Children in the Middle®

We are expert barristers, advising and representing people in making arrangements for the care of their children following divorce or separation. Protecting your rights as a parent and the wellbeing of your child is our top priority.

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We have more than 45 years’ combined experience in the family law field and are the only barristers’ chambers solely specialising in this line of work. We aim to offer creative, practical solutions to even the most difficult situations.    Wherever possible, we will help you reach a voluntary agreement with the other parent over the arrangements for your child. But if court action is required, as barristers, we can provide the experienced representation you need for every stage of the proceedings.

Common issues

Contact with my child

You may be in a situation where you’re not seeing your child, or you might be having difficulties in making arrangements.

Shared Care 

Shared care is now increasingly common. In many cases it offers a better solution for both parents and children.

Moving abroad with my child

You may be in a situation where, following a divorce or separation, you wish to move abroad or emigrate with your children.

Come to the experts

Need help with the arrangements for the care of your children?

Make an initial appointment with one of our expert barristers.

 

Contact us

Meet us

Sarah has been a family law specialist for more than 30 years and has practised as a barrister since 2004. She focuses on issues relating to children involved in relationship breakdowns.

Sarah initially qualified as a solicitor in London in 1992. After re-qualifying in Scotland, she spent three years working in Edinburgh. Sarah then moved to New York and was employed as a Family Law Attorney for a leading family law firm. During her seven years in the USA, Sarah dealt with many high-profile divorce and custody disputes. She appeared regularly in the New York State Supreme Court and the US District Federal Court in several notable and reported cases.

Sarah has built a wealth of experience. She adopts a fresh and pragmatic approach to representing parents and wider family members in complex disputes involving children.

In 2016, Sarah became one of the first Children’s Arbitrators under the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators Children’s Arbitration Scheme and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Sarah also sits as a part time Judge.

She is also trained and has practised as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer, both in the US and UK, and is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

Sarah, like all of our barristers, is self-employed and works independently.

Sarah EvansBarrister & joint founder of Children in the Middle®

Elizabeth is a family barrister originally from North Somerset. She has practised in this field of law for more than 14 years, as a solicitor and then more recently as a barrister.

Elizabeth specialises in advising and representing parents or grandparents in disputes about the arrangements for the care of their children or grandchildren.

In these difficult situations Elizabeth finds practical and creative solutions, which work for the family and most importantly, the child. Her specialism includes applications to permanently remove a child from this country to live abroad.

Elizabeth gained her law degree at The University of Sheffield. She then went on to take her Bar exams at BPP School of Law in London and completed on the job barrister training and her first couple of years of practice at Guildhall Chambers in Bristol. Prior to setting up Children in the Middle, Elizabeth worked as a solicitor for Devereux and Co in Bristol.

She is also a mediator and a member of the Family Law Bar Association. She believes in a constructive non-confrontational approach to dealing with these issues.

Elizabeth, like all of our barristers, is self-employed and works independently.

Elizabeth enjoys spending her spare time with her family, and catching up with friends. She is also a committed netballer – as a player and umpire, loves yoga and is part of a book club.

Elizabeth McCallumBarrister & joint founder of Children in the Middle®

FAQs

What’s the difference between barristers and solicitors?

Traditionally barristers have represented clients in court and solicitors performed the preparatory work. In recent years the rules have changed and barristers can now do much more of the preparatory work, and advise individuals without the involvement of a solicitor.

Can I employ a barrister without a solicitor?

Yes, members of the public can now instruct a barrister directly without a solicitor.

Does a barrister only conduct court hearings?

No, given rule changes in recent years, barristers can now advise people and prepare documents for them – for example, witness statements and application forms and help them write letters, as well as representing them in court hearings.

How we differ from the usual solicitor-barrister relationship?

You are going direct to expert barristers rather than through a general family law solicitor. You will ask us to do a piece of work for you and we will agree a fixed fee. We will only charge you that…

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