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Coram Chambers

Family/Matrimonial

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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.

Client service:

"The clerks are always willing to make every effort to accommodate the solicitor's preferences (even at short notice). They are happy to consider the particular needs of a client or case, and make sensible recommendations for counsel. I always call them first because I know that the clerks will bend over backwards to sort things out for my clients." Hudson Brewer is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Alex Laing
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 which involve ECHR regulation.
"Facilitates great outcomes and will go the extra mile to support the instructing solicitor. He is always at the end of the phone to assist or provide advice as needed." "Astute, extremely intelligent, insightful in his analysis, and surgical in his court interventions."  "An incredibly bright advocate who brings experience to the table."
Recent work: Successfully appeared before the Supreme Court in In the Matter of NY (A Child), a child abduction case involving a mother who had taken her toddler from Israel to the UK.

Strengths:

Alison Easton
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.
"A forceful advocate with a huge amount of experience." "Fantastic at engaging with difficult clients and getting them to trust her, she is compassionate, clear-headed, and able to dispense frank advice when necessary. She does a wonderful job in incredibly difficult circumstances." "Polished, prepared, focused and highly intelligent, she has all of the other advocates in a case eating out of her hand without them realising it."

Strengths:

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.
"Confident barrister who gets on well with clients." "Excellent when dealing with complicated medical cases, he is always helpful, accessible and understanding."

Strengths:

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.
"Extremely thorough and shows excellent attention to detail. He has a robust yet personable manner which garners the respect of clients, opposition counsel, and judges alike." "He has a unique ability to assimilate and synthesise a mass of complex background information into an effective strategy."

Strengths:

Mark Twomey QC
A relatively new silk who 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.
"Incredibly clever and very detailed in his approach, he leaves no stone unturned." "Mark thinks of unusual sides to a case and is incredibly enthusiastic."
Recent work: Appeared in In the Matter of NY (A Child) , the only English and Welsh children case heard by the Supreme Court in 2019. This was the defining case on the interrelationship between the inherent jurisdiction and the Children Act 1989. The case concerned a toddler who had allegedly been abducted by its mother from Israel to England.

Strengths:

Martha Cover
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.
"A barrister who has never lost her desire to try and ensure that justice is done for those whose voices aren't heard." "Particularly good on complex cases where the evidence is unclear, she analyses the material thoroughly." "Martha is great to work with, fantastic at relating to vulnerable clients, and someone who understands complex cultural issues."

Strengths:

Michael Horton QC
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.
"Patient yet professional with clients, he has the ability to grasp the details in a case and filter out the main issues." "Exceptionally bright, even by barristerial standards, he's great at complex technical issues." "A pleasure to be against, and a really sensible, completely straightforward barrister. He is respected by all."
Recent work: Represented a high net worth husband before the Supreme Court in Villiers v Villiers, divorce proceedings arbitrated by the government for the first time since 1820. The client was the recipient of trusts worth multimillions of pounds.

Strengths:

Ramanjit Kang
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.
"An approachable, formidable and effective advocate who fights her client's corner." "What is remarkable about her is her quiet determination. She is an iron hand in a velvet glove." "She will always remain fair in her approach to fighting for the client. She takes good points, and her submissions are clear and persuasive."

Strengths:

Shiva Ancliffe QC
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.
"Calm, sensible and particularly good at managing vulnerable clients' expectations." "She has good technical and forensic skills, and is able to manage difficult clients and people."

Strengths:

Siobhan Kelly
An expert in public law children proceedings, who acts on behalf of guardians and parents in complex care cases, often in the context of non-accidental injury, child death, neglect, drug abuse, and serious criminal proceedings. She has extensive experience of cases involving children who have been found to have illegal drugs in their system.
"Amazingly robust, she gets through to the root of the case and is incredibly effective. She is well known for effecting change by drafting consultation responses for organisations and being at the forefront of the profession." "A force to be reckoned with who will fight hard for the client."

Family/Matrimonial Department

Coram Chambers

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9-11 Fulwood Place

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Greater London

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WC1V 6HG

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Family: Children


Mark Twomey QC
Band 2
Shiva Ancliffe QC
New Silks

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Michael Horton QC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Family: Children


Alex Laing
Up and Coming
Alison Easton
Band 4
Dermot Casey
Band 4