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St Ives Chambers is known as a "first class" set and has an impressive list of silks and juniors whose expertise spans across all areas of family law. Its members have experience in all manner of matrimonial finance disputes, as well as both the public and private spheres of children law. They represent clients in matters of high sensitivity, such as child protection work, non-accidental injury cases and allegations of sexual abuse. Members of St Ives also demonstrate expertise in matrimonial financial provisions.
Client service: "The clerks are courteous and efficient and are dedicated to providing a quality service to their clients." "The clerking is of an unrivalled standard. The clerks have a strong personal touch and will never present you with a problem without also having a solution to hand. Their communication and financial management are second to none." Sarah Robinson is the practice manager for the family team.
Maintains a strong reputation for financial and property disputes. He has notable experience of handling cases involving onshore and offshore trust assets, dissipation of assets, businesses and pensions, and cases arising from criminal confiscation proceedings. In addition to serving as an advocate he is a qualified arbitrator.
Strengths: "He is meticulous, displays excellent attention to detail and is experienced counsel who goes the extra mile for clients." "Andrew has risen through the ranks and has become very much a senior player in this marketplace. He is known to be fair, commercial and exceptionally erudite."
A talented advocate whose practice includes both public and private family law. Among other matters, she has noted experience of financial remedies cases that involve individuals with disabilities, debt and state benefits considerations. Her practice also extends to charges of abuse and parental alienation.
Strengths: "Sensitive and insightful counsel. A safe pair of hands, particularly in financial matters." "She offers no-nonsense advice and is extremely practical and intuitive." "She has an excellent manner with clients – direct but diplomatic when required. Her strength is the speed at which she picks up detail and retains it."
Elizabeth Isaacs QC
Impressive silk with an excellent reputation in complex care proceedings, which is reinforced by her former career in child protection social work. Head of the childcare group, she is regularly instructed in cases involving death, fabricated illness or serious injury, and also handles the more intricate aspects of private law such as surrogacy and same-sex parenting issues.
Strengths: "She is creative, strategic and collaborative in her approach. A QC of choice for cases which challenge the law or raise novel issues in the area of LGBT family law and fertility law."
Focuses on childcare work, including cases involving severe non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. Provides additional experience in matters regarding child death, where complex medical evidence is often necessitated.
Strengths: "He is very good with agitated clients. His knowledge is second to none and he brings a certain calmness to a case."
Formidable junior advocate who specialises in high-value financial remedy cases. He is regularly instructed on behalf of high net worth individuals to advise on the division of assets, including international holdings.
Strengths: "My barrister of choice for matrimonial matters. He is very good at keeping clients at ease with his manner, while his impressive legal knowledge makes him the perfect choice in tricky and complex financial cases." "He provides fantastic attention to detail and his technical drafting is excellent."
Leading family junior focused on high-value matrimonial finance cases, with notable experience in issues concerning complex pensions, business accounts and offshore trusts. Her caseload includes large divorce settlements that often involve complex financial structures and division of assets.
Strengths: "Her attention to detail and grasp of the figures is unparalleled." "Jayne is the pre-eminent finance specialist on the circuit. Her strengths are her mathematical abilities, her technical knowledge of case law, her specialist financial remedy expertise and her local knowledge of judges and opponents nationwide."
Jeremy Weston QC
Head of chambers and a brilliant family silk who focuses exclusively on children matters. His caseload includes the most complex care cases, including sexual abuse, serious injuries and fatalities. He regularly represents parents, local authorities and children.
Strengths: "An outstanding advocate" who "gets on with everyone and is able to get the court to do exactly what he wants."
An expert in public law children matters, including serious injury and abuse cases. Her caseload includes matters with complex medical evidence. She is held in high regard by instructing solicitors for her ability to communicate well with clients.
Strengths: "Quality advocacy, quality cross-examination and quality with clients." "She is fearless in the courtroom and her reputation precedes her." "She is extremely thorough and grasps the fundamental points of a case. She can also explain matters succinctly to clients and talks to clients with difficulties in a way they can understand."
Provides local authorities, guardians, parents and interveners with high-quality representation in family matters. He focuses on public law and has dealt with the full raft of charges, from non-accidental injury through to murder and sexual abuse.
Strengths: "He prepares extraordinarily well and has a wonderful client manner. It does not matter whether it is the most sophisticated person or the most vulnerable person that he is representing, he has the ability to talk to them in a language that they understand." "He is graceful and calm on the surface but you know that he has put the work in to get to that point. I am always impressed with the speed of his work and the quality of his position statements."
Acts on a range of public and private law matters where he represents both children and parents. He is increasingly recognised for his handling of cases involving physical abuse, care and placement orders, and international child abductions.
Strengths: "He has an excellent manner with clients and is dedicated and able to define a clear thread in a case and pursue it."
Represents parents, local authorities and children in complicated care proceedings which often concern severe non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and child death. He is noted for his private law practice, which has a particular slant towards surrogacy matters and international movement of children.
Strengths: "He is one of the top barristers on the circuit. He is a true gladiator in his command of the courtroom. Not only is his written work impeccable, he is also a fearless advocate."
An excellent advocate who largely focuses on multifaceted financial provision cases arising from divorce as well as under TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications and the Civil Partnership Act. He is regularly instructed in disputes of a high-value and complex nature concerning farms, businesses and other kinds of assets. He shows further expertise in nuptial settlements.
Strengths: "He handles difficult cases with enthusiasm and determination. He takes a well-informed and balanced approach to negotiations." "He is an excellent advocate and negotiator. Nicholas has razor-sharp attention to detail."
Child law specialist and experienced advocate who receives instructions in public and private law cases that regularly involve severe abuse. She has a particular interest in representing children, although she also works with parents, guardians and local authorities and is known for taking on cases that concern particularly vulnerable parties. She is ideal for cases involving complex medical evidence.
Strengths: "Always well prepared and a good advocate."
A Children Act specialist representing local authorities, guardians, parents and children in public and private childcare proceedings. Her past cases have included aspects such as shaken baby syndrome, sexual abuse and chronic neglect.
Strengths: "A wonderful barrister." "She provides excellent advice."