Sally Barnett

Miss Sally Barnett

Head of Chambers

Call: 1987 Middle Temple
LL.B. (Hons) University of Birmingham

Sally Barnett is a member of the Family Team.

Sally has practised at the Bar full time for over 20 years almost exclusively in the field of family law. Her practise is wide ranging over the following areas; contested divorce and nullity proceedings, ancillary relief (covering all aspects from substantial assets to nil /debt situations, non disclosure, tracing issues, pensions and the use of actuarial evidence where appropriate, third party intervenors, assets abroad and cases linked with other litigation, for example ongoing private law disputes in respect of children (residence and contact disputes including applications by grandparents), child care proceedings (primarily for parents and other family members) trust claims, Civil Partnership and Inheritance claims.

Sally understands the needs of clients in what are usually very stressful and emotional situations. She is very experienced in negotiating fair and exceptional settlements on behalf of her clients as well as conducting contested hearings. Her work covers the Midlands area. Conferences can take place in chambers or other venues to suit the needs of the client.


Examples of work

S v S – Residence dispute between parents and members of a well established religious closed community. Other side were represented by a QC. Expert evidence of Professor Eileen Barker. Succeeded in obtaining residence for the client who was very vulnerable. (Leicester)

DCC v M – Contested care proceedings. Acted for the local authority. Parents members of a travelling community. (Derby)

R v R – Ancillary relief where client had advanced Multiple Sclerosis. Issues in relation to care home fees and local authority funding. (Derby)

N v W – Contested residence and contact proceedings spanning a number of years and many hearings. NYAS represented the child and the local authority was involved. Numerous expert reports. Client with mental health difficulties. (Coventry)
B v B – Contested ancillary relief. Acting for the wife. Issues in respect of planning permission and valuations. Numerous case management hearings to keep the case on track and to ensure a fair valuation was being obtained. Also issues of inheritance. Succeeded in obtaining a lump sum from an inheritance received three years after the parties had separated. Substantial legal arguments on both sides. (Leicester)

S v S – Contested maintenance claim for arrears and capitalisation. Substantial assets and dissipation of over £1,000,000 on internet gambling. Represented professional client with massive income generating opportunities and serious addictions. Legal arguments on capitalisation by way of a further pension share, injunctions and legal charges. Represented the client in the original ancillary relief hearing. Settlement negotiated to client’s satisfaction. (Leicester)

K v S – Contested ancillary relief proceedings spanning a number of years. Client represented by the Official Solicitor due to mental health difficulties unusually limited to an inability to be cross examined and later take part in the proceedings. Issues of conduct, non disclosure contributions short marriage allegation. Case described by the judge as “unique”. (Leicester)


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