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Coram chambers excels in the Chambers & Partners 2022 results

Coram Chambers are pleased to have been ranked again in a number of practice areas, within the 2022 edition of Chambers & Partners. Our strong reputation and track record has been recognised once again in the following categories: Court of Protection: Health and Welfare Family: Children Family: Matrimonial Finance Commentators within the directories stated that […]

Coram’s Greg Williams elected as new FLBA Treasurer

Coram is pleased to announce that Greg Williams has been elected as the next Treasurer for the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA). Greg served as chambers’ Treasurer for a number of years and we have no doubt that he will be the perfect fit for the FLBA. Please join us in congratulating Greg on his […]

Coram welcomes new pupils

Coram is pleased to introduce you to our new pupil barristers for the 2021-22 year- Alice Thornton and Daniel Taylor Alice Thornton took a 1st in law at London School of Economics and a 1st in her Masters at Cambridge. She was graded “outstanding” (the top mark) on her BPTC, winning student of the year […]

Georgina Renvoize (nee Clark) appointed as Circuit Judge for South Eastern Circuit

We are thrilled to announce that Georgina Renvoize (nee Clark) has been appointed as a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. Georgina will be deployed to the South Eastern Circuit, […]

Dr Bianca Jackson joins Farrer & Co podcast on “Safeguarding transgender children”

In this two-part podcast produced by Farrer & Co, trans rights experts Robin White and Dr Bianca Jackson discuss the key issues with Katie Fudakowski and Sophia Coles of our Safeguarding Unit, offering clear and practical guidance on the law, best practice and how to effectively safeguard children affected by this topic. To listen to […]

Coram Chambers is shortlisted for Family Law Awards 2021

Coram Chambers are delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for four Family Law Awards this year. These include: Family Law Silk of the Year- Mark Twomey QC Family Law Commentator of the Year- Rachel Cooper (to vote for Rachel, please click here) Family Law Young Barrister of the Year- Srishti Suresh Family Law […]

Anne Spratling qualifies as arbitrator

It is with great pleasure to announce that another ones of our members- Anne Spratling, is now a qualified arbitrator. Please join us in congratulating her on this incredible achievement! Anne is a well-respected and highly-accomplished barrister who has specialised in family law since being called to the Bar in 1980. She has in-depth experience […]

Supreme Court hands down judgment in in the matter of T (A Child) (Appellant)

Today the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the matter of T (A Child) (Appellant). Duncan Lewis Solicitors (Harrow) acted for the appellant and instructed Mark Twomey QC, Alex Laing and Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers. Coram’s Siobhan F. Kelly, who is co-chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC), represented the ALC who […]

Liz Isaacs QC and Anna Walsh qualified as arbitrators

It is with great pleasure to announce that two of our members- Liz Isaacs QC and Anna Walsh, are now qualified arbitrators. Please join us in congratulating them on this tremendous achievement! Liz is a specialist child law silk and sits as a Family Division Deputy High Court Judge. She is also a Public and […]

Coram releases podcast series in place of annual conference

Coram Chambers are excited to announce that in place of the annual conference this year, we have launched a podcast series on SoundCloud, which you can listen to here. Topics include: “The CFC – working beyond the pandemic” with Anna Walsh and HHJ Lynn Roberts “Coercive Control and Scott Schedules in Private Children Proceedings: Now […]

Bell v Tavistock and the Implications for Trans Children, Part 2: the Law after AB v CD and others by Dr Bianca Jackson

Dr Bianca Jackson is the the Head of Coram’s Alternative Families practice group. She has written a follow up article on the decision of Bell v Tavistock for Family Law Week.  Introduction As set out in my previous article, the decision of the High Court in Bell & Anor v The Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust […]

Jack Harrison joins Coram Chambers as tenant

Coram are excited to announce that Jack Harrison will be joining chambers as a tenant from September 2021. Jack has a developed public and private law practice, including Wardship, cases involving deprivation of liberty and applications under HFEA. He increasingly appears in cases with serious and complex factual issues, such as trafficking serious injuries (including […]

In memory of Katy Rensten

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us as we celebrate the life of our dear friend and colleague and highly respected family lawyer, Katy Rensten. Tuesday 18th May at 3:00pm https://vimeo.com/event/980498/554a3e1071 Please log in at 2:30pm for pre-service presentation of poems and photos.  Service at 3.00 pm. Katy was […]

Mental health and wellbeing: lessons to be learned from the natural world

There has long been a recognised relationship between nature and wellbeing. Ancient cultures connected health and restoration with sacred springs and groves, while early modern herbal healers looked to the garden as a site of wellbeing. For many, nature over the past year (whether in parks and commons or in the countryside outside towns and […]

