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 QC

Year of Silk: 2012

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

Stephen Bedford

Year of call: 1974

Sonia Gal

Year of call: 1982

Julian Shaw

Year of call: 1984

Julian Lloyd

Year of call: 1985

Jane Walker

Year of call: 1987

Simon Crabtree

Year of call: 1988

Paula Davitt

Year of call: 1988

Damian Sanders

Year of call: 1988
Claire Grundy

Clare Grundy

Year of call: 1989

Lisa Partington

Year of call: 1989

Anne Britcliffe

Year of call: 1989

Jonathan Thompson

Year of call: 1990

Mark Roberts

Year of call: 1991

Jonathan Taylor

Year of call: 1991

Patricia Pratt

Year of call: 1991

Magdalen Case

Year of call: 1992

Fiona Walker

Year of call: 1992

Ginnette Fitzharris

Year of call: 1993
Rachael Banks

Rachael Banks

Year of call: 1993

Penelope Stanistreet

Year of call: 1993

Leona Harrison

Year of call: 1993

Caroline Ford

Year of call: 1993

James Gatenby

Year of call: 1994
John Chukwuemeka

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994

Justine Cole

Year of call: 1994
Helen Wren

Helen Wrenn

Year of call: 1994

Lisa Houghton

Year of call: 1994

Sara Mann

Year of call: 1994

Olivia Weir

Year of call: 1995

Pauline McHugh

Year of call: 1995
Rachael Rowley Fox

Rachael Rowley-Fox

Year of call: 1998

Abigail Bennett

Year of call: 1998

Kate Burnell

Year of call: 1998

Susan Edwards

Year of call: 1998

Yasmin Kauser

Year of call: 1999

Andrew Lord

Year of call: 1999

Linda Sweeney

Year of call: 1999
Rhian Livesley

Rhian Livesley

Year of call: 2000

Prudence Beever

Year of call: 2000

Audrey Van Der Haer

Year of call: 2000

Kathryn Hayes

Year of call: 2000

Lorraine Cavanagh

Year of call: 2000

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001

Andrew Wynne

Year of call: 2001

Clare Porter-Phillips

Year of call: 2001

Sylvia Vir Singh

Year of call: 2001

Mark Senior

Year of call: 2002

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002
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Gordon Semple

Year of call: 2003

Simon Pallo

Year of call: 2003

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

Louise Stanbury

Year of call: 2004

Peta Harrison

Year of call: 2004

Abigail Hickinbottom

Year of call: 2004

Helen Wilson

Year of call: 2004

Shaun Spencer

Year of call: 2005

Lucy Marshall

Year of call: 2005

Neil Christian

Year of call: 2005

Frances De Navarro

Year of call: 2005

Jennifer Scully

Year of call: 2006

Kate Morley

Year of call: 2006

Helen Davey

Year of call: 2006
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Louise Rae

Year of call: 2006

Jane Wheatley

Year of call: 2007

Neil Owen-Casey

Year of call: 2007

Andrew Haggis

Year of call: 2007

Hannah Wood

Year of call: 2007

Cerys Williams

Year of call: 2008

Elisabeth Cooper

Year of call: 2008

Hannah Walker

Year of call: 2008

Matthew Carey

Year of call: 2008

Jonathan Bellamy

Year of call: 2008

Lucinda France-Hayhurst

Year of call: 2009
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Kerry Holt

Year of call: 2009

Ashley Singh

Year of call: 2009

Elliw Roberts

Year of call: 2009

Ginny Whiteley

Year of call: 2010
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Natalie Ashkar

Year of call: 2009

Jessica Southcote-Want

Year of call: 2010
Eleanor Keehan

Eleanor Keehan

Year of call: 2013

Fatima Zafar

Year of call: 2015
Simon Heaney

Simon Heaney

Year of call: 2017

Tom Hughes

Year of call: 2017

Kate Spence

Year of call: 2013

Niamh Ross

Year of call: 2016

Michelle Burley

Year of call: 2012

Natalie Powell

Year of call: 2017