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Legal 500 2021 Rankings

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We are pleased to announce that Coram Chambers has maintained its Legal 500 ranking as a leading set in Family Law (including Divorce and Financial Remedy), Children Law (including Public and Private law),  and Court of Protection and Community Care. It is quoted as ‘reliable set of chambers with a good range of high-quality counsel. It is a very friendly chambers with members who work as a team.’ 

Congratulations to our individually ranked barristers. Mark Twomey QC, Martha Cover, Victoria Roberts, Ramanjit Kang, Shiva Ancliffe and Anarkali Musgrave are ranked in Children Law (Public and Private). Mike Horton, Greg Williams, Jacqueline Marks and Matthew Richardson are ranked in Family Law (including divorce and financial remedy). Nicholas O’Brien and Richard O’Sullivan are ranked in the South Eastern circuit for Family and Children Law. And, Nicholas O’Brien and Alison Easton are ranked in Court of Protection and community care.

Below are comments from our rankings:

Family (Including divorce and financial remedy)

Alex Laing, Rising Star, tier 1- ‘Very bright young barrister. Brilliant all-rounder, doing both money and children work, with a particular emphasis on international work.’

Michael Horton, Leading Junior, tier 3- ‘His grasp of detail in this complex case with a large number of papers has been very impressive. His paperwork is excellent and he has handled the client with great skill. His advocacy skills are also highly commendable.’

Greg Williams, Leading Junior, tier 3- ‘Adept at financial remedy and civil cases, Greg is one of few who can tackle a cohabitation case as well as a chancery barrister would.’

Jacqueline Marks, Leading Junior, tier 4 – ‘A highly forensic barrister who will always know the figures inside out and sideways and who often picks up on small, but important, points buried in the paperwork.’

Matthew Richardson, Leading Junior, tier 4- ‘Is an extremely calming presence with huge amounts of empathy.’

Children Law (Including public and private law)

Alex Laing, Rising Star, tier 1- ‘He is hugely enthusiastic, dedicated to his work and extremely hardworking. His capacity to multi-task is exceedingly impressive.’

Mark Twomey QC, Leading Silk,  tier 3-  ‘An utterly charming barrister who is a true gentleman – sharp, knowledgeable and above all compassionate.’

Martha Cover,  Leading Junior, tier 1- ‘Very good with vulnerable clients – brings a depth and range of knowledge to any matter.’

Victoria Roberts, Leading Junior, tier 3-  ‘Once you have instructed Victoria you can rest assured that your client and the case are in safe hands. Victoria has a forensic knowledge of the papers – she is so thorough and detailed in her approach, that she knows the case inside out.’

Ramanjit Kang, Leading Junior, tier 4- ‘Dedicated, smart, approachable and a great advocate.’

Shiva Ancliffe, Leading Junior, tier 5- ‘Is a very strong advocate with an impressive eye to detail. She is well respected by other counsel and clients. She is able to provide strong representation in complex cases and is easy to work with.’

Anarkali Musgrave, Leading Junior, tier 5- ‘Is a dogged advocate – she will be very clear in her advice to the client and yet fight their corner. Anarkali is a rising star particularly in respect of parental alienation cases.’

Court of Protection and Community Care

Alison Easton, Leading junior, tier 3-  ‘Is responsive, conscientious, and dedicated to advocating for the client. Alison works very hard to achieve positive outcomes for the client and you can trust her to give every case her attention and care.’

Nick O’Brien, Leading Junior, tier 3- ‘Provides clear advice and is able to communicate with social workers in a way that they are able to easily understand. He is very approachable.’

Family and Children Law across South Eastern Circuit

Richard O’Sullivan, Leading Junior. tier 2- ‘A highly experienced child care practitioner who represents local authorities and parents in public law proceedings.’

Nick O’Brien, Leading Junior, tier 3- ‘Very good at mediating between warring family members and authorities.’
Our clerks also mentioned:

Clerking team 

‘The clerks are always the most helpful that I work with and will bend over backwards to ensure that as solicitors we receive the best service. They will provide helpful recommendations for counsel when required and I am able to build a good personal relationship with all of the clerks.’

George Mo provides excellent client care and always goes above and beyond to help.’

David Sadler is extremely helpful, organised, and is very committed to providing the best service possible. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Harry Butcher and George Mo are excellent and very responsive. The clerking team have now been joined by Hudson Brewer and so will have gone from strength to strength.’

Overall, the Legal 500 notes that Coram is a ‘Coram are in a niche of their own. They are known to focus on children’s law and they do this to aplomb. They are a hardworking set known for representing the vulnerable, they are committed to Justice and never try to be flash in their presentation.’

‘A reliable set of chambers with a good range of high-quality counsel. It is a very friendly chambers with members who work as a team.’ Also, the set is lauded for its ‘number of strong and effective advocates’ and receives plaudits for its ‘consistent strength throughout from junior to senior level. If you have an “out of the ordinary” case, Coram is the set to go to.’ Of particular note is the ‘really understated and hugely intellectual’ Mark Twomey QC and Martha Cover who have ‘deservedly very impressive reputations.’

The ‘exceedingly bright and intelligent’ Alexander Laing is ‘very much a rising star of the Family Bar.'” [Legal 500].

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