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 2023 UK Guide the department was ranked in Band 1 in both Children: Public Law Matters and Cross-border Disputes. The specialist Children team of the Family Department are described as having “…a robust offering in the cross-border and public children spheres. It has notable strength in international matters, particularly in those connected to child abduction and leave to remove. The practice is committed to representing vulnerable individuals and making its services affordable. The firm’s clients include parents, guardians and teenagers in a position to instruct legal support. Its lawyers act across an impressive range of cases.”
The team is also described as “…. A force of nature who are strong in all areas of children law”, “…very efficient, supportive and responsive at every point in time”, and “…very strong on the law, think creatively and are on the ball with spotting issues”.
In the 2023 Guide Head of the Family Department and Partner Nina Hansen received special recognition once again. Nina is ranked as a Star Individual for Children Cross Border Disputes and in Band 1 for Children Public Law Matters. Nina is described as “…practical, down to earth, approachable and realistic on behalf of her client”, “She is accessible and responsive. Her client care is great. She understands issues in cases very well. She is very good on strategy,” and “She has an innate understanding of the complexities of the law and a great understanding of human dynamics involved. It allows her to understand issues beyond the law that might benefit a client.” It is noted that “What Nina doesn’t know about child abduction work isn’t worth knowing. She is absolutely encyclopaedic on this stuff and demonstrates both calmness and authority.”
Partners Laura Coyle and Hilka Hollmann and Associate Andriana Syrimis 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 “…tenacious, hard-working and will really fight to make the points that need to be made on behalf of her clients” and “… an absolute superstar who reassured me from the moment we discussed my case,” Laura is praised for her “stand out” “advocacy and case management” and for “…always (having) an idea of what the practical outcome is going to be and how to achieve it.”
Hilka is ranked in Band 2 in both areas of Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters. She is described as “…very organised, tactical and focused on the detail” and “…very cool, calm, unflappable and works hard”. Hilka is praised for being “…very client-friendly, approachable and easy to work with. Hilka is also practical and really knows the law” and for “…. not only (bringing) a breadth of experience to our case, but also a high level of diplomacy and impressive advocacy skills.”
Andriana is ranked as an Associate to watch in both Children Cross Border Disputes and Public Law Matters. Described as “… a really excellent lawyer who is very patient and good at managing challenging clients and their expectations.” She praised for being “…very clear, responsive and establishes very good relationships with her clients, which ensures that they stay engaged in proceedings” and for “…ensuring cases are well prepared and put forward at their best”.
Our Criminal Department has been mentioned in the UK Guide for several years. In the current 2023 Guide the department retained its Band 4 ranking. The team is describes as having a has a “strong criminal practice experienced in acting on high-profile, serious cases. It frequently deals with heavyweight criminal charges, including murder, sexual offences and GBH, as well as complex matters relating to groups of defendants and criminal networks, including joint enterprise murder and organised crime cases. The team benefits from the strength of its robust in-house advocacy team, allowing it to represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings”.
The team is also praised by clients for their “thorough” preparation of cases, their “…ability to explain the law…in layman’s terms” and for being “… very good at detailing the different aspects of the case and (being) well versed in the law”.
In the 2023 Guide Partners and joint heads of the criminal department Michael Field and Kishoree Kotecha-Pau were ranked as notable practitioners for their expertise in the field.
Michael is ranked in Band 3 described as “…a very impressive court advocate who is meticulously prepared and has laser focus on the issues.” Michael is also praised for his “….knowledge, expertise and professionalism” and for knowing “…exactly what is going on and to give …the best advice”.
Kishoree is ranked in Band 4 in and is described as “…realistic, clued in, completely dedicated to her cases, and never fails to do what she should. If I was in trouble I would go to her.” Read More