Practice Profile

"Particularly recommended for settlement negotiations"

Legal 500 UK Bar 2018


"A very personable barrister"

Legal 500 UK Bar 2018




Doug is a highly accomplished senior junior, well known for his straightforward, discreet and compassionate approach, as well as his ability to establish trust and rapport with his clients. He is a tough negotiator and strong advocate, particularly in cross examination.


Doug specialises in divorce and breakdown of family relationships, including:

-       Divorce and partnership dissolution,

-       Financial remedy and child provision.


He is regularly instructed in cases involving substantial assets and complex issues.


In addition to his relationship breakdown/financial practice, Doug regularly acts in private law children disputes, particularly those of an intractable or sensitive nature.


Doug has extensive experience at all stages of care and adoption proceedings acting on behalf of children, local authorities, parents and other family members. Before 2002, Doug mainly practiced in the criminal law field, prosecuting and defending.


Doug is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Public Access to Barristers Scheme.




Re H (A Minor) v Northamptonshire County Council & Anor [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam)

Re M (A Child: Long-Term Foster Care) [2014] EWCA Civ 1406

Re W (A child) (Removal at birth: contact) [2013] All ER (D) 254





Doug writes the Private Law Children Update for the Family Law journal.


He also co-wrote the family law pensions sections in Thomson Reuters Practical Law.





Doug read history at Birmingham University, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Thomas More and Hardwicke Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn and an Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar.



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