Family/Matrimonial Department

London (Bar)
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A respected set with substantial strength in both children and matrimonial finance proceedings. Barristers here frequently appear in cases with multi-jurisdictional elements, and regularly handle matters of great complexity involving issues such as trusts, offshore accounts, and allegations of abuse. Both public and private law work is undertaken for a wide range of clients, some of whom are of high net worth.

Client service: "The clerks are wonderful, dealing with things quickly and efficiently, managing diaries seamlessly and providing an excellent service. They are responsive and incredibly easy to work with." James Mitchell is the senior practice manager.

Christopher Miller

Practises in child law with a specialism in cases concerning abuse and non-accidental injury. He is particularly known for his work in public law cases, especially those involving very complex medical evidence. Miller is instructed by guardians, parents and local authorities.
Strengths: "Meticulous in his preparation of cases and a measured, effective advocate." "His knowledge is extraordinary and he will always find a solution. He has a gentle but probing manner and is a fierce advocate for the client." "Incredibly forensic and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law."

Ella Calnan

Family junior with a mixed practice of high-profile finance and children work. Her caseload includes matters relating to private international disputes over children and high-value divorce proceedings. She has expertise in cases involving serious health issues.
Strengths: "Always well prepared and very articulate in court, she fights well but is not one of those who comes across as overly aggressive."

Ewan Murray

Focuses his practice on financial remedy proceedings, often with complex trust issues, including TOLATA and Schedule 1 applications. He is also an experienced children's law advocate, and has experience of handling care proceedings involving allegations of abuse. Commentators commend him for his collaborative approach to cases.

Strengths: "Works tirelessly in the client's interest and produces excellent advocacy." "He has a keen legal mind and is a reassuring presence in a case." "A great team player who is pragmatic and gives considered advice."

Gillon Cameron

Predominantly practises in high-value financial provision and remedy proceedings for high-profile individuals, and regularly handles cases with multi-jurisdictional issues. Cameron has particular expertise in matters involving complex asset and business structures and is an expert on company valuations and detailed accounting. He is well equipped to handle cases with international dimensions.
Strengths: "Extremely conscientious, thorough, and measured with clients." "He prepares his cases exceptionally well, and his paperwork is thought through and well argued." "Gillon has a keen intellect which really enables him to get into the meat of a case."

Mandy Tanner

Focuses on general financial issues including those concerning cohabitee disputes. She has strong experience of proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions.
Strengths: "A straight-talking barrister with great attention to detail, who is extremely good with clients." "Approachable, numerate, and great at cutting through the issues in finance cases," she is "a strong advocate who makes the client feel at ease. Her oral and written submissions are fantastic."

Michael Glaser QC

Prominent family law practitioner in high demand for his expertise in complex matrimonial finance proceedings, who typically acts for an impressive high net worth and high-profile clientele. He also acts in children law matters and is recognised for the persistence and quality of his advocacy. Glaser is well versed in complex trust and company issues relating to family cases.
Strengths: "A master strategist who sees creative solutions where others do not. He is extremely numerate and has a businesslike attitude to matters. He will fight to the death for his clients and understands keenly what they want to achieve." "Fearless in court, he's absolutely committed to achieving the best result." "An exceptionally bright advocate with a tactical and considered approach."
Recent work: Represented the heiress to about £40 million worth of trusts, whose trustees did not want to emancipate the money to her. This presented an issue as the client had been ordered by the court to pay her ex-husband maintenance money following financial remedy proceedings.

Ronan O'Donovan

Regularly represents local authorities, guardians, parents and children in public and private law children cases, many of which involve inflicted injury, sexual and physical abuse and mental illness. He has specialist expertise in cases involving deprivation of liberty.
Strengths: "He presents himself calmly and has an aura of true professionalism." "An accomplished barrister with excellent client care skills, who offers great support to the instructing solicitor." "A detailed strategist who works as part of the team."