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What have Chambers & Partners UK said about the Freemans Family Department in 2019 Guide?
This year the Family Department has been ranked top in Band 1 in London for Children (Cross Border disputes) and Band 2 in London for Children (Public Law Matters).
What they said about us "Robust offering in the cross-border and public children spheres, with noted strength exhibited in international issues, particularly in child abduction and leave to remove cases. Committed to representing vulnerable individuals and making its services affordable. Clients include parents, guardians and teenagers in a position to instruct legal support. Acts across an impressive range of cases, from the most serious radicalisation and abuse allegations to lower-scale matters." Notable strength being: “The care and empathy among the staff stands out, especially when you are going through a complex case. People talk about being client-oriented, but Freemans are more than that: they’re humanity oriented”.
What have Chambers & Partners UK said about individuals within the Family Department?
Members of the department received special recognition in the Children (Cross Border Disputes) (London) category and in the Children Public Law Matters (London) category.
Head of the Department and Partner Nina Hansen is ranked in the 1st tier in both categories. She is described as being "...renowned for her expertise across a gamut of children work, from cross-border residence disputes to public law cases involving abuse allegations. Once source labels her “one of the top childcare solicitors in the country” adding “she is fearless in the pursuit of her clients’ interests, has very good analytical skills and is a fierce negotiator.”
Partner Laura Coyle is ranked as an Up and Coming Individual in both categories. She is describes as “frequently acts on public law cases and international abduction cases. She offers particular expertise in cases where the intersect, such as care proceedings involving parents residing abroad or allegations or child trafficking. One source praises Coyle as “an outstanding advocate” stating: “She has an intuitive way with children. She’s very clever, and committed to the welfare of young people”.
Newly promoted Partner Hilka Hollmann is ranked as an “Associate to watch” described as “(acting) on a range of serious public law cases such as those involving issues of abuse and radicalisation, as well as handling foreign adoption and abduction matters. Sources describe her as a “superb lawyer whose particular skill is her ability to represent children. Her empathy and patience ensures that she is able to take their instructions and ensure their best interests are served”.