Coram Chambers signs the Bar Council Women In Law Pledge

Coram Chambers is proud to announce that we are signatories to the Women in Law Pledge created by the Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). We are committed to the progress of equality, elimination of sex discrimination and pledge to make positive change for […]

Coram Chambers remembers Katy Rensten

The members and staff of Coram Chambers were greatly saddened to learn that our dear friend and colleague, highly respected family lawyer, Katy Rensten, has passed away. Katy was a brilliant lawyer and a beguiling but fearless courtroom advocate, who gave her remarkable energy, warmth and commitment to each of her clients. She was quietly […]

What does H-N and Others mean for Scott Schedules in cases of coercive control?

Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland is a family barrister at Coram. His practice encompasses financial remedies and private disputes regarding children. He appeared recently in the matter of F v M [2021] EWFC 4 regarding serious allegations of coercive control and previously wrote a series of popular blogs on “Lawyers in Lockdown”  at the start of the pandemic. […]

Coram’s Shiva Ancliffe and Michael Horton appointed to Queen’s Counsel

Coram Chambers is very proud to see our new silks, Shiva Ancliffe QC and Michael Horton QC, formally appointed today. We look forward to celebrating with them in person later in the year. We would like to congratulate them on this monumental achievement wish them every continued success in their careers.

The new normal- Sarah Branson

Sarah Branson specialises in acting for children, vulnerable parents and local authorities in public law proceedings. Here, she gives us a raw and in-depth look into what the remote working “new normal” looks like and how things have changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many months ago, in the warm sunshine at that […]

Coram Celebrates LGBT History Month with Matthew Shaw

What year were you called to the Bar? 2011 What year did you join Coram? 2018. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 years already! What type of family law do you practice? Financial remedy and private children work; essentially dealing with parties’ finances and / or children following breakdown in a relationship and where […]

Coram Celebrates LGBT History Month with Liz Isaacs QC

What year were you called to the Bar? 1998 What year did you join Coram? 2020 What type of family law do you practice? Public and private children, fertility law How has being a LGBTQ+ lawyer changed since you were called to the Bar? Things have changed in the most unbelievable way! Even feeling able […]

Coram Celebrates LGBT History Month with Nick Horsley

What year were you called to the Bar? 1998 What year did you join Coram? 2011 What type of family law do you practice? Children law, public and private. How has being a LGBTQ+ lawyer changed since you were called to the Bar? The culture of equality and fairness at the Bar has strengthened since […]

Coram Celebrates LGBT History Month with Richard Beddoe

What year were you called to the Bar? 1999 When did you join Coram? About ten years ago What type of family law do you practice? Family Law: children and financial remedies.  I often on one side of a war between warring parents. How has being a LGBTQ+ lawyer changed since you were called to […]

Coram Celebrates LGBT History Month with Katy Rensten

What year were you called to the Bar? I came to the Bar in 2010 following 14 years in practice as a solicitor  What year did you join Coram? 2010 – I came to Coram upon transferring to the Bar. It was the obvious choice for me and I was delighted that they agreed to […]

Wellbeing in family law: practical advice for avoiding burnout in lockdown

Rachel Cooper specialises in children and finance law, particularly cases with an international element. She is the current Family Law Awards: Young Barrister of the Year (2020) award and sits on the wellbeing committee in chambers. In this blog, she presents practical and easy to follow advice to avoid burnout in lockdown (and beyond) and how to […]

What does F v M mean for Scott Schedules in cases of coercive control?

Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland is a family law barrister at Coram. His practice encompasses financial remedies and private disputes regarding children and he sits on Coram’s Board of Directors. He recently wrote a series of popular blogs on “Lawyers in Lockdown” which can be found here. In this article, he examines what F v M means for Scott […]

Coram’s Top Ten Tips for Pupillage Applications

Each year, over 3,000 aspiring barristers across the United Kingdom apply for approximately 400 pupillage places. The first hurdle of this gruelling process is the written application, which gives applicants the opportunity to showcase their talents and explain why they are the best candidate for both the individual set and life at the Bar. At […]

Bell v Tavistock and the Implications for Trans Children by Dr Bianca Jackson

Dr Bianca Jackson, the Head of Coram’s Alternative Families practice group, considers the recent decision of Bell v Tavistock for her recent article for Family Law Week. Introduction The decision of the High Court in Bell & Anor v The Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (“Bell v Tavistock”) has caused a great deal of […]

