Chambers & Partners 2020

New Court Chambers has been ranked again by Chambers & Partners as a leading set for family law in the 2020 edition of its directory.

Chambers was described as "a highly professional and flexible set with barristers who have the skills to deal with all areas of child protection. They always go over and above what's expected of them and provide an excellent service."

We are also delighted that Christopher Poole (family: children), Giles Bain (family: children), Sally Jackson (family: matrimonial finance), Andrew Shaw (family: children), Sam Wallace (family: children) and Philippa Jenkins (family: children) are all individually ranked.


Welcome to our New Pupils

We are delighted to welcome two new pupils to chambers, who begin their 12-month pupillages from 7 October 2019.

Kiran Channa has previously worked as a senior paralegal specialising in high net worth financial remedies and private children law. She also spent 3 months volunteering at The Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town, where she specialised in advocating for the equal treatment of women in South Africa.

Katelyn Gottschling previously worked as a family law paralegal at two firms, assisting in a wide range of children cases (public, private and international) as well as high net worth financial remedies and private children law. Katelyn has also volunteered with the BPP Family Legal Advice Clinic, The School Exclusion Project and as a McKenzie Friend.

New Court Hosts HASTE Charity Quiz

On 12 September 2019 New Court hosted a special pub quiz at The Devereaux Pub in favour of the HASTE charity.

HASTE supports the building of schools, and educating of children, in Africa. The charity is one that has been supported by Sam Wallace of New Court for many years, running numerous marathons and raising thousands in the process.

We were delighted to be joined by friends and colleagues, including charity founder HHJ Judith Hughes QC. The evening was a huge success, raising over £400.


Saiqa Chaudhry in Court of Appeal

Saiqa Chaudhry appeared successfully in the Court of Appeal last week in a hearing which resulted in the matter being remitted for rehearing. See the BBC News story here.

Kayleigh Long Appointed as Deputy District Judge

Kayleigh Long

New Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Kayleigh Long has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Kayleigh will start sitting from August 2019. The appointment is part-time and so Kayleigh will continue her busy practice in family law.

EVENT, 17.4.19: Nisa-Nashim Sisters In Law - Is Surrogacy Recognised in Jewish Law?

Nisa-Nashim, the name coming from both the Islamic and Hebrew words for 'women', is an organisation of Muslim and Jewish women who came together initially as a friendship group to support each other against increasing Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. The aim is to encourage Muslim and Jewish women to form meaningful personal relationships, while benefiting the wider society in which we live.

Elissa Da Costa-Waldman and Raisa Saley have taken the initiative to start an occupation group, hence the name 'Sisters in Law'. The religions of Islam and Judaism have much in common given that they come from the same root, and as lawyers the diferent ways in which we adhere to the same laws, for example, circumcision, modesty, dietary laws and laws on lending money, to name but a few, are fascinating and well worth exploring to further our knowledge and understanding of each other.

In this talk, barrister, Bianca Jackson, considers whether a child born via surrogacy to Jewish parents would be recognised as Jewish under Jewish Law. Please join Elissa, Raisa and other members of Nisa-Nashim for an evening of interesting discussion and networking.

Tickets cost £8.00 and are available from Event Brite.

Date And Time

Wed, 17 April 2019, 18:00 – 19:30


Coram Chambers

9-11 Fulwood Place



Christopher Poole represents Local Authority in committal proceedings reported in the Guardian

Joint Head of Chambers, Christopher Poole, recently represented a Local Authority in committal proceedings reported by the Guardian newspaper.

Mr Justice Hayden decided not to imprison the "bullying and bombastic" mother, who had attended her son's parents evening, despite previous orders for her not to contact her son, but refused to recuse himself. The mother stated that she was entitled to attend the parents evening under the terms of a previous order.

Pupillage Applications for 2019 Now Open

Chambers is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for pupillage, to commence in October 2019, via the Pupillage Gateway.

The submissions window will close at 11.00am on 7 February 2019, following which we will consider all applications before offering interviews.

Child Case Management Practice - Sabrina Polak

Sabrina Polak has contributed to the 3rd edition of 'Child Case Management Practice' which was published on 6 November 2018 by Family Law Lexis Nexis.

The publication is a practical manual on the Public Law Outline, generating best practice case management documents and providing synopses of the law for all the major applications.

It is designed for use by the judiciary, barristers, solicitors, legal executives, CAFCASS, local authorities, guardians, the Ministry of Justice, experts and the Legal Services Commission.

A handbook for the busy practitioner and judge, designed to provide core skeleton arguments for the most common – and some less common – children applications” - Law Society Gazette

Christopher Poole & Giles Bain Ranked in Legal 500

We are delighted that Christopher Poole and Giles Bain have been ranked in the 2019 edition of Legal 500.

Chris is described as having "a charming manner in court, which is highly effective."

Giles is "an experienced advocate with a calm courtroom manner."