LATEST NEWS - 3PB expands family team in Birmingham

20th June 2017

Hannah Bush has joined 3PB Barristers’ growing  team in Birmingham. Hannah specialises in financial remedies as well as Children Act work. She has substantial experience ... read more


Elizabeth McGrath QC and Lawrence Messling are recognised for their expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Midlands (Bar), Family/Matrimonial

Elizabeth McGrath QC - Band 2
An expert family law practitioner with a broad range of experience. In children work, she has handled cases of abduction and relocation, as well as serious injury and sexual abuse. She also takes on complex financial remedy cases concerning high net worth individuals.
Strengths: "An excellent silk. Her client care skills are second to none and she is robust in the face of difficult opponents." "A brilliant tactician and outstanding negotiator."

Lawrence Messling - Band 1
Senior junior who focuses exclusively on serious public law children cases, in which he is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents and guardians. His caseload includes complex fact-finding cases, fabricated illnesses and multi-jurisdictional aspects.
Strengths: "Lawrence is excellent, extremely courteous, unruffled and very hard-working." "Always well prepared and a lovely manner. I just think he's brilliant."

Vanessa Meachin - Band 1 
Prominent family law specialist with a broad practice range encompassing matrimonial finance, care, adoption and private children work. Recent cases have included serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse, as well as the death of a child.
Strengths: "Absolutely excellent, her preparation is second to none and her advocacy is excellent." "Forensic, detailed and good with clients." 

London (Bar), Family: Matrimonial Finance

Sheena Cassidy of 3PB Barristers - Band 3
Deputy head of chambers and a matrimonial finance practitioner specialising in complex cases involving issues of tax and trust structures. She is noted for her experience in cases involving non-disclosure and fraud. 
Strengths: "She's so measured, thorough, committed and unflappable."

Family/Matrimonial - Western (Bar) - Band 2 Set


3PB Barristers enjoys a strengthening reputation in the area of family law, and fields an experienced group with a history of acting for clients in a wide range of matters. Members are engaged on significant public and private children law cases and the set also offers a dedicated family financial and property team. In addition to its litigation prowess, 3PB is also skilled at taking clients through the process of ADR.

Client service: "The clerks are always ready and willing to help." "If there is anything that concerns me, I know I can bring it to the clerks' attention and it is dealt with discreetly and efficiently.".


Rachael Goodall
Primarily works on financial remedy and TOLATA disputes, especially those arising from relationship breakdown. She is also able to advise on private children matters.
Strengths: "A great all-rounder, whose manner with clients is commendable as she is sensitive yet strong. Her advice is top class." "Offers excellent knowledge of matrimonial financial law and proceedings, thorough and prompt preparation, superior attention to detail, and great empathy with clients in difficult circumstances."

Nicola Martin 
Highly thought of for her work taking on difficult childcare cases, including those involving serious injury or death. Additionally well respected for her work on matrimonial finance cases.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2016
Recommendations and Quotes


Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - Not afraid to stand up to the other side and clients love her.

REGIONAL BAR: Midlands Circuit

Lawrence Messling - ‘Simply outstanding – he is extremely thorough and an exceptional advocate.’
Vanessa Meachin
- 'Her practice spans care, adoption, finance and private law children cases'

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - An excellent negotiator and a robust advocate.
Tom Tyler - A finance specialist.
Katherine Dunseath - An expert in cases with an international element, who fiercely protects her clients interests with professionalism and congeniality.

REGIONAL BAR: Western Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - An extremely experienced and impressive advocate, who is skilled at fighting her client's corner.
Hamish Dunlop - He has excellent rapport with clients and is truly knowledgeable in the complex field of financial remedy.
Lucy Hendry - Hardworking, persistent and excellent on her feet.
Mark Elliott - A calm and measured barrister, who quickly gets to the crux of the matter.
Omar Malik - Recommended for financial remedy cases.
Rachael Goodall - She has a superb manner with clients and a detailed knowledge of papers.
Elisabeth Hudson - Experienced in both private and public law children proceedings.
Tonia Clark - She is experienced in private law children proceedings.
Gemma Chapman - She has a focus on public children law proceedings.
Melissa Barlow - She is very experienced and gives clear, robust advice in a manner clients understand and respect.
Richard Tyson - He presents cases with great skill and sensitivity.

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015
Recommendations and Quotes


Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She has no equal on the interplay between family and criminal fraud proceedings - she is the go-to expert on such matters

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - She is approachable, good with clients, and flexible in her approach
Tom Tyler- Undertakes financial remedy cases where parties have been convicted of serious criminal offences

REGIONAL BAR: Western Circuit

Family and children law – Leading juniors
Nicola Martin - She can navigate very quickly through a jungle of documents to find the answer
Hamish Dunlop - He has a fantastic rapport with clients and really knows his stuff
Lucy Hendry - She is sensible in negotiations, exerting a calming influence on the case as a whole
Mark Elliott - Extensive knowledge of both financial remedy and Children Act matters
Omar Malik - Very good with clients
Rachael Goodall - She provides pragmatic and sensible advice in a sensitive manner
Elisabeth Hudson - Her practice includes Children Act work, financial remedy, TOLATA and Inheritance Act cases
Tonia Clark - She has a swift grasp of detail, and is very client-friendly
Gemma Chapman - Her public law children cases often involve issues of neglect, factitious illnesses and non-accidental injuries
Melissa Barlow - Level-headed and sensible
Richard Tyson - He has excellent client communication skills

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014
Recommendations and Quotes


Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A silk of the future.’