Business as usual for Coram during national lockdown

In order to safeguard staff and members, all of Coram Chambers are working remotely due to the second national COVID-19 lockdown. Our DX system is  suspended as we make the move to becoming a paperless set, so we ask that nothing is posted to chambers such as documents or cheques. All papers should be sent by […]

Shiva Ancliffe and Michael Horton appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Coram are thrilled to announce that Shiva Ancliffe and Michael Horton will be appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021. Mark Twomey QC and Alison Easton, Joint Heads of Chambers, have said: “We wish to congratulate Mike and Shiva on their wonderful achievement. This is an appropriate acknowledgement of the excellence of each of them and the […]

A week in the life of a Coram pupil- Srishti Suresh

Srishti Suresh accepted tenancy with Coram in October 2020, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Here, she writes about her experience as a pupil by giving readers a taste of what life was like in a typical week as a Coram pupil. I joined Coram as a pupil in 2019, along with my then co-pupil, […]

Diversity at the bar- Shiva Ancliffe interviews Raggi Kotak

Shiva Ancliffe sat down (virtually) with Raggi Kotak recently to talk about diversity at the Bar. Raggi is a barrister practising from One Pump Court, with over 20 years experience, specialising in immigration and public law. She is a queer south Asian queer woman living in London and has a long history of anti-oppression work and has been involved in the […]

A week in the life of a Coram pupil- Sam Watts

Sam Watts accepted tenancy with Coram in October 2020, following the successful completion of his pupillage. Here, he writes about his experience as a pupil by giving readers a taste of what life was like in a typical week as a Coram pupil. I joined Coram in October 2019 and commenced tenancy in October 2020. Since then, […]

A week in the life of a Coram pupil- Olivia Kirkbride

Olivia Kirkbride is Coram’s pupil barrister this year and wrote the below piece, to give readers an idea of what it’s like to be a Coram pupil. I joined Coram as a pupil in October 2020, and am currently supervised by Sima Kothari, an experienced public children law practitioner. In my first few months I […]

Why choose private FDRs?

Michael Horton interviews Coram’s newest door tenant, HHJ Philip Waller CBE to find out more about the process and purpose of FDRs and why people should opt for them in the current climate. The senior judiciary have been encouraging practitioners to hold private financial dispute resolution (FDR) meetings for some time now. With lockdown, the private […]

EastEnders Tackles Surrogacy (Episode 1)

Bianca Jackson, the Head of Coram’s Alternative Families Practice Group takes a close look at the deceiving surrogacy plot that is currently unfolding in Eastenders. I must begin this post with a confession: I had actually never watched EastEnders before this past week. Years of fans, including my clients, yelling “Hey, Ricky” at me because of […]

Coram appoints new Joint Heads of Chambers

Coram is delighted to announce that Mark Twomey QC and Alison Easton have been appointed as the new Joint Heads of Chambers and will take up their positions as of today (16th November, 2020). Welcoming the appointment of Alison as joint Head of Chambers, Mark said, “We are delighted that Alison has agreed to serve […]

Business as usual for Coram during second national lockdown

In order to safeguard staff and members, all of Coram Chambers are working remotely due to the second national COVID-19 lockdown. Our DX system is now suspended as we make the move to becoming a paperless set, so we ask that nothing is posted to chambers such as documents or cheques. All papers should be sent […]

Shiva Ancliffe talks about the benefits of arbitration

Private law children disputes – why choose arbitration? There is no question that for many private law children disputes, arbitration is a better solution than litigation. The growing delay in court listings is a fact and is here to stay for a while, considering the restrictions posed by the pandemic. Arbitration cuts through the delay […]

Gill Honeyman appointed as Recorder for South Eastern Family Circuit

We are thrilled to announce that Gill Honeyman has been appointed as a Recorder and will be acting in the South Eastern Circuit, Family division. Gill is one of the 118 new appointments, which will take effect from 12 October 2020. Please join us in congratulating Gill!

Coram Chambers is again shortlisted for 3 Family Law Awards

We are delighted to announce that Coram has been shortlisted for three Family Law Awards 2020. These include: • Family Law Case of the Year- Re NY (A Child) [2019] • Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year- Alex Laing • Family Law Young Barrister of the Year-Rachel Cooper • The full shortlist can be […]

2018 Coram Family Law Conference – Recap

Thank you to all of our guests who attended our annual Coram Family Law Conference on 8 November 2018. We are grateful for the support we received and hope the sessions were engaging and informative. A special thank you to our guest speakers, including Joshua Rozenberg QC (Hon), David Allen Green, Diana Parker, Kim Vowden, […]