Family Law Barristers

  • Divorce
  • Ancillary Relief
  • Financial Remedy 
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Cohabitation
  • Adoption and Fostering
  • Care Proceedings
  • Special Guardianship
  • Residence and Contact
  • Secure Accommodation
  • Prohibited Steps and Specific Issues
  • Change of Name
  • Forced Marriage
  • Child Abduction
  • Domestic Violence
  • Court of Protection
  • Official Solicitor 
  • Pre Nuptial Agreements
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Pensions
  • Trusts
  • Farms and Agriculture 
  • Social Media 
  • Insolvency
  • Bankruptcy
  • Division of Business Assets
  • Foreign Assets
  • Freezing Orders
  • Financial Provision for Children
  • Maintenance
  • Matrimonial Finance 
  • Schedule 1 Children Act
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation 
  • Honour Based Violence
  • Female Genital Mutilation(FGM)
  • Guardianship
  • Capacity
  • Mental Health
  • Jurisdiction
  • Injunctions
  • Judicial Review
  • Serious Case Reviews
  • Vulnerable witnesses
  • Armed Forces 

COVID - 19

In response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the barristers in Chambers' Family Law team and staff are committed to providing as much assistance as possible, including urgent advice, online resources and other support, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Trinity has a dedicated section of the website focused on COVID-19. Members of the team can assist with enquiries relating to urgent private and public law children cases, family law injunctions and applications. The team can also assist with updates regarding on and offline court procedures, including facilities to deal with remote hearings and remote Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) - Family Arbitration, Private FDR's and Mediation.


"A Newcastle and Middlesbrough-based set with a strong bench of family practitioners, experienced in both matrimonial finance and public law children cases. Its barristers are described by interviewees as "always well researched in the work that they do." Members act for local authorities, parents and children in cases ranging from deprivation of liberty and interim care order applications to care proceedings concerning alleged non-accidental injuries, fabricated or induced illnesses or sexual abuse. All the clerks at Trinity are knowledgeable, helpful and go the extra mile." Chambers & Partners 2020.

"At Trinity Chambers, members are instructed across the spectrum of family law, including both children law and financial remedy." Legal 500 2020.

"Trinity Chambers features an impressive team of family law specialists. Practitioners at the set work to resolve disputes through both litigation and ADR methods and act in cases of all kinds, including those relating to matrimonial finance as well as public and private children law. They are well equipped to act in divorce proceedings involving the complex division of assets such as pensions, businesses, partnerships and inherited wealth. In addition, members of the family team are noted for their expertise in care proceedings and adoption cases." "They are helpful, friendly and responsive." "They are always well organised and courteous." Chambers & Partners 2019.

"Trinity Chambers’ family practice is adept at handling financial remedy cases alongside a range of children law matters. Recent work for the team includes adoption, non-accidental injuries and care proceedings." Legal 500 2019.

"Prominent North Eastern set, based in Newcastle and Middlesbrough, with a wide-ranging family law offering. Matrimonial finance is an area of particular strength, and attracts a steady flow of instructions from high net worth individuals seeking to resolve their finances after having separated or divorced. Members have considerable experience, not only in contentious proceedings, but as accredited arbitrators and mediators. Market commentators describe the set as being "exceptionally good" and "of really high quality when it comes to finance and children work." "The clerks are approachable and accommodating." "The clerks are very helpful and easy to deal with." Chambers UK 2018.

"Trinity is commended for ‘strength in depth in family law’, with members ‘handling children cases with an international element alongside financial remedy matters.’" Tier 1, Legal 500 2017.

"A well-regarded set for both finance and children work, operating from Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Provides robust advocacy at all levels of the court system and also has ample expertise in ADR, boasting as it does several accredited arbitrators and mediators in its ranks. Members of Trinity Chambers have recently been instructed in novel matters pertaining to issues of radicalisation and child harm, as well as high-value ancillary relief cases." "We find the clerks very accommodating, helpful and easy to get hold of. They do all they can to help us, even at the last minute or at short notice." Family/Matrimonial, Chambers UK 2017.

"Trinity Chambers’ is ‘a go-to set for family due to its strength of depth’. The set is recommended for financial remedy and children cases with an international element... Surrogacy cases are another growing area of expertise." Tier 1, Legal 500 2016.

"A strong North Eastern set with members based in both Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Trinity Chambers is instructed on cases across the full remit of family law and is widely recognised for its particular expertise in matrimonial finance and financial remedy claims. "They cannot be more helpful - always available and accommodating, they really go the extra mile and always keep in touch. They get all the little things right." Family/Matrimonial Band 1, Chambers UK 2016.

Family law is one of the most challenging and dynamic areas of law. The Trinity Family Law group, based in Chambers in Newcastle and Teesside, is one of the largest in the North of England. Trinity's family barristers offer a broad range of expertise and experience to their instructing solicitors and are supported by a dedicated clerking team. All aspects of family law are covered, at all levels of court.

A high quality and user-friendly service is provided by Trinity's family barristers. Lay clients are represented with vigour, realism and compassion. Professional clients are valued, and the Family group recognises the importance of a prompt response, continuity of barristers and good communication with solicitors at all times. Whilst members of the group regularly attend hearings in Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, they frequently travel nationwide to hearings and are instructed by solicitors across the UK.

Many family barristers in the group are consistently mentioned in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories. Silk, Nicholas Stonor Q.C. heads the Family team.

Several barristers sit as Deputy District Judges and two as Recorders. An increasing number of the family barristers are instructed to chair and prepare overview reports for Serious Case Reviews. Members include some former solicitors.

Trinity are able to offer a full range of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options including Arbitration and Mediation. Several barristers in the family team are qualified Arbitrators and Mediators. Trinity have facilities to hold Arbitration and Mediation hearings in Chambers.

The barristers in the family team have extensive experience of dealing with complex matrimonial finance and financial remedy matters following divorce including cases involving companies, businesses, partnerships, directors, military personnel, farming and agricultural businesses as well as high profile clients including actors, celebrities, sports men and women.

The group offers a long-established and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) CPD accredited programme of seminars on all aspects of family law for solicitors with topics ranging from Ancillary Relief to Care proceedings and Adoption. In recent times the group have received an increasing number of requests from Local Authority solicitors for focussed training in areas such as forced marriage and court skills for social workers.

Members of the group value their own continuing professional development. They meet regularly for in-house talks and discussion. There are frequent cross-overs with other disciplines within Chambers, such as Court of Protection, Crime, Immigration, Insolvency, Judicial Review and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including Arbitration and Mediation.