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Established to meet the need for high quality legal advice and advocacy in Somerset and the West Country, Octagon Chambers has increased in size and legal practice to match the demand.

Family Law

Chambers prides itself on the breadth of coverage we are able to offer in this field. Our members regularly represent children, parents and local authorities and we are able to offer expertise in all areas.

Given the recent and ongoing changes in public funding, specifically in Private Law Proceedings, we are able to offer a competitive, fixed fee structure for our privately paying clients in both the Family Proceedings and County Courts. Please contact our Family Clerk, Carly Ash-Lucas for further details.

Alternatively, your case may be suitable for engagement on a Public Access  basis. Please visit our page for further details or complete our Initial Instruction Form and we will arrange for an initial free consultation if appropriate.

Private Law

Members of Chambers act for parents, children and other interested parties as interveners. We are able to offer sympathetic and practical advice in areas including:

  • Adoption
  • Contact & Residence including intractable contact
  • Discrete child care issues such as schooling disputes and medical treatment
  • Emergency Relief
  • Forced Marriage Applications
  • Gay and lesbian Co-Parenting
  • Injunctions including Non-Molestation & Occupation Orders
  • Jurisdiction matters including leave to remove children from the UK
  • Special Guardianship

Public Law (Care & Supervision)

Given the sensitive nature of care proceedings, members of Octagon deal with cases in a structured and delicate manner and maintain excellent working relationships with local Independent Family Centres and Professionals. We represent all parties including Local Authorities, Government Bodies, Parents and Children. Our spectrum includes:

  • Contact in Care, including issues relating to secure accommodation
  • Emergency Protection Orders
  • Finding of Fact
  • Interim Care & Supervision
  • Opposed Adoption
  • Warship of Children

Divorce, Ancillary Relief & Financial Remedies

Here at Octagon Chambers, we are acutely aware of the stress and pressures faced upon separation of a marriage or civil partnership. We have expertise in:

  • Divorce, including contested proceedings
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Married Women's Property Act 1882 
  • Property disputes and financial rights of unmarried co-habitees
  • Pre-Nuptial agreements
  • Pensions
  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA)
  • Transfer of Tenancies


Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) used to resolve disputes between two or more parties. Within Chambers we have two qualified mediators Sheila Taurah and Robert Trevis.

We are able to offer a competitive fixed fee structure and use of our conference facilities to assist in the negotiation of your settlement. Please contact Chambers to discuss your requirements.

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