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Thomas More Chambers has a strong and committed family team which has experience across all areas of family disputes and in all levels of family courts. All members of the Family Team are sensitive to the very particular needs of their clients and appreciate that often cases arise in emergency situations. In such cases please contact for immediate assistance.

Finances
We have experience in litigating all types of applications involving both married and unmarried parties, whether in in this jurisdiction or overseas. Members of the Family Team regularly conduct cases under MCA 1973, Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, Tolata 1996 and Part III MFPA 1984. TMC deals with cases involving all levels of assets as well as complex issues involving inherited or pre-acquired assets. 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
The Family Team deals with all kinds of disputes about children, whether between parents or involving grandparents, siblings or other important adults. We have experience of dealing with obtaining and enforcing Child Arrangement Orders as well as intractable disputes about such orders. In addition, we represent clients on leave to remove cases, specific issues order in relation to education and accommodation, change of names and parental abduction.

Public Law Children
The Family Team is regularly instructed to represented parents, family members, children and local authorities in care proceedings and other public children law proceedings. Members have considerable experience in dealing with cases involving allegations of neglect, sexual abuse and non accidental injuries as well as dealing with experts across a wide range of fields. As a common law chambers, many of our members have experience in other areas of law such as immigration and crime, allowing us to provide a comprehensive service to our clients.

Domestic Violence
Our team has experience conducting cases connected to allegations of domestic violence, whether on a stand alone basis, in connection with Children Act proceedings or more unusually as pleaded conduct in relation to a s25 MCA application for financial remedy.

Many of the Family Team have experience conducting criminal litigation which brings a unique perspective to these family cases as they are able to provide advice as to possible criminal proceedings and issues of privilege and disclosure between the family and the criminal courts.

International Family Law
The Family team is genuinely international. Members are fluent in a variety of overseas languages including Spanish.

Members are regularly instructed to deal with financial disputes involving overseas assets including trusts and properties situated overseas as well as overseas tax issues including bilateral tax accords, matrimonial regimes and prenuptial agreements. We are also experienced in considering issues as to the validity of overseas marriages and divorces.

We regularly appears in the High Court in relation to child abduction matters whether under the Hague 1980 Convention, the Hague 1996 Convention or the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. In addition we are frequently instructed on leave to remove cases and complex jurisdictional disputes in relation to both private and public law matters.

ADR
We are proud to be able to offer in addition to litigation services, various ADR options for family cases including:

• Mediation
• Collaborative law
• Early Neutral Evaluation
• Private FDRs

Members Who Specialise


Philip Noble

1978

Richard Cross

1993

Sarah Lucy Cooper

1993

Rima Baruah

1994

Freya Rowe

1996

Simon Gladwell

1996

Fiona Edington

1998

Amiot Vollenweider

2000

Puneet Rai

2004

Rachel Temple

2004

Kerry Anne Currie

2007

Zoë Gibbon

2009

Jacob Gifford Head

2010

Stephanie Wookey

2010

Tracy Bird

2010

Joy Adeniran

2012

Genevieve Moss

2015

Samuel Frost

2015

India Flanagan

2018

Patrick Wise-Walsh

2020

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