Each year, Chambers and Partners UK conduct extensive, independent research into the UK legal profession and identify leading lawyers and law firms.
Our Family Department has been ranked in the UK guide every year since 2013. In the recent 2022 Guide the department rose to Band 1 in Children: Public Law Matters and retained its Band 2 ranking in Children: Cross-border Disputes. The specialist Children team of the Family Department were described as “Robust offering in the cross-border and public children spheres, with noted strength exhibited in international issues, particularly in child abduction and leave to remove cases. Committed to representing vulnerable individuals and making its services affordable. Clients include parents, guardians and teenagers in a position to instruct legal support. Acts across an impressive range of cases, from the most serious abuse allegations to lower-scale matters”
Notable department strengths: “… very client-oriented and willing to work hard to ensure client rights are not compromised”, “… reasonable and fight for their clients”, and “… fantastic … very responsive, friendly and capable.”
In the 2022 Guide Head of the Family Department and Partner Nina Hansen received special recognition once again. Nina is top ranked in Band 1 for both Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters. Nina is described as “She is incredibly good at engaging with children, getting instructions and putting points before the court in a persuasive way.” “She’s unflappable in court and handles international children cases with a tremendous amount of gravitas.” “She is nurturing, patient and empathetic with clients, and goes the extra mile for them. She is practical and sees the bigger picture.”.
Partners Laura Coyle and Hilka Hollmann have also been ranked as notable practitioners in both Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters.
Laura is ranked in Band 1 for Children Public Law Matters and Band 2 for Children Cross Border Disputes. She is described as “”She is a really good advocate and will go the extra mile for clients.” “Laura Coyle leaves no stone unturned in a case. She has a forensic knowledge of the law and the facts, and keeps a keen eye on tactics. Whether it is a major trial in the High Court or a short hearing, Laura’s clients get her attention and expertise.” “She is a go-to person in international children work who isn’t fazed by anyone. She has had numerous cases before the High Court and Supreme Court.”
Hilka is ranked in Band 2 in both areas of Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters. She is described as “supportive, calm, collected, organised and reassuring. Her approach is always tactical, extremely detailed and tenacious, while also being gentle and fair. She plays the long game, does not make rash decisions and is always a few steps ahead of the other side.” “She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of adoption and surrogacy law. She is forensic, strategic and dedicated to her clients.” “She skilfully balances the need for young people to be fully represented while protecting them from the fallout of court.”
Our Criminal Department has been mentioned in the UK Guide for several years. In the current 2022 Guide the department has retained its Band 4 ranking and is described as a having a “Strong criminal practice experienced in acting on high-profile, serious cases. Frequently deals with heavyweight criminal charges, including murder, sexual offences and GBH. Regularly takes on complex matters relating to groups of defendants and criminal networks, including joint enterprise murder and organised crime cases. Benefits from the strength of its robust in-house advocacy team, allowing it to represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings.”
Notable department strengths: “highly professional and experienced solicitors who show great commitment to their clients.”
In the 2022 Guide Partners and joint heads of the criminal department Michael Field and Kishoree Kotecha-Pau were ranked as notable practitioners in Band 4. Michael is described as “A superb lawyer and an absolute pleasure to work with.” “Michael is very experienced, knowledgeable and thorough, with a calm yet confident manner which was very reassuring”. Kishoree is described as “… an excellent solicitor who is dedicated to her clients and brings great insight to her cases“, “She is extremely thorough and responsive.” Read More