A Fantastic Year For No.18 Chambers In The Annual Legal 500 Rankings

No.18 Chambers are delighted to announce we have again received recognition for the seventh 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, Eight barristers have been individually acknowledged in the "Leading Juniors" list and having a rising star for their work in Family law & Children, Immigration and Employment.

Family and children law

No.18 Barristers Chambers‘ members have been kept especially busy handling complex private and public children law matters. Tracey Hennessey isn’t afraid to fight for her clients in the courtroom‘ and is regularly instructed in care cases involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse. The ‘always well-prepared‘ Laura Baines represents guardians, local authorities, parents and children across a wide spectrum of public and private family law matters. Katherine Henry‘s ‘court delivery is superb, assured and gets the court’s attention in the right way‘. Complex care proceedings involving allegations of abuse have been prominent in the caseload of the ‘practical‘ Nigel CholertonSara Chalk is a ‘bold and very conscientious advocate‘.

Chambers been recognised with ‘All of the advocates within chambers are passionate and put a high level of care and attention into the cases that they are instructed on.’ & ‘It is well equipped and has an in depth range of expertise available to hand to deal with family law matters.’




Sara Chalk  (2018) - No.18 Chambers Sara has excellent judgement. She is fearless, tenacious and eloquent. She leaves no stone unturned and as such her lay clients feel that every effort has been made on their behalf.recommended for advising on both financial remedy and care proceedings’ (Tier 1)

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public And Private)

Tracey Hennessey (2001)- No.18 Chambers 'She is an outstanding advocate who is well respected in the area for her skills. She handles complex cases with ease. She has an easy court manner and a charm which commends itself to the judiciary.' (Tier 2)

Nigel Cholerton (2007) - No.18 Chambers 'Nigel is a committed barrister who takes pride in delivering the best case possible by always putting the client's needs first. He takes time to explain thoroughly the legal process; he constantly puts a client's mind at ease; and is not shy to be robust when a case needs it.' (Tier 2)

Laura Baines (2007) - No.18 Chambers ‘A measured barrister whose cross-examination is always well-considered and appropriate to the witness she is dealing with. She has the right amount of compassion and empathy to mix with her legal mind.'’ (Tier 2).

Katherine Henry (2008) - No.18 Chambers ‘‘Katherine is a powerful advocate and meticulous in her preparation. She has in-depth expertise in Children Act cases. She is superb with clients, and gives reassurance and confidence to the most nervous of them. A fantastic communicator.' (Tier 2).



Leading Juniors: employment

Ian Wheaton (2002) –- No.18 Chambers  Ian is a strong, skilful advocate. He displays an unerring ability to sort the wheat from the chaff in even the most apparently complex of cases. (Tier 3)

Barnaby Large (2007) - No.18 Chambers  ‘Barnaby has a very detailed understanding of niche and complex areas of employment law. he has an extremely good bedside manner and always puts clients at ease. An effective advocate with a calm and measured style.’ (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) No.18 Chambers  ‘Sarah is liked by clients, respected by the Home Office, and regularly nodded at by judges


The clerks are helpful and accommodating.’

The clerks are a great team and offer brilliant service – personable, efficient and timely.’

Very well clerked, always prepared to help and go the extra mile.’