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Deans Court Chambers is a top set that maintains a strong presence across the full range of family and matrimonial matters. Members are frequently instructed in cases which deal with allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries, as well as Children Act cases and care proceedings involving deprivation of liberty. Barristers at the set are well versed in high-value finance cases and often act for high net worth individuals, including well-known public figures. "I would be happy to instruct any one of their family barristers," one source affirms.
Client service: "If a particular barrister is unavailable, the clerks will do their utmost to find appropriate alternative counsel or rearrange matters." "They always respond very quickly." "Louise McCarthy, the family clerk, goes the extra mile." Andy Flannigan is the senior family clerk.
Experienced public family law specialist who handles a range of care proceedings involving emotional, sexual and domestic violence. Sources applaud her court manner and level of preparation.
Strengths: "You feel confident she will read everything and she is excellent."
Julia Cheetham QC
Highly experienced in matters involving children and vulnerable adults. She has particular expertise in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries, as well as complex and law-changing Children Act cases.
Strengths: "She is exceptional." "She has an excellent reputation."
An experienced children law and Court of Protection practitioner with experience of complex cases regarding allegations of abuse and injury. He is able to deal with challenging medical evidence and has a great deal of High Court and Court of Appeal experience.
Strengths: "He is excellent. He does quality protection work." "He is an exceptional and hard-working advocate, but also one of the most helpful and obliging barristers I've ever come across."
Exclusively handles children law cases, tackling public and private work. She routinely assists vulnerable adults in care proceedings and other cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and violence. Her public law expertise also includes non-accidental injury matters. Sources value her ability to assist vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "She has dealt with a tricky cases and handles clients superbly."
Provides advice on financial remedy matters arising from divorce and relationship breakdowns, regularly acting for high net worth individuals. She is additionally able to handle private children cases.
Strengths: "She has a wealth of knowledge and her strength is her written work, especially her turn of phrase." "She is an extremely experienced and able negotiator."
Susan Grocott QC
Has a diverse practice, advising on a range of finance issues in addition to public and private children work. Her caseload includes an emphasis on negligence, ill-treatment and relocation. She often advises on the Children Act.
Strengths: "She has a very straightforward manner that is attractive to clients and judges."