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The 36 Group

Family/Matrimonial

16 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Client service:

A renowned set of barristers who handle a wide range of public and private family proceedings. Members appear in both matrimonial finance and children cases for clients who include high net worth individuals, celebrities, politicians, and members of the general public. Matters of the greatest complexity are handled including those complicated by the presence of trusts, assets, pensions and tax issues. Individuals here also appear in highly sensitive children proceedings, many of which include serious allegations of abuse, FGM, parental alienation and drug use. The set is further noted for having specialist expertise in disputes involving unmarried couples.
"Senior clerk Danny Chapman and his team go above and beyond in terms of their service." "The clerks are efficient, accommodating and will bend over backwards for you." "Nothing is too much trouble for the clerks; they will go out of their way to help find solutions." The chambers is noted for having taken a proactive approach to the pandemic, with one of its barristers, Hannah Jones, having been the founding and only barrister member of ‘Family Law in Lockdown’, an initiative started in response to Covid-19.

Strengths:

Andrzej Bojarski
A well-regarded family practitioner specialising in complex, high-value financial disputes following relationship breakdown, who has particular expertise in cases involving offshore trusts and chancery matters. He also acts as a family arbitrator and mediator in finance proceedings. His international profile has seen him instructed in cases in places such as Dubai.
"His attention to detail is superb, his written work is of an excellent standard, and he is extremely knowledgeable." "A tough financial negotiator who prepares impeccably for his cases." "He's a good arbitrator who gets everyone to focus on what's important in a case."

Strengths:

Chloe Kenvin
Up-and-coming practitioner who specialises in financial remedy disputes, often involving overseas assets. She routinely handles matters with non-disclosure, trust structure and company valuation issues. Kenvin has notable experience acting on behalf of clients in private FDRs.
"Knowledgeable, personable and always on hand to help." "She digests information efficiently, and her negotiation is practical and to the point." "She is tenacious in court, proving calm and meticulous in her cross-examination."

Strengths:

Chris Carr
Specialises in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, and has experience of dealing with tricky, technical issues such as pension and company assets, trusts, and international complications. He is also instructed to handle cases concerning Schedule 1 applications.
"A powerful, meticulous advocate who is sensitive with clients." "He's thorough and has a keen eye for detail. His manner is calm and confident which immediately puts clients at ease." "Chris is pragmatic, great at problem solving and good at talking through options with clients."

Strengths:

Gavin Lyon
Matrimonial finance practitioner specialising in financial remedy disputes. He frequently acts on behalf of wives and husbands in cases with numerous complicating factors, including property assets, pension funds, and multiple jurisdictions. He has expertise in Schedule 1 applications and cross-border work.
"Calm, understated and effective in cross-examination." "Reliable, diligent and concise, he is particularly good on technical matrimonial finance cases, particularly those involving tax issues." "Gavin provides succinct, efficient advice."

Strengths:

George Harley
Private children law practitioner who frequently represents parents in the context of family disputes. He focuses his practice on highly sensitive cases, usually those involving allegations of parental alienation and relocation disputes. Harley is frequently sought out by clients whose cases have cross-border dimensions.
"Throws himself into a case and gives it his all. He's personable and has a good way of putting clients at ease." "George is thorough in his preparation. He's straight-talking with clients but also compassionate and empathetic regarding their needs." "He is hard-working and generous with his time."

Strengths:

Hannah Jones
Matrimonial finance junior, who is quickly establishing her practice and is praised for the quality of her advocacy. She is adept in matters which involve properties, businesses and pension structures. Jones has experience in financial remedies disputes with jurisdictional issues.
"Gets to the key issues in cases quickly and makes sure points are made clearly in court." "She is analytical, persuasive and a lawyer who pays attention to detail." "Hannah  is accessible and her preparation is detailed."

Strengths:

Hannah Markham QC
Focuses on sensitive children matters in the public and private law spheres. Her practice has a strong international focus and she is fluent in Spanish. She is well versed in the most serious care cases as well as matters concerning international relocation.
"Always willing to go the extra mile for clients and will find a route through even the most difficult of cases." "She is incredible on her feet and is good for extremely anxious clients who need that extra level of support." "Hannah outlines cases meticulously and is effective in her submissions."
Recent work: Led the claim in a ground-breaking case before the President of the Family Division concerning the rights of a transgender parent and the way in which the term 'mother' is defined.

