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Becket Chambers provides advice and representation in all cases concerning the arrangements for children (formerly known as contact and residence). Our experienced Family Law team frequently deals with disputes between parents or other family members where contact has broken down.

We act in cases where parents have separated or are in the process of separating, and cannot agree, for example, who the child should live with or what periods of time the child should spend with the other parent. These cases may equally arise from differences of opinion or from allegations against a parent of domestic violence, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or of alcohol or substance abuse.

We are also experienced in cases where a parent wants to move abroad or to another part of the country with the child, or where there are disagreements concerning aspects of a child’s upbringing such as education or religion.

Our expertise:

  • Adoption
  • Disputes over schooling
  • Enforcing visiting rights
  • International relocation applications
  • Medical treatment
  • Name-change
  • Parental responsibility orders
  • Shared care agreements
  • Supervised visiting arrangements

These cases often involve allegations and counter-allegations as well as high levels of hostility.  Many of our Barristers specialising in these areas are parents themselves, and have built their reputations on their sensitive approach to these emotionally charged cases involving the future care and wellbeing of children.

Case Studies

More limited contact order due to safeguarding concerns

Marie represented a Mother in a private children’s case where an order was made by consent and listed for review to see how it has progressed. Unfortunately, over the adjournment period, contact had completely broken down. Marie’s client believed this was as a result of the Father again abusing cocaine and alcohol (which had previously Continue reading

Representing a Father where Mother has suspended contact

Marie represented a Father in a situation where he had been sharing the care of the children after separation. Disputes subsequently arose between the Parties and contact was suspended by the Mother. A Children and Families assessment had recently been completed by the Local Authority. At the FHDRA the Judge adjourned the case for this Continue reading

Successful Schedule 1 of Children Act 1989 claim

Dean represented a Mother in a claim under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 for financial support from the Father in respect of their child. The matter progressed to a multi-day contested final hearing following which the client was awarded permission to reside with the child in the property solely owned by the Father Continue reading

Children – Private Law (CAP) Articles

Covid Christmas Contact

Separated parents face all sorts of challenges in relation to contact but these are always amplified around times of celebration. Each year in the run up to Christmas the Courts are filled with parents who simple cannot agree on where their children should be in the festive season. Covid has made this, already stressful time, Continue reading

Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases

An article exploring the Expert Panel’s Final Report (June 2020): Why Change is Considered Necessary and Recommendations for Change My colleague Marie Crawford recently wrote about a story that appeared in The Guardian newspaper on 25.6.20 and which referred to the (then unpublished) expert panel report entitled ‘Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents Continue reading

My ex has made an application for a Child Arrangements Order – now what will happen to me and my kids?

Many parents find it difficult to agree on the arrangements for their children after separating. This can be an extremely stressful and upsetting situation for everyone concerned. The priority should be to shield the children from arguments wherever possible but what should you do when you receive an application for a Child Arrangements Order and Continue reading

Permission to Appeal & Barder in Lockdown Plus Children Arbitration is the Answer

Two short but troubling issues in troubled times: Can the FR Appeal Court hold a one-sided oral permission hearing without formal notice to the Respondent? Does the pandemic/lockdown amount to a Barder event? Plus Arbitration simply is the answer, especially for children. Permission to Appeal Hearing I have recently had to consider whether it is Continue reading

The freedom of belief and parental alienation in child arrangements orders: a slippery slope

Summary The recent judgment in S (Parental Alienation: Cult), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 568 provides a useful summary of the law concerning freedom of belief and parental alienation in contested child arrangements orders. The father (F) appealed the refusal of his application for a variation of a child arrangements order amidst continuing concern over the Continue reading

Child Arrangement Orders and Coronavirus – I’m not seeing my child what can I do ?

From the moment that the Government announced the possibility of lockdown measures being imposed, lawyers were inundated with questions about whether and how Child Arrangements Orders should be implemented over this period. As lockdown continues one of our local CAFCASS officers has told practitioners that many parents involved with the service have been able to Continue reading

Parental Alienation: An Example Where The Alienator Succeeds and Guidelines As to How to Minimise it Happening.

