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

Lisa Edmunds

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.

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 childrens’ article 6 and 8 rights.

Kerri’s practice also covers Private Family applications for residence, contact, SGO’s, and private adoptions, and, parental aliention. 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

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.

Kristine’s interests are sport and exercise and enjoys running with her three dogs as well as horse riding. Kristine maintains a kitchen garden, enjoys cooking and family life.

Kristine will be joining Unit Chambers in the second week of November as a barrister.