Dere Street Barristers has one of the largest family law team on the North Eastern Circuit. Our members, consisting of over 50 juniors and 7 silks (including door tenants), provide advocacy and advice over the full range of family law disciplines and at every level of court. The team has a broad range of expertise and experience with a number of practitioners appointed as Recorders, Deputy District Judges and Assistant Coroners.
The team is regularly instructed in all areas of family law including:
Public and Private Law
Court of Protection and Mental Health
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Divorce and Domestic Violence
The team appreciates the need to remain at the forefront of family law. They pride themselves on their own continued professional development and regularly provide CPD accredited lectures, seminars and in-house training to solicitors, local authorities and social workers.
Dere Street Barristers’ Family Group acknowledges the need to ensure those instructing receive the best possible service and support and have therefore, over a period of time, established a dedicated clerking team.
The group recognise the need to provide solicitors, local authorities and individuals with choices, as not every requirement is the same. Hence, the group offers a broad range of expertise and experience.
Dere Street Family Group provide Local Authorities and Solicitors with an out of hours service. Should you need to book or speak to a Family Barrister urgently outside of business hours please call 07753817648
Chambers and Partners 2024
Dere Street Barristers has a sizeable team of barristers, often called on to act for local authorities and guardians, as well as parents, across the full range of children work. Members handle all manner of difficult cases, from those concerning serious injury and death to private law disputes over child arrangements and contact. The set is also noted for its experience in Court of Protection cases and is particularly well regarded for the barristers’ ability to act for vulnerable clients. Sources praise the set for its “wide range of counsel” and the “excellent client care, advocacy and preparation” provided by its barristers.
“The availability of the clerks is extensive. The clerking is very good; they are very organised and they resolve any difficulties.”
“The clerks are always fair in relation to the fees they charge and they’re always open with us. They are often available.”
“The clerking is really good and you can get hold of them.”
Neil Gibson is the senior family clerk.
Divorce & Domestic Violence
Family Dispute Resolution
Public & Private Law – Children
Neil Gibson, Senior Family Clerk heads up the clerking team and is supported by three other family clerks. The clerking team bring with them over 30 years of administrative family court experience and 18 years family clerking experience.
“The clerks are very good. They keep you informed and are nice to deal with.”
“The clerks are friendly and very good at meeting your needs.”
“Neil Gibson is the senior family clerk.”
Liam Branch – “approachable and friendly.”
The Legal 500
Dere Street Barristers has a sizeable team of barristers, often called on to act for local authorities and guardians, as well as parents, across the full range of children work. Members handle all manner of difficult cases, from those concerning serious injury and death to private law disputes over child arrangements and contact. The set is also noted for its experience in Court of Protection cases and is particularly well regarded for the barristers’ ability to act for vulnerable clients. A source notes that the set has “a number of barristers who have strong experience in all areas of family law.”
“Liam Branch, family clerk, Kevin Mordue, family clerk, and Neil Gibson, senior family clerk, are very helpful.”
“Sam Tattersall, family clerk, is always there to assist in resolving any issues and has a strong feel and knowledge to help meet requirements.”
“The clerks often go above and beyond to assist, including responding out of hours.”
Chambers and Partners 2023