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UK Bar Guide 2023
London (Bar) Family/Matrimonial
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Band 3

19 Ranked Lawyers

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Family: Children - London (Bar)
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Band 3

A highly regarded family set whose members are equipped to tackle the full gamut of finance and children proceedings. Barristers here are particularly renowned for their public children work, and frequently handle highly sensitive medical cases that involve allegations of abuse, neglect, non-accidental injury and child death. They have further experience in matrimonial finance litigation, with expertise in TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications, assets valuation and cohabitation disputes. Counsel are also instructed in a variety of private children cases, especially those concerning adoption and child abduction. Recently, the set has had involvement in a number of leading matters including the Supreme Court case of G v G, the leading case on the interface between refugee law and child abduction law.

Client service

"The clerks at Coram are wonderful. They're all really very helpful and accommodating and both Hudson Brewer (director of clerking) and Harry Butcher (practice manager) are outstanding. A phone call never goes unreturned and if a barrister of my choice isn't available, they'll always ensure I have a very good alternative. They are polite and easy to speak to."

"The clerks are very efficient and responsive. They're also willing to consider tailoring fees to the client's individual circumstances."

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Notable Practitioners

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Mark Twomey KC
Star Individuals

Mark Twomey KC tackles a wide range of family law areas. He handles both public and private children law work including care and adoption issues, and is also an expert in matters with parallel criminal aspects. He is well respected for his sensitive representation of vulnerable clients.

"Mark Twomey KC is an all-round really great advocate. His handling of extremely complex children cases is really good and his advocacy is effortless."

"Such a clever man, he knows the law so well and has a lovely way of presenting his case in front of  judges. Calm in his approach and never aggressive, he's such a powerful advocate for his client."

"Mark has a gloriously eloquent manner and is remarkably persuasive in court. He's obviously highly intelligent but also has immense charm which he uses to good effect in his advocacy."

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Martha Cover
1
Band 1

Martha Cover is a widely respected and highly experienced practitioner who is head of chambers and has a reputation as a specialist in complex children law matters. She covers a wide range of sensitive matters including cases concerning serious injury and death. Cover has particular expertise in cases concerning wrongful adoption.

"Martha Cover doggedly fights the good fight and is a practitioner who is both liked and feared."

"She's highly experienced, unflappable and someone who doesn't overdramatise."

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Shiva Ancliffe KC
3
Band 3

Shiva Ancliffe KC is an experienced barrister who specialises in care proceedings involving non-accidental injury cases, and who has experience of being instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of vulnerable parents. She is an expert in child abduction, child exploitation and adoption issues.

"Hard-working, earnest and driven to represent her client with the utmost skill, she is a very determined advocate."

"Shiva is a grafter who has great mastery of the detail in a case."

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Michael Horton KC
3
Band 3

Michael Horton KC is a highly praised family law barrister who is respected for his TOLATA and financial remedy expertise. His practice also encompasses complicated children matters involving jurisdiction issues. He also represents clients in enforcement order disputes and postnuptial agreements.

"Michael Horton KC is technically very astute and not afraid of a fight, yet always willing to settle things where it's reasonable to do so."

"He is really excellent, particularly in relation to cases with confiscation elements."

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Victoria Roberts
3
Band 3

Victoria Roberts is a children barrister with valued expertise in matters involving a deprivation of liberty and immigration crossover. She is further highlighted for her abilities on international cases and Section 31 proceedings. Her experience also extends to fabricated illness and non-accidental injury cases.

"A fantastic advocate, who is excellent in her cross-examination and forceful in her submissions. She works incredibly hard on behalf of her clients."

"Victoria Roberts is very pragmatic, organised and well prepared."

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Greg Williams
3
Band 3

Greg Williams focuses his practice on the handling of highly contentious matrimonial finance litigation. He appears in cases whose points of contention include loan repayments, TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications and property assets. He has significant experience of representing unmarried clients in cohabitation disputes.

"Greg Williams is thorough and easy-going. He has fine client care skills and is a tenacious advocate."

"Greg is impressive on TOLATA and financial remedies generally."

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Sarah Branson
4
Band 4

Sarah Branson handles complex cases, some of them multi-jurisdictional in nature, dealing with issues such as serious sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. She has featured in a number of reported cases and has made a number of visits to the Court of Appeal.

"Sarah Branson is very good and not afraid of putting forward a difficult view if that's what's called for."

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Dermot Casey
4
Band 4

Dermot Casey acts on behalf of all parties in public law children proceedings, and also handles judicial reviews. He has appeared in cases involving serious allegations of domestic abuse and non-accidental injury. Casey worked as a social worker before being called to the Bar in 1994.

"Dermot Casey always makes those that instruct him feel at ease. He's very knowledgeable and puts arguments to the court on behalf of children which put guardians at ease."

"Having Dermot on a case makes life so much better. He covers all aspects and keeps you informed."

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Alison Easton
4
Band 4

Alison Easton is a well-respected advocate who represents parents, local authorities and guardians in public care proceedings. Her cases often involve sensitive issues such as state-enforced adoption, and allegations of induced illness and non-accidental injury. She garners market praise for her representation of vulnerable clients.

"Alison Easton is very articulate and quick at assessing situations."

"She's extremely experienced, very easy to deal with and both helpful and insightful. Her advocacy skills are very good and she gets great feedback from guardians."

