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St Philips Family is one of the largest groups of family law barristers in the country offering a vast breadth of experience and the highest ability in advocacy and advice.

Every family case is important; the decisions made by the court can affect the families involved for years if not generations.

Most are also complex.  Family cases involve looking backwards into the past but also into the future.  Whether involving finance, children, domestic abuse, care or adoption, or international issues, this double perspective gives rise to their complexity and challenge.

Good advocacy and advice are fundamental to achieving good outcomes.  St Philips Family is well equipped to provide these.

Good advocacy and advice require ability.  Our barristers are extremely able. Our clients regularly tell us so.  The legal directories and reported cases underline this.

We recognise however that ability on its own is not enough.  If we are to serve our clients effectively, we must also be accessible and approachable.


St Philips Family is part of St Philips Chambers, an award winning multi disciplinary set of barristers which is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and forward-looking chambers in the UK.  We are the first barristers to have won The Chambers Bar Awards Regional Chambers of the Year award twice.

We are one of the largest groups of barristers specialising in family law in the country.  We have more than 50 practitioners and offer a vast breadth of experience across the entire range of family proceedings at every level of court.

We can provide Counsel of all levels of call, from juniors through senior juniors to Queen’s Counsel.  Direct professional access and mediation are also available.

Various legal directories have commented that St Philips has “impressive individuals and dynamic teams”.

Our barristers feature regularly in reported cases and reviews by the legal directories.

Many have appeared in significant cases which have helped to shape the current law.  Members of the group regularly contribute articles to law journals and publications.  Alistair MacDonald QC is a contributing author to the Family Court Practice. A number of members of the team have published major works in the field of family law.

A number of our barristers also sit as part-time members of the judiciary including one Deputy High Court Judge, six Recorders of the County Courts, two Deputy District Judges and a Deputy Assistant Coroner.

Our barristers appreciate that family cases require more than just knowledge of the law. They strive to improve the breadth and depth of their knowledge by regular participation in multidisciplinary training and by membership of relevant organisations.

Our clients can hand-pick the individual barrister best equipped to meet their particular needs.

To help this St Philips Family has established specialist teams of barristers for the main areas of Family Law: Family Finance, Care and Adoption and Private Children and Domestic Abuse.

Our clerks are also famous for their ability and commitment: “The clerks at St Philips are extremely helpful and willing to move heaven and earth” (Chambers and Partners)


Good preparation and timely advice is essential for successful outcomes.

Often stage-by-stage advice and discussion is required.  It is essential that the barrister is available for this as and when needed.

We can offer face to face meetings at our three professional homes in Leeds, Birmingham and London where we have an impressive range of facilities for conferences and video conferencing.

We recognise that a fast-moving case requires urgent advice.  Our efficient clerking and a fully managed IT system ensure that our barristers can also be contacted promptly whenever they are needed.


St Philips Family aims to provide a client-focussed service.  As barristers and clerks we will take the time to get to know and build a relationship with our professional and lay clients.  We will listen.  This is the best foundation for representation and advice.  We strive to be approachable and accountable.


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Upcoming Seminar

Family Finance Masterclass (Birmingham)

Date: 08/02/2016
Start Time: 2:45pm
Venue: St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5LS

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