Cardinal Chambers | Meet the team


Our Barristers are all Family Law specialists, with a wealth of experience in dealing with matrimonial and relationship disputes, and Public and Private Law issues relating to children. 

Our Practice Manager, Peter Hall, knows each of his Barristers’ areas of expertise and will be happy to discuss your individual requirements.


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Christine Hayes

Christine advises and acts for:

Local Authorities, particularly in cases involving complex legal or factual issues. Parents – especially those with learning difficulties, mental health or substance misuse issues. Children, interveners and grandparents.

She has wide experience of non-accidental injury cases, including concurrent family and criminal law proceedings. She has acted for all parties in adoption proceedings and in the Court of Protection.

Christine acts for all parties in all aspects of divorce (including those with an international element), contact and residence. She has also acted in many cases involving applications for special guardianship and in cases involving child abduction. She has particular expertise in the field of domestic violence.

Christine has prosecuted and defended in the Divisional, Crown and Magistrates’ Courts

She has undertaken appeal by way of case stated, Proceeds of Crime applications and PII matters, including vetting material for such applications. She also has broad experience of prosecuting for the RSPCA, the DWP and Trading Standards.

Christine has assisted in training DWP staff and Social Workers to develop their Court room skills and has often undertaken speaking engagements to train Solicitors and has participated in events for schools and the public.

“Christine always gives excellent advice and she always goes that extra mile for clients and solicitors alike.”

“...she has an ability to put clients at their ease and to speak to them in an easy to understand way.”

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Dominic Barratt

Dominic has enjoyed being a Family Barrister for more than twenty years. He was previously Head of a large Family Team at another set of Barristers’ Chambers in East Anglia.

He is highly experienced in all areas of Family Law including disputes over residence and contact concerning children, applications by the Local Authority to take children into care and financial proceedings following the breakdown of a marriage.
Dominic enjoys the client contact from practising in Family Law. No two cases are ever quite the same and his work is always varied. He has a friendly and relaxed approach which helps people who are already going through one of the most stressful periods of their lives. He gives his clients realistic and understandable advice. Their case concerns their life, their children, their money so he does not take unjustifiable chances and, if going to court can be avoided, whilst achieving a fair legal solution for his clients, then he considers that a success.

If the case needs to go to court however, he pursues his client’s interests with vigour and with energy whilst always keeping an eye on whether the cost of further litigation at each stage is justified by what is at stake.

Dominic accepts instructions directly from members of the public under the Public Access rules. This allows people who are in need of advice and representation to instruct him as their Barrister without the complication or expense of going through a Solicitor first.

In two recent editions of the Legal 500, the leading guide to lawyers in the region, Dominic has been described as someone who “quickly grasps the essentials and knows exactly what must be done” and someone who “handles high value, complex family matters”.

A recent client said of him that “Dominic has a highly analytical, professional approach” and provided “professional and robust advocacy” in court. (T.M./Ipswich / June 2013).

"There are no winners in a matrimonial breakup but my experience of Dominic Barratt is that he fights for fairness and I felt like a winner at the end. I approached DB through the Direct Access Scheme so remained intimately involved in the process whilst being advised every step of the way. With the day in court I can't think there could possibly be a better barrister to have represented me."
(EC / Cambridge / 2014).

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Fiona Bailey

Fiona has only recently been called to the Bar having practiced as a Solicitor in Stowmarket for over 30 years.

Fiona was Senior Partner of a firm of solicitors in Stowmarket, where she specialised in complex family cases, representing parents and children in court cases brought by the Local Authority and also in private law disputes between family members involving children. Fiona also acts for grandparents, special guardians and prospective adopters of children.

Fiona has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel for over 15 years and as a solicitor regularly appeared in Court as an advocate.

In 2016 Fiona was President of the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society (SNELS) and in her presidential year she raised the profile of the organisation making it more accessible to the younger members of the legal profession.

"Mrs Bailey is often instructed in the most complex cases but I have never found her to be out of her depth or ill prepared."

"Mrs Bailey's organisational skills, her legal knowledge, her sensitivity and ability to empathise in what are always emotional and challenging proceedings are always of an exceptionally high standard."

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Hazel Stevens

Hazel was called to the Bar in 2001 following a career in shipping and overseas trade, during which she travelled widely negotiating contracts and facilities management services, holding a directorship in a multinational shipping line.

Hazel accepts instructions in both family and criminal matters.

