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Spire Barristers

Family/Matrimonial

3 ranked barristersBand 3North Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table

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Spire Barristers is a notable set with particular expertise in all matters related to children, ranging from public to private children law. Its members are respected for their advice in highly sensitive cases such as those involving sexual and physical abuse, fabricated and induced illnesses and child removals. The cases often involve lengthy evidence and medical assessments. The set further benefits from having two leading silks, and its members regularly act for parents, intervenors and local authorities.

Client service:

"The clerks do everything within their power to ensure that the counsel offered are appropriate for the matters in hand. The clerks are personable, approachable and always available." "The clerking service is excellent, approachable and friendly. They return calls at the earliest opportunity and keep in touch. Their customer service is excellent." "Leigh Royall, the senior clerk, can do anything. He looks after his barristers and solicitor clients like family, and nothing is too much trouble." "Donna Gaughan, the senior family and public clerk, is organised, efficient and very helpful."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Shaw
Senior junior who is an established expert on children matters, specialising in complicated care proceedings. She offers expertise in both private and public law, regularly for children, parents, guardians and local authorities in cases involving such allegations as negligence, sexual and physical abuse.
"She is incredibly thorough and very approachable, and clients respond to her intuitive but no-nonsense advice." "She has gone over and above." "Elizabeth is very able and experienced."

Strengths:

Jacqueline Thomas QC
Excellent silk recognised for her work on highly sensitive children matters, particularly those involving complex medical evidence and serious allegations. She is well versed in handling public law cases, regularly advising local authorities and institutions.
"She is exceptionally well prepared and calm, and her advocacy is brilliant." "She is a real team player and has the welfare of the children at heart in what she does." "Jacqueline has a straight and reassuring manner. She is just a class act."

Strengths:

Taryn Lee QC
Leading family silk widely recognised for the breadth of her expertise in medically complex children cases, including those with negligence and bodily harm allegations. She is further noted for her experience with serial sexual abuse cases and regularly acts for parents and local authorities.
"Taryn is truly a force of nature. She is extremely bright with a very proper court presence and is also skilled beyond measure with difficult clients. Her warmth draws opponents in and charms judges." "She is a high-quality silk. She's very approachable and very good with clients and junior counsels."

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Silks (QC)

North Eastern (Bar)

Family: Children


Jacqueline Thomas QC
Band 2
Taryn Lee QC
Band 1

Juniors

North Eastern (Bar)

Family: Children


Elizabeth Shaw
Band 3