Members of Chartlands Chambers

Our Barristers

Please see below the full list of Members and Staff at Chartlands Chambers. All barristers are self employed sole practitioners registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. To access further information about an individual, including work specialisms, please click on the relevant profile.


Mrs Jane Page


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Jane Page Personal Injury Northampton

Date of call to the Bar: July 1982

Inn: Inner Temple

Qualifications: LLB (Hons)

Status within Chambers: Joint Head of Chambers, Full member of Chambers, Pupil Mistress

Areas of Practice:
Child Law, in particular Care Proceedings, acting for Parents, Guardians, and Local Authorities. Also, other Public and Private Family Law work including jurisdiction and abduction cases, residence, contact. Also has a special interest in representing those with learning difficulties/mental health issues.

Membership of organisations:

  • Member of the Midland Circuit
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Family Law Bar Association

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Mrs Joy Pinkham


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Joy Pinkham Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: January 1993

Inn: Gray's Inn

Qualifications: LLB

Status within Chambers: Joint Head of Chambers, Full member of Chambers, Pupil Mistress

Areas of Practice:
Public and Private law children work including Care Proceedings, Adoption, Abduction, Removal from Jurisdiction, Residence, Contact, Specific Issue. Also, Divorce and Domestic Violence cases. Regularly conducts cases on behalf of local authorities and Guardians, as well as family members and often instructed on complex multi-day hearings including many heard in High Court.

Membership of organisations:

  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
  • Member of the Midland Circuit

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Mr Eufron Van Besouw


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Eufron Van Besouw Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: November 1988

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: LLB

Status within Chambers: Full member of Chambers

Areas of Practice:
All areas Child Family Law. Public Law Children work including advising and representing local authorities, Guardians, and parents in Care and Adoption proceedings. Private Law children work including issues of residence, contact, jurisdiction and other specific issues. He maintains a strong practice covering the Northampton, Coventry, and West Midlands regions, and is a popular figure with many solicitors.


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Mr Paul Tapper


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Paul Tapper Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: January 1991

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: LLB

Status within Chambers: Full member of Chambers, Member of the Management Committee

Areas of Practice:
All areas of Family Law, including Public and Private Law Children work, Financial matters including Ancillary Relief on Divorce, Separation and Trusts of Land Disputes. Also, domestic violence work. Practice includes advising and representing in high cost multi-asset financial cases.

Direct Public Access


Registered with the Bar Council to conduct Public Access work, whereby instruction in Family cases can be taken from lay clients directly without the need for a solicitor*.
*subject to terms and conditions. See also Public Access Work page.

Membership of organisations:


Member of Midland Circuit

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Mr Ishtiyaq Ali


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Ishtiyaq Ali Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: October 1996

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BVC

Status within Chambers: Full member of Chambers

Areas of Practice:
Immigration and Asylum work, including advising and representing appellants and sponsors at all Court levels. Preparing written advice and grounds of appeal, attending Refugee convention and Human Rights appeals, entry clearance, student visa, and other appeals. Also, pre-hearing reviews and bail applications. Available to attend Court centres nationally, and to prepare urgent grounds of appeal.
Civil Law practice includes Personal Injury, Contract, Debt Dispute, Road Traffic Cases. Work includes advising, attending conferences, and hearings at all court levels.

Direct Public Access
Registered with the Bar Council to conduct Public Access work, whereby instruction in Immigration and Asylum cases can be taken from lay clients directly without the need for a solicitor*.
*subject to terms and conditions. See also Public Access Work page.

Membership of organisations:

  • Accredited by the Bar Council in Immigration and Asylum work.
  • Former member of the Immigration Advisory Service.

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Mr Waqas Rashid


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Waqas Rashid Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: July 2006

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Qualifications: LLB (Law and Politics), LLM (Human Rights Law), Post Graduate Dip. in Professional Legal Skills

Scholarships: Scholarship from University of Nottingham. Attended Public International Law Course at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2005.

Status within Chambers: Pupil Supervisor, Member of the Management Committee, Equal Opportunities Officer

Areas of Practice:

Family Law

Waqas appears before all levels of Judiciary and undertakes work in all areas of family law including Public Law, Private Law, Financial Remedy and Domestic Violence Proceedings.

Waqas represents Local Authorities, Parents, Guardians and Interveners. He is regularly instructed via the Official Solicitor. Waqas has represented clients in complex cases including those involving Private Adoptions, Forced Marriage Protection Orders, Female Genital Mutilation, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and Removal from the Jurisdiction to Non-Hague Convention Countries.

Notable Cases: A & Anor v A Local Authority & Anor [2014] EWHC 4816 (Fam) (17 December 2014)

Civil Law

Alongside his busy family law practice, Waqas maintains a civil law practice focusing on Road Traffic and Personal Injury matters.

