We are proud of our reputation as having one of the most talented and approachable family teams on the North Eastern circuit. This reputation is evidenced by numerous testimonials in the independent guides to the legal profession and appropriately summarised by Chambers & Partners 2011: “Family law is one of Zenith Chambers' strong suits, and it houses some of the North Eastern Circuit's biggest hitters". The Legal 500 recommended 7of our barristers from the group in 2013.
Our large team of 21 practitioners is led by John Myers, a former solicitor and experienced barrister. The team also has silk John Hayes QC, as well as a range of juniors from senior level to pupil. Barristers in the team are adept at handling all aspects of family work at all levels of complexity in the following areas: children (public and private law); matrimonial; cohabitation; financial remedies as well as issues relating to trusts and probate. As such, Zenith Chambers provides substantial children and family finance expertise under one roof.
We have a varied and extensive client base who instruct us to act on behalf of parents, grand-parents, other relatives, local authorities, guardians, CAFCASS and the Official Solicitor from across the Midlands and North of the UK. Our family barristers advise, represent and offer appropriate dispute resolution to family members in wide ranging circumstances, including extended, alternative and international family structures, and are experienced in dealing with the complex issues families present. Several members are former solicitors and bring with them a wealth of experience which enhances their understanding and representation in a case. Crucially, our barristers recognise the importance of continuity of representation and work closely with our Senior Family Clerk, Rebecca Hartley, to secure this wherever possible.
Team members regularly lecture both in-house and at large scale ‘open’ events. They have undertaken a number of innovative training initiatives, including very popular ‘Wine & Wisdom’ evenings, conferences addressing topical and difficult issues such as ‘Forced Marriages’, as well as quick, 1 hour, in-house seminars to cater for specific needs of our clients often on recent developments and current topics in family law.
There are three distinct sub-groups to the family team which allows for focused and expert representation: