user-friendly." "He's a forceful, persuasive advocate."

Strengths:

Jennifer Perrins
An accomplished family law barrister specialising in a range of private children matters, both domestic and international. Her expertise includes international child abduction, enforcement and jurisdiction matters. She also handles money matters such as Schedule 1 applications and TOLATA.
"A caring, thorough advocate who has her finger on the key issues in complex international cases." "She is hard-working and meticulously prepared, and has a calm, assured manner with clients. Jennifer is a polished performer in court and her technical knowledge is sharp. "She runs her cases in a robust and strategic way, and gives frank, clear, realistic advice to clients."

Strengths:

Juliet Chapman
An impressive junior with experience of being led by the top silks in high net worth matters. She also conducts her own cases at a level beyond her call. She frequently represents clients in non-disclosure and valuation disputes, and is experienced in offshore structure issues.
"She is thoroughly prepared and and always goes the extra mile for her clients." "She absorbs huge amounts of information rapidly and gets to the heart of issues." "Diligent and presents complicated issues in a clear way."

Strengths:

Kate Ozwell
A notable up-and-coming family barrister with expertise in complex financial relief cases. She routinely acts in financial remedy disputes involving child maintenance, pension and tax issues. Her expertise also extends to freezing orders related to ancillary relief claims.
"Sensible, clever and forthright in her approach." "She grasps complex partnership documents quickly, is clear in her advice and is sympathetic towards clients." "Kate is calm, measured and as good in preparation as she is in court."

Strengths:

Katherine Kelsey
Appears in complex divorce proceedings for individuals of significant wealth. She also acts in private children cases, particularly contact and international relocation cases. Kelsey has further experience in Schedule 1 claims and parental alienation issues.
"Prepares cases well and puts forward arguments in a concise, measured way. She quickly picks up on client concerns and the issues in cases, which she addresses head-on." "Katherine is robust in court but sensitive to the client's needs and emotional issues." "She's a reassuring presence for clients, has the ear of judges and gives spot-on advice."

Strengths:

Katy Chokowry
Specialises in cross-border child abduction, leave to remove and relocation proceedings and has appeared in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Sources praise her for her meticulous preparation and attentiveness, as well as her adept handling of international matters.
"She goes out of her way to help her clients, and they appreciate the level of detail she brings to cases." "A hugely persuasive advocate who commands the respect of the court." "She is a fount of knowledge on African abduction cases."

Strengths:

Kelan McHugh
A respected advocate in the family matrimonial sphere whom sources praise for his extensive knowledge of the law and his persuasive advocacy. He specialises in complex financial remedy matters which often include international elements and issues around assets.
"Works hard to get the right result, not just for the client but for all parties. He cares about the outcome and impact of any agreement or settlement, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." "Kelan has a lovely manner with clients, is focused in his approach and perseveres in order to achieve deals." "He gets on top of tricky, complex issues and drills down into the detail."

Strengths:

Laura Moys
Matrimonial finance specialist with additional experience in cohabitation disputes. Moys often acts on Schedule 1 disputes involving sensitive issues, including coercive control allegations. She also demonstrates expertise on financial remedy claims with offshore assets and trust structures.
"She's a calming influence on cases and is good with vulnerable, nervous clients." "Laura is well prepared, good with clients and gives careful, considered advice." "She focuses on the strongest points for her clients in her advocacy."
Recent work: Acted on a Schedule 1 award to enable the children to buy a property. The purchase would be made post-university and help the children resist their father's coercive control.

Strengths:

Markanza Cudby
Her broad practice includes all facets of family law, although she is predominantly a children practitioner who focuses on complex matters. She also sits as both a deputy district judge and a Recorder. She is notable for her further expertise in Court of Protection matters.
"She is good at tailoring cases and knows what needs to be done." "She is a forceful advocate."

Strengths:

Millie Benson
Rapidly rising junior with experience of handling complex, high net worth cases. Her experience encompasses multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as those concerning complex trust and company structures. She also has a public and private children law practice.
"Gentle with clients and effective as an advocate, she immediately finds the solution to a problem."  "She is friendly and always prepared."

Strengths:

Nicholas Anderson
Has a mixed practice that covers a range of private family issues. His areas of focus include international child abduction, relocation cases and prenuptial agreement disputes. His expertise also encompasses Schedule 1, enforcement and cohabitee disputes.
"Thorough and meticulous in his preparation, approachable, good with clients, and firm and persuasive in court." "Nicholas has tons of experience in child abduction work and so, put simply, he knows what he is doing and does it well. He’s personable and good with clients and judges alike." "Nicholas Anderson is a master tactician when it comes to relocation cases."
Recent work: Acted in a Hague Convention dispute resisting an application to return children to Australia.

