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2020 Chambers and Partners Rankings

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We are pleased to announce that Coram Chambers is again ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leading set in Family: Children Law (including Public and Private law). We are described as a ‘well-renowned children set commended by peers and clients alike,’ with additional strength in financial remedy proceedings. 

“The individuals here give good, realistic advice to all clients and they’re passionate about what they do. They put in the hours in terms of representing clients and they always go the extra mile for them.” A second source states that “the breadth of knowledge in the set is outstanding.”


Congratulations to our individually ranked barristers Mark Twomey QC, Sally Harrison QC, Martha Cover, Nick O’Brien, Shiva Ancliffe, Dermot Casey, Katy Rensten, Michael Horton and Alex Laing.

Below are comments from our rankings:

Family: Children –

Mark Twomey QC, leading silk band 2 – “An amazing QC, who’s analytical, clever and someone with the human touch. Even though he brings the most extraordinary legal arguments to a case, he remembers that the most important thing is that the client understands what he’s talking about.” “Mark Twomey is preternaturally eloquent. He will run difficult points of law and make it look effortless.”

Martha Cover, band 1 – “She is exceptional in her ability as an advocate and approaches cases in a careful and measured manner which commands the respect of the court.” “Martha has strategic and tactical awareness. She is robust, but she also knows when she has gone far enough in pushing an argument, and is very client-focused.”

Shiva Ancliffe, band 3 – “A dedicated barrister who is very well respected.” “She’s organised, clear and concise.”

Dermot Casey, band 4 – “An approachable counsel who puts lay and professional clients at ease. He is thorough in his approach, affable with other advocates, and up to date with the latest case law.” “An able, analytical and measured practitioner, he’s an exceptionally calm person who does a huge amount of work preparing cases. He’s a polite, courteous opponent who fights for his clients and is tenacious with judges.”

Katy Rensten, band 4 – “An effective and experienced barrister who’s highly dedicated in the area of public law.” “She’s an extremely sound practitioner who fights hard for her clients.”

Alex Laing, up and coming – “Very clever and persuasive, he gets his head round the issues of a case and gets straight into it. ” “He has a conspicuously excellent legal brain far beyond his years of call.”

Family: Matrimonial Finance –

Sally Harrison QC, Star Individuals, (Nothern Bar) – “She continues to be the number one barrister in the North of England for complex finance work. She’s charming, yet tenacious – an absolute all-rounder.” “She is extremely balanced in her advice and consultation, and she is one of the most formidable advocates of her generation.”

Michael Horton, band 4 – “Technically excellent and always prepared to fight.” “Michael is incredibly hard-working, really knowledgeable and someone who gets excited about his cases. A tough litigator, who’s very communicative, he’s no-nonsense and he has a lot of faith in the instructing solicitor and the client.”

Court of Protection –

Nick O’Brien, band 3 – “He has extensive experience handling cases across a number of areas of law and is very bright.”



For service, Chambers and Partners notes our “chambers is well run and the clerks are fantastically helpful. The clarity of the information they provide, and the speed with which they furnish it, are first class.” The clerks, led by director of clerking Hudson Brewer, are “friendly, helpful and pleasant to talk to.”

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