Strengths:

Kate Grieve
Regularly instructed in complex public and private law children's proceedings, often involving sensitive issues of mental health and issues of capacity. She particularly specialises in cases involving severe abuse and also acts in adoption cases.
"Her brevity and general approach towards the court garner respect." "She is empathetic, accessible and good when dealing with difficult, sensitive issues such as abduction." "Kate fights for her clients and is good at getting to the heart of matters quickly."

Strengths:

Kate Tompkins
A children law specialist who handles both private and public law issues. She has particular expertise in cases where a serious allegation is made against one parent and the other seeks full custody. Her practice has seen her receive instructions in matters with jurisdictional disputes.
"She is tenacious in court and her commitment and energy shine through." "Kate can cut through sensitive issues in a client-focused way." "She has a wonderful grasp of detail in her cases and is succinct and clear in her advocacy."

Strengths:

Kelly Webb
Barrister with recognised experience in high-conflict children disputes, with additional expertise in appellate matters. She focuses her practice on abduction and parental alienation, and routinely acts on sexual abuse allegations. She also acts on cases with parallel criminal proceedings.
"An experienced, considered advocate who delivers advice in a sympathetic manner." "She's personable, builds a good rapport with clients and stands firm in emotive cases."

Strengths:

Martin Kingerley QC
Experienced family practitioner who focuses his practice on surrogacy and fertility matters. His expertise also extends to adoption, fictitious illness cases and placement disputes. Kingerley has represented clients before the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
"His advice is sound, his client care is great and he commands the courtroom in an unassuming way." "Martin gets on top of thousands of pages of information quickly. He's pragmatic, efficient and sensitive towards vulnerable clients." "Gives clients an air of reassurance, and is able to navigate care and surrogacy proceedings easily."

Strengths:

Niki Langridge
Exclusively practises in the matrimonial finance sphere, handling moderate to high net worth financial remedy cases, many of which have fact-finding or asset issues attached to them. She is a qualified collaborative counsel and mediator, offering services in ADR. Langridge has particular expertise in high-income cases involving a high level of disputed maintenance.
"Good at putting clients at ease when they feel vulnerable or unsure about how the case will turn out. She excels at taking them through the process, highlighting the pros and cons and bringing them solutions." "Niki goes the extra mile and looks into every single detail." "She is analytical, well prepared and someone who gets judges on her side."

Strengths:

Rebecca Rothwell
Frequently acts on behalf of clients on trust-related mandates and financial remedy disputes with non-disclosure issues. Rothwell is also instructed on multi-jurisdictional and cohabitation disputes. She is additionally equipped to handle cases involving high-value pension and business assets.
"Approachable and always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure matters are sorted properly." "She's pragmatic but will fight cases thoroughly." "Clients appreciate her forceful advocacy in court."

Strengths:

Rhys Taylor
Family barrister who receives praise from commentators particularly for his pensions knowledge. He has additional expertise in TOLATA disputes, and is adept at assisting with cases which have international elements. He is also frequently instructed in cases with complex company and trust structures.
"He has a great mind for technical, complicated cases." "Rhys is one of the top people on pensions issues and analyses cases well." "He's good at explaining TOLATA and Schedule 1 law to clients. He looks at cases from all angles before making decisions and advising on them."

Strengths:

Sabuhi Chaudhry
Private law practitioner who specialises in the representation of parents in child care proceedings in the Family Court. Her cases often include sensitive issues such as severe mental health problems and drug abuse, or allegations of domestic violence and coercive control.
"Understands not just cases but also their undertones." "Realistic, knowledgeable and efficient. She is clear and concise in her advocacy." "She is thorough and supportive as an advocate."

Strengths:

William Tyler QC
Well-regarded QC specialising in both public and private children law proceedings, and an expert in jurisdiction issues. He is noted for his experience in handling proceedings involving serious allegations. Tyler has experience of handling, among others, matters involving molestation and human rights abuses.
"Deals with complex issues and horrific cases in a friendly, erudite way." "He's knowledgeable, persuasive and dominates the courtroom. He puts clients at ease." "He reads every document and his approach and manner are spot-on."

Family/Matrimonial

The 36 Group

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4 Field Court, Gray’s Inn

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Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Family: Children


Hannah Markham QC
Band 2
Martin Kingerley QC
Band 3
William Tyler QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Family: Children


George Harley
Up and Coming
Kate Grieve
Band 3
Kate Tompkins
Band 2

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