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.


Fiona Bailey

Fiona Bailey

Year of Call: 2019

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."

dominic barratt

Dominic Barratt

Year of Call: 1992

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).

"I much appreciated the friendly and efficient way in which you dealt with my case. I can say, without hesitation, you have exceeded my expectations in the first class service that you offered. The service and experience were exceptional."

‘I'd like to thank Dominic Barratt who has been an absolute amazing friendly and understanding Barrister at court. I felt as though he had my back the whole time I can’t recommend his services enough and for anyone going through a hard complex legal case, Dominic is the man you need.’

"I must speak incredibly highly of Dominic. I was very happy with him. He has a calming persona and I have complete confidence in him."

“I am delighted with the outcome of my case. Dominic was brilliant. I had full confidence in him.”
(KS/Colchester/March 2021).

"I can say without hesitation that you exceeded my expectations in the first class service you offered. The service and experience was exceptional." Steve L/2016.

"Mr Barratt knows his onions". Circuit Judge/2020.

"Mr Barratt is a very experienced advocate of the greatest integrity". District Judge/2021.

"Dominic was a thoughtful, caring yet diligent professional during a monstrous time for me. I'll always be grateful for his guidance, time and simple humanity." Anna L/2022.

sally catton-newell

Sally Catton-Newell

Year of Call: 2009

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 undertakes work in relation to applications under the Family Law Act.

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.

Christopher Foster

Christopher Foster

Year of Call: 2016

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

christine hayes

Christine Hayes

Year of Call: 1999

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 appears regularly in the High Court.

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.

She has 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. Her practice concentrates on representing children

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.”

nick jack

Nick Jack

Year of Call: 2002

Nick has a very approachable and reassuring manner, instantly putting his clients at ease. He has over 18 years experience in family law with a particular emphasis on complex cases involving children, Nick has developed an excellent reputation for work in both Private and Public Law cases. Private Law cases involving international elements, including permanent removal applications; internal relocation cases and Hague Convention cases. Public law cases concerning significant inflicted or fatal injuries. Nick can be instructed directly through the Direct Access process.

Examples of his area of practice:

R v R Acting for a father in private law proceedings where he successfully challenged the s.7 CAFCASS report, ensuring the children regular overnight contact with their father.

Re Z Representing the children in a complex private law dispute in the High Court. Findings were made that the children had been alienated from their mother. The court ordered that the children should live with their mother.

Re X Acting for a father in complex Care Proceedings with allegations of injuries resulting in the death of his child. At the conclusion of the highly complex fact finding process the father was exonerated (with Leading Counsel). At the conclusion of the proceedings the father was granted unrestricted contact with his younger child.

P v P Hague Convention child Abduction case acting for a father seeking the Summary return of his daughters to Australia. Successfully argued against the Mother's defences of Article 13b and children's objections to return to the father in Australia.

RE P Representing a father in complex Care Proceedings concerning significant inflicted head injuries resulting in permanent developmental delay in which the opposing counsel was Silk. The parents were identified as the only possible perpetrators. Case concerned complex and conflicting medical evidence.

Re G Represented father of 7 children in Public Law care proceedings involving significant sexual and physical abuse of 3 of his daughters throughout their childhood. The case was further complicated by conflicting expert opinion as to the father's mental and physical capacity both at the times of the allegations and during the proceedings.

H v A Representing the mother in Wardship proceedings. During the contested fact finding hearing the court found that the mother and the child had been abandoned by the father in Algeria. Further that the father's actions had exposed their son to significant risk to his health as a result of limited medical provision for his chronic respiratory condition. The case was further complicated by the impact of orders made in ongoing private law proceedings in Algeria in which conflicting findings were made.

Nick is a keen sportsman who regularly runs and bicycles.

Karly McGuire

Karly McGuire

Year of Call: 2022

Karly was called to the bar in 2022 after a successful career as a Solicitor-Advocate. Karly qualified as a Solicitor in 2007, having completed her training contract at Suffolk County Council. Her specialism became care proceedings, before spending a number of years undertaking work for Suffolk Constabulary.

In 2013, Karly obtained her Higher Rights qualification in civil proceedings and joined the in house advocacy unit at SCC. She obtained extensive experience in public law children proceedings. In 2016, Karly completed her higher rights in criminal proceedings and subsequently took on a multi-disciplined advocate role, representing various clients, including the police, the probation service, social services and Trading Standards. As well as public law care proceedings, Karly has experience of many other family related applications, including forced marriage protection orders, stalking protection orders and domestic violence protection orders.

In her limited spare time, Karly is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law, primarily teaching on the Bar Practice Course, as well as the family law elective on the LPC.

Amelia Nixon-Moss

Amelia Nixon-Moss

Year of Call: 2014

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."

BPTC, City Law School, Very Competent
LLM, University of Buckingham
LLB (Hons), University of Buckingham

mika pine

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)

katie ross

Katie Ross

Year of Call: 2017

Prior to being called to the Bar in 2017, Katie practised as a Solicitor and Advocate in Essex & Kent for many years. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2010, initially working in private practice and then 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.

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!

hazel stevens

Hazel Stevens

Year of Call: 2001

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.

john waters

John Waters

Year of Call: 1974

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.

Stella Young

Stella Young

Year of Call: 2021

Stella joined chambers in March 2021. She was previously Head of the Family department at Jefferies solicitors in Southend. As a solicitor advocate she was instructed by CAFCASS on behalf of children. She also represented parents and relatives in care and private law cases.

Stella is a skilled and experienced advocate in complex cases of suspected non accidental injury where medical evidence can sometimes be controversial and requires enquiry and challenge. She has dealt with a number of complex appeals and has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Stella is also very experienced in dealing with complex wardship, adoption and surrogacy cases.


peter hall

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.

richard cade

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.

Leanne Hillery

Leanne Hillery

Leanne joined chambers in June 2021. She previously worked for twelve years with a prestigious solicitors firm in Essex, Fisher Jones and Greenwood. She assisted a partner within the family team.
In her spare time Leanne is a keen road cyclist, paddle boarder and all round outdoor adventurer.

Sally Freeman

Sally Freeman

Sally was one of the original members of Cardinal Chambers when it was established in 2013. Following a successful career at the Bar Sally retired in September 2015 and was looking forward to a quiet retirement.

In 2018 she was invited back to Cardinal to take on a new challenge as administrator as Cardinal grows from strength to strength.

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