24 November 2016

Chambers and Partners Guide to the Bar Recognises St. Mary's Chambers as a Leading Set


Chambers and Partners have recommended us a leading set for family law in their guide to the Bar for this coming year. Six individuals are singled out as leading juniors in their field.

This is what they said about us:

Based in Nottingham and specialising in family law, St Mary's Chambers houses a number of well-regarded tenants handling a full spectrum of cases. The team is highly skilled in financial cases involving high net worth assets and complex financial issues, including family businesses and agricultural interests. Additionally, the set's children law practitioners are frequently involved in the most complex and serious cases of injury, abuse, fabricated illness and child death. Interviewees are impressed, describing St Mary's as "a well-run chambers and definitely the go-to set in Nottingham." 

Client service: "An excellent set, the clerks are efficient and incredibly organised. As a set they present a very united front and have good leadership on all sides." Scott Baldwin is the senior clerk.


Vickie Hodges

Joint head of chambers with a broad family law practice encompassing children matters such as sexual abuse allegations, non-accidental and fictitious injuries. She also handles a range of high net worth financial cases.

Strengths: "Very enthusiastic about her work, passionate and a safe pair of hands." "Gets to grips with cases very quickly and is exceptional at cross-examination."

Judy Claxton

Experienced family law practitioner, focusing exclusively on public children matters. She has extensive expertise in complex multiple injury cases, as well as those where allegations of sexual abuse have been made. 

Strengths: "She is excellent, thorough and hands-on." "I really rate her very highly. If I was up against it, I would go to her." 

Nigel Page

A highly regarded financial remedy advocate, he undertakes significant high net worth matters which frequently involve multiple properties, trusts, businesses or agricultural issues. He is highlighted by sources for his strength on complex ancillary relief cases.

Strengths: "He is very thorough, good with clients and with the financial side of things." "He is excellent, his preparation is second to none." 

Beryl Gilead

Specialises in public law children work where she deals with the most complex care matters such as severe non-accidental injury claims and cases with unusual medical aspects. She represents local authorities, parents and guardians and is often appointed to take the lead on cases as sole counsel.

Strengths: "Beryl is highly intelligent, extremely good with clients and works very hard." "She is just phenomenal, very approachable, always willing to help and happy to go the extra mile." 

Gareth Jacques

Practises in all areas of family law, with an equal ability to take on matrimonial finance matters and complicated children law disputes. He is further experienced in handling divorce cases involving large agricultural estates.
Strengths: "Gareth is really competent, very skilful and a fluent advocate." "Excellent advocacy skills and tenacious in cross-examination."?

Jason Reece

Respected barrister known for undertaking complicated children work and who is also joint head of chambers. He takes on public care cases involving emotional abuse, chronic neglect or fatal injuries, as well as private law cases such as international child abduction. His practice also covers financial remedy matters.

Strengths: "He's very thorough, always well prepared and personable." "Very good bedside manner, very helpful and sensible in his outlook. Good on his feet and gives robust advice." 

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