Sir James Munby is the immediate past President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, having retired in July 2018 on reaching the mandatory retirement age. From 2000-2009 he was a judge of the Family Division and from 2009 until 2013 (when he was appointed President) he was a judge of the Court of Appeal. From 2009 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Law Commission. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College and has recently been appointed Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory.
Madeleine is a barrister at 1 King's Bench Walk. She has a wide and versatile family law practice which covers all areas of children work, both public and private, financial remedy proceedings and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. She is the author of Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law and Practice, Child Care and Adoption Law: A Practical Guide
Prior to his call to the Bar, Michael worked in finance for five years and then qualified as a commercial solicitor specialising in intellectual property law. Michael transferred to the family Bar in 1998 and practises a wide range of family work including ancillary relief, trusts and cohabitation disputes, and Children Act matters, together with associated civil matters. Within his ancillary relief work, which is the principal area of his practice, he specialises in cases which have particular complexities including trusts, bankruptcy, partnerships and companies.
Richard was called to the Bar in 1993 and took Silk in 2012. He practises from 1KBW and specialises in financial remedies and international children cases. He is ranked by Chambers and Partners in Band 1 for both finance and children and was shortlisted by The Legal 500 for Family Law Silk of the Year 2019. He has appeared in numerous reported authorities including eight cases in the Supreme Court / House of Lords. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is a consultant editor of Hershman and McFarlane Children Law and Practice. He is a fluent Spanish speaker and also speaks French.
Bianca is a family law barrister at Coram Chambers, practising exclusively in public and private children law. Bianca is the head of the Alternative Families Practice Group in chambers and has a particular expertise in surrogacy law and legal parenthood. She is highly knowledgeable about both the case law and the statutory provisions in this complex area of law, and regularly appears in the High Court to represent intending parents. Bianca has lectured extensively on LGBTQ+ parenting and regularly publishes articles for Family Law Week. Bianca is the co-author of the book 'Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues', which was published by Bloomsbury in August 2018.
Julie is a lecturer in law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics where she teaches family law, social care law and media law. She has published research on family justice systems, child protection, adoption, and the Court of Protection. She has formerly worked as a solicitor in private practice and for local government and Cafcass. She is a trustee of The Transparency Project and of Family Mediation Cymru. She undertook (with colleagues in social sciences) a review of research and case law on parental alienation, published by Welsh Government in April 2018. Julie is co-author of Transparency in the Family Courts (Doughty, Reed and Magrath, Bloomsbury, 2018)
Leslie Samuels QC. Leslie is an exceptional advocate and is held in high esteem for his expertise in children work both in public and private law cases, in financial remedies cases and in inheritance and probate disputes. He has 29 years of experience as a barrister and took Silk in 2011. In 2012 he was appointed as a Family Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit and in 2016 he was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge sitting as a s.9 Judge of the Family Division in London and the South East. He is recommended in the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories for 2019.
Since taking silk in 1995 Tim has specialised largely in international family law. His practice includes jurisdiction and forum issues, EU family law Regulations, recognition of foreign marriages and divorces, and Part III MFPA 1984. He has appeared in leading cases in all these areas, including Agbaje v Agbaje, the Supreme Court decision on Part III. Since 2016 Tim has been heavily involved in the impact of Brexit on family law and has twice given evidence to a House of Lords committee about this. Tim was the Chambers and Partners Family Silk of the Year 2011-12, and the Legal 500 Children and Family Silk of the Year 2013-14. He is ranked in Tier 1 in both directories. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of Lord Justice Moylan’s International Family Law Committee. He is in practice at 29 Bedford Row.
Will is a member of The 36 Group and joint head of the family team. He is a specialist family law Silk appearing throughout the country in the most high profile or complicated public and private law children and Court of Protection cases. Chambers & Partners, 2018 describes him as a 'mesmerising and enchanting advocate'
Jemma is the partner in Goodman Ray's Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has extensive experience of complex international adoption and surrogacy cases as well as being highly regarded for her expertise and growing practice in cases involving children who are conceived by way of artificial insemination under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. She has been at Goodman Ray since 2001 and was made a partner in 2009
Kathryn Cronin is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. Kathryn is a former associate professor of law at the University of New South Wales where she published and lectured in immigration and children's law; she was formerly the deputy president of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and author of the Commission report 'ALRC Report 84 - Seen and heard: priority for children in the legal process'. She is the author of the chapter on Family Entry in Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice (the editions from 2001 to 2016); of the report 'Put Yourselves in Our Shoes- Considering Children's Best Interests in the Asylum System' (Law Centres Network 2016); and is a regular lecturer in the LSE master's programme on International Human Rights Law And Practice and Women's Human Rights in which she has written and lectured on the Protection Of Displaced, Trafficked and refugee Women and Children.
She is ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in Band 1 for her practice in immigration and international family law and was shortlisted this year for the Jordan's Family Law awards for International Family Lawyer of the Year.
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