Clerking team

Paul Laverty
Paul Laverty

Senior Clerk - Family and Court of Protection

Elisa Clement

Family Clerk

Ryan Barker

Assistant Senior Clerk (Matrimonial Finance)

Emma Manning

Matrimonial Finance Clerk

‘Archna is brilliant and really technically able, and she thoroughly prepares and puts clients and opponents at ease. She is methodical and creative in her approach to cases, clients absolutely love her and her high energy, and you cannot rate her highly enough; she is definitely one to have on your side.’

Legal 500, 2024 (Divorce and Financial Remedy)

‘Recommended Expert’

Legal 500, 2024 (Children and Domestic Violence)

Strengths: “Archna is very technically skilled and her advocacy is persuasive and highly effective, especially in cross-examination.”

“She is a fantastic barrister with great attention to detail.”

“Archna is incredibly knowledgeable, very personable and puts clients at ease. Clients love her excellent bedside manner.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2024

Archna is a Family: Finance specialist. After spending 15 years working in all aspects of family law, Archna now specialises in matrimonial finance, cohabitation disputes and private law children cases. Archna is a senior member of the Matrimonial Finance team, dealing primarily with high value cases. She has extensive experience of complex issues including farming, pensions, companies and trusts.

In addition, she undertakes complex private law cases.

Archna is a fighter, approachable and pragmatic in her approach. She has a particular interest and experience in cases with clients from different ethnic backgrounds. She can conduct conferences in Hindi.

Family finance

Archna undertakes work in high value and complex cases financial remedy cases. She is regularly instructed at an early stage in order to assist with the smooth running of a case in particular on issues involving third party disputes over the ownership of property, trusts and disclosure. She is happy to give advice prior to the issue of proceedings to advise on the best approach in cases to try and reduce costs.

Archna has a particular speciality in:

  • Matrimonial cases typically involving high assets, business related issues including company valuation and liquidity, and also trusts, pensions and third party claims/interests.
  • Complex cohabitation cases. Archna is regularly instructed for interveners in financial remedy cases when issues on ownership of properties arise.

Children (Public and Private law)

Private Law

Archna practices in private law children cases with a particular speciality in:

  • Removal from the Jurisdiction.
  • Dealing with applications for child arrangement order involving parents entrenched in a bitter battle over their children. Features of cases include parental alienation, implacable hostility, physical abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Private FDR

Archna sits as a Recorder. As such, she has judicial experience and training. She is able to use her combined knowledge of matrimonial finance proceedings and judicial processes to chair Private FDR hearings, assisting clients in speeding up the divorce process while reaching the right settlement.


  • Recorder, Midlands Circuit


  • Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training