Stephanie Coker

Stephanie Coker

Called: 2015

Practice Profile

Stephanie is a specialist family law barrister with a practice involving Family Finance (including TOLATA), Private Children and Public Law Children cases and Family Law Act applications. 

 

Prior to joining chambers, Stephanie worked as a paralegal at leading law firms in which she gained experience in matrimonial cases involving high-net worth assets and contentious commercial landlord and tenant matters. Stephanie prides herself on her personability and ability to give robust advice to clients. She will always go the extra mile to ensure her client’s needs are met and that they feel at ease during stressful situations.

 

Stephanie is able to accept instructions direct from the public under the Direct Access Scheme.

Family Finance 

Stephanie has a strong interest in financial remedy disputes and continues to develop a thriving practice in this area.

Stephanie practices in all areas of financial remedies, frequently involving property, companies; non-matrimonial property; confidentiality and disclosure issues; third party interventions; enforcement; variation applications; interim remedies and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Stephanie welcomes instructions in Schedule 1 cases. Her specialist LLM puts her in good stead when dealing with matters involving companies, complicated asset structures and jurisdictional issues. During pupillage, she was exposed to complex financial remedy work and contested divorce proceedings.

 

Private Children

Stephanie has a busy private children practice and regularly acts for parents in applications for Child Arrangement Orders, Prohibited Steps Order and Specific Issue Orders. She has also represented children through their Guardians.

During pupillage, she observed complex private children cases. Stephanie has gained extensive experience in dealing with private children matters including issues of domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health, parental alienation and intractable disputes. She has conducted multi-day fact finding hearings within Children Act proceedings, involving serious allegations of abuse, cultural and religious issues and has experience of representing a number of vulnerable clients.

 

Public Law Children

Stephanie represents both parents and Guardian’s in public law matter. Prior to joining Chambers she spent a year working in the Children’s Services department in a local authority in London. In this role she was exposed to complex cases involving chronic neglect, domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health and witchcraft stigmatization. 

 

Family Law Act applications

Stephanie is regularly instructed in applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders, often involving parallel Children Act proceedings. She has also advised and represented clients on financial orders in addition to occupation orders under the Family Law Act.

  • LLB Law, University of Leicester (2013)
  • LLM International Commercial Law, University College London (2014)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, The University of Law (2015)
  • DPhil (Law), University of Leicester (Forthcoming)
  • French (Basic)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of The Inner Temple
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Outside professional life, Stephanie also has an interest in academia and legal writing. Stephanie enjoys gospel singing, cooking, spending time with family and travelling. When she isn’t doing this, she attempts to improve her basic French.

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

Specialising in matrimonial finance and children matters. Members appear in the regional courts as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal. They often act in financial remedy proceedings relating to farms, companies, properties and other assets. In addition they are adept at dealing with serious child care allegations including physical abuse and death.

~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

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