The case of Re A (Children) (Parental Alienation) 2019 EWFC  demonstrates clearly the shortcomings of the Family Court to ensure that all children, wherever possible, enjoy a relationship with both of his or her parents. The position of the courts with regard to ordering no direct contact with the absent parent, is that it is Continue reading

Private Family Law: Children Summary of Recent Case Law – October to December 2019

CAFCASS A County Council v Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)                                                                                                [2019] EWHC 2369 (Fam) Keehan J Judgment: 20th September 2019 This was a public law case which may have relevance in private law proceedings. As part of the threshold grounds, the LA sought a finding that the father had sexually Continue reading

Parental alienation- the duty to identify at an early stage or risk getting it wrong.

This article explores the recent judgment in Re A (Children) (Parental alienation) [2019] EWFC. Re A is a long, drawn out case involving a mother’s repeated inability to promote the children’s relationship with their father. Professionals concluded that she had at best “allowed the demonisation of the father and, at worst, actively encouraged this demonisation Continue reading

Transfer of residence should not be seen as a “last resort” even in the absence of a finding of “parental alienation” or “intractable hostility”.

In my article written in April 2018 “Not “Parental Alienation”? but heading towards intractability? What can be done” I discussed some of the challenges facing the courts where adult conflict threatens to harm the relationship between children and their parents. Two cases decided in 2019 consider further the question of transfer of residence in cases Continue reading

Summary of Recent Case Law (Private Family Law: Children) – April to September 2019

COSTS Timokhina v Timokhin [2019] EWCA Civ 1284 Lord Justice Underhill, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan Judgment:      18th July 2019 These proceedings concerned the parties’ two children aged 15 and 8. The parents were Russian, who moved to London in 2004. Following the breakdown of the marriage, bitter court proceedings ensued in relation to Continue reading

Becket Family Mediation – the process – a brief overview of the steps

First, make contact with the mediation clerks, who will provide you with some information and send you a referral form to complete. Complete your referral form and return it to the mediation clerks, who will then set up an initial session for you to attend with the mediator (on your own). Attend an intake/MIAM session Continue reading

Child Arrangements Orders: How can I make the Court process more positive for me and for my child(ren)?

Often, when parents separate, there are young children involved, so it is important to set up a co-parenting model that can last for a significant period of time. Many parents feel that the most appropriate forum for such discussions is within mediation. If you have been able to reach a decision through negotiation, you can Continue reading

Are the Government finally tackling Domestic Abuse and how will it help victims in the family court? The Domestic Abuse Bill.

Since March 2018 the government have been consulting for a landmark Domestic Abuse bill. It seeks to legislate to “ fundamentally change the way we, as a country, think about this insidious crime.”  The draft bill was published on 21st January 2019 and focuses on 4 main objectives, i.e. how they can: promote awareness – Continue reading

Open All Hours? Flexible Operating Hours for Family and Civil Courts

On the 16th November 2018 the Flexible Operating Hours (“FOH”) Pilots: Prospectus for Civil and Family Court Pilots was published. HM Courts and Tribunals Service (“HMCTS”) announced that early and late sittings will now be trialled over six months in civil and family courts in Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Brentford County Court, commencing in Continue reading

Relocation – stating the resident parent will be ‘unhappy’ is simply not enough to justify relocation.

re M (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2356 Introduction In a lead judgment from Jackson LJ the Court of Appeal have reiterated the guidance in Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) [2015] EWCA Civ 882 that “an analysis of some sophistication and complexity” is required before granting an application for relocation. This case makes it Continue reading

Draft revised Practice Direction 27A – Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be applied in the High Court and Family Court)

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has announced that a final approved draft of the revised Practice Direction 27A (which awaits only formal signature by the relevant Minister) is due to come into force on 23 July 2018. The basic PD27A remains as before but with some minor changes. The three main changes Continue reading

Not “Parental Alienation”? but heading towards intractability? What can be done?

