Elizabeth Spence

Elizabeth Spence

Called: 2006

Practice Profile

Well known for her representation of clients in financial proceedings which involve complicated business arrangements or inherited assets. She also handles complex children law matters, including cases of abuse and parental alienation.
‘Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.’ Legal 500 2021
She is a fantastic advocate who fights tooth and nail for her clients.Legal 500 2021 – ranked as a leading junior
‘I really like her attitude in court; she doesn’t buckle under pressure, she makes her points well before the judge and she gets the results we need.’ Chambers and Partners 2020 – band 3


‘Thorough, approachable and focused on achieving the right result for clients.’ ‘She provides robust, sensible advice and has great attention to detail.’ Chambers and Partners 2019 – band 3


Liz is very clever and has a sympathetic persona which makes her very approachable.” “She is extremely capable and knowledgeable in all areas of her practice and well respected by other members of counsel and solicitors.” Chambers and Partners 2018 – band 3


‘Very on the ball, forthright in court even with difficult parties on the other side. She comes across as experienced beyond her call.” “Elizabeth is thorough and a very strong advocate.”  Chambers and Partners 2017 – Up and coming


Elizabeth is an experienced practitioner whose practice has an emphasis on Financial Remedy proceedings including matrimonial finance, disputes between cohabitants pursuant to TOLATA 1996 and financial relief under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.


She regularly advises and represents clients in matters involving assets of all value, including high individual worth and high net worth cases.


Elizabeth is frequently instructed on complex cases involving companies, inheritance, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.


Elizabeth’s forensic approach to cases is reflected in her strong advocacy and written work. Her comprehensive skeleton arguments, written documents and oral submissions have been noted to have been of great assistance in the High Court in N v B v Ors [2013] EWHC 820 (Fam)


She is known for building a good working relationship with clients and for consistently and robustly promoting her client’s case throughout proceedings and at contested hearings. She provides straight-talking clear advice.


Alongside her extensive financial practice, Elizabeth has particular expertise in Children Act matters. She advises and appears in all courts including the High Court. This gives clients the benefit of having Elizabeth represent them throughout all proceedings relating to their relationship breakdown. She represents parents and children in difficult and complex proceedings involving fact findings relating to serious physical, emotional and sexual abuse, domestic violence, non accidental injury, severe head injuries in children and in cases where one parent killed another.

Family Finance 

  • Individuals with high profiles and / or net work
  • Foreign or complex assets
  • Trusts and intervenors
  • Injunctions
  • Non-disclosure of assets
  • Pre-post nuptial agreements
  • Disputes between cohabitants under TOLATA 1996
  • Schedule 1 proceedings under the Children Act 1989
  • Interim applications, including maintenance pending suit applications
  • Enforcement proceedings, including attachment of earnings, charging orders, third party debt orders and reciprocal enforcement of
  • maintenance and charging
  • Freezing injunctions under s 37 of the Matrimonial Causes Act


Private Law Children

  • Applications for residence and / or contact, including disputes involving grandparents and other associated third parties
  • Leave to remove and international relocation cases
  • Disputes over education and change of name
  • Jurisdictional disputes and abduction matters


  • MA (Hons) EdinburghUniversity, 2004
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Professional Education (2005)
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Professional Education (2006) (Very Competent)


Scholarships & Awards

  • David Karmel Scholarship, GraysInn
  • FLBA (Family Law Bar Association)
  • Outside Chambers life, Elizabeth enjoys walking her two dogs, scuba diving, swimming, tennis and travelling when she gets the chance.

Elizabeth Spence – Stour Chambers, 8 Vernon Place, Canterbury, CT1 3HG


My registration number is: Z9820511


Client personal data processed


I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. I may process the following client personal data:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Identification Data such as Passport or Driver’s License details.
  • Bank account details
  • Data relating to the legal matter for which I am providing services to you
  • Location details
  • Financial Information, Medical records, Criminal records


How I will use your personal data


All the information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered in the course of your case and/or proceedings.

The lawful basis’ identified for processing your data is your consent, processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, compliance with my legal obligations as a barrister regulated by the Bar Standards Board.


Your personal data is required in order for me to provide you with representation.  If you do not provide me with the required personal data, I may not be able to represent you.


Your data may be used to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation
  • To ensure that I do not enter into any other contracts or agreements which may create a conflict of interests between the duties I owe to you and to another person
  • Assist in training pupils and mini-pupils
  • Investigate and address your concerns
  • Investigate or address legal proceedings or complaints relating to your use of my services/products, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law
  • Provide information as required by the Bar Standards Board, my indemnity insurers and HM Revenue and Customs


Sharing of Data


I may share your data with

  • My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services
  • Instructing solicitors
  • Pupil or mini pupil, under my training
  • Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet my legal obligations
  • Any other party where I ask you and you consent to the sharing


How long I keep your personal data for:


Your personal data is held by me for as long as I represent you and in chambers in accordance with chambers’ data retention policy.


Any personal data that is emailed to me will be kept on chambers’ email systems in line with its email retention period.


Transfer of your personal data outside of the European Economic Area


I confirm that I do not normally transfer your personal data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). In the event that personal data does need to be transferred outside of the EEA then I will ensure the necessary safeguards are in place as required under the GDPR. 


Your rights as a data subject:


The General Data Protection Regulation provides data subjects certain rights relating to the processing of their personal data.  Given the nature of personal data processed by me, and the lawful basis I have identified for doing so you have the following rights:


You may request access to the personal data I process concerning you through making a subject access request (SAR).


You may request rectification of the personal data I process concerning you where it is incomplete or inaccurate.


You may request, subject to certain criteria, the erasure of the personal data I process concerning you.


You may request that I restrict the processing of personal data concerning you.  Restriction means that I will only store the personal data and not further process it.


You have the right to data portability whereby I will provide you (or another data controller where technically feasible) your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.


You can make a request expressing your rights by contacting me at the details provided above.


Lodging a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office


If you feel that your personal data has been, or is being, processed in an inappropriate manner; or you feel that your rights, as described above have been infringed, you may lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  The ICO is the UK’s supervisory authority regarding data protection matters and has a responsibility to act on complaints made to it.  You may lodge a complaint by visiting the website below or calling the ICO’s helpline on 0303 123 1113.




This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.

~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.

~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021

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