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29 Bedford Row Chambers

Family/Matrimonial

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A set with demonstrable strength at silk and junior level that assists clients in both children and divorce proceedings. Members here are sought after by high net worth clients for their extensive experience of handling financial cases involving complex business structures, assets, trusts, Schedule 1, TOLATA and tax issues. Many of these are multi-jurisdictional and international in nature. The barristers also have significant expertise in private and public children law work, and are equipped to represent their clients in all manner of care, relocation, and child abduction proceedings. Tenants gain particular market recognition for their specialism in intricate medical cases involving non-accidental injuries and abuse. Their diverse clientele consists of people from all levels of society.

Client service:

"The clerks are great in helping you if your first choice barrister is not available. They manage to shift things around and are very efficient." James Shortall is the well-respected senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alexis Campbell QC
Silk with a solid reputation for assisting high net worth business clients with domestic and international matters involving complex company and trust issues. She sits as a Recorder in both criminal and family law matters.
"Phenomenal. She has fire in her belly and wants to win." "Personable, down to earth, versatile and brilliant with clients, she is incredibly fearless and can take on the best silks." "She can give clients advice that they do not want to hear in a way that they can take."

Strengths:

Amber Sheridan
Young matrimonial finance junior with a growing reputation for handling high-value financial remedy proceedings for high-profile, international clients. She is recognised for the complexity of the matters she undertakes.
"Amber is an excellent advocate who is wonderful with clients. She always has an eye for the finer details and, above all, possesses a great, strategic brain."  "Her advocacy and submissions are succinct and pointed." "A junior whose practice is going from strength to strength."

Strengths:

Ben Fearnley
Praised for his breadth of knowledge in matrimonial finance, he has a broad practice and particular experience of handling cases concerning the Inheritance Act and complex company assets. He has additional expertise in mediation.
"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."

Strengths:

Brent Molyneux QC
Well-regarded lawyer who handles highly complex financial disputes involving high-value assets. He is lauded for his understated advocacy style and conciliatory approach.
"His relaxed manner belies his extensive preparation and pragmatic analysis." "A dynamic, leading barrister who is an absolute guru when it comes to pre- and postnuptial agreements." "An excellent, deep thinker and a highly strategic silk."

Strengths:

Charlotte Trace
Matrimonial finance practitioner with 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.
"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."

Strengths:

Christopher Wagstaffe QC
Financial practitioner with a focus on representing high net worth individuals in international cases, particularly those situated in South Africa and the Caribbean. He is also knowledgeable when it comes to Schedule 1 disputes, as well as matters involving company or trust complications.
"Incredibly skilled advocate with a great courtroom presence." "Technically astute and excellent at dealing with complex matters."

Strengths:

Conor Fee
Acts on behalf of high-profile clients in big-money financial remedy disputes. His cases frequently involve complex factors relating to trusts, tax, real estate, business valuations and pensions. He has further experience of handling Schedule 1 proceedings.
"Incredibly personable and has a good eye for detail. The way that he speaks softly but is listened to is very compelling." "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." "Conor has an excellent grasp of commercial business interests."

Strengths:

Dafydd Griffiths
Children barrister whose practice encompasses proceedings in both the public and private spheres. He is particularly experienced in issues of parental alienation, as well as cases involving serious abuse and complex medical evidence, in which his criminal law background comes to the fore.
"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."

Strengths:

Helen Williams
Finance practitioner noted for her previous experience as a chartered accountant, which she brings to bear in matrimonial proceedings concerning complex, multi-jurisdictional, company and trust structure issues. Her cases often involve valuation issues and corporate non-disclosure.
"Incredibly versatile, and the right barrister to put in front of a whole range of clients." "A go-to barrister if you have a complex tax or business-related case. She has an accountancy background, which is a fantastic asset."

Strengths:

Howard Shaw QC
Well-regarded barrister specialising in complex financial remedy matters. He regularly acts in cases involving an international element, including those concerning offshore trusts and other assets, as well as Schedule 1 cases with international concerns.
"Highly personable and gets straight to the point." "His cross-examination lulls the other side into a sense of security and then he pounces." "Clients like him because he can explain the most complex issues in the most simple way."

Strengths:

Indira Ramsahoye
Children law practitioner who is well regarded for her considerable experience of handling complex international children matters. She possesses a noted specialism in matters concerning external relocation, abduction and jurisdictional disputes.
"Exceptionally courteous, very professional and someone with a great sense of humour." "She is caring, sensible, and able to retain and disseminate detailed information and dates effortlessly." "Makes clients feel totally secure and confident that they are in safe hands. She is hugely practical in the advice that she gives."

Strengths:

Jonathan Southgate QC
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.
"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."
Recent work: Argued on behalf of a significantly disabled wife in an expensive financial remedy dispute. Southgate secured his client housing and maintenance costs of £2,369,126 from the husband.