Many practitioners are accustomed to seeing cases that do not quite fall within the category of “parental alienation” yet are characterised by the resident-parent’s views impacting adversely on the arrangements for contact between the non-resident parent and the child and often, as a consequence, on the relationship between the child and non-resident parent.   Usually such Continue reading

Hair Strand Drug Testing Seminar 2018

We are please to announce that Kevin Jackson and Sandria Murkin will be presenting a Seminar in Canterbury. This seminar covers a range of topics involving hair strand drug testing within Family Children Act Proceedings. Venue: Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7FG – 26 April 2018 at 3.45pm Places are limited and should be booked early to Continue reading

The New CAFCASS Guidance and Private Law Children Proceedings – an UPDATE on the proposed new interventions

In my August 2017 article I considered the Cafcass document ‘Guidance on the use of professional time to benefit children’ (‘the Guidance’) in the context of private law children proceedings. While Cafcass believes it is crucial that the work it carries out before and at the First Hearing (FHDRA) should continue unchanged, it proposes to Continue reading

Re H (A Child- Hair Strand Testing) [2017] EWFC 64 – Mr. Justice Peter Jackson

A distillation of the key points from this important guideline case concerning hair strand drug testing. On 29th September 2017 after 6 days of evidence, legal argument and submissions Mr. Justice Peter Jackson handed down a Judgment that looked at several key issues that are relevant to practitioners in public and private law family proceedings Continue reading

The Collaborative Process

Following separation, the traditional process of resolution of issues through correspondence or the court process works for many. But, whether to avoid the long delays caused by court listings, the cost of complying with directions or simply the adversarial nature of disputes, an increasing number are now seeking a more amicable resolution. The collaborative process Continue reading

The revised Practice Direction 12J: Child Arrangements & Contact Order: Domestic Violence and Harm

On Thursday 14th September 2017 the President, Sir James Munby released a Circular about the Cobb Review of PD 12J (commissioned by the President and published in January 2017). Mr. Justice Cobb had also published a draft amended PD 12J with his review, which I addressed in an earlier article for Family Law Week.  The Continue reading

The New CAFCASS Guidance and Private Law Children Proceedings – a new ‘flexible’ friend?

The Chief Executives of Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru have issued new guidance on the use of its officers in private and public law children proceedings. The document, functionally entitled ‘Guidance on the use of professional time to benefit children’, has been issued with the approval and support of the President of the Family Division and Continue reading

Family Children Seminar

Marie Crawford and Gayle Ashley will be presenting a seminar at the View Hotel, Eastbourne on 20th September 2017 from 3.45pm. This seminar will cover a range of topics within Family Children Act proceedings, please contact clerks@becket-chambers.co.uk for more information or to book a place.

Duties towards litigants-in-person: a timely reminder

Peter Jackson J has used a recent case to remind practitioners of the need to adapt normal working practices when dealing with a litigant-in-person. The case, reported as Re B (Litigant in Person: Timely Service of Documents) [2016] EWHC 2365 (Fam), involved the alleged abduction of a child.  The father was represented, the mother was Continue reading

Children Arbitration

Article 1 of the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme Arbitration Rules 2016 (1st Edition, effective, 18th July 2016) “The Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme (“the Children Scheme”) is a scheme under which disputes concerning the exercise of parental responsibility and other private law issues about the welfare of children may be resolved by the determination Continue reading

Big Changes in Children’s Cases where Domestic Abuse is an Issue: New Practice Direction 12 J

The presumption of contact can now (explicitly) be displaced As a result of the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence (APPG) after the publication in January 2016 of the influential Women’s Aid report entitled ‘Nineteen Child Homicides: What must change so children are put first in child contact arrangements and the Continue reading

Myth-busting the collaborative process

In my view there are many reasons why we lawyers should be getting serious about the collaborative process. The first is the over-stretched, over-burdened and under-resourced Court Service, which means that clients have to wait longer than ever for the resolution of their case.  The second is the ever-more-limited resources of clients, and the difficulty Continue reading

Split hearings in private law children cases – how to avoid using a disproportionate amount of resources ?

