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Albion Chambers

Family/Matrimonial

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A pre-eminent set for matrimonial finance and children matters, Albion Chambers has a strong bench of silks and juniors able to handle the full range of family law mandates. The barristers at the set are frequently called upon to act for high net worth individuals in complex financial remedy disputes often involving family businesses, pre-matrimonial and foreign assets, and TOLATA cases. Areas of additional expertise include complex public and private children proceedings as well as multi-jurisdictional cases. "All the barristers are excellent, friendly and easy to work with," reports one source, while another praises the set's "great mix of talent and skills to suit each case."

Client service:

"Albion Chambers is approachable, professional and efficiently managed. I can rely on high-quality advocacy from anyone I instruct, and the clerks are always helpful and easy to work with. They always do all they can to find counsel if needed at short notice." "Michael Harding, senior family clerk, and Julie Hathway and Marcus Harding, both family clerks, are wonderful and assist in any way that they can."

Strengths:

Charles Hyde QC
Highly respected practitioner with a great deal of experience in large-scale financial remedy proceedings, including complex cross-jurisdictional cases. He is frequently instructed in disputes which involve high-value farms, shares and other assets.
"He is brilliant - remarkably approachable with clients, very down to earth and eloquent in court." "He is calm, incisive and gets it right each time. He stands out from the crowd."

Strengths:

Daniel Leafe
Extensively experienced family practitioner admired by sources for his knowledge of family finance law and his advocacy skills. He is frequently instructed in financial disputes involving pre-matrimonial and foreign assets, as well as TOLATA cases.
"A very bright, incisive advocate and adviser who cuts to the critical issues and develops good rapport with clients." "He is always self-assured, capable of thinking outside the box and finding solutions that others don’t see."

Strengths:

Deborah Dinan-Hayward
A widely commended junior who often represents high net worth individuals in complex financial remedy proceedings involving family businesses, multiple properties, pensions and pre-marital agreements. Sources laud her strategic analysis skills and excellent manner with clients., "She is highly approachable, detailed, empathetic and a pleasure to work with." "She is excellent in matrimonial finance cases. She is cool, calm and collected, and very detailed in her preparation."

Strengths:

Gemma Borkowski
Best known for her expertise in matrimonial finance issues, with a focus on high net worth cases. Her practice includes disputes involving trusts and third-party assets, as well as private child law matters.
"She always impresses with her clarity of argument and has the ability to convey complex points to clients." "Her preparation is excellent, and clients are always impressed by her knowledge and approach."

Strengths:

Hannah Wiltshire
Held in high esteem by instructing solicitors across the South West, particularly for her impressive grasp of family finance matters. Her work ranges from disputes regarding allegations of fraud to those where bankruptcy is a possibility.
"She is a very strong advocate and very well prepared. She is good on accountancy." "She is calm, with a fantastic client manner, and has a real presence in court." "She takes a pragmatic approach and delivers excellent results."

Strengths:

Hayley Griffiths
Experienced children law barrister frequently instructed on both private and public proceedings. She regularly tackles cases of an international nature, often including complicating aspects such as forced marriage, non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse. She is especially well known for her work on cases involving complex care proceedings.
"She has a wealth of experience and is able to tackle the most complex of cases." "Her approach is insightful and balanced. She is able to distil medical evidence in an understandable way."

Strengths:

Nicholas Sproull
Head of the matrimonial finance team, Nicholas Sproull is highly experienced acting for high net worth individuals in financial remedy matters. He offers considerable expertise in cases with a cross-border component. He is especially experienced on cases involving issues of non-disclosure and liquidity of assets.
"He has a wonderful way with clients and can get straight to the heart of the case quickly. He stays calm and collected under pressure and has a wonderful reputation." "You know the preparation will be outstanding and his judgement spot-on."

Strengths:

Sarah Pope
Children law junior frequently representing parents, interveners and local authorities in both public and private matters. Her expertise ranges from non-accidental injury and death of baby cases to sexual abuse fact-finding proceedings. She is often instructed in care proceedings.
"She is authoritative, decisive and a formidable advocate." "She has an excellent ability to take in a large volume of complex material and identify the issues, explaining and advising with succinct clarity thereafter."

Strengths:

Stephen Roberts
Maintains a diverse practice, frequently advising on ancillary relief matters as well as complex public children law work. His practice encompasses sensitive domestic violence cases and care proceedings, representing children, parents and guardians.
"He thinks outside the box and considers the wider implications of positions and options." "His ability to present a case calmly, carefully and persuasively is very powerful in highly charged and emotional cases."

Family/Matrimonial Department

Albion Chambers

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Department location

Broad St

Bristol

Bristol

UK

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Silks (QC)

Western (Bar)

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Charles Hyde QC
Band 1

Juniors

Western (Bar)

Family: Children


Hayley Griffiths
Band 3
Sarah Pope
Band 3
Stephen Roberts
Band 3

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Daniel Leafe
Band 1
Deborah Dinan-Hayward
Band 1