The Legal 500 2024

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We are delighted to have a record number of our barristers included in the 2024 edition of the The Legal 500.

12  barristers have been included in the guide across Children & Domestic Violence and Divorce & Financial Remedy.

St Mary’s is a ‘specialist family set with good depth of counsel’ that handles private child law matters for a diverse set of clients, including local authorities, parents, and guardians.

Family: Children and Domestic Violence

Judy Claxton"Judy Claxton’s practice focuses on public law cases related to serious, life-threatening, or fatal injuries"

Sara Davis

Claire Howell  - "Claire is thorough and detailed in her preparation of cases. Her cross-examination of professional witnesses. She is particularly good at thinking on her feet. She is tenacious in her ability to represent her clients, both in court and in her written advice. Her advice is thoughtful, well reasoned and practical."

Matthew O'Grady

Anita Thind "Anita is well respected in the local area. She is comfortable in court, and her cross-examination is robust and thorough."

Vickie Hodges "Vickie is a very experienced and highly-regarded barrister. She is known to have exceptional advocacy skills and to be very client-focused."

Laura Martin - "Laura has good attention to detail. She is well-prepared and has appropriate cross-examination. She is very good with the client and provides prompt and detailed attendance notes."

Stephen Williams - "Stephen always goes the extra mile. Due to his friendly and helpful personality, he can build an excellent rapport with the client and the instructing solicitor. He provides detailed and clear legal advice and is approachable and dedicated. He is a strong advocate in complex matters and can cut through the jargon to make his arguments persuasive and succinct."

Rising Stars

Charlie Fikry

Kathryn Moran "Kathryn is extremely adept at working constructively with clients and ensuring their understanding of the priorities of the court. She is a very skilled negotiator and a strong and very well-prepared advocate. She is passionate and persuasive in her submissions and detailed and effective in her cross-examination of professional and lay clients alike."

The financial remedy group at St Mary’s is regularly instructed in financial relief work involving farms, companies, partnerships and issues of hidden wealth.

Family: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Nigel Page - "Nigel is supportive and empathetic to his instructing solicitor, acknowledging the pressures of private practice and client relations. He is a persuasive advocate, remains calm and speaks compassionately, seamlessly and knowledgeably, instilling confidence that he is completely familiar with the facts of the case."

Gareth Jacques "Gareth is always well-prepared and well-reputed amongst the judiciary. His advocacy skills are brilliant, whether it is cross-examining or providing submissions. He is well-organised and fills in both the lawyers and the client."

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