18 St John Street Chambers has a well-deserved reputation as a leading family set on the Northern Circuit.

We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver sound legal advice. Our aim is always to deliver the best possible level of service and we devote equal attention to detail in every case. Whilst many family cases require a sensitive approach, we are also able to deal with cases in a robust manner when the need arises.

Family law is constantly evolving and our members are at the cutting edge of developments in the law, often appearing in cases dealing with novel legal and factual points. We have a breadth of experience enabling us to deal with all types of case, including those requiring a more practical approach.

We deal with complex issues such as disputes involving trusts, businesses and competing jurisdictions on a regular basis.

Our team has expertise in the following areas:

  • Public law Children Act proceedings
  • Private law Children Act proceedings
  • Adoption Act proceedings
  • Child abduction
  • Wardship
  • Judicial review

We also have a dedicated family finance team within the department who have expertise in:

  • Financial remedy proceedings
  • Recovery and preservation of assets
  • Cohabitee disputes
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

We are committed to continuing professional development through research and seminars. All members have access to our comprehensive in-house library and electronic case and statute resources.


We offer in-house seminars, typically on a weekday at 5pm. All our speakers are accredited by the Bar Council and The Law Society.

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