Family – Children

Family law awards winner regional chamber

“St John’s Buildings’ family team is very experienced in children law; members represent parents, local authorities and guardians in cases involving abuse, non-accidental injuries and relocation.”

Legal 500 2017

 

“SJB wins plaudits for its impressive size and particular expertise in divorce and matrimonial finance matters in both a public and private law context. The set also handles overlapping children matters.”

“I couldn’t place them highly enough. I think they are the best set of family barristers outside of London. The service that the chambers provides is superb. I tend to instruct them more than anyone else.”

Chambers and Partners 2016

 

St John’s Buildings is acclaimed on the Northern Circuit for the depth of its family team…”

Chambers & Partners 2015

The practice of family law has been an acknowledged strength of SJB for a considerable period and we rank as a leading family law Chambers is all of the major legal directories.

There are now more than 70 members of St Johns Buildings Chambers who are Children law specialists, including five Queen’s Counsel. Our practitioners’ range of experience stretches from those who have recently completed a specialist pupillage to those of many years’ seniority and eminence.

We are, in consequence, able to cover all aspects of family law and related work at all levels to a standard of excellence. We regularly appear in Courts ranging from the Family Proceedings Court to the Family Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

We are proud of the diversity of our team’s skills and experience and in particular the fact that we are able to offer practitioners who are pre-eminent in the fields of children and related work.

One of our great strengths is that each individual member benefits from being part of a cohesive team within a large multidisciplinary set of Chambers. This means that we are able to offer strength and depth of service from a setting where we can, when necessary, benefit from the experience and presence of other practitioners.

We strive to create an ethos which is user friendly and client focused.

“They will go the extra mile to accommodate us. If we have a client and want a certain barrister they will try to move diaries for us. They won’t leave us in a difficult place.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

Public Law

“The Children Act set is particularly strong, with some outstanding barristers.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

We represent Local Authorities, Parents, Interveners and Guardians in the all types of allocation of proceedings and the team has widespread experience of:

We provide training to Local Authorities, solicitors, social workers and organisations involved in family law proceedings.

Private Law

“The large team includes three specialist family law silks and a formidable group of juniors.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

We regularly appear in Courts ranging from the Family Proceedings Court to the Family Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Our team is deliberately developed with clients in mind. We have a large and highly trained team of family clerks who can help allocate any type of case to an expert barrister.

Our expertise includes:

Frances Heaton - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Frances Heaton QC

Year of Silk: 2012
Karl Rowley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Karl Rowley QC

Year of Silk: 2013
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Jane Crowley QC

Year of Silk: 1998
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Frances Judd QC

Year of Silk: 2006
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John Vater QC

Year of Silk: 2012
Steven Bedford - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Stephen Bedford

Year of call: 1974
Sonia Gal - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Sonia Gal

Year of call: 1982
Julian Shaw - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Julian Shaw

Year of call: 1984
Julian Lloyd - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Julian Lloyd

Year of call: 1985
Jane Walker - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jane Walker

Year of call: 1987
Simon Crabtree - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Simon Crabtree

Year of call: 1988
Paula Davitt - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Paula Davitt

Year of call: 1988
Damian Sanders - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Damian Sanders

Year of call: 1988
Claire Grundy - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Clare Grundy

Year of call: 1989
Lisa Partington - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Lisa Partington

Year of call: 1989
Anne Britcliffe - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Anne Britcliffe

Year of call: 1989
Jonathan Thompson - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jonathan Thompson

Year of call: 1990
Mark Roberts - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Mark Roberts

Year of call: 1991
Jonathan Taylor - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jonathan Taylor

Year of call: 1991
Patricia Pratt - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Patricia Pratt

Year of call: 1991
Fiona Walker - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Fiona Walker

Year of call: 1992
Ginnette Fitzharris - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Ginnette Fitzharris

Year of call: 1993
Rachael Banks - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Rachael Banks

Year of call: 1993
Penelope Stanistreet - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Penelope Stanistreet

Year of call: 1993
Leona Harrison - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Leona Harrison

Year of call: 1993
Caroline Ford- Barrister at St John's Buildings

Caroline Ford

Year of call: 1993
Megan Rhys - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Megan Rhys

Year of call: 1994
James Gatenby - Barrister at St John's Buildings

James Gatenby

Year of call: 1994
John Chukwuemeka - Barrister at St John's Buildings

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994
Justine Cole - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Justine Cole

Year of call: 1994
Helen Wren - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Helen Wrenn

