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Family/Matrimonial

8 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
DEPARTMENT PROFILE

New Court Chambers

Family/Matrimonial

8 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Ranked Barristers

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Client service:

A set with substantial strength in public and private children law matters, and the further capability to handle financial proceedings. Barristers here are well versed in highly sensitive matters involving non-accidental injury, child death, sexual abuse, FGM, fictitious illness and child trafficking. They are also equipped to handle TOLATA, Schedule 1 and parental alienation cases. Clients include highly vulnerable individuals, as well as parents, guardians and local authorities. ,"The clerks are fantastic because they are on the ball and extremely responsive. They make sure you get consistently good counsel, and they work closely with solicitors." Paul Bloomfield, the senior clerk, is ably supported by first junior clerk James Stammers.

Strengths:

Andrew Shaw
Noted for his expert representation of parents, children and local authorities in a wide range of public and private law children cases. He is highly regarded for his handling of matters involving complex medical and psychological evidence, and is regularly instructed in non-accidental injury cases.
"A star of the future. His case management is amazing and he has great potential." "His advocacy is excellent and advances the case strongly in the best interests of the children involved. He is a very talented advocate whom judges thoroughly depend on." "Andrew has a calming attitude and is good at handling demanding and difficult clients. He is able to cut through the rubbish and deal with what needs to be dealt with."

Strengths:

Christopher Poole
Handles the whole spectrum of children-related issues, from fabricated illness to abuse, medical treatment and neglect cases. Christopher is joint head of chambers and is commended for his work on behalf of local authorities in serious matters. In addition, Christopher has handled matters concerning sensitive cultural and religious differences.
"A strong advocate who is calm and persuasive when dealing with highly charged situations." "A very able family practitioner who can turn his hand to anything."

Strengths:

Giles Bain
Co-head of chambers who focuses on complex public law children cases, representing parents, children and local authorities. His practice sees him engaged in serious matters including those relating to sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.
"Giles has an amazing practice when it comes to non-accidental head injury cases." "An experienced lawyer who does not take bad points, he is likeable and a good communicator." "His style of advocacy is interesting as he is quite subtle but the message gets home. He really knows what he is talking about."

Strengths:

Kyri Lefteri
A specialist children lawyer, who appears at all levels of tribunal up to the Court of Appeal. He represents local authorities, parents, guardians, children and other family members, and further handles private law and abduction proceedings, some of which are international in scope. 
"His professionalism, the quality of his research and his advocacy skills all impress." "He approaches his cases with vigour even when appearing in front of the most difficult judges."

Strengths:

Laura Harrington
A well-respected advocate with experience of handling some of the most sensitive types of public children's work. She regularly appears in proceedings involving child deaths, non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and child trafficking. She has advocated in the High Court and frequently acts on behalf of local authorities, as well as guardians and parents.
"Responsive, sensible, calm, and able to come up with solutions. She has a great manner with social workers and clients, and engages well with other parties in difficult situations." "Laura has a good mix of experience of working for local authorities, parents and guardians, and knows what each party needs. She used to be a solicitor so has experience from both sides of the process."

Strengths:

Philippa Jenkins
Expert in public law children work who is routinely instructed by local authorities, guardians and children to appear in the Family Court at all levels. She is noted for her sensitive handling of vulnerable clients and her work in non-accidental injury cases. Jenkins also appears in private children proceedings.
"Handles complex matters with a high level of preparation and care." "Intellectually rigorous, she gives a high standard of advice and always gives you a heads-up if she notices a problem. She is straight with clients in an appropriate fashion."

Strengths:

Sally Jackson
Covers the full range of family cases, from complex children proceedings to high-value divorce disputes. Her public law practice sees her representing all parties, including parents, children and local authorities. Jackson frequently handles such financial issues as Schedule 1 and TOLATA applications.
"Extremely sensible, hard-working and well prepared, she shows excellent judgement both in conference and at court." "Sally is incredibly quick to pick up information and identifies all the main points in a case."

Strengths:

Sam Wallace
An experienced junior noted for his expert handling of complex children law cases involving serious non-accidental injuries. He is regularly instructed in matters concerning forced marriage, FGM, child death, fictitious illness and allegations of abuse. His varied client list includes children, parents and local authorities.
"He is like a swan in the way he glides through a case, proving as cool as a cucumber." "He is a pleasure to work with because he is dedicated, he responds to clients brilliantly and he works so hard."

Ranked Barristers

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London (Bar)

Family: Children


Andrew Shaw
Band 3
Christopher Poole
Band 2
Kyri Lefteri
Band 4
Laura Harrington
Band 4
Philippa Jenkins
Band 4