Family Law

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Family Law

Our family team is well established in the North East, with practitioners routinely appearing in courts throughout the region. We have an excellent working knowledge of the local protocols and procedures and understand the complex needs of families coping with the family justice system.

Our commitment to helping families find the best outcome for them is demonstrated by members of the family team founding Fountain Mediation Limited and offering both private and publicly funded mediation through that service.

Some members of the team are approved for Public Access and can accept instructions directly from members of the public in the areas set out below.

Public Law

Whether for the Local Authority, parents, Guardians or Intervenors our team regularly appears throughout the North East. We recognise that the families involved in public law proceedings are often living through stressful times and try to alleviate as much of the pressure as we can to provide the best outcome for them.

Public law proceedings can vary immensely: from the most straightforward of hearings to lengthy hearings involving complicated factual or medical evidence we are happy to assist.

Our clerks will aways try and assist in emergency situations where cases are put before the court on short notice, such as interim care orders.

Private Law

Members of Chambers provide advice and representation in private law disputes – appearing for parents and, in more complicated cases, Children’s Guardians when appointed. We recognise that for many a negotiated outcome best meets the needs of the children involved as well as the adults and support efforts to try and reach agreement where that is possible.

However, where it is not possible to reach an agreement members of our team are well practised at representing a client’s best interests within the courtroom, including where fact finding hearings are necessary.

If you are involved in a case where special measures are required because of fears about appearing in court with your ex-partner please speak to our clerks who will be happy to advise on which member of our team will be best placed to assist.

Financial Remedy

Resolving financial matters following divorce can be a highly emotional time. Our members have a reputation for understanding that clients need support to guide them through the system as well as the legal expertise which we bring to all cases.

Where it is helpful we are happy to have conferences in advance of hearings to ensure that clients have the opportunity to discuss their situation in detail with their advocate.

Members of the team also regularly advise couples who have cohabited on their rights and obligations post-separation.

Our Family Team




Emma Anderson | Clerk

Emma first joined Chambers in 2003 as clerk to our Family and Civil Team. After taking a short break from clerking, Emma returned to Chambers in...

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Collette Price

Collette has previously been listed in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in family. She has over 20 years’ experience...

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Robert Gilbert

After six years working in criminal, civil and family law Robert chose to leave criminal law and has specialised in...

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Janine Richards

Currently not available to receive instructions.   Janine has specialised in public law work with a particular...

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Helen Gamble

Helen was called to the Bar in 1998 after completing her degree at Hull University. She is a member of the Family Law...

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Kate Dodds

Kate has extensive experience in both Family and Criminal Law but in the last few years has moved towards a...

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Gillian Kane

Gill was called to the Bar in 2002, having previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist and is the current Head of our...

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Scott Smith

Scott was called to the Bar in July 2003. Prior to that he served in the British Army for over 10 years and was the...

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Annabel Beattie

Annabel has been practising at the Bar for over 15 years. Prior to being called to the Bar, Annabel was a solicitor...

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Kevin Ross

Kevin transferred to the Bar in 2014, having practiced for the previous 14 years as a litigation solicitor.His...

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Rachel Mangenie

Rachel has a busy practice predominantly in Family Law.  Rachel is regularly instructed in Public Law and is...

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Kerry Healey

Kerry studied law at the University of Kent before securing a scholarship to undertake the Bar Professional Training...

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Hamish Hickey

Hamish has forged a practise underpinned  by his perceptiveness and perseverance in providing exceptional advice and...

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Sarah Benson

Sarah transferred to the Bar after practicing family law on Teesside as a Chartered Legal Executive for 12 years....

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James White

James was called to the Bar in July 2017 and began working within the legal profession as a County Court advocate. He...

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Julie Woodhouse

Julie completed her law degree at Teesside University and went on to complete the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria...

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Farah Shames

Farah has joined Chambers as a tenant having successfully completed pupillage, and is available to take instructions...

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James Colwell

James accepts instructions in all areas of private children and public family law following becoming a tenant after...

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Associate Barristers Family Team


Nkumbe Ekaney KC

Nkumbe joined us as a door tenant in 2020 having appeared in a number of cases in our local courts.  His extensive...

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Alan Taylor

As an experienced practitioner, Alan has built a successful Criminal and Regulatory practice. In the last five years,...

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