LATEST NEWS - Hamish Dunlop, Head of Family Law Group, provides insightful commentary on Sharland and Gohill cases

23rd October 2015

Hamish Dunlop (Call 1991) has written a briefing note on the recent cases of Sharland and Gohill on how final are final orders. Please download ... read more


3 Paper Buildings - Ranked In Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2015

Chambers & Partners UK:
Family Law/Matrimonial - Western Bar

Mark Elliott
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.

Nicola Martin
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."

Rachael Goodall
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.

Chambers & Partners UK: Family Law/Matrimonial – London Bar

Sheena Cassidy
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."

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015
Recommendations and Quotes


Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She has no equal on the interplay between family and criminal fraud proceedings - she is the go-to expert on such matters

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - She is approachable, good with clients, and flexible in her approach
Tom Tyler- Undertakes financial remedy cases where parties have been convicted of serious criminal offences

REGIONAL BAR: Western Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - She can navigate very quickly through a jungle of documents to find the answer
Hamish Dunlop - He has a fantastic rapport with clients and really knows his stuff
Lucy Hendry - She is sensible in negotiations, exerting a calming influence on the case as a whole
Mark Elliott - Extensive knowledge of both financial remedy and Children Act matters
Omar Malik - Very good with clients
Rachael Goodall - She provides pragmatic and sensible advice in a sensitive manner
Elisabeth Hudson - Her practice includes Children Act work, financial remedy, TOLATA and Inheritance Act cases
Tonia Clark - She has a swift grasp of detail, and is very client-friendly
Gemma Chapman - Her public law children cases often involve issues of neglect, factitious illnesses and non-accidental injuries
Hayley Griffiths - She takes complex cases in her stride, never missing a detail
Melissa Barlow - Level-headed and sensible
Richard Tyson - He has excellent client communication skills
Tanya Zabihi - Robust in her approach, and good with clients

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014
Recommendations and Quotes


Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A silk of the future.’

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit

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.’

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit

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

3PB’s progressive and established Family Law team offers high quality advice and representation to clients, dealing with all aspects of family law matters from the Family Proceedings Court to the Family Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. We are consistently recognised by the independent legal directories for our family law expertise and providing a first rate service to clients.

Our team offers strength and depth in all aspects of family law and our geographical spread enables us to supply committed dedicated advocates, both nationally and internationally, at very short notice.

We have members who are fluent in Spanish, French and Punjabi.

Our team are also regularly involved with other specialist groups such as Resolution and The National Domestic Violence Unit. All of our Family Law Group team are members of the Family Law Bar Association.

The tabs on the left will give you more information about what our specialist groups do within the team.


We are one of the first barristers’ chambers to offer fixed fees for Children Act work and our Limited Resource Scheme (for parties with limited assets involved in Ancillary Relief proceedings) has won us national acclaim and wide media coverage for being cost effective and user friendly.

Links to both schemes are here:

LIMITED RESOURCE MONEY                                                               FIXED FEE CHILDREN


Our team is fully CPD accredited by both the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide lectures and other tailored training sessions on topical issues and points of law. We provide seminars to both individual firms and Local Authorities.  For further details of our lecture programme or any in house training please contact Robert Leonard on 01202 292102.


Our members deal with matters promptly and efficiently with LAA claims lodged expeditiously. Our team deal with CCMS related quotes at first receipt of the papers.

Our dedicated and experienced professional team of clerks deal with all queries efficiently and quickly. We are available 24/7 and emergency contact numbers are on our website if required.

Conferences/Consultations can be arranged in any of our 5 locations – all of which have parking and video conferencing suites if required – or at a client’s office if more convenient.


Solicitor client (October 2014)

…”thanks for all of your help this year from me and all of the family team – still the best service around!“