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:

  • 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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Year of Silk: 1998
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Year of Silk: 2006
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Year of call: 1974

Sonia Gal

Year of call: 1982
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Julian Shaw

Year of call: 1984

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Year of call: 1985

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Year of call: 1988
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Year of call: 1988
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Year of call: 1993
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Year of call: 1993
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Year of call: 1994

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Year of call: 1994
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Year of call: 1994
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Pauline McHugh

Year of call: 1995
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Olivia Weir


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Year of call: 1998
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Prudence Beever

Year of call: 2000
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Rhian Livesley

Year of call: 2000

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Year of call: 2000

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Year of call: 2000

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Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001
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Year of call: 2001
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Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002

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Year of call: 2003
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Year of call: 2003
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Gordon Semple

Year of call: 2003

Clodagh Maguire


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Helen Wilson

Year of call: 2004

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Year of call: 2004

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Year of call: 2005
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Neil Christian


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Helen Davey

Year of call: 2006

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Year of call: 2006
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Year of call: 2007

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Matthew Carey

Year of call: 2008

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Year of call: 2008
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Ashley Singh

Year of call: 2009
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Elliw Roberts


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Kerry Holt


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Eleanor Keehan


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Kate Spence

Year of call: 2013
Fatima Zafar

Fatima Zafar


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Tom Hughes

Year of call: 2017