9 Gough Chambers boasts a team of specialist family law barristers. We have a strong reputation as approachable and conscientious practitioners who deliver excellent results. Family law barristers at 9 Gough Chambers offer advice and advocacy in all areas of family practice and regularly appear in the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as the lower courts. As members of a multi-disciplinary set of chambers our expertise is complemented by access to practitioners in other specialisms when our cases involve issues in areas of civil or criminal law.

Areas of Expertise:


  • Care and Adoption
  • Special Guardianship
  • Applications for assessment within children proceedings
  • Child abduction
  • Emergency remedies for domestic violence including non-molestation and occupation orders
  • Emergency remedies in children cases, including injunctions and proceedings for location/return of children in this jurisdiction and abroad
  • Media injunctions protecting privacy in family cases
  • Wardship

Family Finance

  • Financial Remedies upon Divorce (formerly ancillary relief)
  • Cohabitee Disputes
  • Children Act Schedule 1
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Inheritance Act Claims


We represent spouses, civil partners, local authorities (including London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance), guardians, parents and other family members who are involved in or wish to make applications in family proceedings. A growing number of our family law barristers accept work direct under the “Direct Public Access” rules. We also accept instructions from the Free Representation Unit on a pro bono basis.

Recent articles

Our team publish articles on the Family Law Week, LBLA and Local Government Lawyer websites, as well as on chambers’ website.


Members of the team regularly provide CPD training for professional clients on a variety of family topics. For more information please contact us.

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Family Law Barristers

Catherine Atkinson

Call: 2006

Tabitha Barran

Call: 1998

Laura Bumpus

Call: 2008

Theodore Bunce

Call: 2018

William Dean

Call: 2011

Laura Hibberd

Call: 2013

Alastair Hogarth

Call: 2005

Sarah Hunwick

Call: 2011

Thomas Jones

Call: 2015

Amelia Katz

Call: 2018

Edward Lamb

Call: 2006

Kate Lamont

Call: 2007

Lucy Lodewyke

Call: 2018

Esther Maclachlan

Call: 2005

Max Melsa

Call: 2015

Oliver Millington

Call: 2003

Kyah Mufti

Call: 2016

Tim Parker

Call: 1995

Tom Restall

Call: 2007

Jake Richards

Call: 2017

John Schmitt

Call: 2013

Marc Tregidgo

Call: 2002

Emily Verity

Call: 2003

Tara Vindis

Call: 1996

Ben Zurawel

Call: 2010

Family Law Staff

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