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Broadway House

Family/Matrimonial

13 ranked barristersBand 1North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Broadway House handles a broad remit of cases within family law but is particularly well renowned for high net worth financial remedy matters. The barristers here are frequently instructed in complex cases involving issues of bankruptcy, business structures, trusts, maintenance, pensions, premarital and non-marital assets, disclosure and add-backs. The addition of nine barristers from Zenith Chambers has enhanced the set's bench strength and cemented its reputation in the matrimonial finance space. The set also boasts a number of barristers who specialise in private and public children work and deal with serious abuse allegations, as well as relocations and contact disputes.

Client service:

"The clerks will work with you and keep you in the loop about availability or if anything changes." "The clerks are so friendly and accommodating." "It is a strong set with a good clerking team, headed by Robin Slade, who is always very helpful." "The clerks are very responsive, friendly and helpful with suggestions of the right barrister for the job."

Strengths:

Anthony Hajimitsis
A distinguished senior junior in the field of family law who specialises in financial provision cases, especially those concerning property and business arrangements following divorces. He is increasingly acting as an evaluator in financial dispute resolution. As well as his advocacy he provides popular education seminars.
"He is incredibly intelligent and academic, well prepared and always available when you want to pick his brains. He's very good with high net worth clients and cases involving business." "A strong, confident advocate and you can always count on him to do a good job." "Tony is extremely experienced and very thorough."

Strengths:

Dornier Whittaker
Extremely skilled in private law family work relating to children and finances. Her mandate incorporates various matters, from disputes over farming and corporate assets to shared care arrangements and relocation cases.
"She is very proactive, very hands-on and has a very good bedside manner backed up with excellent advocacy skills." "She is always impeccably prepared with a detailed knowledge of the case. Nothing takes her by surprise."

Strengths:

Emily Ward
A quality junior whose expertise spans a range of complex matrimonial finance and child-related cases. She represents parents and local authorities in various care proceedings which often involve complex medical evidence.
"She's superb - she's got a brain the size of Britain! She has worked on some complex cases where the chances of winning would be slim but pulled off some good results." "She is very down to earth and can put a client at ease within minutes. She's good at delivering difficult advice clearly." "She's just an all-round great performer and wise beyond her years."

Strengths:

Guy Swiffen
A dedicated children specialist whose remit includes complex public law work, as well as private law children matters. He routinely acts on behalf of local authorities, as well as parents, in cases concerning sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries and child fatalities. He has been engaged in many international cases with complex jurisdictional issues.
"He's an advocate who you are entirely confident in at every level of court." "He has an excellent manner when dealing with complex child cases and is well prepared and highly experienced." "He's very good - careful and thoughtful in his preparation and presentation."

Strengths:

Jake Ellis
Acknowledged as a name to watch by instructing solicitors. He attracts instructions in a host of financial remedy cases involving a range of asset types such as businesses, pensions, farms and trusts. He is also instructed on private child law cases concerning parental alienation and relocations.
"He is very approachable, knowledgeable and very good with clients and managing their expectations." "His preparations are second to none. He's a very fast thinker and able to adapt." "He has a brilliant grasp of how the facts, the law and the actual problem interact."

Strengths:

Jayne Pye
Frequently instructed in both public and private law matters, Pye's practice covers the gamut of cases relating to children. She acts for local authorities and parents in care proceedings relating to child fatalities and abuse. She is also experienced in dealing with cases in which drug abuse, learning difficulties and mental health problems need to be considered. Child arrangements orders are also a regular source of instruction.
"She just reduces the heat in a situation." "She is very direct and provides honest, realistic and to-the-point advice." "A go-to for children work."

Strengths:

John Myers
A fierce advocate who remains a popular choice for tough children cases. He has for many years handled cases of alleged abuse and neglect. He also has expertise in cross-border relocation cases.
"He's well prepared and presents clearly." "A go-to local counsel for complex children matters."

Strengths:

Martin Wood
Maintains a strong reputation in the market as a leading finance expert, particularly in the field of ancillary relief. His experience includes the most complex financial disputes involving business assets, shares and foreign property.
"Impresses with his advocacy skills, his written presentations and his gravitas in court." "He is just a phenomenal advocate with an unmatched presence in court."

Strengths:

Nick Power
Highly accomplished family law barrister who concentrates on financial remedy cases, especially those with offshore earnings, pensions and business issues. His instructions often concern assets spread over multiple jurisdictions.
"He manages expectations very well and has a reassuring effect on the client. He's very balanced when presenting the case." "He has the rare ability to distil a complex situation into simple issues." "He has a lovely reassuring manner with the client and is very calm and focused but tough in court. He's just a brilliant advocate."

Strengths:

Robert Cole
Widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in high-value ancillary relief cases. His background in accountancy means he is often sought after for complex disputes concerning businesses, non-matrimonial assets and trusts. He also deals with Children Act, TOLATA and Inheritance Act claims.
"As a former accountant Robert has an eye for detail and is always well prepared and has all the numbers at his fingertips." "He is absolutely brilliant on matters involving business assets. He gets to grips with them extremely quickly and this generates enormous confidence in him from the client’s perspective." "He's extremely knowledgeable, straight-talking and understands the client's needs."

Strengths:

Roger Bickerdike
An authority in family law who is particularly adept at handling complicated financial remedy proceedings. He also undertakes private law children work and has experience of appellate advocacy, notably in the Court of Appeal.
"He is an excellent advocate and has the ear of the court because his approach is pragmatic and commercial." "He is proactive in setting expectations and he's not a last-minute person. He's very responsive and very good at what he does." "His lay client-handling skills are second to none."

Family/Matrimonial Department

Broadway House

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Department location

9 Bank St

Bradford

West Yorkshire

UK

BD1 1TW

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Juniors

North Eastern (Bar)

Family: Children


Dornier Whittaker
Band 3
Guy Swiffen
Band 2
Jayne Pye
Band 3

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Anthony Hajimitsis
Star Individuals