Strengths:

Nicola Fox
Brings her experience as a psychologist to complex and acrimonious matrimonial and private children disputes. She has particular expertise in relocation cases and is also adept at issues involving mental health and education. Fox is well regarded among market sources for her financial remedy experience.
"Her background as a psychologist means she brings a pragmatic, measured approach to cases that lowers the temperature and allows clients to reach good solutions." "An excellent advocate who is insightful and understanding. She is a commanding, authoritative presence and her advice is detailed, clear and concise." "She has an impressive ability to grasp the issues in complex cases."

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Perican Tahir
An impressive junior who has a broad family law practice with an emphasis on complex finance issues affecting cohabiting couples. She is also experienced in handling matters with jurisdictional issues. Sources highlight her tenacious advocacy and her dedication to her clients.
"Works hard to ensure she is on top of the papers and in order to get the best result possible for the client. She provides straightforward, practical advice." "Perican is tenacious and determined." "She gives cases 100% of her focus."

Strengths:

Peter Newman
Widely respected family junior specialising in matters involving complex corporate structures with significant assets. He has particular experience of navigating technical jurisdictional issues. Newman has appeared both led and unled in significant cases.
"Approachable and gives straightforward advice which is very much appreciated by clients." "He is pragmatic and solution-focused in cases." "A fearless advocate who rolls up his sleeves to sort out disputes."

Strengths:

Philip Marshall QC
Highly regarded finance silk who handles high-value divorce litigation for an enviable clientele of wealthy individuals. He is commended for his conciliatory approach and his ability to settle hotly contested cases. He is instructed on matters which have important legal ramifications.
"He's thorough, has a lot of gravitas, and is listened to by judges. He stands his ground in court but does so with a large degree of panache and aplomb." "He is approachable and user-friendly."

Strengths:

Richard Castle
A well-known financial barrister who frequently handles matrimonial disputes involving trusts and complicated finances. He often represents clients before the High Court, where he conducts high-value cases. Castle has experience in jurisdictional disputes and broader cross-border issues.
"He's one of the most sensible, pragmatic barristers out there and has a great bedside manner. Clients adore him." "A polished, numerate advocate who is measured, thoughtful and considered on cases." "He's a firm negotiator and good advocate, who is strong in presenting cases."

Strengths:

Richard Harrison QC
Versatile practitioner who is widely regarded for his expertise in both top-end matrimonial finance and complex children work. He is equally at home dealing with multibillion-pound divorces and international children arrangements. Harrison has particular experience in cases involving jurisdictional issues.
"He's incredibly thorough and able to do high-end abduction work as well as big family finance cases." "His attention to detail and ability to advise clients clearly in a digestible way are excellent." "He quickly homes in on the key issues, and tactically works out the best way of masterfully moving cases towards the right outcome for his clients."
Recent work: Represented a mother before the Court of Appeal to set aside a final return order in a child abduction proceeding.

Strengths:

Samantha Ridley
Strong junior who focuses her practice on private children law, with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional disputes. She regularly acts on jurisdiction disputes, and handles complex proceedings involving abuse allegations. Ridley is recognised for her work on child-related arbitrations.
"She builds rapport with clients, assimilates complex case details and is always able to identify the salient points in a matter." "She makes succinct, forceful submissions in a charming way during arbitration." "She's persuasive and immediately grasps the issues in cases."

Strengths:

Stephen Jarmain
Practises across a wide spectrum of family issues, handling complex private children and ancillary relief proceedings. He has experience of representing high-profile individuals in international disputes, including those relating to child abduction, enforcement and relocation.
"He gives sound advice and presents cases in a compelling, robust way." "He is approachable, has a chatty bedside manner, and is impeccably well prepared." "A charming, practical advocate who is good at gauging what judges need to hear."

Strengths:

Thomas Dance
Experienced junior with a growing reputation in the children and matrimonial finance markets, who regularly handles high-value financial remedy and Schedule 1 proceedings. His cases frequently involve complicating elements, such as offshore accounts, corporate structures and assets.
"He is reasonable, realistic and someone who knows how to get the judge's ear." "Thomas is charming and able to build a good rapport with all parties, which assists with negotiations." "He gets to the nub of every issue first time."
Recent work: Instructed in Brown v Etchells & Others, one of the only reported international child abduction cases in Jersey.

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Silks (QC)

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Family: Children


Anna McKenna QC
Band 2
Deborah Eaton QC
Star Individuals
Frank Feehan QC
Band 2
James Turner QC
Band 2
Richard Harrison QC
Band 1

Family: Matrimonial Finance


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