Pump Court Chambers

Family/Matrimonial Department

Western (Bar)
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Pump Court Chambers is a market-leading set with a broad family and matrimonial offering that 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. A source says that the set provides "a safe pair of hands into which to entrust the lives of my clients who are going through a particularly difficult time in their lives."

Client service: "They have always provided an excellent service." "Tony Atkins has stepped up to being the senior clerk extremely well and remains approachable. Sean Gentleman, senior family clerk, is incredibly helpful."

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.
Strengths: "She is a robust and no-nonsense advocate and gives very sensible advice." "She gets to the bottom of the matter."

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.
Strengths: "She is a very good advocate, very well prepared and good with clients with learning difficulties." "Her attention to detail and expertise in working on difficult technical issues is invaluable."

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.
Strengths: "He is fantastic, very on the ball and well prepared." "He is good with vulnerable witnesses."

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.
Strengths: "Highly thought of and very personable, with excellent attention to detail." "He is a very able communicator, very calm, and at the same time he puts forward his client's case effectively and robustly."

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.
Strengths: "A master of the craft of advocacy and a delight to work with." "His main strengths are his preparation, attention to detail, concise advocacy and wonderful way of handling the most difficult of clients."

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.

Strengths: "She is always very well prepared. She is a very good negotiator and has a very good manner." "Her attention to detail is second to none. She is also a very persistent advocate and pursues points until she gets her way."

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.
Strengths: "He is very thorough, gets to grips with complex issues quickly and provides clear advice." "He is an unflappable advocate and skilful negotiator who will fight the client’s corner the whole way."

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.
Strengths: "He is very willing to help and the preparation is brilliant."

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.
Strengths: "Always thorough and always detailed."

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.
Strengths: "She gives clear advice, is a very good advocate, tackles matters in a no-nonsense way and inspires confidence." "She is perspicuous and excellent on her feet."