The Family Law Group in chambers is committed to providing a comprehensive, specialist and accessible service to solicitors and clients.

We offer a wealth of experience in all areas of Family and Child-Care Law and related work, giving expert advice and representation in both the Public and Private law jurisdictions. Urgent matters can be dealt with by way of telephone advice, where necessary.

Members of the group practise both in the local Courts and off-circuit. All our practitioners are members of the Family Law Bar Association and keep abreast of the latest developments in this growing legal field by regular attendance at conferences and seminars.

The work undertaken includes:

  • Adoption
  • Ancillary Relief
  • Appeals
  • Care Proceedings
  • Child Abduction
  • Cohabitee’s Property Disputes
  • Contact and Residence
  • Divorce, Nullity and Judicial Separation
  • Domestic violence and Applications under the Family Law Act 1996
  • Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Injunctions
  • Judicial Review
  • Mental Health
  • Parental Responsibility Applications
  • Paternity Disputes
  • Property and Financial Provision
  • Wardship

Christine Riley
Head of the Family Law Group

What the Legal Directories say:

Chambers and Partners - 2019

Successful chambers that has a prestigious profile in children law proceedings, including abduction, relocation and care cases involving serious allegations and jurisdictional considerations. The set also has notable expertise in financial remedy proceedings concerning pensions, inheritance and trusts. A source compliments the set's "excellent team" of barristers.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Chambers and Partners - 2018

A highly regarded set with barristers able to advise on all aspects of family law, that particularly excels in children law matters. It has recognised expertise in international children issues such as abduction and removal from the jurisdiction. One solicitor enthuses: "They are very professional and are eager to try and assist, including with very urgent instructions. They are very good in terms of communication, and all of their family counsel are very good in terms of experience and feedback after hearings." 

Chambers and Partners 2018

Legal 500 - 2015

“9 St John Street's team is known for representing parties such as local authorities, parents, children and interveners in complex care cases.”

Legal 500 2015

Legal 500  - 2014

"9 St John Street’s team predominantly handles public law children care cases. A number of members are experienced in financial remedy, and this is an expanding area for chambers."

Legal 500 2014