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Parklane Plowden

Family/Matrimonial

13 ranked barristersBand 1North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Parklane Plowden acts for a range of clients, including local authorities, parents and guardians, in a variety of children law proceedings. The cases undertaken by the barristers often involve serious abuse and injuries, as well as complex issues such as international relocation and parental neglect. The set is a first port of call for instructing solicitors handling care proceedings. The set continues to grow its bench strength with Francesca Fothergill joining the matrimonial finance team. The set also possesses impressive strength in financial remedy cases, and the barristers are equipped to handle cohabitation disputes and cases involving complex asset structure.

Client service:

"The clerking is very well run. Mark Williams, senior practice director for the family team, and practice manager Hannah Townsend will always go above and beyond to help." "The clerks are fantastic - always willing to help and know just how to match barristers to cases." "Mark Williams is always willing to go above and beyond for me to ensure clients get an exceptional service. The clerking team is excellent and never lets me down."

Strengths:

Alex Taylor
A children law specialist with a strong reputation for handling complex cases. He is instructed by local authorities, as well as parents and on behalf of children, and is regularly called on to assist with injury and abuse matters or multi-jurisdictional cases.
"He impressively combines a practical approach and academic techniques."

Strengths:

Clare Garnham
Undertakes advocacy in a range of family-related public law cases. She predominantly acts for local authorities, as well as parents, on child protection matters relating to such serious matters as abuse, injury and neglect. She is also noted for her ability to handle multi-jurisdictional issues.
"She has very high-level client care skills and is rigorous in cross-examination." "She is down to earth, has amazing knowledge and really fights for her clients. Clare knows exactly what she is doing." "She is one of the best counsels I have ever come across."

Strengths:

Daniel Pitt
Well regarded by instructing solicitors for his handling of a wide range of matrimonial finance cases. He has experience in cases involving the valuation of assets, including pensions and businesses.
"He is thorough and has good rapport with clients."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Darlington
Held in high esteem for her expertise in property law, she is a popular choice of solicitors for cohabitation and TOLATA cases arising from separations and divorces. She is further renowned for her expertise in financial remedy cases.
"She gives clients the options, looking at the scenarios, and really gets a grip early on. She is able to deliver advice without it being crushing if it is not the answer that clients want to hear and makes sure that clients are informed." "She is calm, measured and composed." "She is very knowledgeable about the law in cohabitation and TOLATA and is pragmatic, approachable and user-friendly."

Strengths:

Francesca Fothergill
Extremely competent matrimonial finance advocate with a significant reputation for her grasp of issues relating to farming and landed estates. She is frequently instructed in cases with complex forensic accountancy evidence and in international matters such as foreign prenuptial agreements. She is well reputed for her knowledge of trusts, inheritance and taxation matters.
"She takes real pride in her work and reads everything." "She takes no prisoners and is honest with clients and instructing solicitors about what is achievable."

Strengths:

John Jackson
A former solicitor and a children law expert with extensive knowledge of serious abuse allegation cases, among a range of other public and private children law issues. His work includes complex cases with fabricated and induced illnesses and historical sexual abuse. He is also well versed in working with clients with learning difficulties.
"John is tenacious, down to earth and a robust and inspiring advocate." "He is compassionate to his clients, committed and genuinely looks at cases in a sophisticated way, which helps add value. With John you always feel that time has not just been spent looking at the case, but also on how to bring to life clients' experiences." "He is a thorough, determined and persuasive advocate."

Strengths:

Julia Nelson
Well versed in handling a broad spectrum of family law matters, with particular expertise in children cases. She advises on international relocations and residence disputes, as well as other highly contentious children issues. She also has experience in financial provision cases.
"She gives confident and robust advice and is well prepared for representation at court. She offers a unique approach to difficult proceedings which is encouraging and reassuring for clients and always goes the extra mile in preparation." "She is a no-nonsense all-rounder with excellent advocacy skills backed up with natural empathy that clients adore." "Julia is silky smooth in cross-examination, and clients love her approach."

Strengths:

Lewis Donnelly
Rising in the ranks due to his breadth of experience in children law. He regularly advises parents and children on highly sensitive allegations such as sexual abuse, serious bodily harm and deprivation of liberty. He also assists with trafficking accusations.
"He has that perfect mix of great advocacy skills and an eye for detail while having a set of people skills." "He is a star in the making." "He has the ability to be so personal but also be so decisive and amazing in court."

Strengths:

Louise McCallum
Highly regarded family law specialist with extensive experience of children matters, especially those involving highly complex medical evidence. She is widely respected for her prowess in handling sexual abuse, child fatality and illnesses cases, and acts on behalf of children and local authorities across various courts, including the High Court.
"She has very good client care and a calmness in cross-examination with an eye to detail." "She is top-notch - just the best." "She is extremely diligent and wants to know everything that is in the papers. She is also very calm and brings that calmness to clients."

Strengths:

Maxine Best
Enters the rankings due to her growing recognition as an expert in children law matters. She regularly acts for children, parents and local authorities on a variety of issues ranging from serious physical and sexual abuse allegations to child neglect.
"Maxine can be trusted with the most difficult cases and clients." "She is a rising star." "She is hugely impressive and has a presence beyond her years."

Strengths:

Natalia Levine
A strong advocate with a focus on complex child care cases. She frequently handles cases involving violence and abuse allegations, usually accompanied by extensive medical evidence.
"She has very well-honed court skills but with an ability to retain an equally high level of people skills." "She goes above and beyond to make clients comfortable." "She is commanding in the courtroom and my go-to for Children Act work."

Strengths:

Sara Anning
Rising in the rankings due to her considerable experience representing children, parents and local authorities in highly complex children cases. She is recognised for her ability to handle the full breadth of children law, including adoptions, serious abuse allegations and fabricated illness cases.
"She has excellent knowledge in her field with very strong advocacy and interpersonal skills. Clients like her and trust her advice, and she is always a pleasure to work with." "She is a phenomenal advocate and extremely diligent." "Sara is a brilliant advocate. She is so efficient, reliable and, above all, has the most wonderful client care."

Strengths:

Simon Wilkinson
Well regarded for public children work involving serious allegations of abuse and complexities around evidence. He is particularly noted for representing local authorities in cases concerning sexual abuse, serious injuries and adoptions. He has experience acting in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
"He is very knowledgeable and practical. Simon is clearly very experienced and confident in any situation thrown at him." "He has the ear of judges as he is subtle and sensible." "He is fantastic to work with."

Family/Matrimonial

Parklane Plowden

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Location

19 Westgate

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

LS1 2RD

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Juniors

North Eastern (Bar)

Family: Children


Alex Taylor
Band 3
Clare Garnham
Band 1
John Jackson
Band 2
Julia Nelson
Band 3
Lewis Donnelly
Band 2
Louise McCallum
Band 1

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