Hazel specialises in animal cruelty cases, prosecuting regularly for the RSPCA throughout the UK

Hazel has successfully prosecuted fraud cases for the RSPCA and has been instructed in the recent high profile "puppy farm frauds" which have resulted in convictions across the country. She has also prosecuted a number of other high profile cases involving trapping of wild birds, large farm animals cases both for the RSPCA and Trading Standards, cockerel and dog fighting and cruelty to battery hens.

Having been instructed in numerous cases involving the examination and cross examination of expert witnesses, Hazel has acquired significant knowledge of animal and bird welfare, veterinary intervention and terminology that assists in presenting a coherent case.

Hazel is also instructed in public law matters representing parents, children and the local authority.

Travel, all things Austrian, wine and a good book.

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Nick Jack

Nick Jack has over 12 years experience in family law. He has developed an outstanding reputation for his work in both Public and Private Law children work, including permanent removal applications; internal relocation cases and Hague Convention cases.

Nick is regularly instructed by local authorities as well as parents and Guardians in Care Proceedings. Nick is known for his highly approachable manner with both his solicitors and clients, quickly putting them at ease.

Nick has also established a busy Direct Access practice, regularly receiving instructions in all areas of Private Law work.

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Mika Pine

Year of Call: 2007
Middle Temple
BA (Hons) Politics

Mika joined Cardinal Chambers in April 2015 after completing pupillage and working for six years at East Anglian Chambers. Prior to undertaking pupillage Mika worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau as a legal caseworker representing clients at court and managing a large volume of cases.

Specialising in family law Mika accepts instructions in all areas surrounding family breakdown from injunctive relief, to arrangements for children, care proceedings, financial settlements, and cohabitation disputes.

Mika is an experienced advocate, whose calming and reassuring approach puts her clients at ease. She has a reputation for being thorough in her preparation with attention to detail. She has strong negotiation skills and always strives to achieve the best outcome for her clients in each individual case. With her practical, no nonsense approach she is often able to encourage her clients to reach constructive and practical solutions.

Mika is particularly noted for her ability to reassure and guide clients in the most challenging and protracted cases. Mika provides a comprehensive service to clients and solicitors alike. Solicitors are particularly appreciative of her quick feedback following hearings and the confidence she instils in her clients.

Mika also accepts instructions direct from the public. Please visit for more information on how you can instruct Mika directly.

Bar Vocational Course (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Graduate Diploma in Law (College of Law, Chester)
BA Hons Politics (Strathclyde University, Glasgow)

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John Waters

John specialises in all cases relating to Private and Public law issues involving children – including contact and residence disputes, special guardianship orders and adoption proceedings.

John works tirelessly in seeking to achieve full, fair and just financial settlements for separating and divorcing parties.  He is also frequently instructed in many other areas of Family Law

John was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1974 and for more than twenty five years was based at Chambers in London’s Middle Temple. 

During his early career John had a broad general practice, including criminal, civil, landlord & tenant, and personal injury. He was instructed to appear in all the major London Courts and Tribunals, including the Royal Courts of Justice, and the Central Criminal Court (' Old Bailey') as well as General & District Courts- Martial in Germany, Scotland and England. 

However John quickly developed a specific interest in Family Law, an area in which he has now specialised for many years. Since 2001 John has been in full time practice in East Anglia. 

Alongside his work within East Anglia, he is regularly instructed in the Principal Registry of the Family Division, and in Courts throughout England & Wales.

John was for many years a teacher of Advocacy Training at the Council of Legal Education in London. He also served as a Member of the Board of Examiners at the Inns of Court School of Law. John is a member of the Family Law Bar Association. At leisure John enjoys time spent with his expanding family, pursuing his, and their, many interests.

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Sally Catton-Newell

Following completion of a degree in Psychology Sally worked for Suffolk County Council undertaking Public Law Children Act cases. Having completed her studies in law she was called to the Bar in 2009 and subsequently became a tenant at Trinity Chambers in Essex.

Sally specialises in Children Act cases, both Private Law and Public Law, and has acted for Local Authorities, parents and Guardians in all manner of hearings including fact finding and final hearings. Sally also regularly undertakes work in relation to applications under the Family Law Act and Financial Remedy proceedings.

Sally is described as an understanding advocate who has a calming and reassuring approach with clients. She is able to negotiate effectively but also put forward the client’s case persuasively in court.

katie ross

Katie Ross

Called to the bar in 2017. Katie practised as a Solicitor and Advocate in Essex & Kent for many years before this, fully exercising her rights of audience as an Advocate during that time.

