Coram offers a specialist service in 3 areas of work: family law, notably child protection, private law children, adoption, international movement of children, domestic violence and forced marriage injunctions, cohabitation and financial remedies; specific areas of civil law, including judicial review, human rights, adult care, care standards, local authority and health services; and mediation and collaborative law services.
The set: Chambers was formed in 1999 by the merger of two specialist family and civil teams. From the beginning the set specialised in family law and complementary civil areas, particularly judicial review and public law. Chambers was an immediate success and has rapidly expanded by internal growth, recruitment from other quality sets, and transfer from the solicitors' profession. The head of chambers is Martha Cover.
Coram is now nationally recognised as a centre of excellence in its fields of practice. Thirteen members of chambers also sit as Recorders, Deputy District Judges and Chairs of mental health and special education and disability tribunals. Roger McCarthy QC, who served as Coram's head of chambers throughout its first ten years, also sits as a Deputy Judge of the High Court.
Coram's barristers and clerks are renowned for their ability, integrity and the high level of service they offer to solicitors and lay clients. Coram also has a strong ethos of promoting the rights and interests of women, those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and the LGBT community, both in terms of its clients and its tenants and staff. Since Coram's formation, four women members of chambers have been appointed as Circuit Judges and one as a Master of the Queen's Bench Division.