Family Law

Wilberforce Chambers Family Team are a well-respected highly committed team of barristers. We are all members of the FLBA, the specialist bar association for family lawyers. We are drawn from a range of backgrounds and some of our members are former solicitors on the Children Panel.

We are known for our sensitive, efficient and friendly approach to professional and lay clients, our negotiation skills and our effective advocacy. We pride ourselves on the excellent working relationships that we maintain with fellow lawyers and the court staff in the court centres within which we regularly appear.

We accept instructions in both publicly and privately funded work. We regularly act in public law proceedings for parents, local authorities and children. We also have experience of Forced Marriage cases.

In private law proceedings we assist in the resolution of disputes over the arrangements for children.  These cases were previously called residence and contact but are now dealt with as Child Arrangement applications / orders.

We have a strong specialist team dealing with financial issues on divorce and separation.

Our experience in acting for people at their most vulnerable has led us into the field acting for those individuals affected by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and The Court of Protection. Thus most members of the Family Team are also members of the Mental Capacity Team.

We offer expertise in the following areas:

  • Adoption
  • Appeals
  • Care Proceedings
  • Child Abduction
  • Cohabitee Disputes
  • Committal and Enforcement Proceedings
  • Contact - now Child Arrangement Orders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence and Harassment
  • Financial Claims
  • Forced Marriage
  • Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Injunctions
  • International Child Cases
  • Residence - now Child Arrangement Orders
  • Trusts of Land Claims
  • Wardship