Year of call: 1994
Lisa Houghton - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Lisa Houghton

Year of call: 1994

Sara Mann

Year of call: 1994
Olivia Weir - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Olivia Weir

Year of call: 1995
Pauline McHugh - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Pauline McHugh

Year of call: 1995
Rachael Rowley Fox- Barrister at St John's Buildings

Rachael Rowley-Fox

Year of call: 1998
Abigail Bennett - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Abigail Bennett

Year of call: 1998
Kate Burnell - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kate Burnell

Year of call: 1998
Susan Edwards - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Susan Edwards

Year of call: 1998

Yasmin Kauser

Year of call: 1999
Andrew Lord - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Andrew Lord

Year of call: 1999
Linda Sweeney - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Linda Sweeney

Year of call: 1999
Rhian Livesley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Rhian Livesley

Year of call: 2000
Prudence Beever -Barrister at St John's Buildings

Prudence Beever

Year of call: 2000
Kathyrn Hayes - Barrister at St John's Bui

Audrey Van Der Haer

Year of call: 2000
Kathryn Hayes - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kathryn Hayes

Year of call: 2000
Lorraine Cavanagh - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Lorraine Cavanagh

Year of call: 2000
Nichola Quinney - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001
Andrew Wynne - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Andrew Wynne

Year of call: 2001
Clare Porter-Philips - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Clare Porter-Phillips

Year of call: 2001
Sylvia Vir Singh - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Sylvia Vir Singh

Year of call: 2001
Mark Senior - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Mark Senior

Year of call: 2002
Rebecca Smith - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002
Gordon Semple - St John's Buildings Barristers Chambers

Gordon Semple

Year of call: 2003
Simon Pallo - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Simon Pallo

Year of call: 2003
Clodagh Maguire - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Clodagh Maguire

Year of call: 2003

Stephen Brown

Year of call: 2003

Jade Abraham

Year of call: 2004

Philippa Waddell

Year of call: 2004

Catherine Rimmer

Year of call: 2004
Peta Harrison - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Louise Stanbury

Year of call: 2004
Peta Harrison - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Peta Harrison

Year of call: 2004
Abigail Hickinbottom - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Abigail Hickinbottom

Year of call: 2004
Helen Wilson - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Helen Wilson

Year of call: 2004

Shaun Spencer

Year of call: 2005
Lucy Marshall - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Lucy Marshall

Year of call: 2005
Neil Christian - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Neil Christian

Year of call: 2005
Frances de Navarro - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Frances De Navarro

Year of call: 2005
Jennifer Scully - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jennifer Scully

Year of call: 2006
Kate Morley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kate Morley

Year of call: 2006
Helen Davey - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Helen Davey

Year of call: 2006
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Louise Rae

Year of call: 2006
Jane Wheatley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jane Wheatley

Year of call: 2007
Neil Owen-Casey - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Neil Owen-Casey

Year of call: 2007
Andrew Haggis - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Andrew Haggis

Year of call: 2007
Hannah Wood - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Hannah Wood

Year of call: 2007
Cerys Williams - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Cerys Williams

Year of call: 2008
Elisabeth Cooper - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Elisabeth Cooper

Year of call: 2008
Hannah Walker - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Hannah Walker

Year of call: 2008
Matthew Carey - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Matthew Carey

Year of call: 2008
Jonathan Bellamy - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jonathan Bellamy

Year of call: 2008
Lucinda France-Hayhurst - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Lucinda France-Hayhurst

Year of call: 2009
Kerry Holt - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kerry Holt

Year of call: 2009
Ashley Singh - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Ashley Singh

Year of call: 2009
Elliw Roberts - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Elliw Roberts

Year of call: 2009
Ginny Whiteley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Ginny Whiteley

Year of call: 2010
Natalie Ashkar - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Natalie Ashkar

Year of call: 2009
Jessica Southcote-Want - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Jessica Southcote-Want

Year of call: 2010
Eleanor Keehan- Barrister at St John's Buildings

Eleanor Keehan

Year of call: 2013
Fatima Zafar - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Fatima Zafar

Year of call: 2015
Simon Heaney - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Simon Heaney

Year of call: 2017
Tom Hughes - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Tom Hughes

Year of call: 2017
Kate Spence - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kate Spence

Year of call: 2013
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Julie Richardson

Year of call: 2017
Niamh Ross - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Niamh Ross

Year of call: 2016
Michelle Burley - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Michelle Burley

Year of call: 2012
Natalie Powell - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Natalie Powell

Year of call: 2017