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Ramanjit Kang
4
Band 4

Ramanjit Kang is a care practitioner specialising in the representation of parents in proceedings involving grave allegations of non-accidental injury inflicted on young children. She frequently handles cases with multi-jurisdictional dimensions, and has experience of acting before the High Court. She was a family solicitor before her call to the Bar in 2007.

"Ramanjit Kang works well with difficult case facts and clients that are very nervous. A diplomatic barrister with a 'can do' attitude, she has a very calm demeanour which lends itself well to both conferences and court settings."

"Perceptive, astute and super intelligent. Clients feel very well looked after by her. Her preparation is superb and her cross-examination skills are really good."

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Alex Laing
3
Band 3

Alex Laing is a family junior who has experience of appearing before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in children law cases. He assists vulnerable clients with sensitive cases, some of which involve ECHR regulation. He is also experienced in financial remedy and TOLATA proceedings.

"Alex Laing is extremely personable, very bright and always thorough and prepared. He raises your comfort levels because he's calm, composed and highly knowledgeable. Judges listen to him and like him."

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Anarkali Musgrave
4
Band 4

Anarkali Musgrave is a barrister with a recognised children practice who is noted for her representation of vulnerable clients. She concentrates her practice on sensitive disputes involving sexual and physical abuse allegations. Musgrave is also skilled in representing clients in parental alienation-related cases.

"Highly experienced, robust in court and good at cross-examination, she thinks fast on her feet. Clients like her as she's very empathetic with them. She is a barrister who's generous with her time; you can ring her up, bounce ideas off her and ask for a second opinion."

"Anarkali Musgrave is an excellent advocate, who's well prepared and wonderful with anxious clients too."

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Judith Pepper
4
Band 4

Judith Pepper has experience in all areas of private law family work, but is best known for tackling public law cases representing local authorities, parents and guardians, children, and intervenors. She is often instructed in complex care proceedings involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse allegations, serious domestic violence, and placement outside the jurisdiction. Pepper also undertakes cases involving vulnerable adults and forced marriage.

"Judith's knowledge of the law is excellent as is her professionalism. She is extremely hard-working and goes out of her way to assist the client and instructing solicitor."

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Matthew Richardson
4
Band 4

Matthew Richardson is a family law practitioner rated for his knowledge of domestic and multi-jurisdictional financial remedy disputes. His expertise encompasses historic non-payment cases and contentious matters involving pensions. Richardson is also notable for TOLATA experience.

"Matthew Richardson is very sensitive, calm under pressure and a good negotiator. He has an ability to draw people in and is very solutions-focused."

"Matthew has good insight and is very sympathetic with clients. He's always looking to resolve issues."

"He wins cases before they start due to his excellent preparation and written work."

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Anna Walsh
U
Up and Coming

Anna Walsh is a barrister of ten years' standing who had extensive experience as a solicitor before coming to the Bar. She specialises in both public and private law family cases.

"Intelligent and well-organised Anna Walsh is someone who clients really warm to."

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Christopher Archer
4
Band 4

Christopher Archer specialises in public law children work and is frequently instructed in cases of unusual sensitivity or those that require the representation of vulnerable clients. He regularly acts for local authorities, parents and children, and has particular expertise in cases concerning parental homicide, non-accidental injury and significant sexual abuse.

"Completely unflappable and very pragmatic in his approach, he regularly argues points with just the right amount of force."

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Sophie Hill
4
Band 4

Sophie Hill has a mixed matrimonial finance and children law practice. Her  practice concerning the latter sees her handling private children proceedings, particularly those involving local authority involvement, vulnerable parents and those with mental health diagnoses.

"Sophie has a magic touch and expertly navigates complex scenarios and legal issues. She is shrewdly perceptive in her advice, and leaves no stone unturned in dissecting a case."

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Kate Hudson
4
Band 4

Kate Hudson specialises in public law children’s work, representing the full gamut of clients including local authorities, parents, children themselves or interveners.

"She's been around a very long time, and is part of the Family Bar furniture. There's nothing she hasn't seen and figured out how to deal with."

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Sarah Tyler
4
Band 4

Sarah Tyler is regularly instructed in all aspects of private law proceedings including those concerning internal and international relocation and cases under the inherent jurisdiction. She has recently acted in cases concerned with the interplay between the 1951 Geneva Convention on asylum and the 1980 Hague Convention. Other areas of expertise include cases of allegations of domestic abuse, and those relating to parental alienation.

"Extremely knowledgeable and able to put anxious and worried clients at ease very effortlessly. Her case preparation is exceptional and extremely thorough."

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London (Bar)

Family: Children

Mark Twomey KC
Star Individuals
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Shiva Ancliffe KC
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Band 3
Family: Matrimonial Finance

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Michael Horton KC
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Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Family: Children

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Martha Cover
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Band 1
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Victoria Roberts
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Band 3
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Alex Laing
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Band 4
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Alison Easton
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Band 4
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Anarkali Musgrave
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Band 4
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Christopher Archer
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Band 4
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Dermot Casey
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Band 4
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Judith Pepper
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Band 4
4
Kate Hudson
4
Band 4
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Ramanjit Kang
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Band 4
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Sarah Branson
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Band 4
4
Sarah Tyler
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Band 4
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Anna Walsh
U
Up and Coming
Family: Matrimonial Finance

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Alex Laing
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Band 3
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Greg Williams
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Band 3
4
Matthew Richardson
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Band 4
4
Sophie Hill
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Band 4