The President’s Guidance in relation to split hearings issued in May 2010 stated that split hearings “…are taking place when they need not do so and are taking up a disproportionate amount of the Court’s time and resources..”.  Court time and resources have, if anything, become even more scarce today in 2016 so how can Continue reading

Parental Alienation: New Initiatives

Identifying The Problem Court proceedings involving the phenomenon of the ‘excluded parent’ can take many forms. Such cases are variously described as parental alienation/ hostility, intractable contact, chronic litigation disputes etc. There is no definition of these terms but as practitioners we encounter them quite regularly and we recognise them when we see them. Getting Continue reading

Duration of Without Notice Orders

In Re W (Minors) [2016] EWHC 2226 (Fam), Mostyn J provides guidance in respect of the duration of without notice orders. This case concerned three sets of proceedings by the parties following the breakdown of their relationship: High Court proceedings issued by the father; an application by the mother for a non-molestation order in the Continue reading

3 things collaborative law training taught me

A few weeks ago I attended the Resolution training on collaborative law.  For those not acquainted with the concept, collaborative practice looks for a client-led solution to family disputes, with both sides being represented and agreeing their own arrangements at a series of four-way meetings.  The lawyers and parties sign a commitment to work collaboratively, Continue reading

Children – Private Law (CAP) Testimonials

“I will say as usual both my client and I found Philip extremely well prepped, direct and honest in his advice and sympathetic to my client’s particular unique set of circumstances.

My client and indeed I were more than satisfied with Philip’s representation  and clearly I would not hesitate to continue to instruct him on matters, both in relation to children and finances.”

Ms S from Solicitors Instructing Philip Newton – November 20

“I was very pleased with Christian’s representation of my client and the outcome of the hearing. The order was well drafted and the client was pleased with Christian and the final order.”

Ms V from Solicitors Instructing Christian Fox – November 20

“The client was very pleased with Christian, and despite his junior years felt he did a really good job- she felt comfortable with him which his huge as she is a very vulnerable client.”

Ms R from Solicitors Instructing Christian Fox – November 20

“Melanie’s representation, updates & client care went above & beyond. My client & I were very happy with all her hard work & efforts.”

Ms T from Solicitors Instructing Melanie McIntosh – November 20

“I was represented by John Nee for a child arrangement hearing and I am very pleased with his services. He has a forensic mind, is a tenacious cross-examiner and pleasant to boot. It was a joy watching John Nee in action. I am so grateful for his hard work and professionalism.”

Ms O Instructing John Nee through Solicitors – November 20

“Please can you pass on my thanks and appreciation to Mr Newton for his continued excellent work on my case. I really do feel confident that I know the children and I are in the best hands with him. He is fighting extremely well for our best interests, with what is an incredibly difficult situation for us. He has a great way of ensuring my voice and concerns are listened to by the court, something of which I don’t believe I could achieve on my own.”

Ms W Instructing Philip Newton through the DPA scheme – August 20

“I would like to thank him for all his work he has done so far and has helped tremendously. I cant thank him enough.”

Ms G Instructing Christopher Wall through DPA Scheme – May 20

“Melanie was fantastic in her role, and very reassuring in what was, as you can imagine, a very stressful situation.  I felt so much better once she arrived at court and took charge of the situation! It was also useful to have the same barrister throughout the court appearances as she understood the case completely. She took a ‘no nonsense’ approach and was completely fixed on getting the right result, which she did. This, again, was very reassuring.”

Ms F from Solicitors Instructing Melanie McIntosh – March 2020

“She was fantastic – client was very happy with Cara’s representation and her client care.”

 

 

 

Ms T from Solicitors Instructing Cara Radford – January 20

“The service received from Counsel and the Clerks Room was very good, especially as documents were served at short notice, including the Bundles for the hearings, the second bundle index was initially incomplete and there was much “last minute” paperwork for the Clerks Room to pass on and for Counsel to read. Counsel was at court for longer than expected at both hearings, yet was able to report back to me and deal with what was a somewhat fraught and emotional matter in a very professional way.”

Ms R from Solicitors Instructing John Nee – December 19

“In terms of Louisa, everything was fantastic thank you.

The client was very happy and I received an extremely detailed Attendance Note and a copy of the Typed Order straight after the hearing.

Both myself and the client was very happy and Louisa has been retained for the next hearing.”

Ms K from Solicitors Instructing Louisa Adamson – December 19

“I am very happy with Chambers, I have used your Counsel on a number of different matters and the service has always been very good.

Cara has been fantastic, I have instructed her on a few other matters. Client feedback has been very positive and Cara has been booked for further hearings on these matters. I am very happy with Cara and Chambers as a whole and looking forward to keeping up a great relationship in the New Year.”

