No.18 Chambers are delighted to announce we have increased our recognition for the fifth year running in the annual Legal 500 rankings. The Legal 500 assesses law firms throughout the country and this year No.18 Chambers have been named as one of the recommended sets on the Western Circuit  for Family & Employment, and the only set for  Immigration. Furthermore, seven barristers have been individually acknowledged in the "Leading Juniors" list for their work in Family law & Children, Immigration and Employment.

Family and children law

The family team at No.18 Chambers is made up of 'very experienced and knowledgeable' barristers that frequently act for family members, guardians, and children in all levels of the family courts. Nigel Cholerton focuses both on care and financial remedy proceedings; Laura Baines appears in interim fact finding and final hearings involving care and supervision orders, section 8 orders, and injunctions; Katherine Henry is regularly instructed to deal with sensitive cases involving vulnerable witnesses and domestic abuse; and Lee Young is noted for his experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public And Private)

Lee Young (1991)- No.18 Chambers ‘Lee has a very robust approach in what are often difficult or protracted matters which is his strength but may not suit every individual client. His tenacious attitude wins the confidence of clients yet he will provide a realistic opinion to manage clients expectations.

Nigel Cholerton (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘Mr Cholerton has the ability to adapt to quickly changing scenarios in court and argue effectively when the case takes a turn. You can have confidence knowing the case is in safe hands.

Laura Baines (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘Miss Baines always has a thorough grasp of each case. She is methodical and logical in her working. Miss Baines is always happy to provide an ear and an opinion. Ms Baines is very good in communicating with clients, especially those with learning disabilities. She is extremely patient and nothing is too much trouble for her. She is well versed on the law and very knowledgeable.

Katherine Henry (2008) - No.18 Chambers ‘Katie is an extremely talented barrister, beyond her qualified years. She offers absolutely first class service to her instructing solicitors. To her clients, she offers the vital mix of academic expertise and service in an open, friendly and practical way. She is very clear in her advice and knows when to fight and when to negotiate. She is equally tenacious in both approaches.


Leading Juniors: Divorce And Financial Remedy


Nigel Cholerton (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘Mr Cholerton has the ability to adapt to quickly changing scenarios in court and argue effectively when the case takes a turn. You can have confidence knowing the case is in safe hands.




'A strong, varied and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills', No.18 Barristers Chambers handles both employer and employee work across a range of sectors. Ian Wheaton represented a Southampton taxi firm in a holiday pay case involving issues of employment status, and in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former manager of the firm. Barnaby Large  represented an employer in a discrimination case where the claimant refused to provide his address; the claim was successfully rejected for that reason.


Leading Juniors: employment


Ian Wheaton (2002) - No.18 Chambers  ‘He is a strong advocate of practical, common sense advice which is tied in to their huge in depth knowledge of all employment law areas.


Barnaby Large (2007) - No.18 Chambers  ‘Able to adeptly hone in on the pertinent points of each case.



The team at No.18 Barristers Chambers is well-versed in immigration law and represents its broad client base on a variety of complex cases, such as human rights claims and emergency High Court injunctions. The team is led by the 'knowledgeable' Laura Baines, who frequently appears in first-tier and upper tribunals in relation to immigration and asylum matters. Sarah Hirech has extensive experience dealing with immigration cases including deportation, asylum, and trafficking, and has completed cases both on behalf of appellants and respondents.

Leading Juniors: immigration

Laura Baines (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘Strengths - the depth of her knowledge and experience. Her thorough preparation before cons and hearings and her manner with clients and solicitors alike.

Sarah Hirech (2012) - No.18 Chambers ‘ Quick to understand and take on board instructions in detailed and complex cases. Sympathetic to sensitive subjects, particularly for clients with applications related to family life in the UK. Representations are concise and to the point.