Unit Chambers is the only chambers in the North West specialising exclusively in family law. Our barristers are experts in their field, provide a bespoke service to our clients and are focussed on delivering the best result possible.

Teertha Gupta

Teertha Gupta Q.C.

Door Tenant

Bio

Teertha is a specialist senior barrister and trial advocate with over 30 years of experience.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012 and a (Family) Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. Teertha also sits as a part time Circuit Judge (a Recorder) in the Criminal and Civil courts.

His areas of expertise include complex domestic and international children cases such as relocation, cross-border parental abductions and acrimonious contact disputes.

Teertha is also the go to person for forced marriage and stranded spouse cases. He has spoken in the House of Commons and was named by Lord Lester in the House of Lords as one of the four senior pro bono lawyers behind the Forced Marriage Civil Protection Bill which became a statute in 2007.

Hotly contested proceedings for clients who are running unpopular arguments before the courts are his forte. He has developed the ability to present any case in its best possible light and has been known to have changed Judges’ minds in the most difficult of cases. He examines cases in detail and leaves no stone unturned.

Teertha’s practice is widely spread geographically across England and Northern Ireland (and the Eastern Caribbean) in all levels of court from County court to the ECJ. To date, he has been involved in 10 full appeals in the UKSC/House of Lords.

Lisa Edmunds Senior Consultant Barrister

Lisa Edmunds

CEO & Senior Consultant Barrister

Bio

As Chief Executive, Lisa is responsible for delivering Unit Chambers’ bold vision.

With nearly 20 years’ experience and expertise in high level and complex cases, Lisa is one of the leading family law barristers in the country. Her mission is simple; to get the best possible result in the courtroom. Her expertise lies both in arguing a case and in cross examining witnesses at trial. In addition, she is often asked to prepare complex legal documents and advise on difficult and sensitive issues.

Lisa travels around the country appearing at all levels of the Family Court. She undertakes work in all aspects of relationship breakdowns but specialises in cases relating to children, including:

• Fact find hearings (allegations of physical / sexual / emotional abuse of children)
• Care proceedings
• Child arrangements Orders; i.e. who children should live with and spend time with
• International and internal relocation of children
• Child Abduction / Hague Convention

With nearly 20 years of operating at the highest level where she has seen and heard it all. She has learnt that the real issues aren’t usually about the paperwork and the process. They tend to be about people, relationships and doing the right thing. That’s why she will always make it a priority to focus and drill down on the points that are going to matter to get the best possible result for her clients.

Clare Porter-Phillips Senior Consultant Barrister Unit Chambers

Clare Porter-Phillips

Senior Consultant Barrister

Bio

Since commencing practice in 2001, Clare has established herself as one of the leading family law barristers on the Northern Circuit. Clare is widely known as a barrister who brings huge expertise and experience across both public and private law and has represented local authorities, parents, children and interveners in public and private law. She is well known for her passion, drive and determination to achieve the best outcome for her clients and is highly regarded for her effective and efficient case management. Clare is highly respected for her robust approach and is very mindful of the need to manage expectations in very emotive and difficult situations with sensitivity and care.

In addition, Clare is a trained mediator allowing her to undertake mediation in all types of family proceedings. She fully believes in the value of the mediation process within family litigation and believes that both parties in such cases can greatly benefit from the process as an effective way of agreeing a solution to a dispute, rather than having a solution imposed upon them.

Kerri O'Neill Consultant Barrister

Kerri O’Neill

Consultant Barrister

Bio

Since qualification Kerri worked in-house in the legal departments of 7 local authorities, providing case management, advice and advocacy for their Children’s Services. Kerri has a dynamic and in depth knowledge of the working of Local Authority Children Services, including their rights, duties and responsibilities. Most recently Kerri has been a member of 7 Harrington Street Chambers.

Kerri is confident in conducting Children Act 1989 and Adoption and Children Act 2002 proceedings on behalf of Local Authorities, ranging from EPO/ ICO applications, interim hearing, fact finding hearings and final hearing for care orders, supervision orders, secure accommodation orders, placement orders and leave to oppose adoption orders. Kerri accepts instruction on behalf of local authorities, parents, guardians and intervenors in public law proceedings. Kerri also regularly conducts High Court proceedings concerning children.

Kerri also practices in Human Rights claims brought against Local Authority Children’s Services for breaches of children’s article 6 and 8 rights.

Kerri’s practice also covers Private Family applications for residence, contact, SGO’s, and private adoptions, and, parental alienation. Kerri is regularly instructed to cover CMH, FDRH, DRH, Fact Finding Hearing, Final Hearings and interim applications.

Kerri has a particular interest in Media and Reporting injunctions relating to children in proceedings and Looked After Children, particularly injunctions against social media campaigns against Local Authorities.

Kerri is authorised to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis in private law proceedings concerning children.

Kristine Lidgerwood Consultant Barrister

Kristine Lidgerwood

Consultant Barrister

Bio

Kristine graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc honours degree in Zoology and also completed an MBA from the University of Chester. She has been a member of the Law Society‘s Children Panel since 2002 and finds that her scientific background has been a real asset in cases involving complicated medical evidence. Kristine undertakes work in all aspects of relationship and family breakdown but specialises in cases relating to children.

She brings 30 year’s experience and specialism in family law and in particular public law work and is known for her attention to detail and tenacity alongside providing clients in courtroom environments with calm reassurance.

In her career as a solicitor Kristine has filled roles as head of department of her specialist area and latterly has accumulated almost 10 years of experience offering services as a court agent advocate.