Mr H from Solicitors Instructing Cara Radford – December 19

“Thank you for your email.  Lavinia Glover was very helpful and I confirm we were very happy with her assistance with this matter.  Lavinia communicated very well with both myself and the client and was a great sounding board for advice.

No further assistance is required at this point.  Thank you”

Ms B from Solicitors Instructing Lavinia Glover – December 19

“In terms of feedback, Sophie was fantastic on this matter and achieved a wonderful result.

There were a few complex issues with this case in particular with the client. Sophie dealt with these fantastically and was very clear to the client that changes were required by them.  Sophie approached the issues professionally and gained the client’s trust and respect.

A fantastic overall approach.

I would have no hesitation in instruction Sophie again.”

Ms K from Solicitors Instructing Sophie Gray – December 19

“My client was very pleased with the service received from Counsel. She was very helpful and provided a prompt attendance note following the hearing.”

Ms W from Solicitors Instructing Melanie Andrews – December 19

“I confirm that everything that was dealt with in respect of the case you have mentioned was excellent and efficient. The client has only positive things to say about John.”

Mr H from Solicitors Instructing John Nee – December 19

“I was very pleased with the work undertaken by Chambers and Counsel. Counsel provided me with the outcome very quickly and did a superb job.”

Mr H from Solicitors Instructing Philip Newton – December 19

“I just wanted to pass on my thanks to all who have helped us. Our lovely lady who you so highly recommended was stunning and offered such sound and clear advice at court.”

Miss A instructing Melanie Andrews through solicitors – May 19

“I found Ms Radford to be very pleasant, she understood what the issues were and what I’m trying to achieve. She represented me well and I did not feel uncomfortable at any point. If there was anything I didn’t understand she explained exactly what was going on so that I was fully aware.”

Miss G instructing Cara Radford through solicitors – May 19

“My client and I have been very happy indeed with Louisa’s service and that of the clerks room. Louisa is a pleasure to work with and has a great manner with the client. I know the client feels confident with Louisa’s ongoing advice and wishes to continue instructing her in this case”

Miss H from solicitors instructing Louisa Adamson – May 19

“Client has asked me to convey his sincere thanks to Sophie for representing him at Court and for dealing with him and the matter so sensitively”

Ms S from Solicitors Instructing Sophie Gray – May 19

“Very satisfied with John Nee. Attendance note and draft order were sent out promptly after the hearing”

Mr G from solicitors instructing John Nee – April 19

“Sam was delighted and thinks you are brilliant. I am really pleased and am happy for you to deal with the next hearing.”

Mr R from Solicitors instructing Louisa Adamson – April 19

“I was certainly very happy with Louisa’s note afterwards which was thorough and prompt and I thought her position statement perfectly captured our case.”

Mrs H from Solicitors instructing Louisa Adamson – April 19

“The client was happy with Dean Thistle…he seemed well prepared and was good with the client. He followed up promptly with the attendance note which is always helpful.”

Miss C from Solicitors instructing Dean Thistle – March 19

“Mr M was very happy with Mr Wall. He said “my main feedback is all good. He was very professional and really got the job done well for me.”

Mr Wall is regularly recommended by colleagues in the Family Law Department. My feedback is all positive, very happy with the service.”

 

Ms P from Solicitors Instructing Christopher Wall – March 19

What an extraordinary result for which both Mr H and I are very grateful.

for you to obtain a further FAO for three  months is amazing!

Many thanks once again for all your help.

 

 

Ms D from Solicitors Instructing Christopher Wall – November 18

“…I just wanted to thank you for your work on this case and a great result for Miss B and her children…”

 

Ms W from Solicitors instructing Gayle Ashley – September 18

“…Mr C and his partner have asked me to pass on their heartfelt thanks to Ed for his work throughout the proceedings and on the day. As a result of his endeavours it was far less stressful than they imagined…”

Miss L from solicitors instructing Edward Kenny – July 18

“I would like to personally thank you both for the outcome of yesterday – it was fanastic news and a big relief. Sophie represented me exceptionally well and fully understood what we wanted for the children and stuck to it without being fazed. Throughout the court proceeding she explained the position and listened to myself and my partner. She’d cleared already completed her background research into this case as she could relay information efficiently….From the bottom of my heart thank you both”

Mr T instructing Sophie Gray through Solicitors – July 18

“Just a short note to let you know it went exceptionally well today. Louisa was excellent…”

 

Mr M Instructing Louisa Adamson through Solicitors – July 18

“I am writing to express my gratitude and to let you know I fully appreciated your hard work on our behalf. I have been singing your praises to others when I talk about my case and how you helped my daughter. You have my profound appreciation for representing me and spending a great amount of time and effort on the access arrangements for my daughter. Thanks once again for your expertise in resolving my case. Your help and empathy made a big difference in my life. Thanks for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through more than necessary stress.

