We are ranked as a leading set of family barristers’ chambers in the legal directories. Chambers and its members are regularly nominated and win awards for excellence in providing legal services.
From the Chambers UK Bar guide 2017
Specialised set that handles public and private children law and finance work, and related Court of Protection, human rights and alternative family cases. It is recognised for its commitment to providing an affordable service to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients and regularly handles pro bono work.
Client service: “The clerks are efficient and creative. They have a shared vision and ethos and they tell you exactly what the position is. They’re also really good on billing, which is increasingly important.” The senior clerk is Paul Sampson.
Widely respected and highly experienced practitioner who is head of chambers and has a reputation as a specialist in complex children law matters. She covers a wide range of sensitive matters including cases concerning serious injury, abuse, international adoption and wardship.
Strengths: “She is a stalwart favourite in the field of public children law and shows an unwavering commitment to the welfare of children both in her casework and beyond. Her manner with clients is firm but compassionate and she delivers top-quality advice in a no-nonsense manner.”
A committed children law practitioner specialising in acting for children removed from care. She practises widely in public and private law, handling cases involving severe issues of mental health, abuse, domestic violence and neglect.
Strengths: “She has a real sense of gravitas about her, and everyone always defers to her in a room. She is also an utterly fair cross-examiner.”
An international children specialist handling complex cases mainly relating to mental health, neglect, abuse and vulnerable adults. She represents all parties though largely acts on behalf of adoptive parents and guardians.
Strengths: “She’s a very balanced lawyer; in court she is an excellent judge of when to press forward and when to hold back. She is very caring towards clients and gives excellent advice.”
Nominations & Awards 2015
Dr. Bianca Jackson winner of the Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award
Coram Chambers awarded Chambers of the Year at the UK Diversity Legal Awards.
Coram’s Clerking team nominated for family Law Clerking Team of the Year.
Coram was ranked in the following areas:
Number one in Top 10 Chambers Diversity Quotient (Overall Diversity League Table)
Number one in Top 10 ranking of Female Members for all participating Chambers
Number one in Top 10 ranking of chambers according to responses to policy and practice questions
Number three in Top 10 ranking of ethnic minority members for all participating Chambers
Number four in Top 10 demographic ranking for all participating chambers (Demographic League Table).
Legal 500 2015
Coram Chambers is best known for its children law work, but it has depth across the family law spectrum with related expertise in Court of Protection matters, family finance and human rights. It is also recommended for international child abduction cases involving Hague Convention and other countries. ‘The barristers are professional yet down to earth’, and ‘the client care is of high quality right from the initial contact with the clerks’ room through to the barristers’. Senior clerk Paul Sampson ‘stands out from other clerks’; ‘he is a pleasure to deal with, negotiates fair terms, and offers competitive rates’. First junior clerk George Mo is also ‘very helpful and friendly’.
Martha Cover ‘A pioneer and icon in the field.’
Jane Drew ‘Highly experienced in international adoption cases’
Michael Horton ‘An excellent advocate and particularly effective in TOLATA cases.’
Niki Langridge She is fabulous with clients and can easily change her style to that required for each client’s individual needs
Richard O’Sullivan ‘He deals with extremely sensitive matters with ease.’
Former Coram barrister David Vavrecka, now a Circuit Judge is ‘Rated highly in the field.’
Chambers UK 2016
Martha Cover is praised as being “…warm and engaging, and explains things in a way clients can understand. She’s incisive, and she will identify and tackle the key issues. Her fearlessness stands out.”
Niki Langridge is described as “A fabulously accomplished advocate always willing to go the extra mile, she makes life for her solicitor so much easier.” “Her ability to negotiate settlements with even the most entrenched parties consistently produces results.”
Jane Drew is listed as being “…extremely experienced, very clear with clients, confidence-inspiring, and sensitive and sensible in her advice.” “A formidable opponent.“
Susan George is described as “An excellent all-rounder, who is very experienced and empathetic with clients.” “She will fight her corner but she’s a realistic advocate.”
Legal 500 2014
Housing ‘excellent and hardworking lawyers’, Coram Chambers has appeared in a number of complex care proceedings of late, such as a case relating to a five-month old girl with a fractured arm that the parents could not explain; and a matter involving disputed expert evidence regarding alcohol abuse.
“The set houses ‘excellent hardworking lawyers’, but also ‘the best clerks at the family law Bar'”
Matha Cover ‘Committed, knowledgeable, authoritative and sympathetic.’
Roger McCarthy QC ‘Noted for his expertise in care proceedings and private law.’
Jane Drew ‘A fearless and tenacious advocate.’
David Vavrecka ‘A careful advocate, who is well respected by the judiciary.’
Michael Horton ‘An excellent advocate.’
Niki Langridge ‘A strong advocate.’
Chambers UK 2014
Deirdre Fottrell is a new entry straight in at band 3 described as ‘extremely able and very bright’
Michael Horton is recommended for ‘real knowledge of cohabitee cases’
Martha Cover jumps up to band 2 and is recognised as ‘respected by the judiciary and has a clear understanding of local authorities’.
David Vavrecka is described as having ‘great client care skills and is very meticulous’.
Jane Drew is described as ‘a real fighter, who is very tenacious’
Chambers UK 2013
Martha Cover focuses on cases involving the serious injury or death of children and is noted for her scientific knowledge of traumatic infant brain injury. Sources comment that she is “hard-working, conscientious and experienced, and does good quality work.”
Jane Drew acts for local authorities, parents and guardians on a broad range of private and public children cases. She has particular experience of cases involving non-accidental injury, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.
Kate Purkiss is an experienced child care practitioner who acts for and advises parents and local authorities on the most serious and complex cases. Sources comment that she “has a huge range, works so hard and is very, very approachable,” adding that “her ability to analyse information is second to none
David Vavrecka focuses on adoption, contact and care issues, on both a domestic and international level. Sources agree that he is “massively hard-working” and has a “good courtroom manner.”
Legal 500 2013
Martha Cover shows ‘exceptional sensitivity to children law issues, and has extensive experience of medical cases’.
Deirdre Fottrell’s ‘strong background in human rights sets her apart from other family counsel’.
Khatun Sapnara is ‘a formidable opponent’ whose client care is ‘second to none’.
Jane Drew is ‘an excellent negotiator and advocate’,
David Vavrecka stands out for his ‘attention to detail and grasp of complicated legal issues’.
‘The money team is gaining ground’ at Coram Chambers, thanks to Niki Langridge’s ‘tireless hard work’, and Michael Horton’s knowledge, experience and expertise.
Legal 500 2012
Specialist family law set Coram Chambers has a solid grounding in public law child matters, with barristers covering the full gamut of work.
Martha Cover is ‘a calm and authoritative figure with excellent legal knowledge’
Forced marriage and honour-based violence expert Khatun Sapnara is ‘fabulous with clients’
Deirdre Fottrell is ‘extremely good’ for judicial review and human rights applications, and acted in the case of Re E (Children)
The ‘seriously fantastic’ Kate Purkiss acted in the high-profile case LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray
Coram Chambers’ Niki Langridge, who is ‘simply superb, with an excellent client manner’
Nominations & Awards 2013
Michael Horton Nominated for Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award
Radhika Handa Nominated for Family Law Young Barrister of the Year – Jordans Family Law Awards
Nominations & Awards 2012
Nominated for Chambers of the Year – Jordans Family Law Awards
Kate Purkiss winner Pro bono Lawyer of the Year – Jordans Family Law Awards
Kate Purkiss finalist – Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards
Coram Chambers moves from 15th to take 2nd place in the BSN Diversity League Table 2012