Established as the first specialist Family Law Chambers outside London in 1999, St. Mary's Chambers has over 20 members.

A breadth of specialist experience in all areas of Family Law to suit individual requirements.

Members of Chambers and staff are friendly, approachable and at all times acknowledge that family litigation can be a demanding experience.

St Mary's Chambers Wins Prestigious Award
St Mary's Chambers has been voted Family Law Set of the Year Outside of London in the Acquisition International Legal Awards 2013. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies within the legal sector, encompassing everything from barristers and boutique practices to global players.
For more details about the awards see the complete guide: Acquisition International Legal Awards 2013
For a press release about the awards: Press Release
British Association for Islamic Studies Inaugural National Conference
Rafia Arshad has been invited to speak at the inaugural national conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies. The conference takes place on the 10th and 11th April 2013 at the University of Edinburgh. Raffia will be part of a panel discussing the topic "Challenges for Islamic Law in the 21st Century".
Further information about the conference can be found here:
Matthew O'Grady to officiate at Dubai 7s
Congratulations to Matthew O’Grady, who has been selected to officiate and represent the Rugby Football Union at the 2013 Dubai 7s.  The Dubai 7s is an rugby 7s tournament featuring teams from around the world.  The tournament takes place between 28-30 November 2013.  Matthew will be joining his colleagues in Dubai from 25 November 2013.
Raffia Arshad writes for Sweet & Maxwell
Raffia Arshad has contributed to the Sweet & Maxwell Family Law White Paper 2013.
The article, entitled Forced Marriage Protection: What more can be done?, can be found as an online booklet  on the Sweet & Maxwell website.
Legal 500 Recommendations
The Legal 500 has recognised three members of chambers in it's 2013 edition:
Nigel Page
Beryl Gilead
Jason Reece
More information can be found here: Legal 500 2013
New Joint Heads of Chambers
St. Mary's Chambers are pleased to announce that Vickie Hodges and Jason Reece have been elected as Joint Heads of Chambers. For more information please click the link below:
Matthew O'Grady writes for Family Law
Matthew O'Grady has had an article published by Jordans in their Family Law publication; "Shared parenting: keeping welfare paramount by learning from mistakes".
A link to a summary of the article is available online by clicking the link above.
New Standard Contractual Terms
On the 31st January 2013 the commonly used terms of engagement for barristers taking instructions from solicitors, the Terms of Work and the Withdrawal of Credit Scheme, are abolished.
They have been replaced by the new Standard Contractual Terms.
The Contractual Terms are for use for instructions from solicitors and all persons/bodies authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to carry out legal services.
The Terms enable barristers to sue for unpaid fees and are intended for use in privately funded matters, they do not apply to cases where the barrister is paid directly by the Legal Services Commission.
If you have any queries about the new Standard Contractual Terms please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Clerk, Scott Baldwin.
Legal 500 Recommendations
The Legal 500 has recommended five members of St. Mary's Chambers for family law in their 2012 edition.
Nigel Page, Vickie Hodges, Beryl GIlead, Maria Mulrennan and Jason Reece all feature in the Midland Circuit Family section.
More information can be found here: Legal 500 2012 
New Tenant
Congratulations to Natalie Cross who on completion of her specialist family law pupillage at the end of September joins us as our newest tenant.
All at St. Mary's Chambers are delighted to welcome Natalie and look forward to seeing her career progress.
New Member of Chambers
St. Mary's Chambers are delighted to welcome our newest tenant, Helen Sampson, who joins us from chambers in Leeds. She is in the process of relocating to Nottingham and looks forward to furthering her career in the East Midlands.
Helen was called to the Bar in 2006 having formerly been a solicitor in private practice in Hull. Helen spent 14 years practising in family law and was a member of the Law Society Children panel. 

Congratulations to Jane Gillespie who on the 20th June 2012 was appointed the role of Assistant Deputy Coroner of Nottinghamshire. This is a part time position and Jane will continue to practise as a barrister at St. Mary's Chambers. Her duties involve investigating unexplained, sudden and suspicious deaths. Jane will also undertake inquests and give verdicts on as to the cause of death. All at St. Mary's Chambers are delighted for Jane.

Making the Right Choice?
In an article for this month's Counsel magazine, Raffia Arshad considers the law, case law and guidance surrounding Oaths and Affirmations.
To read the article in full click below:
Direct public access a chance for barristers and solicitors to work together, not against each other
Written by our senior clerk for the Legal Futures website this article describes how the changing landscape of the legal market  may mean greater levels of collaboration between solicitors and barristers.
FSR - New Service from St. Mary's Chambers
For some time we have been developing a service which seeks to provide separating couples with a new type of report to aid them reaching a negotiated settlement.
The Financial Settlement Report (FSR) is jointly comissioned by both parties and provides them with an impartial view of proceedings.
For more information download the flyer here:
Or contact Scott on 0115 943 7180 or by e-mail:
January Case Law Updates
The January 2012 edition of our case law updates are now available to download from the Knowledge section of our News/Seminars page.
Client Care Letters
We have updated our client care letters to deal with several regulationary changes which have recently come about.
For more information see our Summary of Client Care page:
St. Mary's Chambers Family Law Prize
The winners of this years prizes have been announced. Congratulations to first place Sarah Griffin and second place James Woodcock.
For more details see our News page: NEWS
December Case Law Updates
The December editions of our Case Law Update newsletters are now available to download from the Knowledge section of our News/Seminars page.
Seminar in Peterborough 1st March 2012
Raffia Arshad will be giving a seminar in Peterborough on the 1st March 2012 entitled:
"Recognition of Muslim Marriages in British Courts".
Please see our Seminars page for more information.
Legal Aid Cuts Postponed
The Ministry of Justice has announced that implementation of the legal aid cuts will be put back from October 2012 to April 2013 subject to parliamentary approval of the LASPO.
The ministerial statement can be downloaded here: LASPO Delay
Resolution have already issued a response: Resolution
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