Strengths:

Jonathan Tod
Family barrister proficient in handling both sophisticated financial and children matters. He is an expert in Schedule 1 Children Act cases, and has a wealth of experience in high-value divorce proceedings involving disclosure disputes and assets issues. He is particularly sought after for his work in prenuptial agreements.
"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."
Recent work: Represented a husband who had been divorced for ten years in a three-day hearing in the High Court. The allegations against the husband, which included issues of fraud and non-disclosure, were dismissed following a forensic assessment of his assets and cross-examination of the wife.

Strengths:

Joseph Switalski ,Up-and-coming junior who is accumulating a reputation well beyond his year of call for his financial remedy and divorce work. He has experience of handling cases involving complicating issues such as loans, company valuations, and property portfolios. Switalski is fully equipped to represent clients on cases with an international flavour.
"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."
Recent work: Appeared in Quan v Bray, representing a wife in enforcement proceedings against her ex-husband.

Strengths:

Laura Heaton
A mediator and collaboratively trained junior who specialises in a wide range of financial proceedings and is recognised for her prowess in ADR. Her cases mainly consist of matters with complex business elements, many of which involve a third party. She has particular expertise in Schedule 1 and TOLATA disputes.
"Laura is phenomenally well prepared, amazingly client-focused and very friendly." "She has an excellent grasp of complicated financial matters." "Professional, no-nonsense, empathetic and focused."

Strengths:

Lee Arnot
Offers clients a dual money and children service, and has extensive experience in both the public and private spheres, appearing in cases with jurisdictional and asset issues. He is noted for his attention to detail when handling complex children proceedings, and regularly tackles cases involving issues of serious abuse and child relocation.
"Has a calm, impressive manner and always gives clients realistic, child-focused advice." "He is tactically astute and his grasp of detail is magnificent." "Nothing short of exceptional in making you feel at ease. His knowledge of his subject stands out and his professionalism is to be admired. He is adaptable and always remains focused on getting the best and fairest result."

Strengths:

Lynsey Cade Davies
An international divorce specialist who focuses on complex financial matters for high net worth clients following relationship breakdown. She has a particular interest in trust and business structures in matrimonial proceedings.
"Takes everything in her stride and absorbs all the detail. She is the weight beneath any leading QC's wings." "Lynsey has a winning combination of confidence, humour and intellect. She is able to navigate the law and never lose sight of the need for excellent client care." "A ferociously clever junior with an extraordinary attention to detail."

Strengths:

Mark Emanuel
An experienced practitioner who offers representation in a range of family cases following relationship dissolution. He has specialised knowledge of business, trust and child residence issues in high-value proceedings.
"A phenomenal cross-examiner who completely strategises the case." "His attention to detail and technical expertise are second to none." "Superbly forensic, detailed, accurate and well prepared."

Strengths:

Max Lewis
Well-regarded financial barrister who is comfortable handling all aspects of financial remedy proceedings. He has particular expertise in disputes involving complex company and trust issues. Further noted for his experience in family disputes involving a religious element.
"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."

Strengths:

Nicholas Allen QC
High-value financial specialist who regularly handles cases using the collaborative process, having trained as collaborative counsel. He is commended for his attention to detail and his sympathetic manner with clients, and is also a trained arbitrator.
"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."

Strengths:

Nicholas Chapman
Considerably experienced practitioner who tackles contested divorce proceedings concerning high net worth individuals. He additionally sits as a deputy district judge on the Western Circuit. Chapman earns praise for his ability to digest complex numerical information.
"Approachable, empathetic and calm." "A tenacious and hard-working strategist who is pragmatic and has good judgement." "No-nonsense, straightforward and practical."

Strengths:

Patrick Chamberlayne QC
Has earned a fine reputation for tackling substantial financial remedy proceedings many of which involve complex business structures. His practice is mainly international and notable for its connections to the Middle East. He has substantial experience in Schedule 1 claims with an international element.
"Excellent at the tactics and strategy of a case, he is the man you want in your corner." "He has a 'take no prisoners' style of advocacy and a strong reputation for fighting hard for his clients. Allied to this he is approachable and has a level of accessibility that is a real support to his solicitors." "Patrick gives clear, concise advice, gets straight to the key issues, and advocates persuasively."
Recent work: Acted in Vilinova v Vilinov and Hinaly Company Limited, appearing on behalf of the wife following her divorce in Russia. Patrick made an order for financial relief, securing her £5 million as well as costs against the husband and his company.

Strengths:

Paul Storey QC
Standout children specialist who is renowned for his formidable advocacy and involvement in highly complex public and private cases. His expertise extends to non-accidental injury, death and abuse issues. He is particularly experienced in representing parents accused of negligence and abuse.
"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."
Recent work: Instructed by the mother in Wilkins and Vanselow, a case which involved multiple hearings and centred around serious head injuries sustained by a small baby.

