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Children & Domestic Violence

"This group of 'absolutely outstanding barristers' comprises the local presence of London's 1 Crown Office Row. While offering expertise across the board of family matters, including inheritance, divorce and financial provision, the set is particularly recognised for its expertise in handling children law matters. Areas of experience include issues such as care proceedings, emergency protection orders and child abduction." (Chambers & Partners 2015)

"Crown Office Row’s family team is best known for its expertise in children law, including care and supervision, child abductions and emergency protection orders. A number of practitioners also specialise in financial remedy and domestic violence. Members regularly appear in courts in Kent, Surrey and Sussex." (Legal 500 2014)

Our Family Team is committed to providing high quality advocacy and paperwork. We have excellent conference facilities in a central Brighton location and Chambers is conveniently located close to the major family centres of Sussex. With extensive expertise in Family Law, Crown Office Row is able to pride itself both on client care and professional excellence.

We are also available for emergency applications and can normally accept instructions at very short notice.

Our local practice gives us extensive experience and knowledge of local judicial practice.


Crown Office Row is able to provide established practitioners in Children's Law across the board. From the most serious High Court actions to the routine Review and Directions Hearings.

Our Family Team has extensive experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Care and Supervision
  • Section 8 Applications
  • Emergency Protection Orders
  • Child Abduction and International Child Abduction

And in conjunction with our criminal team are able to provide a comprehensive defence service to allegations of child cruelty and neglect.

Domestic Violence

We regularly appear in Domestic Violence hearings and our regular practise includes on-notice and emergency :

  • Non Molestation and Occupation Order hearings
  • Protection from Harassment Act hearings

Timothy Bergin is also a qualified Family Mediator and is able to offer mediation from Chambers.






Members practising in this area: