Family – Children

Family law awards winner regional chamber

“A leading set in the North for family work. A strong reputation for divorce disputes, including TOLATA cases”

Legal 500 2016

 

“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:

  • Abuse and Non Accidental Injuries
  • Addiction (parent and child addiction including addiction at birth)
  • Disputed Expert Evidence
  • Domestic violence
  • Education and Special Educational Needs
  • Jurisdictional Issues
  • Neglect
  • Court of Protection and mental health proceedings (see Court of Protection Team)

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:

  • Contact
  • Guardianship
  • Human Rights
  • Jurisdiction
  • Leave to Remove
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Prohibited Steps
  • Residence
  • Specific Issue
  • Wardship
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John Vater QC

Associate MemberYear of Silk: 2012
Frances Heaton

Frances Heaton QC

Year of Silk: 2012
Karl Rowley

Karl Rowley QC

Head of the Family GroupYear of Silk: 2013
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Jane Crowley QC

Associate MemberYear of Silk: 1998
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Frances Judd QC

Associate MemberYear of Silk: 2006
Stephen Bedford

Stephen Bedford

Year of call: 1974
Sonia Gal

Sonia Gal

Year of call: 1982
julian shaw

Julian Shaw

Year of call: 1984
michael kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Year of call: 1985
Julian Lloyd

Julian Lloyd

Year of call: 1985
Jane Walker

Jane Walker

Year of call: 1987
simon crabtree

Simon Crabtree

Year of call: 1988
Damian Sanders

Damian Sanders

Year of call: 1988
paula davitt

Paula Davitt

Year of call: 1988
Anne Britcliffe

Anne Britcliffe

Year of call: 1989
Claire Grundy

Clare Grundy

Year of call: 1989
lisa partington

Lisa Partington

Year of call: 1989
jonathan thompson

Jonathan Thompson

Year of call: 1990
Patricia Pratt

Patricia Pratt

Year of call: 1991
mark roberts

Mark Roberts

Year of call: 1991
Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

Year of call: 1991
Magdalen Case

Magdalen Case

Year of call: 1992
Fiona Walker

Fiona Walker

Year of call: 1992
Leona Harrison colour

Leona Harrison

Year of call: 1993
Caroline Ford colour

Caroline Ford

Year of call: 1993
Rachael Banks

Rachael Banks

Year of call: 1993
Penelope Stanistreet

Penelope Stanistreet

Year of call: 1993
Ginnette Fitzharris2

Ginnette Fitzharris

Year of call: 1993
Helen Wren

Helen Wrenn

Year of call: 1994
Jim Gatenby colour

James Gatenby

Year of call: 1994
Justine Cole 2

Justine Cole

Year of call: 1994
lisa houghton

Lisa Houghton

Year of call: 1994
Sara Mann

Sara Mann

Year of call: 1994
John Chukwuemeka

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994
pauline mchugh

Pauline McHugh

Year of call: 1995
olivia weir

Olivia Weir

Year of call: 1995
Remy Zentar 2

Remy Zentar

Year of call: 1997
kate burnell

Kate Burnell

Year of call: 1998
Rachael Rowley Fox

Rachael Rowley-Fox

Year of call: 1998
Abigail Bennett

Abigail Bennett

Year of call: 1998
Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards

Year of call: 1998
Andrerw Lord colour

Andrew Lord

Year of call: 1999
Linda Sweeney

Linda Sweeney

Year of call: 1999
Yasmin Kauser

Yasmin Kauser

Year of call: 1999
Prudence Beever

Prudence Beever

Year of call: 2000
Rhian Livesley

Rhian Livesley

Year of call: 2000
Lorraine Cavanagh

Lorraine Cavanagh

Year of call: 2000
Audrey van der Haer Colour

Audrey Van Der Haer

Year of call: 2000
Kathryn Hayes Colour

Kathryn Hayes

Year of call: 2000
Claire Porter Philips

Clare Porter-Phillips

Year of call: 2001
nicola quinney

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001
Sylvia Vir Singh

Sylvia Vir Singh

Year of call: 2001
Andrew Wynne colour

Andrew Wynne

Year of call: 2001
mark senior

Mark Senior

Year of call: 2002
Jennifer Menzies

Jennifer Menzies

Year of call: 2002
rebecca smith

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002
Simon Pallo

Simon Pallo

Year of call: 2003
gordon semple

Gordon Semple

Year of call: 2003
Clodagh Maguire

Clodagh Maguire

Year of call: 2003
Peta Harrison

Peta Harrison

Year of call: 2004
Catherine Rimmer

Catherine Rimmer

Year of call: 2004
Philippa Waddell

Philippa Waddell

Year of call: 2004
Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson

Year of call: 2004
Louise Stanbury

Louise Stanbury

Year of call: 2004
Jade Abraham

Jade Abraham

Year of call: 2004
Abigail Hickinbottom colour

Abigail Hickinbottom

Year of call: 2004
Shaun Spencer

Shaun Spencer

Year of call: 2005
Frances De Navarro

Frances De Navarro

Year of call: 2005
Neil Christian

Neil Christian

Year of call: 2005
Lucy Marshall

Lucy Marshall

Year of call: 2005
Jennifer Scully

Jennifer Scully

Year of call: 2006
helen davey

Helen Davey

Year of call: 2006
Kate Morley

Kate Morley

Year of call: 2006
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Louise Rae

Year of call: 2006
Andrew Haggis colour

Andrew Haggis

Year of call: 2007
Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood

Year of call: 2007
Neil Owen-Casey

Neil Owen-Casey

Year of call: 2007
Jane Wheatley

Jane Wheatley

Year of call: 2007
Matthew Carey 2

Matthew Carey

Year of call: 2008
Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Year of call: 2008
Elisabeth Cooper

Elisabeth Cooper

Year of call: 2008
Cerys Williams

Cerys Williams

Year of call: 2008
Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker

Year of call: 2008
Ashley Singh

Ashley Singh

Year of call: 2009
elliw roberts

Elliw Roberts

Year of call: 2009
kerry holt

Kerry Holt

Year of call: 2009
Lucinda France-Hayhurst

Lucinda France-Hayhurst

Year of call: 2009
Ginny Whiteley colour

Ginny Whiteley

Year of call: 2010
Jessica Southcote-Want

Jessica Southcote-Want

Year of call: 2010
Eleanor Keehan

Eleanor Keehan

Year of call: 2013