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 2020 Guide the department retained its Band 2 ranking in both the areas of Children: Cross-border Disputes and Children: Public Law Matters. 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: “They’re at the absolute height of the area that they’re in. They’re absolutely top-tier but they retain accessibility, friendless and a real warmth despite their excellence”, and “they do the balancing of public and private law work very well, and are always respectful, incredibly able and efficient”.
In the 2020 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 “…a distinguished practitioner whose children law expertise encompasses matters ranging from international abduction and relocation disputes to severe abuse allegations. She has additional strength in cases involving religious sensitivities.” She is also described as having “…great empathy, a sharp mind and a deep understanding of the law in this area,” and that “She provided excellent responses and the right decisions in each circumstance.”.
Partners Laura Coyle and Hilka Hollmann have also been ranked as notable practitioners in both Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters.
In both areas Laura is ranked in Band 2 described as “a well-respected practitioner known for her experience in complex international children matters such as abductions. She is also noted for her strength in cases with parallel criminal proceedings. A source comments: “She is highly knowledgeable, passionate and focused. She works collaboratively with counsel to achieve the best outcome for the client.”
Hilka is ranked as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in both areas of Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters. She is described as a practitioner that “attracts praise for her knowledge of international adoption and surrogacy issues. She is described by one source as an “incredibly rigorous and hard-working” practitioner, while another notes that “her ability to absorb information is superb.”
Our Criminal Department has been mentioned in the UK Guide for several years. In the current 2020 Guide the department is ranked in Band 4 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.”
In the 2020 Guide Partners and joint heads of the the criminal department Michael Field and Kishoree Kotecha-Pau have been ranked as notable practitioners in Band 4.
Michael is described as “lead(ing) the in-house advocacy team. He is an experienced trial advocate who represents clients facing a wide range of serious criminal charges, including complex multi-handed murder cases. One source describes him as “a formidable advocate who gets the job done with excellent communication skills combined with a commanding presence in court.”
Kishoree is described as “a brilliant lawyer who knows what she’s talking about and can prepare a case perfectly,” according to market commentators. Her criminal law practice has a strong focus on serious gang-related crime cases involving young people, including violent offences and murder.”