Family Practice Group

“This highly regarded set offers an impressive group of family barristers with a fine track record in an array of complex disputes. Members are frequently instructed in financial remedy cases involving international assets for married and unmarried couples. The set also remains a strong choice for private law children proceedings and jurisdictional disputes in relation to private law children. ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2018)


Our family practice group has a full range of skills and knowledge in every aspect of public and private law relating to families and children, both nationally and internationally, from the Magistrates Courts to the House of Lords.

We represent all parties including intervenors and third parties as well as spouses and partners in financial claims. For children cases our clients include local authorities, guardians, CAFCASS Legal, and the Official Solicitor, as well as parents and other family members.

The practice group’s work includes:

  • Family Finance (including ToLATA and Inheritance)
  • Civil Partnership Disputes
  • Children private law: disputes including abduction
  • Children public law: care proceedings and adoption
  • All forms of injunction work
  • Inheritance Act disputes
  • Cohabitee disputes
  • Finance provision for children
  • Professional Negligence claims arising from family cases

We have specialist teams in Family Finance (including ToLATA and Inheritance), and Children.

Written work can be transmitted via email or by disk and Chambers has in-house video conference facilities for meetings with solicitors, lay clients and experts. We regularly host joint settlement meetings, mediations and round table conferences to help resolve disputes

We have a large number of practitioners with an extensive range of experience. We can therefore offer an appropriate substitute and draw on the strength and depth of the practice group if the individual of your choice is not available.

The practice group is committed to providing an efficient but personal, friendly and approachable service, be it at court, in conference or over the telephone. We regularly work alongside experts such as valuers, pension specialists, accountants, social workers or medical professionals to ensure that we find the right solution for each client.

Members of the practice group have extensive experience of family finance work at all levels and can provide expert help to solicitors appropriate to the degree of difficulty and complexity of the case.

Since the introduction of Graduated Fees in 2001, we have been committed to providing a comprehensive service in publicly funded work so that the most vulnerable members of society still have proper legal representation.

St John’s Chambers has Law Society External Continuing Professional Development Accreditation. Members regularly conduct seminars either in Chambers, at solicitors’ offices, or at other chosen venues, not just across the Western Circuit, as we are regularly instructed to appear in cases in London and other areas of the country. We maintain close ties with academics and our members include several published authors, as well as writing for legal periodicals.

If you would like any further information or help in producing a training programme, please contact Luke Hodgson, Practice Manager.

“Both counsel and clerks provide a high-quality service, working with solicitors and clients to meet tight deadlines. The clerks are great; they will always try to give you the barrister who best suits the client.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)