About The Authors

Andrew Bagchi

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Andrew has developed a successful broadly based practice which encompasses
complex litigation involving children, divorce and ancillary relief and in
conducting proceedings brought in relation to the vulnerable or incapacitated
adult in the Court of Protection.

David Burles

David Burles

David is a Deputy District Judge having been appointed in 2007. He sits in
London and on the South East Circuit sitting in the civil jurisdiction. In 2010
David was one of only a small number of Deputy District Judges 'ticketed' to
private law disputes concerning children. His expertise includes applications
for ancillary relief/ financial orders arising out of divorce or civil
partnership dissolution; applications for financial remedies under Schedule 1 to
the Children Act 1989 in respect of unmarried parents.

 Penelope Clapham

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Penelope has developed a practice specialising in both family finance and private law children matters. Penelope particularly enjoys dealing with financial disputes, both in a matrimonial context as well as between cohabitees or under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Penelope has dealt with a number of complex private law Children Act 1989 matters requiring particular sensitivity including those involving sexual abuse, domestic violence and intractable hostility. She enjoys cases with an international element including leave to remove and child abduction matters.

 Julien Foster

Julian Foster

Julien practises across three main areas: public law, private law children cases
and Court of Protection cases. His areas of expertise and specialisation include
care proceedings, wardship, and international child abduction. His practice also
encompasses civil and administrative law disputes in the family context. Among
his strengths, he would include the ability to strike up a rapport quickly with
lay clients and to press witnesses firmly but sensitively in emotive cases.

 Claire Heppenstall

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Claire practises exclusively in private family and family related work. Her
practice is largely split between Private Children Law and Ancillary Relief and
she also deals with Schedule 1 claims, child support, cohabitation disputes and
inheritance claims.

 Darren Howe

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Darren specialises in the whole range of children related disputes. Darren
regularly appears in complex public law cases concerning sexual abuse and
non-accidental injury to children. Darren has a particular interest in the
international movement of children and in alternative families, domestic and
international surrogacy arrangements. Darren represents parents and children in
private law cases including international and internal relocation and
intractable contact disputes.

 Nasstassia Hylton

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Nasstassia's practice covers all areas of family law, including ancillary relief
and disputes between cohabitees, public and private law Children Act 1989
proceedings, cases under the Family Law Act 1996, and Court of Protection

 Eleri Jones

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Eleri practises across all areas of family law: private children, care,
financial remedies (including Schedule 1) and domestic abuse cases, representing
clients in all levels of court from the FPC to the High Court. She is happy to
accept instructions in relation to cohabitation disputes under the Trusts of
Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and enforcement applications, both in
private child and financial cases.

 Richard Jones

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Richard's  private law work includes disputes relating to contact and residence as well
as leave to remove applications. Richard’s practice has developed a particular
focus on International Child Abduction, representing both Applicants and
Defendants in cases relating to both Hague and non Hague Convention countries.
He frequently writes articles and gives papers on recent developments in Child

Kate Mather


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Kate specialises in all areas of Family law and Court of Protection. Within
family law, she has significant experience in public law cases representing
local authorities, Guardians, parents and grandparents.

 Alison Moore

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Alison has a broad-based practice which covers all areas of litigation
concerning children,  domestic and international. She represents clients in the
Court of Protection including young adults, adults, and more elderly family
members. She has extensive experience in dealing with all types of abduction
cases and these include disputes around contact and access; and here she is
sensitive of the need to support children's relationships with both parents in
those cases where a breakdown has occurred.

 John Stocker

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John specialises exclusively in financial claims brought in cases involving both
married and unmarried parties, and has done for most of his professional life.
Whilst his practice now usually involves cases of greater substance and/or
complexity, he is happy to continue to be instructed in the more straightforward

 Simon Sugar

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Simon practices exclusively in family law; predominantly in the law of financial
remedies but also in cohabitation disputes and inheritance claims. He has a
particular interest in cases involving business assets and trusts; although he
is happy to deal with more straightforward cases. Simon also accepts public
access work.

Stephen Jarmain


Recommended as a Leading Individual in the Chambers and Partners 2014 directory, Stephen is a family law specialist. His practice encompasses all areas of family law work, with an emphasis on family finance cases and private law matters concerning children.

Stuart Nichols

Stuart’s practice is in financial claims between couples (married and unmarried). He has practised exclusively in family finance since 1998. Geographically, he works primarily in London, Kent and Hertfordshire.

Ian Robbins

Ian’s principal area of practice is matrimonial finance applications. This includes cases with complex financial structures, trusts, issues of non disclosures and third party intervention.