Direct Public Access

Registered with the Bar Council to conduct Public Access work, whereby instruction in family cases can be taken from lay clients directly without the need for a solicitor*.

*subject to terms and conditions. See also Public Access Work page.

Membership of Organisations: Member of Family Law Bar Association

Languages: Urdu, Punjabi and Mirpuri

Other: Waqas received a certificate from the University of Wolverhampton in 2015 for his contribution to the Student Mentoring Programme.


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Miss Rachael Dawson


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Rachael Dawson Northampton Barristers

Date of Call to the Bar: July 2007

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) - University of Nottingham (2.1), BVC - Nottingham Law School (VC, Outstanding in Family Law)

Scholarships: Scholarship from University of Nottingham. Awarded Chrystal McMillan prize by the Middle Temple for achieving within top 5% of Nottingham Law School students on the BVC.

Status within Chambers: Door tenant (please contact Clerks regarding availability)

Areas of Practice: All areas of Family Law, including Children Act (residence, contact, specific issue, prohibited steps), Domestic Violence, Public Law, Ancillary Relief and Trusts of Land.

Civil Law, including Personal Injury, RTA, Contract and Debt.

Memberships: Family Law Bar Association.

Previous Employment: Prior to pupillage worked for the CPS in the witness care department. Also worked as a County Court Advocate on the Midland, North Eastern and Northern Circuits handling small claims, summary judgment, infant settlement, mortgage possession, bankruptcy, return of goods and order for sale hearings, as well as case management conferences.

Personal Information: Interests include theatre, tennis, travelling and yoga.

Other: Carried out pro bono work alongside my studies at University and Law School.


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Mrs Hena Vissian


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Hena Vissian Northampton Barristers

Family Law Specialist

Date of call to the Bar: October 2002

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Qualifications: Very Competent (Outstanding in Advocacy), MA Criminal Justice (Distinction), BA (hons) Law, Psychology, Philosophy and Drama (2:1)

Hena is a Family Law practitioner who specialises matters related to children. She is instructed regularly in Public Children Act proceedings, including matters heard in the High Court and accepts instructions in some complex private Children Act matters.

Hena has a reputation for dealing with matters in a robust and straightforward manner. She has a sensitive, down to earth and child-focused approach with clients, which is well respected by those who instruct her and the court alike. She regularly represents parents, local authorities and children's guardians; children capable of being represented in their own right, interveners and also accepts instructions via the Official Solicitor.

Hena is experienced in dealing with complex matters. She has been instructed to appear in complex cases, including in the High Court (Criminal Division and Family Division) involving the most serious of issues concerning serious sexual abuse, applications for child witnesses to give evidence, disclosure of concurrent criminal proceedings and representation of extremely vulnerable clients with severe learning difficulties.

Hena has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Sexual abuse including rape (including familial abuse)
  • Cases involving individuals with learning difficulties
  • Cases involving cultural conflict between parents and children

Hena is well known for her forensic analysis and thorough preparation of cases. She has extensive experience cross-examining expert, professional and other witnesses. Her advocacy skills are exceptional, assisted by her early career at the Criminal Bar where she conducted criminal trials over a range of offences at all levels, including rape, sexual assault and historical sexual abuse. She is reputed to be a tenacious advocate, who takes a sensitive yet robust approach to cases and will not shy away from challenging the opinions of experts and professionals.

Hena is experienced and regularly accepts instructions in matters involving:

  • Clients with learning difficulties and disabilities (including the use of intermediaries at court)
  • Cases involving clients with mental health difficulties/issues
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Sexual abuse (including familial abuse and rape)
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Deprivation of liberty
  • Chronic neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Cases involving older children where cultural conflict is the issue
  • Forced marriage
  • Honour based violence
  • Drug misuse
  • Alcohol misuse

Languages: English, Kutchi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (conversational)

Memberships:

  • Midland Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

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Miss Elizabeth Lince


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Elizabeth Lince Northampton Barristers

Date of Call to the Bar: July 2007

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) (2:1)

Status within Chambers: Full member of Chambers

Areas of Practice: All areas of Family Law including Children Act, Public Law Act, Domestic Violence, Ancillary Relief, Trusts of Land actions. Civil work including Personal Injury, Road Traffic cases, Contract and Debt dispute.

Memberships: Midland Circuit


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Mr Terry Burns


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Terry Burns Northampton Barristers

Date of Call to the Bar: November 1990

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: BA (Hons) History

Status within Chambers: Full member of Chambers

Areas of Practice: Extensive experience of all areas of Family Law. Career has progressed to a concentration on complex Children cases (both Public and Private Law), and large asset Ancillary Relief cases. Highly regarded for robust approach to work, when required. Strong Midlands base of work.

