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Dere Street Barristers

Family/Matrimonial

7 ranked barristersBand 2North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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Dere Street has a sizeable team of barristers, often called on to act for local authorities and guardians, as well as parents, across the full range of children work. Members handle all manner of difficult cases, from those concerning serious injury and death to private law disputes over child arrangements and contact. The set is also noted for its experience in Court of Protection cases and is particularly well regarded for the barristers' ability to act for vulnerable clients.

Client service:

"The clerks deal with all enquiries in a prompt and orderly fashion while being able to maintain their friendly and approachable manner at all time. They make themselves available both in and out of work hours dealing with emergencies that arise in this area of law." "All the staff are pleasant and if there are difficulties, they are in touch straight away and offer alternative barristers." "The clerks go the extra mile and I know that if I have a problem with my diary, they will hold it in mind in the changing landscape of schedules." Neil Gibson is the senior family clerk.

Strengths:

Carly Henley
A public law specialist, Henley has expertise in child abuse and serious non-accidental injuries cases for local authorities, children and relatives. Her role as an assistant coroner means she is particularly adept at handling highly technical medical and factual evidence. She is also experienced in handling child cases with an international element.
"She takes a forensic approach to cases and is highly organised and very approachable."

Strengths:

Crispin Oliver
Applauded senior junior well versed in financial orders, high-value ancillary relief and cases featuring complex overseas assets. He acts as an arbitrator as well as an advocate in both financial and children-related matters., "He's highly experienced and takes a very pragmatic approach to cases." "He is an extremely knowledgeable and eminently sensible barrister who, time and again, will impress clients by getting the outcome that he's advised is appropriate." "He is very calm, assured, assertive and good at managing clients."

Strengths:

David Rowlands
Specialises in private and public law child cases. He often acts for local authorities and families in connection with grave charges, such as of factitious illness and physical or sexual abuse.
"He's a very experienced senior counsel. He's fantastic, very approachable and very well prepared."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Callaghan
A committed family law advocate whose practice covers both public and private law, with a focus on cases involving child fatalities and alleged non-accidental injury, in addition to contested adoptions, sometimes with a multi-jurisdictional component. She acts for parents, children and local authorities, though she has particular experience with vulnerable clients.
"She has this ability to switch from an empathetic mode to barrister mode. There are not many with that skill." "She is very thorough, very calm and very organised."

Strengths:

Pauline Moulder
An experienced senior junior who is exceptionally well versed in child care law. She represents parents and children alike in complex cases of serious injury, abuse and parental negligence, which often involve complex medical evidence. She also handles children cases with international aspects.
"She is an absolute fighter and very forensic." "She's really very good on complex injury cases for parents."

Sarah Woolrich
Impressive family law advocate who mostly takes on public law instructions encompassing alleged sexual and physical abuse, non-accidental injuries and international child abduction. She acts for parents, guardians, relatives and local authorities in fact finding and care proceedings.

Strengths:

Timothy Donnelly
He often acts for local authorities and parents in care proceedings involving complex medical evidence such as allegations of sexual abuse, induced illness and suspicious deaths. He has particular experience in cross-examining children and other vulnerable witnesses. He also acts on child arrangement and abduction matters.
"He is able to approach any problem with a calm, commanding and approachable manner." "He's a very well-respected junior counsel and a fantastic advocate. He's very good with the clients and very well organised."

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Juniors

North Eastern (Bar)

Family: Children


Carly Henley
Band 3
David Rowlands
Band 3
Elizabeth M Callaghan
Band 2
Pauline Moulder
Band 2
Sarah Woolrich
Band 3
Timothy Donnelly
Band 3