3PB Direct

Our 3PB Direct specialists are recognised and respected by clients for offering legal expertise across the whole spectrum of child law issues. We provide advice to individuals in cases ranging from high profile to more straightforward disputes and our barristers appear regularly in all levels of the Family court and appellant court.

Our barristers have extensive experience dealing with cross-border disputes involving the movement of children, jurisdictional conflicts and ‘stranded spouses’ cases.

We are regularly instructed in cases involving child abduction and relocation. All of our barristers are familiar with cases invoking the 1980 and 1996 Hague Convention, Brussels II Revised. We also have considerable experience in non-Hague convention cases.

We can advise you on all issues concerning the law and your children including:

  • Wardship
  • Residence
  • Contact
  • Prohibited Steps
  • LGBT Parenting
  • Specific Issue
  • Leave to Remove
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Special Guardianship
  • Human Rights
  • Parental Alienation
  • Cross Jurisdictional Issues
  • Injunctions to protect from domestic violence
  • Injunctions and remedies for the protection of personal property

We are sensitive to dealing with parents and children in what can often be difficult and upsetting circumstances. We will always seek pragmatic solutions.

Care and adoption

Please note that cases involving care and adoption are generally not suitable for instructing a barrister direct generally. A family solicitor is usually best placed to help you with these issues. Nonetheless our 3PB Direct barrister, who has a unique knowledge of solicitors specialising in care and adoption, can help recommend a suitable solicitor if you need this assistance.

For help and advice please contact Ian Charlton on +44 (0)3333 231 586 or email us.

Family Barristers legal services that we provide

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How to instruct a barrister

Our experienced team of specially-trained clerks make instructing a 3PB Direct barrister simple. Watch our video for a step-by-step guide on how to work with us to achieve a resolution to your legal issue.

We’ll be here every step of the way to support and guide you through the legal challenges at hand.

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Children Barristers


Vanessa Meachin KC

Lawyer since 1990

Richard Tyson

Lawyer since 1975

Tonia Clark

Lawyer since 1986

Dorian Day

Lawyer since 1987

Elisabeth Hudson

Lawyer since 1987

Sarah Dines MP

Lawyer since 1988

Mark Calway

Lawyer since 1989

Michael George

Lawyer since 1990

Hannah Bush

Lawyer since 1991

Melanie De Freitas

Lawyer since 1995

Elaine Strachan

Lawyer since 1995

Andrew Lorie

Lawyer since 1996

Tom Tyler

Lawyer since 1996

Martin Kenny

Lawyer since 1997

Poonam Bhari

Lawyer since 1999

Rebecca Franklin

Lawyer since 2001

Gemma Chapman

Lawyer since 2002

Emma Harman

Lawyer since 2003

Audrey Archer

Lawyer since 2004

Nathalie Bull

Lawyer since 2004

Elizabeth Hepworth

Lawyer since 2004

Tom Horder

Lawyer since 2004

Suzanne Coleclough

Lawyer since 2005

Nick Davies

Lawyer since 2006

Adam Langrish

Lawyer since 2006

Emma Southern

Lawyer since 2006

Mark Elliott

Lawyer since 2007

Aimee Fox

Lawyer since 2007

Amy Beddis

Lawyer since 2009

Nicola Frost

Lawyer since 2009

Alex Hodge

Lawyer since 2009

Sarah Jennings

Lawyer since 2009

Esther Lieu

Lawyer since 2011

Andrew Duncan

Lawyer since 2011

Kara Cann

Lawyer since 2012

Amy Lush

Lawyer since 2013

Adeo Fraser

Lawyer since 2014

Antonida Kocharova

Lawyer since 2015

Grace Nicholls

Lawyer since 2015

Jim Hirschmann

Lawyer since 2018

Nigel Hawkins

Lawyer since 2023