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UK Bar Guide 2023
North Eastern (Bar) Family/Matrimonial
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Band 3

6 Ranked Lawyers

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Family: Children - North Eastern (Bar)
3
Band 3

Park Square Barristers has a reputation as a strong family law offering with excellence in children matters. Its members regularly appear in complex public law proceedings involving sexual and physical abuse, induced illnesses and child fatalities. The set acts for children, parents and local authorities across different court levels. A source praises the set: "I can rely on Park Square Barristers to handle complex and sophisticated matters."

Client service

"The clerks are always extremely willing to help and try their best to assist wherever possible. Often going out of their way to help. They are easy to communicate with and always get back to you as quickly as possible."

"They are supportive and helpful in identifying and booking counsel."

Claudine Cooper is the senior family clerk.

Notable Practitioners

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James Hargan
N
James Hargan
2
Band 2

James Hargan regularly handles a broad range of children matters with particular expertise in complex medical cases involving injuries, illnesses and fabricated induced illness. He appears increasingly in the High Court, acting for children, parents and local authorities.

"James is a very competent and dedicated barrister. His advocacy is brilliant and he always puts the client at ease."

"James Hargan is my counsel of choice. He can be wholly relied upon to thoroughly review the evidence, quickly gain the client's confidence and be commanding in the courtroom."

"James is an accomplished and very experienced child care advocate."

Martin Todd
N
Martin Todd
2
Band 2

Martin Todd is respected for his work on difficult children cases ranging from serious sexual abuse allegations to injuries. He represents children as well as parents in emotionally and medically challenging cases, often working at the intersection between family and criminal law. He is also a trained mediator and arbitrator.

"I highly rate Martin as a top advocate in public law care proceedings."

"He is always professional, reliable, knowledgeable and pleasant to instruct."

"Martin has significant experience, and is a particularly composed advocate."

Jane Curnin
N
Jane Curnin
3
Band 3

Jane Curnin, deputy head of Park Square Barristers' family team, attracts praise for both her robust advocacy and her sensitive approach to cases. She is a specialist in children law matters and is regularly called on to handle complex cases which involve medical evidence and allegations of violence.

"Jane has commercial awareness and very good client management skills. She is a determined advocate prepared to work hard for the benefit of her clients."

"Ms Curnin is extremely knowledgeable and provides a stellar service each and every time she is instructed; clients are in very safe hands. She always handles all cases with expertise, professionalism and sensitivity."

"Jane is an all-round advocate of choice and one who has both the legal skills and, equally important, the people skills to navigate this very emotive area of law."

Karen Lennon
N
Karen Lennon
3
Band 3

Karen Lennon has a broad family practice with particular expertise in public children matters. She regularly acts for parents and on behalf of children in proceedings involving sexual abuse negligence, and severe bodily harm. She also assists with proceedings concerning depirvation of liberty and human rights claims.

"Karen is a passionate and fearless advocate. She is very caring towards clients, especially when representing young people. She is very good at keeping a solicitor up-to-date and is able to handle complex issues and evidence."

Charlotte Worsley KC
N
Charlotte Worsley KC
New Silks

Charlotte Worsley KC is a well-respected barrister with particular strength in public law matters. She possesses experience in complex children cases involving sexual and physical abuse and severe bodily harm. She is also experienced with complex medical evidence and regularly acts for parents and local authorities.

"Charlotte is an experienced counsel who presents a formidable challenge to opposing counsel."

"Charlotte is a highly skilled advocate and can explain complex areas of law to very vulnerable clients."

"Charlotte is a very experienced, conscientious and hard-working counsel. She is empathetic and therefore particularly good at representing vulnerable clients."

Huw Lippiatt
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Huw Lippiatt
3
Band 3

Huw Lippiatt was a solicitor for 13 years before coming to the Bar in 2010. He handles both public and private law children  cases, acting for local authorities, parents, children and grandparents. He is an expert in cases involving serious injuries and sexual abuse, as well as those concerning fabricated illness.

"Huw provides robust advice and a confident steer to case management. He is noted for his rigorous scrutiny of the evidence and his ability to establish a quick rapport with the client."

Ranked Barristers at
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Charlotte Worsley KC
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North Eastern (Bar)

Family: Children

James Hargan
2
James Hargan
2
Band 2
Martin Todd
2
Martin Todd
2
Band 2
Huw Lippiatt
3
Huw Lippiatt
3
Band 3
Jane Curnin
3
Jane Curnin
3
Band 3
Karen Lennon
3
Karen Lennon
3
Band 3