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Blackfords LLP

Family/Matrimonial

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What the team is known for

Strong team focusing on public law children matters, including those that concern serious criminal conduct, non-accidental injuries and mental illness. Vastly experienced in cases involving complex medical evidence and child witnesses. Expertise includes international as well as domestic matters, and regularly handles care proceedings acting both for parents and for intervenors. Also assists with private law children matters.

Strengths

"I find the team to be very good," says a source, adding: "They are very thoughtful and show good client care."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Nicola Chamberlain represents clients in both matrimonial finance cases and children-related matters. She has notable experience in matters where serious criminal conduct is alleged, including public child care proceedings. "Nicola is extremely calm, controlled and empathetic but also has great strategic oversight on a case," says a source, adding that "she is exceptional in the way she assimilates a great deal of information very quickly."

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Overview

Niche highly regarded family law team specialising in divorce and children matters with a strong reputation for dealing with complex public law children cases including proceedings with an international aspect, non-accidental injury, factitious illness and abuse.  

Overview

Blackfords LLP has a well established family team, dealing with the whole range of family law, including divorce and separation, ancillary relief, domestic violence, wardship and adoption. The team is particularly well known for their leading expertise in children matters including private and public law children cases and public law care proceedings where there are parallel criminal proceedings and/or inflicted injuries.

Many of the cases handled are extremely complex and can involve issues such as serious injuries to children, allegations of sexual abuse and parallel criminal proceedings. The team regularly assist clients with learning disabilities or mental illness, and represent individuals in situations where the evidence of medical experts and child witnesses is key to the outcome. 

Cross-border children matters is a growing area of practice and we have acted in a number of highly international matters involving issues such as adoption and international child abduction matters over the past year. 

Members

Chamberlain, Nicola (Head of Department)

Cape-Cowens, Elizabeth

Chamberlain, Nicola

Mitchell, Natalie

Owen, Elizabeth

Patel, Nikita

Taylor, Terri-anne

Wintle, Kim

Worden, Helen

Family/Matrimonial Department

Blackfords LLP

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Department location

Cleary Court

169 Church Street East

Woking

Surrey

UK

GU21 6HJ

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Guildford and surrounds

Family/Matrimonial


Nicola Chamberlain
Band 3