Clerking team

Gail Whelan

Family Clerk

David Harrald

Family Clerk

Elisa Clement

Family Clerk

Kerri graduated with a First Class LLB Hons in 2010, was called to the Bar in 2011 and has been practising since 2012.

Kerri was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2012.

Kerri is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access scheme.

Family finance

Kerri has a keen interest in matrimonial finance matters and has conducted FDAs, FDRs and final hearings. Kerri has undertaken cases with:

  • Large debts
  • Pensions
  • Pensions reports
  • More than one property
  • Disability based needs
  • Third party disclosure applications based on non-engagement in proceedings

Kerri comes from an agricultural community and has an understanding of family, land and asset dynamics in such communities. Kerri has a developing interest in farming cases.

Children (Public and Private law)

Kerri undertakes complex children matters. She is confident in her management of running a case start to finish. In evidence she is focused, effective and agile. Kerri’s application of the law is precise and on point. Clients feel reassured and in good hands when represented by Kerri.

Kerri has a strong reputation in the Merseyside area for her complex children work. She is known for her dedication to clients, focus on detail and pursuit of the best outcome.


  • The Local Authority v F & Anor [2023] EWFC 142 (02 June 2023). Read the judgment here (death of an infant sibling).
  • Lancashire County Council v M & Ors [2022] EWHC 2900 (Fam) (27 October 2022). Read the full judgment here (part 2: outcome in a case concerning a child with lifelong complex disability and medical needs resolved by way of a package of care at home and child cared for by parents).
  • W (A Child). Re [2021] EWHC 2844 (Fam) (25 October 2021) (part 1; comments on the assistance of experts in a case concerning a child with lifelong complex disability and medical needs.
  • Re F and G [2021] EWCA Civ622 (The Court of Appeal confirmed that a special guardianship order can co-exist with a care order and remitted for re-hearing the question of whether or not the SGO in this case should be discharged).
  • A Local Authority v M (2019); allegations against a mother of causing non accidental injuries caused to 7-week old baby. No findings made against the mother and child rehabilitated to mother’s care.
  • A (a child: Article 8 rights of a father who murdered the mother) [2018] EWHC 3795 (Fam) (13 December 2018). Represented the local authority. Read the full judgment here.