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The 36 Group

Family/Matrimonial

13 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A renowned set of barristers who handle a wide range of public and private family proceedings. Members appear in both matrimonial finance and children cases for clients who include high net worth individuals, celebrities, politicians, and members of the general public. Matters of the greatest complexity are handled including those complicated by the presence of trusts, assets, pensions and tax issues. Individuals here also  appear in highly sensitive children proceedings, many of which include serious allegations of abuse, FGM, parental alienation and drug use.

Client service:

"The clerks at 36 Family will go above and beyond to get to know the solicitors and firms instructing them, and find the right barrister for the case." Danny Chapman is the motivated and highly enthusiastic senior clerk.

Strengths:

Andrzej Bojarski
A well-regarded family practitioner specialising in complex, high-value financial disputes following relationship breakdown, who has particular expertise in cases involving offshore trusts and chancery matters. He also acts as a family arbitrator and mediator in finance proceedings. His international profile has seen him instructed in cases in places such as Azerbaijan.
"An extremely technical lawyer who has encyclopedic legal knowledge and takes a measured, level approach to his cases." "Highly knowledgeable, he displays fantastic expertise in cohabitation cases." "Extremely professional, sensible and pragmatic, he is someone who understands how businesses work. He is also good at taking the emotion out of the case, and is keen to sort problems out."

Strengths:

Chris Carr
Specialises in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, and has experience of dealing with tricky, technical issues such as pension and company assets, trusts, and international complications. He is also instructed to handle cases concerning Schedule 1 applications.
"Extremely thorough, well prepared, efficient and user-friendly." "A well-rounded junior with a superb client manner whose attention to detail is second to none." "He is unflappable, stealthy in his approach and fantastic on his feet."

Strengths:

Gavin Lyon
Matrimonial finance practitioner specialising in financial remedy disputes. He frequently acts on behalf of wives and husbands in cases with numerous complicating factors, including property assets, pension funds, religious and cultural differences, and multiple jurisdictions. He has expertise in Schedule 1 applications and cross-border work.
"Extremely thorough, technically minded and diligent in the way he works." "Well prepared and has an excellent client manner."

Strengths:

George Harley
Private children law practitioner who frequently represents parents in the context of family disputes. He focuses his practice on highly sensitive cases, usually those involving allegations of parental alienation and relocation disputes. Harley is frequently sought out by clients whose cases have cross-border dimensions.
"Handles issues of parental alienation and intractable hostility with sensitivity and provides invaluable advice. He is extremely well liked by clients." "Picks up fantastic work and punches above his weight in terms of his year of call. He will take off quickly." "He is persuasive in court and a great comfort to clients."

Strengths:

Hannah Jones
Matrimonial finance junior, who is quickly establishing her practice. She is adept in matters which involve properties, businesses and pension structures. Jones has experience in financial remedies disputes with jurisdictional issues.
"Efficient, matter-of-fact, and keen to get a good deal for the client. She is practical and comes up with great solutions to difficult questions."

Strengths:

Hannah Markham QC
Focuses on sensitive children matters in the public and private law spheres. Her practice has a strong international focus and she is fluent in Spanish. She is well versed in the most serious care cases as well as matters concerning international relocation.
"Provides excellent client care and is a fantastic advocate who has the ear of the judge. She seeks practical, effective solutions and is a calm yet formidable advocate." "An accomplished, technically brilliant advocate who is impressive in court." "A force to be reckoned with, she has grown in silk."
Recent work: Represented Hertfordshire County Council in proceedings to determine the rights of the court to prevent a child from leaving the country under an FGM order. The effect of the order on the freedom of movement and Article 8 presented further complications.

Strengths:

Kate Grieve
Regularly instructed in complex public and private law children's proceedings, often involving sensitive issues of mental health and issues of capacity. She particularly specialises in cases involving severe abuse and also acts in adoption cases.
"Relaxed in her dealings with clients and solicitors but anything but in the courtroom. Her innate emotional intelligence puts clients at ease straight away." "She works very hard for the client and her attention to detail gives you absolute confidence." "Kate is like a headmistress with her no-nonsense approach to cases. She has a real way of getting difficult, unreasonable clients to see the bigger picture."

Strengths:

Kate Tompkins
A children law specialist who handles both private and public law issues. She has particular expertise in cases where a serious allegation is made against one parent and the other seeks full custody. Her practice has seen her receive instructions in matters with jurisdictional disputes.
"Tough and effective but with a wonderfully warm client manner that makes her a pleasure to work with." "Bright and hard-working, she is able to work under enormous pressure and produce great documents." "Good at presenting legal arguments and dealing with difficult clients, she cuts through the emotion and gets to the core of the case."

Strengths:

Martin Kingerley QC
Experienced family practitioner who focuses his practice on surrogacy and fertility matters. His expertise also extends to adoption and placement disputes. Kingerley has represented clients before the Court of Appeal.
"Approachable, supportive, well prepared and solicitor-friendly." "He is quietly confident and draws out the evidence in stages in order to achieve a successful result." "One of the gentlemen of the Bar who gets the right answers."

Strengths:

Niki Langridge
Exclusively practises in the matrimonial finance sphere, handling moderate to high net worth financial remedy cases, many of which have fact-finding or asset issues attached to them. She is a qualified collaborative counsel and mediator, offering services in ADR. Langridge has particular expertise in high-income cases involving a high level of disputed maintenance.
"She is exceptionally good on client care and her ability to grasp the facts of a case is unparalleled - she appears to have a photographic memory." "She has real authority when negotiating and impresses judges."

Strengths:

Rhys Taylor
Family barrister who receives praise from commentators particularly for his pensions knowledge. He has additional expertise in TOLATA disputes, and is adept at assisting with cases which have international elements
"His drive and desire to get into every angle of the case is something that you don't often see." "A national expert on TOLATA and pensions law, he is a master of the detail." "Rhys is excellent on finance and cohabitation matters, and always sees the best and worst points in a client's case."

Strengths:

Sabuhi Chaudhry
Private law practitioner who specialises in the representation of parents in child care proceedings in the Family Court. Her cases often include sensitive issues such as severe mental health problems and drug abuse, or allegations of domestic violence and coercive control.
"Thorough in her preparation and has a strong sense of what the court is going to do. Her pleadings are excellent and without fail set the tone of how the judge will perceive the case." "A meticulous and fierce advocate who is great with clients."

Strengths:

William Tyler QC
Well-regarded QC specialising in both public and private children law proceedings, and an expert in jurisdiction issues. He is noted for his experience in handling proceedings involving serious allegations. Tyler has experience of handling, among others, matters involving molestation and human rights abuses.
"Intelligent, calm and someone who clearly has the command of the court." "He's good at simplifying technical legal arguments and presenting them to the court." "William has an easy manner and a forensic attention to detail. He thinks of points that other barristers do not."

Family/Matrimonial Department

The 36 Group

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4 Field Court, Gray’s Inn

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Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Family: Children


Hannah Markham QC
Band 2
Martin Kingerley QC
New Silks
William Tyler QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Family: Children


George Harley
Up and Coming
Kate Grieve
Band 3
Kate Tompkins
Band 3