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Family law

We offer an exceptional team of barristers specialising in family law. Our work includes advocacy, advice & mediation in matters of law relating to children, family finance and the Court of Protection

We have one of the biggest family teams on the circuit. Our members are active across the region and beyond in all levels of court. We have expertise across family law and are able to offer unrivalled levels of responsiveness and service.

“Park Square Barristers’ family team is most notable for its work in complex care proceedings, though members are instructed across the full range of public and private law matters, including family finance. According to clients, the team is a ‘first-choice set’ for family law matters on the circuit.” – The Legal 500 (2020)

“Park Square Barristers is ‘a very strong family set’, which has extensive expertise in children cases involving care proceedings, physical and sexual abuse, fabricated/induced illnesses, non-accidental injuries, alleged radicalisation and international relocation/abduction. Claire Murden was appointed to the circuit bench in 2018.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

Members of the Park Square Barristers Family Team appear in public and private law proceedings throughout the North Eastern circuit. On the care side, members act for parents, family members, Guardians and local authorities in a wide range of matters, including cases involving serious non-accidental injuries, emotional and sexual abuse. Other areas of expertise include international relocation disputes, contested adoptions and financial remedy matters.

Size of the team

Our family team, led by Charlotte Worsley and deputy Jane Curnin, offers strength in numbers from the most senior practitioners to very talented juniors:

  • 46 family barristers including 2 silks
  • 36 barristers specialising in children law (private & public)
  • 17 barristers specialising in family finance
  • 17 barristers specialising in Court of Protection & adult-care work
  • 2 dedicated family clerks


We deal with family law cases in all courts across the country. Our team includes members who are Recorders and Deputy District Judges. We have a distinguished history of supplying practitioners to the District, Circuit and High Court Bench. Two of our former barristers now sit in the Court of Appeal. We also offer mediation services.

“Park Square Barristers is ‘a strong family set’, which focuses on children cases involving abuse, non-accidental injury, and fabricated/induced illnesses. Matters involving alleged radicalisation of children is a growing area of instruction for the set.” – The Legal 500 (2017)


We pride ourselves on our approachability. Our barristers have well-deserved reputations for sensitivity to the needs of both professional and lay clients, including the youngest and most vulnerable members of society.

Public Access

Please contact us if you would like to instruct a barrister directly, without a solicitor as an intermediary. Find out about Public Access.

Contact our family law clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster  on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212


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Children law

We have a first-rate reputation in public- & private-law proceedings involving children.

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Family finance

We specialise in family finance proceedings dealing with high-value or moderate assets.

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