Led by Owen Thomas Q.C., our family team includes members with extensive experience in all areas of matrimonial, cohabitee and civil partnership disputes, including forensic examination of family and related business interests in ancillary relief matters, in which we are regularly instructed in high-value cases. We also handle every aspect of public law children work representing parents, local authorities and guardians, as well as dealing with all private law children disputes. Members of the team accept instructions direct from lay clients in suitable cases under the Bar Council's Public Access Scheme.
We have been monitoring the effect of the funding changes following the April implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 and discussing the position with our professional clients. We operate a fixed-fee tariff for junior counsel for directions, half day and full day provate law children hearings so that you can provide costs certainty to your client at your initial meeting with them. No more hourly rates or having to phone counsel’s clerk to obtain differing rates. You can effectively out-source your advocacy requirements to us, assured that your client will have the benefit of quality representation from counsel at a fee they can afford. Please contact our family team clerks James Watson/Lesley Haikney for the rates and details of the scheme.
Our team now boasts three silks, including head of chambers Paul Hopkins Q.C., Owen Thomas Q.C. (appointed 2018) and John Vater Q.C., a highly-respected and experienced silk who is regularly involved in complex, controversial and sensitive cases.
Several of our members are recommended by Chambers UK and the Legal 500, and all adopt a vigorous yet sensitive approach to their cases and can be relied upon to represent clients with a thorough yet cost-effective service.
Our members include: