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Pump Court Chambers

Family/Matrimonial

10 ranked barristersBand 1Western (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Pump Court Chambers is a market-leading set with a broad family and matrimonial offering which includes public and private children cases, as well as financial matters. Members frequently handle financial disputes involving high-value assets such as businesses, inheritance and overseas properties. The barristers at the set have strong expertise in children law matters, including complex shaken baby, sexual abuse and non-accidental injury cases, as well as relocation and Children Act proceedings. Sources say Pump Court Chambers is a "go-to set" with "strength in depth."

Client service:

"The clerking service is thorough and approachable. They are always available to discuss a bespoke approach to a client. Their offering is known as being quality from top to bottom. They make it their duty to get to know instructing solicitors." "The clerking service is really excellent - friendly, personal, responsive and accurate. I struggle to see how it could be improved, frankly." Sean Gentleman is the senior family clerk.

Strengths:

Annie Ward
Specialises in taking on finance disputes and is able to aid clients as a mediator as well as an advocate. She is experienced acting on matrimonial cases involving inheritance, businesses and children issues.
"Her cross-examination is clinical and highly effective." "She is an extremely impressive, very strong advocate whose combined charm, flair and knowledge provide clients with reassurance and good outcomes."

Strengths:

Corinne Iten
An experienced children law barrister often acting for vulnerable adults in complex cases involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries. She is also instructed on sensitive matters regarding honour-based violence.
"Corinne is caring towards clients. She is approachable but firm and fair." "She is extremely proactive while being meticulous in the quality of her work. She's extremely detailed yet very user-friendly."

Strengths:

David Josty
Strong family junior noted by sources for his advocacy skills and thorough preparation. He represents children, parents and extended family members in complex care proceedings, non-accidental injury cases and matters involving deprivation of liberty.
"David has great attention to detail, a fantastic grasp of complex cases and a very good client manner."

Strengths:

Edward Boydell
Head of the family finance team, with over two decades' experience advising on matrimonial finance. He is active on high-value financial remedy cases involving issues of non-disclosure, non-matrimonial assets and shared corporate interests. He also sits as a recorder on the Midlands Circuit.
"He is a competent and able advocate who is good with clients. He has the ability to talk on a level which works for the client." "Edward is always standout: extremely well prepared, impressive in his presentation and commanding in his arguments."

Strengths:

Geoffrey Kelly
Expert private law practitioner with a particular focus on financial remedy matters involving complicating aspects such as fraud and sexual violence allegations. Sources appreciate Kelly's ability to understand and explain documents related to the evaluation of businesses.
"Geoff is an exceptionally good barrister – he is a rare combination of being technically very strong, a highly persuasive advocate, and empathetic towards and supportive of the lay client." "He is extremely good with clients - calm, pragmatic and reassuring with an excellent grip of the case from the early stages."

Strengths:

Jennifer Lee
Family law specialist primarily focusing on matrimonial finance disputes regarding companies, property and inherited assets. Many of her cases involve cross-border or jurisdictional issues. She is also able to advise on sensitive relocation cases including allegations of parental alienation.
"Jennifer is everything you would want in counsel. She has exceptional attention to detail coupled with a firm but fair approach to the opposition." "Jennifer leaves no stone unturned. She will review matters early and often ask to speak to discuss additional points that she would like to be addressed."

Strengths:

John Chapman
Has a broad practice covering a wide range of matrimonial finance disputes. His practice includes high-value finance matters with complicating aspects such as substantial local and foreign assets and allegations of non-disclosure. He is well regarded by sources for his meticulous preparation and persuasive style in court.
"He is fabulous in court. He can go between being extremely charming, which always appeals to judges, to being devastating at destroying the other side's case when he needs to." "He is very accessible and easy to work with. Clients really like him and regard him as a safe pair of hands."

Strengths:

Leslie Samuels QC
Advises on the full range of family law issues and regularly represents clients in public and private children matters. He often deals with sexual abuse and non-accidental injury cases. He is able to oversee ADR procedures, as well as handling litigation. He sits as a deputy High Court judge and recorder on the South Eastern Circuit and Central Family Court.
"Leslie is very experienced. He is very conscientious and thorough while also being very good at cross-examining." "He's user-friendly and down-to-earth. He has an impressive quality in his consistency."

Strengths:

Penny Howe QC
Impressively experienced in complex advocacy work involving sensitive child protection issues. She is particularly noted for her expert public law practice, which includes acting for parents and local authorities in cases of sexual abuse and non-accidental injury. She also handles shaken baby cases involving the assessment of complex medical evidence.
"She is fantastic, very organised and always immaculate in her preparation." "She's really top of the tree. She's an extremely able advocate and particularly good on paper while going the extra mile."

Strengths:

Tara Lyons
Well-regarded junior whose caseload spans many areas of family law, including matrimonial finance and private child law cases. She is especially adept at financial remedy claims concerning the division of assets.
"Her attention to detail is exemplary. She is extremely well prepared, and manages client expectations with care and clarity. Her cross-examination style is refined and extremely effective." "She is a clear advocate who is all over the papers and knows all the numbers."

Family/Matrimonial

Pump Court Chambers

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Location

31 Southgate Street

Winchester

Hampshire

UK

SO23 9EB

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Silks (QC)

Western (Bar)

Family: Children


Leslie Samuels QC
Band 1
Penny Howe QC
Band 1

Juniors

Western (Bar)

Family: Children


Corinne Iten
Band 2
David Josty
Band 3

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Annie Ward
Band 2
Edward Boydell
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