Magdalen Chambers

Family/Matrimonial Department

Western (Bar)
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Magdalen Chambers is a highly rated set with experienced money and children practitioners. Barristers here are often instructed in complex financial disputes concerning businesses, shared property and non-matrimonial assets, including matters with cross-jurisdictional aspects. The client roster ranges from high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings to vulnerable parents and local authorities. The set shows additional strength in public matters including fabricated illness and sexual abuse cases.

Client service: "The clerks are friendly, very helpful and will liaise directly with the court and other clerks regarding hearings if there is a clash. They are easy to deal with." "Grainne McGovern, senior family clerk, is an excellent clerk providing information regarding fees and availability of counsel in a quick and efficient manner."


Carol Mashembo

Experienced family barrister with strong experience in high-value financial relief proceedings arising from divorce and often involving businesses, shared property and non-matrimonial assets. She has additional expertise in private children matters.

Strengths: "She is a firm favourite to instruct in financial remedy proceedings given her great client care, bedside manner, her thoughtful preparation and her availability to deal with queries in a timely manner." "She always adopts a meticulously thorough approach in dealing with matters, which puts everyone involved at ease."


Christopher Naish

Maintains a broad practice, acting for parents and local authorities on private and public children law matters, as well as being able to handle complex financial remedy cases. He advises on cases with allegations of fabricated or induced illness and child sexual abuse.
Strengths: "He is articulate and gently persuasive, grabbing the ear of the judges, and his witness handling is second to none." "He quickly and easily establishes an excellent working relationship with clients."


Elizabeth Willsteed

Best known for her adept handling of serious child protection cases and ability to handle highly complex cases concerning allegations of emotional and physical abuse. Fabricated or induced illness cases are another area of expertise.
Strengths: "She brought balance and insight into the case and was perceptive and unflappable." "She's a class act. She knows family law inside out and she is excellent in her knowledge."


Rupert Chapman

Recognised for his expert handling of cases involving complex matrimonial finance disputes and private law children matters. Many of his cases straddle multiple jurisdictions around the world.
Strengths: "He is very easy to deal with, extremely thorough and always has a good rapport with clients."