Family Law

Chambers has a strong family law team which is able to cover all areas of family law to a very high standard.

The members of chambers who practice in this area have an exceptional knowledge of the law, procedure and experience of the problems faced by clients in all areas including both public and private law proceedings and ancillary disputes. This is reflected in thorough preparation of cases, excellent advocacy and a concerted effort with those who instruct.

We are used to dealing with lay clients at times when emotions are still very raw and pride ourselves in aiding our clients to view the wider picture and to achieve a solution they will be content with in the future.

We believe that client care requires us to put great efforts into being able to explain with clarity any complex or difficult situations which may arise to always ensure that the final decision is made with a full understanding of the facts and the client is in a position to make an informed choice about their and the children’s future.

This understanding of the need for a sensitive approach in some cases does not prevent strong advice being given when it is necessary.

At a time when great changes are taking place we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with all the developments and ensuring that we are in a position to adapt to them whilst ensuring that the standard and quality of service does not diminish.

We cover all aspects of public and private family law.

Public Law

We act for all parties in Care Proceedings. We have experience in dealing with applications for Interim and Final Care Orders, Special Guardianship Orders and Family Assistance Orders as well as applications for Parental Responsibility and Contact Orders within Public Law proceedings. All members of chambers take a special interest in dealing with those who are most vulnerable at difficult times of their lives and are especially skilful at explaining difficult positions to clients in order that they make informed choices about their and the children’s future.

Private Law

Members of chambers represent parents and grandparents in matters of Parental Responsibility, Child Arrangement Orders, Prohibitive Steps Orders and in Contact Disputes.

We also have vast experience of cases involving domestic violence. Most of the Family Team have experience of criminal proceedings and utilise that knowledge to ensure that ongoing proceedings do not impact upon the family situation.

We are used to dealing with clients at times when emotions are still very raw and pride ourselves in aiding our clients to view the wider picture and to achieve a solution they will be content with in the future.

Financial Remedy Proceedings

We accept instructions of financial disputes following matrimonial break-up including foreign marriages and/or divorce. We can also advise in relation to cohabitation.

The members of Chambers who accept instructions in this area are:

Paul Storey KC (Called 1982; Silk 2001)

Nazmun Ismail (Called 1992)

Dr Alexander Khan (Called 2000)

Kirstin Beswick (Called 2001)

Joseph Lynch (Called 2007) – Head of Family

Samantha Jones (Called 2009)

Nick McCall (Called 2012)

Rebecca Kocerhan (Called 2014)

Mark Pritchard (Called 2017)

Ellie Whiteside-Hunt (Called 2018)

Rhona Scullion (Called 2019)

Chris Wallace (Called 2020)

Ayse Akgol (Called 2021)

Natalie Oakes (Called 2021 – solicitor since 2008)

Gabi Ashby (Called 2022)

Samantha Buckley (Called 2022 – solicitor since 2009)

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