You were able to get the desired result within a short period of time. Thank you for your assistance and your prompt responses. You really went the extra mile and did more than enough to help me secure my daughter’s future access arrangements, which are fair and ultimately safe.

Thank you for your professionalism and continued support. I really appreciate everything and for you having a genuine interest in my daughters wellbeing.”

 

Ms S Instructing Edward Kenny through Solicitors – May 18

“Here is just a few things the client had to say about you:

Really amazing, Excellent, Got a grip of all the issues, Well prepared, Filled me with confidence, I felt like my voice was being heard.

It is sometimes a thankless job we do; in this instance your skill is appreciated.”

Mr M Instructing Solicitors using Philip Newton – April 2018

“Thank you for this and for all your help yesterday enabling ‘A’ to get the result she did. She was clearly delighted.”

Ms M from solicitors instructing Clive Styles – April 18

“I want to let everyone know how absolutely pleased I was with Edward Kenny’s representation I am not one to give praise frequently or lightly so I’m hoping this is taken into consideration and that Mr Kenny receives the recognition he deserves.

Upon first meeting Mr Kenny, it was obvious that he took his time to review the mountain of case documents and that he understood my position and the finer points. His honesty, knowledge, and willingness to engage in just regular open conversation immediately made me feel comfortable for the first time in nearly 6 months. It was probably the first time I felt like someone had seen the big picture and actually wanted to fight for me. And for the first time, I felt like I wasn’t struggling alone. I wasn’t just ‘a client’. Mr Kenny was very kind, friendly, and approachable, and he really listened to what I had to say. We immediately established a rapport that seemed to just happen naturally.

In regards to the case, Mr Kenny’s attention to detail was nothing short of outstanding. This wasn’t just noticed by myself, but also by the Judge, who like I, thanked him for his ability to bring the matter to an end. Mr Kenny successfully negotiated with the  other party on my behalf.

In the end, Mr Kenny successfully concluded my never-ending case to my benefit, and astonishingly, he even managed to resolve other urgent related matters in the same process. I really could almost frame the final court order.

I couldn’t be more pleased with Edward Kenny’s representation and I can never truly thank him enough.”

 

Mr W Instructing Edward Kenny through Solicitors – April 18

“I spoke to the client yesterday afternoon and she was very happy with the service you provided – and therefore thank you once again for your help. “

Mr K from Solicitors Instructing Marie Crawford – March 18

“I have spoken to the client – he was incredibly complementary about you and very pleased with how the hearing went.”

 

Ms T from Solicitors Instructing Marie Crawford – October 17

“…Brilliant news – well done and thank you for all your help. I bet the client is over the moon…”

Mr S from Solicitors instructing Holly Coates – September 17

“Just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for me and my family. We are truly grateful.”

 

Ms M Instructing Clive Styles through Solicitors – May 2017

“…I instructed John in a complex Children Act case. The client was very nervous, and John was able to put his mind at ease, and addressed all the client’s concerns. The client reported specifically that … ‘Although John has a no nonsense approach, he is human, and explained everything fully and was always happy to address my questions, no matter how many times I asked. He was superb in Court, and achieved a fantastic result for me and my family. I can’t thank him enough’

John is a very safe pair of hands, and I will continue to instruct him due to his robust and persuasive advocacy skills, and the way he manages my clients- he consistently goes the extra mile, for which I thank him profusely!…”

Mrs R from a firm of Solicitors instructing John Nee – April 17

“…I have spoken to the client and he asked that I pass on his thanks to you and for everything that you have done for him in these proceedings.  He appreciated all your efforts on his behalf…”

Mr Q from Solicitors instructing Sandria Murkin – March 17

“…I just thought I would let you know that Mrs S was so appreciate of Dean’s help yesterday.  She said his client care manner was brilliant and he made her feel at ease, his attention to detail in remembering minute detail from all the papers he had received amazed her and she would recommend him to any of my client’s in the future….”

