New Park Court provide highly experienced, expert, sympathetic and practical advice in all areas of family law and offer effective advocacy in court.

Our Family team, headed by Valerie Sterling, has a strong reputation for sound advice endeavouring to obtain the best possible result for our clients.

Family – Finance

We are skilled in representing clients and challenging critical evidence at contested final hearings. We are experienced in acting at the earlier stages of the court process such as the Financial Dispute Resolution and responding to the individual needs of the client.

Our team contains practitioners experienced in the following areas:

  • Cohabitees
  • Trusts of Land
  • Inheritance Act Work
  • Third party interests

Family – Children

We are instructed by leading family law practitioners on a nationwide basis to act for clients in the most complex and sensitive of children cases. Many of these cases have an international dimension.

Valerie Sterling
Call: 1981

Valerie Sterling was educated at Manchester High School for Girls and Manchester University. Called to the Bar in 1981, she did chancery and...

Nicholas Mason
Call: 1984

Ashley Tucker
Call: 1990

Ashley Tucker is a civil practitioner with a particular preference for Wills, Probate and Property but still retains an interest in commercial law,...

Sally Terris
Call: 1997

Sally Terris's main area of practice is family law. She is known for her straightforward approach even in the most complex of cases. A fearless cross...

Natalia Escoriza
Call: 2002

Natalia Escoriza specialises in family law and undertakes all aspects of family work. Following her MSc in Social and Political Theory at Edinburgh...

Eleanor Fry
Call: 2007

A tenacious advocate, Eleanor Fry deals with a broad range of complex and sensitive matters in the criminal and family jurisdictions, often with...

Jessica Slaughter
Call: 2009

Jessica Slaughter is a specialist criminal barrister. She prosecutes as a level 4 CPS panel advocate and defends in complex criminal cases. Having...

Felicity Hemlin
Call: 2011

Felicity Hemlin has an established criminal and family law practice. She has experience both prosecuting and defending serious cases in the Crown...

Maryam Ahmad
Call: 2013

Maryam joined Chambers following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Chloe Hudson and Jeremy Barton. She is developing a strong...

Amy Levitt
Call: 2015

Prior to joining Chambers, Amy graduated with a first class honours from the University of Sheffield in 2014. She also received a distinction in...

Emma Hughes
Call: 2015

Emma Hughes specialises in criminal, family and civil law matters. Emma has experience representing both claimants and defendants in a variety of...

John Hobley
Call: 2015

John Hobley joined chambers in 2017, following the completion of a pupillage supervised by Lee Fish. John has established a practice in criminal,...

Marte Alnaes
Call: 2018

Marte Alnaes accepts instructions in a wide range of areas, including Crime, Regulatory, Civil and Family.   Marte completed her pupillage...

Benjamin Whittingham
Call: 2018

Ben completed pupillage under the supervision of Adam Birkby in September 2020 and accepts instructions across all aspects of common law. Before...

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