Abigail Bennett

Abigail Bennett - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500 or 0151 243 6000

Year of call: 1998

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“Best known for her work on matrimonial finance issues, Abigail Bennett is also a trained collaborative lawyer. Her practice extends to work in private children law, where she has experience in surrogacy, same-sex parenting and donor conception.”

Strengths: “A tough and tenacious advocate. She has become a well-loved member of the Manchester Bar after her move from London a few years ago.” “She is very experienced and prepared which is lovely. She has a very good manner with nervous clients, and is good at dealing with business cases.” Chambers & Partners 2018

“A formidable advocate, who shines in tough cases.” Legal 500 2017

Abigail Bennett is a specialist in Matrimonial Finance. She is regularly instructed in applications involving complex high value assets, pension sharing, and inherited wealth. She also has extensive experience of dealing with cases that involve trusts and family companies, and those in which trustees are joined as parties to the proceedings.

Abigail also undertakes financial proceedings for children under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, and those involving disputes between co-habitees including applications pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Abigail has experience in drafting pre and post nuptial agreements.


Deputy District Judge

Legal Directory Recommendations

“Best known for her work on matrimonial finance issues, Abigail’s practice extends to work in private children law, where she has experience in surrogacy, same-sex parenting and donor conception.”

Strengths: “Very polished and good with complex money cases”. “Quickly grasps the issues and is confident in managing client expectations”. Chambers & Partners 2017

“One of the best family juniors in Manchester.” Legal 500 2016

“Newly ranked barrister who covers a broad range of finance cases and private law children matters.
Strengths: “She is very knowledgeable and very constructive in her advice and guidance. She presents to both the court and the client in a very understandable way. She is totally in command in court, which instils real confidence in the client. She is very feisty but very pragmatic, and stands out as one to watch for the future.”” Chambers & Partners 2016

“She understands complex business issues, and explains difficult matters to clients well.” Legal 500 2015


  • Family - Finance

    Abigail is an outstanding advocate and a fearless protector of her client’s interests. She has the ability to process large amounts of information under time constraints and to distill complex issues of fact and law into concise and persuasive submissions. Abigail has a practical, friendly and approachable manner, which endears her to clients and solicitors alike.

    Abigail was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2010, and is frequently asked to sit in difficult financial remedy cases. She also has extensive experience of sitting in private law children matters. Abigail’s judicial experience is a valuable asset that allows her to offer her clients an enhanced perspective on how the Court will approach their cases.

    Abigail also has experience of representing clients appealing child maintenance decisions taken by the Child Support Agency to the First Tier Tribunal Social Entitlement Chamber. Appeals of child maintenance decisions can often be complex and bewildering, and Abigail is well placed to assist clients in negotiating the process successfully. Most recently Abigail helped an appellant achieve a 300% increase in the level of maintenance awarded by the Decision Maker.

    Abigail frequently gives seminars both at conferences and at the offices of instructing Solicitors.

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  • Family - Children

    Although a specialist in matrimonial finance; Abigail also undertakes private law children work, and has developed specialist knowledge in cases involving surrogacy, donor conception and same sex parenting (see Re D (Contact and PR: Lesbian Mothers and Known Father) (No 2) [2006] EWHC 2 (Fam)).

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