Strengths:

Peter Mitchell QC
Experienced matrimonial practitioner with a versatile practice covering all complex issues relating to financial remedy following relationship dissolution. He has particular expertise in the law as it relates to nuptial agreements, cohabitants and TOLATA issues.
"Has an effortless charm that is appreciated by clients and judges alike." "He prepares cases with flair and expertise, and is intellectually at the top of his game." "Peter lives and breathes his cases. His knowledge and expertise are phenomenal and he is very much a leading light."
Recent work: Appeared in MV v EB, representing a husband in complex divorce proceedings involving concerns about the provenance of substantial wealth disclosed by the wife and allegations of coercive control by her.

Strengths:

Petra Teacher
Versatile junior who covers a broad range of private matrimonial finance cases. She is noted in particular for her expertise in relation to issues related to Schedule 1 matters, and proceedings involving complex business assets.
"Calm and reassuring with the client, she moves cases forward pragmatically and sensibly." "Well prepared, confident, and good with clients." "Her written work is impressive and she really cares about her cases."

Strengths:

Philip Cayford QC
Head of chambers who represents high-profile clients in significant financial remedy proceedings. He is highly regarded for his knowledge, and his experience covers the full range of high-value disputes, including those concerning Schedule 1 disputes.
"Clever and always has mastery of the court. He is very effective at getting the result the client wants." "Philip has enormous gravitas and experience, and is highly effective."

Strengths:

Richard Bates
Handles mainly matrimonial finance cases on behalf of wealthy individuals, especially those involving complex business and trust structures. He additionally engages in Schedule 1 proceedings and has further knowledge of Inheritance Act issues.
"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."

Strengths:

Richard Tambling
Matrimonial finance junior who handles a wide variety of issues surrounding divorce, including matters concerning Schedule 1, TOLATA and significant wealth. His practice encompasses cross-border cases, often those involving offshore assets.
"Knows how to handle tricky situations and complex cases, and is good at dealing with emotional clients."

Strengths:

Roshi Amiraftabi
Specialist children law junior who demonstrates great expertise when it comes to jurisdictional issues, among other private law matters. Her caseload consists of complex relocation, abduction, enforcement and leave to remove cases, some of which are highly acrimonious.
"Empathetic, prepared and a joy to work with, she is an expert in international child law." "Her advice is considered and strategic."

Strengths:

Sally Max
Family junior practising mainly in the high net worth matrimonial finance arena. She has particular expertise in issues concerning cohabitation, Schedule 1 matters and cases concerning complex business and trust structures. Sources compliment her grasp of technical issues and her in-depth knowledge of the law.
"Her preparation is meticulous and she can recall all the facts in a case, making her a formidable opponent." "Sally has a brain like a cleaver. Her ability to absorb complex information quickly is astonishing." "Razor-sharp and does not miss a trick."

Strengths:

Sassa-Ann Amaouche
Family junior who is in high demand for her expertise in sophisticated divorce proceedings involving significant assets, complex business structures and issues of non-disclosure. She is well regarded for her manner and her tenacious, no-nonsense advocacy style. Sources agree that she is able to handle clients who require a direct approach.
"Approaches the case sensibly and pragmatically, but fights tooth and nail when necessary." "A clever tactician who really gets behind her client's case. You always feel that she has complete control of the proceedings." "Sassa-Ann is a ferocious negotiator and is as tough as nails. She's a real force of nature whom you would not want to mess with."

Strengths:

Simon Calhaem
Finance specialist who handles a broad range of related matters, including complex trust and divorce cases. His practice extends internationally, encompassing offshore trusts and jurisdictional issues. He is noted by sources for his effective advocacy and his encyclopedic knowledge.
"Possesses a strong legal mind and is technically very good. He is firm with clients when necessary but also empathetic." "His expertise in financial relief coupled with his grasp of civil procedure make him a force to be reckoned with." "Strategically thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Appeared in Shokrollah-Babaee v Shokrollah-Babaee, a case considering the issue of whether a judge who had conducted an FDR appointment during the earlier stages of financial remedy proceedings can later hear and rule upon disputed cross-applications in relation to the enforcement and/or variation of the substantive order which was made after a contested hearing.

Strengths:

Timothy Scott QC
Renowned international matrimonial finance specialist who demonstrates impressive knowledge of all matters relating to jurisdiction. He has frequently appeared in the Court of Appeal on cross-border issues. His expertise includes EU regulations and forum disputes.
"Proactive, strategic, intellectually strong and a safe pair of hands." "He has unbeatable knowledge and experience when it comes to complex EU and non-EU jurisdiction matters." "Timothy has one of the best legal minds out there."

Strengths:

Victoria Domenge
Handles substantial financial matters for a range of clients, and has experience in cases concerning trust and company assets. She is commended for her constructive approach, which stems from her experience as a mediator and collaborative counsel.
"Impresses with her pragmatic approach." "A forceful and tenacious advocate." "She is sympathetic, empathetic, pragmatic, and firm when dealing with clients."

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Paul Storey QC
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Band 2
Brent Molyneux QC
Band 2
Christopher Wagstaffe QC
Band 3
Howard Shaw QC
Band 3
Jonathan Southgate QC
Band 1