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St John’s Chambers’ family team is the ‘go to’ set in the West, with four silks and 22 juniors undertaking family cases of all levels and complexity nationwide. Our team has a full range of skills and knowledge in every aspect of public and private law relating to families and children, family finance matters, and Court of Protection issues being heard anywhere from the Magistrates to the Supreme Court.

The family team is highly ranked by legal directories (Band 1, Chambers & Partners; Tier 1, Legal 500) and both our barristers and clerks pride themselves in providing a high-quality service, working with solicitors and clients to meet tight deadlines. Peers say that our clerks are great; “they will always try to give you the barrister who best suits the client.” We also offer our clients an appropriate substitute, drawing on the strength and depth of our team if the individual of your choice is not available.

Our public law and private law children team is involved in the vast majority of the high profile cases on the Western circuit. They represent all parties at all Court levels, with most cases going to the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Cases have involved surrogacy, same-sex relationships, child deaths, attempted murder, learning disabilities, trafficking, international adoptions, illegal adoptions and gross neglect / harm.

The family finance team regularly take on multi-million pound cases as well as those purporting to have no assets but which have hidden assets. They also relish the challenge of lower net worth cases that need representation in order to get the best resolution for the client.

Our team 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.