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42 Bedford Row

Family/Matrimonial

5 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A well-renowned children set commended by peers and clients alike. Barristers here are frequently instructed in the representation of vulnerable clients in care proceedings. The cases it handles are complex and most notably within the context of non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. Members have further expertise in private children cases.

Client service:

"The clerks are on top of their game in terms of chasing papers and negotiating fees. They always give the instructing solicitor a nudge if he or she needs to do something, and they are all incredibly pleasant to deal with. James Tidnam the senior clerk runs the team to a really high standard."

Strengths:

Gemma Taylor QC
Renowned for her handling of serious public law cases relating to severe injury, abuse and adoption. She exhibits strength representing parents and children in matters with complex medical evidence. Taylor has experience in cases that overlap with Human Rights Act claims.
"An authoritative figure, she keeps everyone under control and makes sure the main issues are focused on." "She adopts a calm and good-humoured approach to intense and complex situations." "Gemma’s greatest strength is her clarity of thought and ability to get straight to the issue. She alternates between sensitivity and force depending on what is needed, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of child law."
Recent work: Represented Lancashire County Council in an unconventional fictitious illness case, in which the parents were accused of inciting their children to take on alternative gender identities. The parents were also alleged to have induced illnesses in their other children (including foster children).

Strengths:

Jonathan Bennett
Acts on behalf of all parties in care proceedings and specialises in non-accidental injury cases with complex forensic evidence. He's also proficient in private and public law cases involving matters of serious abuse and neglect.
"He adopts a calm, clear approach to difficult matters and is able to build a strong relationship with the client."

Strengths:

Katie Phillips
Exhibits expertise in family cases concerning vulnerable children in complex care proceedings. She acts for all parties and specialises in non-accidental injury matters.
"Cool, calm and in control, she brings the tempo right down in heated cases. She supports clients in the most vulnerable situations and is so attentive and reassuring. Katie is on top of everything and able to understand her client's situation from a human perspective."

Strengths:

Philip McCormack
Public law specialist with experience in civil and criminal proceedings. He mainly represents children in complex proceedings across a range of matters including those relating to infant death, head injury and abuse. McCormack represents all parties to proceedings, including children.
"He is understated but when he speaks he is more than worth listening to. In cross-examination he is very successful."

Strengths:

Tina Cook QC
Well-regarded children practitioner who is known for her expertise in public law care work. Her practice consists of cases involving sensitive issues such as fictitious illness and sexual abuse. She is also at home dealing with cases involving complex genetic disorders. Cook represents local authorities, children and parents.
"A joy to instruct as she is readily available to talk tactics and is adored by clients." "She protects her clients' positions vigorously." "Extremely shrewd and knows her cases inside out. Her cross-examination style is very effective."

Family/Matrimonial Department

42 Bedford Row

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42 Bedford Row

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Family: Children


Gemma Taylor QC
Band 3
Tina Cook QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Family: Children


Jonathan Bennett
Band 2
Katie Phillips
Band 2
Philip McCormack
Band 3