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St John's Chambers

Family/Matrimonial

12 ranked barristersBand 1Western (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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St John's Chambers has a lengthy roster of silks and juniors with invaluable expertise in a wide range of family and matrimonial matters. Members are particularly skilled at handling cross-jurisdictional matters for high net worth individuals, especially those concerning the division of assets as part of divorce proceedings. The barristers are frequently called upon to assist with the most complex public children mandates encompassing sexual abuse, brain injury and trafficking matters, and also take on private work such as Children Act proceedings. "It is an excellent chambers with strength at all levels," one interviewee notes.

Client service:

"Luke Hodgson, practice manager, gives a service which feels tailored to the individual. This is mirrored by his team, whose response times to a request are always impressive." "The chambers is very organised and very well run. The clerks go above and beyond and are very quick to respond to enquiries. The clerking team are friendly, approachable and extremely efficient, always exceeding expectations."

Strengths:

Abigail Bond
Head of the children law team and an expert in challenging cases concerning alleged sexual and physical abuse. She is well known for her authorship of a frequently used text on learning disabilities and is regularly instructed in cases concerning the care of children and Court of Protection matters.
"She is hard-working and thorough in her preparation. She made what was a complicated case almost straightforward." "Abigail absolutely nails her briefs and is very diligent."

Strengths:

Andrew Commins
Well known for representing high net worth clients on significant matrimonial finance issues, and experienced handling cases involving pensions, partnerships, companies and trusts. In addition to his litigation practice, he also works as a mediator.
"Andrew is a very thorough, detailed and considered barrister." "He is absolutely brilliant with clients, grasps a case with speed, authority and knowledge and is just an absolute joy to work with."

Strengths:

Christopher Sharp QC
Extremely well-regarded family silk who frequently handles disputes relating to the division of significant assets. He regularly acts in matters with an international element to them, as well as cases involving complex medical evidence. His family law practice benefits from top-drawer expertise in the most serious personal injury claims.
"Chris is very knowledgeable and has brilliant advocacy skills. He is helpful and always on hand. It is obvious he puts in so much effort to everything he does. He is forensic in his approach to documents and excellent at cross-examining witnesses at trial." "He is very easy to deal with and always well prepared."

Strengths:

Jack Harris
Highlighted for his strong work across a range of family matters. He practises predominantly in financial remedy work.
"Jack is extremely bright, knowledgeable and enthusiastic with a strong attention to detail. He has an excellent manner with clients, immediately making them feel reassured, supported and confident that they are in the best of hands." "His advocacy skills are first-class and he is always extremely well prepared. He is attentive to solicitors and does an exceptional job throughout."

Strengths:

Jody Atkinson
Practises across the whole spectrum of private family matters, often advising on ancillary relief disputes involving family trusts and overseas companies, as well as bankruptcy and insolvency issues. He is also active in matters relating to child support.
"He is very good and to the point."

Strengths:

Judi Evans
Heads the family and divorce team at the set and maintains a strong reputation for her work in the public sphere, particularly on non-accidental injury cases concerning abuse allegations. She has additional experience handling complex cases involving drug and alcohol abuse, as well as fabricated or induced illness.
"Judi is exceptional on all counts. Her client care is absolutely excellent and her ability to command authority with judges is without parallel." "She is very creative in forming her arguments."

Strengths:

Julia Belyavin
Experienced in public and private children law. Her children law work is often focused on complex cases of physical, mental or sexual abuse, and sees her appear before the High Court.
"She will fight tooth and nail for a client." "Julia has phenomenal intelligence and is a really good barrister."

Strengths:

Lucy Reed
Specialises in children work and acts for clients on a wide variety of public and private cases. She regularly advises on matters involving challenging or vulnerable parties, such as parents with substance abuse or mental health issues, and children with disabilities and learning difficulties. She is also skilled at handling adoption and trafficking cases before the High Court.
"Lucy is approachable and contactable and excellent with clients and tribunals. She is thorough and willing to go the extra mile on her own initiative." "She is someone who thinks more widely rather than just on what's happening in the courtroom."

Strengths:

Nicholas Miller
Senior junior whose practice at the Bar is bolstered by his ten years' previous experience as a solicitor. He is highly thought of for his work in the ancillary relief sphere, representing clients in high-value cases with complex pension, farm and company elements.
"Nicholas is a pillar of strength and reliability. He prepares thoroughly and makes sure that the client understands all aspects of their case and feels at ease with the way that he is presenting it." "He is well respected and well prepared with excellent experience and realistic in what he does."

Strengths:

Richard Norman
Acts on a broad range of family law matters, including those concerning financial remedies following relationship breakdowns and complex private children cases. He is particularly well versed in cases with an international element, involving foreign assets and trusts, as well as taxation issues.
"He has been sensitive and understanding towards the client throughout and provided excellent, practical advice." "He is calm in court and doesn't get too belligerent yet is still strong in how he presents cases. He is very forensic and has great knowledge."

Strengths:

Susan Hunter
Head of St John's Chambers, she focuses her practice on financial remedy issues and is especially skilled at advising on cases involving third-party interests. She also has expertise in children cases with complex aspects such as sexual, physical and emotional abuse, as well as handling adoption and trafficking matters.
"She fights for her client, is creative and masters the respect of her tribunal." "Susan is a fantastic advocate and makes clients feel completely at ease."

Strengths:

Zoë Saunders
A specialist in family law often dealing with international leave to remove cases and divorce proceedings involving property in the UK and abroad. She has experience in financial disputes regarding inherited property, business partnerships, trusts and land matters and insolvency issues.
"She is very sharp and knowledgeable whilst being understanding of a client's difficulties." "She is an outstanding advocate in court. She's very thorough, very good with clients and effective at explaining things."

Family/Matrimonial

St John's Chambers

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Location

101 Victoria Street

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 6PU

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Silks (QC)

Western (Bar)

Family: Matrimonial Finance


Christopher Sharp QC
Band 1

Juniors

Western (Bar)

Family: Children


Abigail Bond
Band 2
Judi Evans
Band 2
Julia Belyavin
Band 3
Lucy Reed
Band 2
Susan Hunter
Band 1

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