Katie has experience of representing various clients having worked in private practice and for two of the largest local authorities in the South East of England.

Katie has a thriving law practice, her specialism being private and public children work, but she is also regularly instructed in injunctive proceedings and financial matters.

Katie has particular expertise in protracted or complex contact and residence cases involving mental health concerns, parental alienation, domestic abuse and drug and alcohol abuse, where expert evidence is obtained.

Instructed by Local Authorities, parents and children’s guardians within care proceedings, Katie has developed expertise in dealing with matters involving cognitive, psychiatric and psychological difficulties, sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries. Katie also has specialist knowledge of adoption proceedings.

Katie’s approachable, yet robust style enables her to give sensitive and supportive advice to clients as well as the confidence to represent them in a firm manner.

In her spare time Katie enjoys going to the theatre and concerts. She also enjoys baking and makes a great cheesecake!

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Christopher Foster

Christopher formally joined Chambers in March 2018 following the successful completion of his pupillage within Chambers. Christopher is an experienced advocate having worked in-house in law firms in Cambridgeshire and the North West of England.

Christopher is already developing a broad practice across the full range of family law areas including; private children, public children, financial remedies and domestic abuse.

Christopher's specific interests are in public and private child law. In public law proceedings, he has represented parents, children and local authorities in cases involving alcohol and drug misuse, emotional harm, neglect and abuse. He has also represented clients with learning difficulties and mental health issues. Christopher also undertakes the full range of private child law applications. He has experience of cases involving allegations of domestic abuse, alcohol and drug misuse and issues of parental responsibility. Christopher has experience of applications for injunctive orders, financial provisions and TOLATA claims.

In his free time, Christopher enjoys playing and watching tennis and football.

Education and Appointments:
LLB (Hons), De Montfort University
BPTC, Nottingham Law School
Kennedy Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
Cholmeley Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn

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Amelia Nixon-Moss

Since joining Chambers Amelia has enjoyed developing her practice in all areas of family disputes including; private children law, public law, injunctive relief and financial remedy.

Amelia has experience in a wide variety of cases including a notable case of allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. She has represented clients from the first hearing all the way through until final determination.

Amelia's approach is 'person-centred.' Her calming and personable nature quickly puts her clients at ease, at a time which can be highly emotive. She adapts quickly to the needs of the individual client and case whilst remaining realistic.

"Miss Nixon-Moss was really excellent at court representing me on the 18th April 2018. She was at court an hour before the hearing and this gave me the security and reassurance that there was enough time to go through my case. She was very well prepared. Miss Nixon-Moss listened to all my concerns and worries regarding my case. She believed that we had a fair chance to win it and this gave me great confidence. She was very polite and helped me through the difficult process of the hearing. She calmed me down when I got upset. She was very encouraging and helpful in every other way and I felt like a family member was representing me. She is a real credit to her profession. I couldn't recommend her enough."

Call to the Bar: 2014
BPTC, City Law School, Very Competent
LLM, University of Buckingham
LLB (Hons), University of Buckingham


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Peter Hall

Peter Hall brings a wealth of experience to Cardinal Chambers, having started his career in the Temple, London in 1978.

His first role was Junior Clerk to Harry Woolf who later became Lord Chief Justice. In 1990 Peter was appointed Senior Clerk at 3 Temple Gardens, London.

In 1993 he moved from London to Suffolk and was made Senior Clerk at East Anglian Chambers.

Since that time he has forged a strong working relationship with instructing Solicitors, and now relishes the opportunity of working in a forward thinking specialist Chambers.

Peter is responsible for the Barristers’ practices and also the development of chambers systems and services. He is a member of the Management Committee and a director of Cardinal Chambers.

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Richard Cade

Richard joined Chambers in October 2013 having previously been for the last 15 years a Senior Family and Civil Clerk in London Chambers. Richard comes from a clerking family and has himself been a clerk for 35 years. He started as a Junior Clerk and made moves to gain experience in different specialist sets.

He is a keen golfer and when not on the fairways enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Faye Reynolds

Faye is the newest member of our Cardinal administration team. She joined in September 2019 and is excited to be returning to family law after working in the Northampton Crown and County Court back in 2012.

As well as cycling, Faye enjoys walking, travelling and spending quality time with family and friends.

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