Practises across the whole spectrum of family law. He is well regarded for his advocacy style, particularly when faced with challenging cases involving contentious medical evidence and vulnerable witnesses.
Covers the full range of family law, with particular strengths in challenging financial remedy matters, serious child welfare cases and private children's proceedings.
Expertise: "She is an excellent advocate who is formidable in cross-examination."
Handles a variety of cases within family law, with noted expertise in financial resolutions following the breakdown of a relationship. She has considerable experience in dealing with multifaceted cases involving concealed assets and third party claimants. She is also noted for her work in private children law issues involving domestic violence allegations and international relocations.
of 3PB Barristers Frequently undertakes complex matrimonial finance proceedings and cohabitation disputes on behalf of high net worth clients.
Strengths: "Great at negotiation and not pompous in her approach."
Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014 Recommendations and Quotes
FAMILY LAW (INCLUDING DIVORCE AND FINANCIAL REMEDY
Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A silk of the future.’
REGIONAL BAR: SOUTH EASTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit
FAMILY AND CHILDREN LAW
3PB handles a broad spectrum of family cases including public law care work, finance, property and private law children matters. Nicola Martin, who heads the group, has experience in complex financial remedy cases involving substantial assets.
Nicola Martin - 3PB ‘A strong all-rounder.’
Tom Tyler - 3PB ‘Skilled in all areas of his multi-faceted family practice, particularly in financial remedy cases.’
REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit
FAMILY AND CHILDREN LAW
3PB’s family team has strength in depth and a strong geographical presence on circuit, which was bolstered by the arrival of Melissa Barlow and Gemma Chapman from Queen Square Chambers. Members handle all types of complex public law children cases, particularly involving serious mental health issues or education elements. The finance team has niche expertise in professional negligence in the context of legal advice on financial provision. In 2013, Tony Ward represented a wife in a complex inter-generational financial remedy case, which involved third parties, trusts and partnerships.
Melissa Barlow - 3PB ‘A specialist in care cases who regularly represents parents, guardians and local authorities.’
Gemma Chapman - 3PB ‘Recommended for public law children cases, and experienced in managing volatile parents.’
Tonia Clark - 3PB ‘She has in-depth knowledge of the law and a brilliant approach to dealing with problems swiftly.’
Hamish Dunlop - 3PB ‘Precise and thorough.’
Mark Elliott - 3PB ‘He has notable expertise in forced marriage cases as part of his broad practice.’
Rachael Goodall - 3PB ‘Extremely well prepared in terms of the facts of the case and the relevant case law.’
Hayley Griffiths - 3PB ‘Her sensible, down-to-earth approach blends seamlessly with her knowledge of the law.’
Lucy Hendry - 3PB ‘A very hardworking practitioner with excellent judgement.’
Elisabeth Hudson - 3PB ‘As part of her varied practice, she has enviable knowledge of the Hague Convention.'
Omar Malik - 3PB ‘His knowledge is outstanding and he meticulously prepares for cases.’
Nicola Martin - 3PB ‘Recommended for complex care cases, private law children work and high-value financial remedy.’
Tom Tyler - 3PB ‘He is experienced in financial remedy, where there is an element of criminal conduct or confiscation orders are involved.’
Richard Tyson - 3PB ‘He primarily handles high-net-worth financial remedy, but is also adept in children law.’
Tanya Zabihi - 3PB ‘A very strong advocate with impressive courtroom skills.’
Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise at London Bar - within Family Law (including divorce and ancillary relief): "3PB’s Sheena Cassidy, who is ‘great with difficult opponents’."
Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise in Western Circuit: 3PB’s Tanya Zabihi has ‘extensive mediation and negotiating skills’, and Tony Ward demonstrates ‘superb balance and incisiveness in cross-examination’. Rachael Goodall is ‘highly competent and well prepared’, and Nicola Martin ‘never disappoints’. Hayley Griffiths has a ‘natural ability to put even the most nervous client at ease’. Richard Tyson is ‘a master of his brief’, and Mark Elliott has ‘a fantastic ability to deal with very difficult litigants-in-person’. Also recommended are Hamish Dunlop, who ‘always conducts himself with the utmost professionalism’; Tom Tyler, who is ‘very meticulous, sharp and to the point’; and the ‘well-prepared and able’ Elisabeth Hudson. Tonia Clark and Lucy Hendry also stand out.
"3PB's ‘remarkably professional’ family law team is ‘expert in its field’ " LEGAL 500 UK DIRECTORY 2012/13