Ms H from a firm of Solicitors instructing Dean Thistle – March 17

 “Thanks again for all of Holly’s help, you both made a huge difference and you definitely helped to relieve some of the pressure and  anxiety ……”

 

Mr S Instructing Holly Coates through Solicitors – February 17

“…I have spoken to the client and I would pass on that he said you were absolutely brilliant!…”

Mrs C from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – January 17

“….Thank you so much for assisting the client. He is delighted with the outcome and wants me to thank you on his behalf. It has made a huge difference to his life to know that the child is now safe…”

Mrs B from a firm of Solicitors instructing Dean Thistle – October 16

“…I would like to express my eternal gratitude for your representation on my case…When I first met you I was immediately confident in your services and throughout the case I always felt reassured by your approach, I would certainly recommend you to anyone who was going through the same thing as I had and I will be calling on your services again if the matter ever came back to court…I wish you every success in the future…”

Mrs S instructing Sandria Murkin through Solicitors – August 16

“…We would like to say thank you very much for providing us with Melanie McIintosh and for all of your work on the case…Melanie managed to get it shut down today which is a brilliant result…she was fantastic!…”

Mr C instructing Melanie McIntosh through Solicitors – August 16

“…She is really happy about how the hearing went…She also said that you were a “wonderful Barrister”, very calm (and calming) and she was very happy with all you did at Court and for all of your support!…Thank you again for all of your help with this (and I am passing on the client’s grateful thanks as well!)…”

Mrs S from a firm of Solicitors instructing Ed Kenny – August 16

“…Mr T would like to say thank you very much to Dean for all his work in this matter. Could you please pass his thanks onto Dean and mine too. He has been excellent…”

Mrs B from a firm of Solicitors instructing Dean Thistle – August 16

“…I just wanted to write and let you know my opinion on John Nee. Firstly I would like to thank him for the positive outcome in my case.

I have been extremely pleased with the representation by John at my family matters hearings. He put me at ease very quickly and made me feel that he was in control of the situation.   His robust manner in court was reassuring and made this very stressful time easier to go through. I would have no hesitation in using him again if the need arose and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs his services….”

Ms M instructing John Nee through Solicitors – July 16

“Thanks ever so much for your attendance note and for such a great result.  I
really appreciate this and I know Mr E is delighted.”

Ms U from Instructing Solicitors using Michael Batt – July 16

“…Many thanks to yourself and Ms Gray for all your help with this – the client was, incidentally, delighted with the outcome!…”

Mrs U from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – June 16

“…I am very grateful for all that Mr Edginton has done….Thank you once again for all of the help and assistance that has been afforded to me…”

Miss P instructing Ronald Edginton through the DPA scheme – May 16

“…Thank you for your brilliant help and incredible advice which has made a huge difference to my life…”

Mrs K instructing Louisa Adamson through the DPA scheme – May 16

I would firstly like to thank Ms. Gray for her efforts and support with my case…. Ms. Gray was polite and friendly, during the pre-court discussions she listened to what I had to say and my feeling regarding certain matters, she also showed real empathy and understanding…If I am ever in need of representation in the future, I would request and be very happy to have Ms Gray there for support and representation.

Mr D instructing Sophie Gray through solicitors – April 16

“Many thanks for your note and for achieving such a good result….N is absolutely delighted with your representation”

Mr C from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sandria Murkin – April 16

“Thank you for all your hard work and guidance with these matters. This has been a very difficult time and your advise and effort is vastly appreciated by us all. We are very pleased with what you have managed to achieve given the opposition!!

We wish you all the best and are greatly indebted to you.”

Mr S Instructing Michael Batt through Solicitors – February 16

“Mr C just called to say thank you for getting him the best lawyer. He was very pleased with the outcome of yesterday.”

Miss C from Solicitors instructing Michael Batt – January 16

“Thank you for your assistance with this matter, I have spoken to the client who was very happy with the outcome and she spoke very highly of you.”

