3PB is highly respected for family law, advising and representing clients throughout the UK and overseas. Our specialist barristers, including trained mediators, those with part time judicial appointments, and Queen’s Counsel, provide skilled advice and representation in all tiers of Court up to the Supreme Court.

We are known for our friendly professional approach and are recognised as experts in financial provision (divorce, cohabitation and death), child arrangements orders, property disputes, childcare / adoption, judicial review, professional negligence, regulatory matters, incapacity / Court of Protection welfare issues, international children’s issues and human rights.

The family team acts for individuals, local authorities, care organisations and charities. The set boasts an outstanding reputation in both public and private law children work, including complicated care proceedings.

Chambers has an exceptional record in financial remedy cases, including business and farming assets, in partnership with 3PB’s specialist probate team including contentious probate. Details on 3PB’s probate specialists can be found here.

We have a thriving direct access team and offer affordable expert advice and representation in court to individuals. By instructing us direct, an individual has greater control over their case, reduces their legal costs and obtains first hand advice and guidance from our experienced family law barristers.

We work hard to achieve the best possible result, whether through careful negotiation or contested trials, our preparation and excellent advocacy sets us apart.

Chambers & Partners 2019 directory says: "3PB has a substantial team of family law barristers specialising in matrimonial finance as well as public and private law children matters. Members provide parents, guardians, local authorities and other clients with representation in litigation and ADR proceedings, including cases with international components. Their instructions touch on a vast array of topics including TOLATA, abuse, injury, addiction and mental health. Barristers at the set are effective at obtaining and resisting court injunctions such as freezing orders and non-molestation orders."

"A source affirms that 3PB has "a good range of experience" and that the counsel are "of very good quality."

Client service: "The clerks are helpful and efficient and have a can-do attitude." "I have always had a very good and reliable service from 3PB." Mark Heath is the chambers director in Bristol.

Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2018/19 - Western circuit says: "‘Excellent set’ 3PB’s family team is ‘very strong on both financial specialists and child law specialists’. Key areas of instruction include matrimonial finance, child abduction, non-accidental injuries, domestic and sexual abuse cases and care and placement applications, among others. In a major highlight for the set, Hamish Dunlop appeared in the Supreme Court in the high-profile Owens v Owens divorce case; the key issue is whether the current divorce laws should be reformed to allow no-fault divorce. In June 2018 Simon Lillington joined from College Chambers."

Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2018/19 - Midlands circuit says: "3PB’s team has expertise across a broad range of family law matters, including matrimonial finance, international child abduction and relocation, as well as cases of fabricated and induced illnesses. Vanessa Meachin QC took silk in 2018."

Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2018/19 - South Eastern circuit says: "At 3PB, members are adept at handling cross-jurisdictional cases, financial remedy matters and public and private children law issues, including cases of abduction and relocation."

Head of Group

Hamish Dunlop

Telephone: 01202 292 102

Practice Director

Robert Leonard

Telephone: 01202 292 102

Practice Director

Ian Charlton

Telephone: 0121 289 4333