Thomas More Chambers has a specialist family team experienced in all areas of family law. Chambers has a dynamic team of barristers who are able to offer experience, advice and representation at all levels of litigation. The team is instructed by a mixture of clients and prides itself on its ability to handle cases across the spectrum whilst not losing sight of the personal commitment and sensitivity which such cases merit. The Family Team undertakes work in all areas of family law and aims to provide not just an excellent legal service, but a practical solution to family litigation. As part of the overall approach of the team, some of our members are also trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, both as Collaborative lawyers and Family Mediators (having received training with the organisations Resolution and Family Mediators Association) dealing with both financial and children disputes. The Family Team has also provided expert evidence on English family law issues for overseas courts. In some cases members of the Family Team are able to act on a Direct Public Access basis, that is, in certain circumstances members of the public and other organisations can instruct a barrister directly. Our clerks are always happy to discuss your needs and advise appropriately on particular barristers within the team and their specialisms.
Members of the Family Team are members of the Family Law Bar Association and also Resolution. Many members of the Family Team speak other languages and are happy to communicate with clients in languages other than English.
The Family Team regularly contributes to publications including Family Law Week, International Family Law and Resolution magazine as well as participating in conferences and external seminars for Resolution, the College of Law, Practical Law Company and MBL Seminars.
The Family Team are also regular contributors to our on-going seminar programme to our professional clients and all family law seminars are accredited for CPD points. The notes for such seminars are available here. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to our guest list for such seminars in the future. Additionally barristers in the Family Team are able to give in-house family law seminars.
The four main areas in which the Family Team practice are:
The Family Team has a very wide experience of dealing with financial remedy applications following divorce or following dissolution of civil partnerships. We also deal with financial disputes between unmarried partners, whether by way of Trusts of Law and Appointment of Trustees Act proceedings or for applications for child maintenance under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
Such cases range from disputes about a family home to those involving companies, trusts and multi million pound assets where assets have been traced overseas and brought back onshore.
The Family Team particularly specialises in cases with an international element, in particular Spain and Latin America, whether this involves assets held abroad, conflicts as to jurisdiction or questions as to the validity of a marriage or divorce.
The Family Team has also built up a real expertise over recent years dealing with enforcement issues where one party does not comply with an order.
Private Law Children Disputes, including Child Abduction
The Family Team can advise on all disputes involving children, whether domestic or international. We can offer expert knowledge and a breadth of experience in private law proceedings at all levels of seniority. Our Family Team barristers are regularly involved on behalf of parents and extended family in contact and residence disputes, parental responsibility agreements and orders, specific issue and prohibited steps orders. In addition we are experienced in dealing with applications to remove from the jurisdiction as well as cases with an international element, including those involving child abduction, whether invoking the Hague 1980 and 1996 Conventions, Brussels II R or otherwise.
Public Law Care Proceedings
The Family Team is regularly instructed by parents, Local Authorities and Guardians in relation to care proceedings. Members of the Family Team have experience dealing with experts across a wide variety of disciplines and of a variety of different allegations ranging from neglect and domestic violence to baby shaking and serious sexual abuse.
Barristers in the Family Team are regularly instructed in cases involving issues of domestic violence, harassment and incidents of abuse within the family and can provide urgent advice and representation to either party in the proceedings. Our barristers adopt a sensitive and friendly approach towards clients in what we understand are often difficult and distressing circumstances for them.