About Us - Direct Access Barristers


Cobden House Chambers was formed in 1997.  We are based on Quay Street, Manchester, and operate nationwide.

Chambers has over 60 members practising in many areas of law, and five members of the family team now offer legal services direct to you.

The members of the team who are able to deal with your case directly are:


Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling will accept cases involving commercial disputes, property and insolvency. read more


Peter Buckley

Head of the Family Department After graduating from University College Oxford Peter spent a year teaching in Greece before commencing his pupillage with the late Cecil Henriques. At that time undefended Divorce was popular and Cecil had the biggest read more


Carolyn Johnson

In such cases Carolyn has been accredited by the Bar Council to provide direct legal access to those parents and grandparents or other members of the public or organisations who would like her to assist and represent them in a family matter if she read more


Abigail Holt

Abigail Holt EU Law - Citizens’ Rights and Human Rights read more


David Maddison

Within care proceedings he mainly represents parents, including those accused of the most serious acts of abuse and neglect. He has also acted for local authorities and guardians. He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, and has taught read more


Arron Walthall

rron joined chambers in 2008 following a specialist chancery pupillage under Richard Oughton, the head of the Chancery and Commercial Department. His practice comprises: Chancery & Commercial Arron provides litigation, advising and drafting read more


Lisa Wilson

Associations Family Law Bar Association Child Concern Profile Lisa Wilson graduated from her LLB Law degree in 2008 and went on to complete the Bar Vocational Course in 2009. Prior to qualifying at the Bar, Lisa spent two years working at a read more


Please click on the photos above to read our profiles.

We are all accredited by the Bar Council for Public Direct Access Work.

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