No.18 Chambers are delighted to announce we have again received recognition for the sixth 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

'Excellent set' No.18 Barristers Chambers is home to a family team that is adept at handling both high-value matrimonial finance cases and complex public and private children law matters. Katherine Henry's 'knowledge of family law is exceptional', and is regularly instructed in cases involving parental alienation and domestic abuse. Nigel Cholerton is recommended for advising on both financial remedy and care proceedings, while Laura Baines handles the full range of public family law matters for local authorities, guardians, parents and children. Lee Young brings expertise in child abduction cases.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public And Private)

Lee Young (1991)- No.18 Chambers ‘‘ He possesses great technical knowledge, and just the right level of robustness when required. ’ (Tier 4)

Nigel Cholerton (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘recommended for advising on both financial remedy and care proceedings’ (Tier 2)

Laura Baines (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘Laura is a very sensible and pragmatic barrister. She is unflappable and a calming influence. Her knowledge of the law is extremely good. ’ (Tier 2).

Katherine Henry (2008) - No.18 Chambers ‘Katherine is a very committed barrister. She is a tireless worker who genuinely wishes to achieve the best result for her clients. She is extremely thorough in her preparation, but is able to be very pragmatic so that her clients have a realistic overview of their case from the start. She delivers difficult advice sensitively, a particular skill of hers, which means her clients respect her. (Tier 3).


Leading Juniors: Divorce And Financial Remedy

Nigel Cholerton (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘recommended for advising on both financial remedy and care proceedings’ (Tier 2)



Leading Juniors: employment

Ian Wheaton (2002) – (Tier 3)

Barnaby Large (2007) - No.18 Chambers  ‘He has a keen eye for detail, provides insightful analysis, and is commercially pragmatic’ (Tier 2)



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. 

Leading Juniors: immigration

Laura Baines (2007) – (Tier 1)

Sarah Hirech (2012) – (Tier 1)


The clerks are very professional – a well run machine‘.

Senior clerk Mark Windebank is extremely helpful, courteous and friendly‘.

Mark Windebank is simply superb. He is accessible, communicative and incredibly helpful. Mark never leaves you waiting for an answer‘.

Mark Windebank, Dan Fantham and Beth Miles will go above and beyond to ensure that they can help‘.