Direct Public Access
Registered with the Bar Council to conduct Public Access work, whereby instruction in Family cases can be taken from lay clients directly without the need for a solicitor*.
*subject to terms and conditions. See also Public Access Work page.

Membership of organisations: Family Law Bar Association (FLBA). Midland Circuit. Pupil master for many years.

Previous Employment: Clarendon Chambers.

Personal Info: Mad about cricket! Enjoys good food and wine.


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Miss Jennifer Moles


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Jennifer Moles Northampton Barristers

Date of Call to the Bar: November 2015

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Philosophy 2:1, Graduate Diploma in Law: Commendation

Status within Chambers: Full tenant

Areas of Practice: All areas of Family Law including Care Proceedings, Children Act matters, Domestic Violence, Financial Relief. Civil Law work including Personal Injury and Road Traffic.

Scholarships:
- Anglo-American Exchange Scholarship: Des Moines, Iowa
- Lord Diplock Scholarship
- Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Award
- BPTC Award
- BP Ambition Award
- First in the Family Scholarship (University of Nottingham)

Publications:
- 'Stalking and Harassment: How Effective is the New Legislation?' Bloomsbury Brief, 2014.
- 'Financial Adversity: A Bar to the Bar?' Student Law Journal 2015.


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Miss Gemma Daniels


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Jennifer Moles Northampton Barristers

Date of Call to the Bar: July 2012

Inn: Gray's Inn

Qualifications: Masters in Law (LLM), LLB Law

Status within Chambers: Full member of Chambers, Chambers Librarian

Areas of Practice: All areas of Child Law - both Public and Private Law (including local authority). Proceedings - working for Guardians, family members and local authorities, Private Law Child arrangements and Specific Issues). Financial Provision cases within Family Law. Domestic Violence cases (including Injunctions and Occupation Orders). Civil Law work including Road Traffic matters and related Personal Injury. Other Small Claims work including Debt Dispute.

Previous Employment: includes LPC Law – County Court advocate on the Midland Circuit.


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Mr Jonathan Cowen


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Jonathan Cowen Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: November 1983

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: MA (Oxon) Dip Law

Status within Chambers: Associate Member, Pupil Master

Areas of Practice:
Family and Civil Law Practice. Family work includes Care Proceedings and Financial Provision including Ancillary Relief, Separation, and Trusts of Land Disputes. Civil work includes Professional Negligence, Property Disputes, Contract, Personal Injury, and Public Interest Immunity work. Also regularly conducts High Court Judicial Review cases.

Notable cases and other information:
Seminars for law professionals conducted throughout the country.

Membership of organisations:

  • Accredited by the Law Society for the purposes of providing
  • Solicitors with continuing professional development hours.

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Mr Robin Slade Jones


Chartlands Chambers Barrister
Robin Slade Jones Northampton Barristers

Date of call to the Bar: January 1993

Inn: Gray's Inn

Qualifications: B.A. (Hons.)

Status within Chambers: Door tenant (No current availability)

Areas of Practice:
All areas of Child Law including Care Proceedings, Jurisdiction cases, Residence, Contact, and other applications.
Also a member of the Queensland (Australia) Family Bar for the past ten years, bringing a wealth of experience from his practice in both countries.

Membership of organisations:
Member of the Australian Bar


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Staff


Mr Andrew Davies


Senior Clerk
Andrew Davies Northampton Barristers

Position: Senior Clerk

E-mail: andrew@chartlands-chambers.co.uk

Out of hours telephone number: 07969 165224

Membership of organisations: Member of the Institute of Barrister's Clerks

Has been clerking since 1992, and began his career as a Junior Clerk at 22 Albion Place (Northampton Chambers). Left that set in 1995 to help form the new chambers that became Chartlands, and has been it's senior clerk since.

Dual role in chambers of senior clerk and office manager includes organising the management and other committees, establishing marketing drives, day to day running of clerks' room and work towards accreditation of chambers' organisation.


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Miss Luisa Hodge


Clerk to Chambers
Luisa Hodge Northampton Barristers

Position: Junior Clerk

E-mail: luisa@chartlands-chambers.co.uk

Qualifications: BA (Hons), BTEC in Chambers Administration

Membership of organisations: Member of the Institute of Barrister's Clerks

Luisa graduated in History (BA Hons) from the University of Birmingham in 2001. She was employed at Northampton Combined Court Centre in both a Civil and Family administrative and Court Clerk role for two and a half years before taking on the temporary position of Family Section Manager.

Luisa joined Chartlands as Junior Clerk in 2004.


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Miss Anneka Freeland


Junior Clerk
Anneka Freeland Northampton Barristers

Position: Junior Clerk

E-mail: anneka@chartlands-chambers.co.uk

Anneka joins Chartlands and the world of the Bar, after several years working at local solicitor firms, and brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to our practice.


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