Mrs K from Instructing Solicitors instructing Gayle Ashley – January 16

“Holly, thank you so much for all of your help with my brother’s case, he said you did a great job. We are all so relieved about the outcome.”

Ms M on behalf of Mr M instructing Holly Coates through DPA scheme – January 16

I would just like to say thank you I appreciate all your hard work today and the result you achieved I couldn’t have seen a better outcome I am going to email the solicitors to tell them how happy I am with the outcome and will recommend to anyone.

Thanks again for you time and work.

Mr S instructing John Nee through Instructing Solicitors – January 16

“I would like to say how pleased I am with the work that Mr Kevin Jackson provided for me. Mr Jackson was efficient and helpful, he also helped me to feel at ease on a very stressful day and had an extensive legal knowledge which helped provide me with a favourable outcome at court. I would recommend Mr Jackson to anyone looking for a barrister.”

Ms W instructing Kevin Jackson through DPA scheme – January 16

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you, from the moment you came aboard the case, you turned everything around and I truly believe that if it wasn’t for your hard work , I wouldn’t have got the result I did. So from me and my children thank you so much.”

Mr R instructing Marie Crawford through Instructing Solicitors – December 15

“Thank you so much for your help with this. You certainly had a calming and reassuring effect  throughout the process. I am immensely grateful for the overall outcome …”

Ms C instructing Kevin Jackson through the DPA scheme – October 2015

“Please thank Mr Thistle for today who was extremely helpful and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend his services. I am so grateful that he is representing me.”

Ms R instructing Dean Thistle through Instructing Solicitors – November 15

“Just a brief message to extend my gratitude at your help….Realistically, I could not have hoped for a better outcome…I will be eternally grateful for your assistance.”

Mr W instructing Edward Kenny through Solicitors – November 15

“I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your professional handling of my case.

Your prompt communication felt very reassuring and it was pleasure to speak to you on all occasions.”

Miss M instructing Kevin Jackson through the DPA scheme – October 15

 

“….you deliver a fantastic service to me, you are always on time, you report back to me with detailed AN, if not the same day, within the next 24 hours….you are always available to offer advice where needed and will help guide me in the right direction if required….you are very fair and sympathetic, but at the same time will often give very stern constructive advice when a client needs it the most….”

Miss K from a firm of solicitors instructing John Nee – July 15

“….I have spoken to the client this afternoon and he has asked me to thank you for your assistance and said you were fantastic….”

Mr F instructing John Nee through Solicitors – April 15

“….very happy with the way Mr Newton dealt with the case….he was amazing and brilliant and ‘A’ is very happy with the outcome….”

Mr M instructing Philip Newton through Solicitors – March 15

“….Excellent in all areas….financially it was less expensive….i personally felt that because I was able to have direct contact with the barrister that communicating was easier, I felt in control of what was said and put across, essentially it was cutting out the middleman….definitely worth it….”

Mrs S instructing Louisa Adamson through the DPA scheme – November 14

“….i feel they have an exact idea of the case as my Barrister has represented me for 5 years and we have a good understanding between us….i think the service overall has been wonderful through from the Clerks to my Barrister….”

Mrs B instructing Sandria Murkin through the DPA scheme & Instructing Solicitors – 2009 – 2014

“….That is WONDERFUL news, Mr B will be thrilled…thank you so much for all your hard work….”

Mrs W from a firm of Solicitors instructing Holly Coates – October 14

“….im sure he will be a QC one day and has a very big future ahead of him. To anyone who might consider using him, John is a seriously impressive barrister who fills you with confidence from the second you meet him….if he charged twice as much as he does he would still be worth every penny….”

Mr O instructing John Nee through the DPA scheme – August 14

“….Thank you for being my voice in court and doing such a wonderful job….i feel truly blessed to have had the benfit of your experience and knowledge which has made a big difference to the lives of me and my son”

Mrs W instructing Sandria Murkin through Instructing Solicitors – May 14

“….from start to finish i found you to be completely professional….whilst in court your expertise and experience really shone through….i could never have gone to court without you….you were most certainly worth every penny….”

Mrs S instructing Louisa Adamson through the DPA scheme – February 14

“….Corey was wonderful. He constantly reassured me throughout the process…..your service is fantastic….”

Mrs S instructing Corey Mills through Instructing Solicitors – January 2014