2 November 2017
Stour ranked in Chambers UK 2018
We are delighted our family team have been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar guide 2018
Stour Chambers offers wide-ranging expertise in matrimonial finance, private children law and high-profile public law cases from its office in Canterbury. Members advise a vast array of clients, from recipients of legal aid to high net worth individuals. They are skilled at addressing grave allegations, such as of violence and abuse. Further areas of specialisation include financial remedy cases and Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings. Instructing solicitors portray them as 'very amenable' and appreciate the 'realistic and pragmatic advice' that they provide.
Client service: 'The clerks are proactive and always happy to help.' 'They offer a high level of customer service and it is easy to make contact with them, should you either need to book counsel or discuss fees, or should any issues arise during the course of the case.' Marc Goddard is the senior clerk.
Gemma Farrington - Band 2 - Specialises in complex care proceedings, usually acting on behalf of parents but sometimes representing children. She is also well versed in private law cases, and has significant experience in taking cases to the Court of Appeal.
Strenghts: 'She takes a methodical and thorough approach.' 'She has an excellent manner with clients, and is very compassionate and caring.'
Elizabeth Spence - Band 3 - Well known for her representation of clients in financial proceedings which involve complicated business arrangements or inherited assets. she also handles complex children law matters, including cases of abuse and parental alienation.
Strenghts: 'Liz is very clever and has a sympathetic persona which makes her very approachable.' 'She is extremely capable and knowledgeable in all areas of her practice and well respected by other members of counsel and solicitors.'
Kate Kochnari - Up and Coming - Acts exclusively in family law and Court of Protection matters. She specialises in care and adoption proceedings, cohabitation disputes and financial remedy, and is particularly praised for her impeccable client care and communication.
Strenghts: 'She is pragmatic, robust and client-focused.' 'She is well liked and works well in a team. Her preparation skills are excellent.'
Lydia Slee - Up and Coming - Junior with noteworthy experience in public and private law children matters. She has been instructed in complex issues involving non-accidental injury and abuse, and is adept at handling vulnerable clients and complicated factual and legal evidence.
We would like to thank all our clients, solicitors, lay clients and judges for all referees provided. We appreciate all the support and will continue to offer the highest level of service at all times and thank you for your support.