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit

3PB handles a broad spectrum of family cases including public law care work, finance, property and private law children matters. Nicola Martin, who heads the group, has experience in complex financial remedy cases involving substantial assets.

Nicola Martin - 3PB ‘A strong all-rounder.’
Tom Tyler - 3PB ‘Skilled in all areas of his multi-faceted family practice, particularly in financial remedy cases.’

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit

3PB’s family team has strength in depth and a strong geographical presence on circuit, which was bolstered by the arrival of Melissa Barlow and Gemma Chapman from Queen Square Chambers. Members handle all types of complex public law children cases, particularly involving serious mental health issues or education elements. The finance team has niche expertise in professional negligence in the context of legal advice on financial provision. In 2013, Tony Ward represented a wife in a complex inter-generational financial remedy case, which involved third parties, trusts and partnerships.

Melissa Barlow - 3PB ‘A specialist in care cases who regularly represents parents, guardians and local authorities.’
Gemma Chapman - 3PB ‘Recommended for public law children cases, and experienced in managing volatile parents.’
Tonia Clark - 3PB ‘She has in-depth knowledge of the law and a brilliant approach to dealing with problems swiftly.’
Hamish Dunlop - 3PB ‘Precise and thorough.’
Mark Elliott - 3PB ‘He has notable expertise in forced marriage cases as part of his broad practice.’
Rachael Goodall - 3PB ‘Extremely well prepared in terms of the facts of the case and the relevant case law.’
Lucy Hendry - 3PB ‘A very hardworking practitioner with excellent judgement.’
Elisabeth Hudson - 3PB ‘As part of her varied practice, she has enviable knowledge of the Hague Convention.'
Omar Malik - 3PB ‘His knowledge is outstanding and he meticulously prepares for cases.’
Nicola Martin - 3PB ‘Recommended for complex care cases, private law children work and high-value financial remedy.’
Tom Tyler - 3PB ‘He is experienced in financial remedy, where there is an element of criminal conduct or confiscation orders are involved.’
Richard Tyson - 3PB ‘He primarily handles high-net-worth financial remedy, but is also adept in children law.’

Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise at London Bar - within Family Law (including divorce and ancillary relief): "3PB’s Sheena Cassidy, who is ‘great with difficult opponents’."

Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise in Western Circuit: Rachael Goodall is ‘highly competent and well prepared’, and Nicola Martin ‘never disappoints’. Richard Tyson is ‘a master of his brief’, and Mark Elliott has ‘a fantastic ability to deal with very difficult litigants-in-person’. Also recommended are Hamish Dunlop, who ‘always conducts himself with the utmost professionalism’; Tom Tyler, who is ‘very meticulous, sharp and to the point’; and the ‘well-prepared and able’ Elisabeth Hudson. Tonia Clark and Lucy Hendry also stand out.

"3PB's ‘remarkably professional’ family law team is ‘expert in its field’ " LEGAL 500 UK DIRECTORY 2012/13

3PB’s progressive and established Family Law team offers high quality advice and representation to clients, dealing with all aspects of family law matters from the Family Proceedings Court to the Family Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. We are consistently recognised by the independent legal directories for our family law expertise and providing a first rate service to clients.

Our team offers strength and depth in all aspects of family law and our geographical spread enables us to supply committed dedicated advocates, both nationally and internationally, at very short notice.

We have members who are fluent in Spanish, French and Punjabi.

Our team are also regularly involved with other specialist groups such as Resolution and The National Domestic Violence Unit. All of our Family Law Group team are members of the Family Law Bar Association.

The tabs on the left will give you more information about what our specialist groups do within the team.


Our team is fully CPD accredited by both the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide lectures and other tailored training sessions on topical issues and points of law. We provide seminars to both individual firms and Local Authorities.  For further details of our lecture programme or any in house training please contact Robert Leonard on 01202 292102.


Our members deal with matters promptly and efficiently with LAA claims lodged expeditiously. Our team deal with CCMS related quotes at first receipt of the papers.

Our dedicated and experienced professional team of clerks deal with all queries efficiently and quickly. We are available 24/7 and emergency contact numbers are on our website if required.

Conferences/Consultations can be arranged in any of our 5 locations – all of which have parking and video conferencing suites if required – or at a client’s office if more convenient.


Solicitor client

…”thanks for all of your help this year from me and all of the family team – still the best service around!“