Leeds and Newcastle-based Parklane Plowden Chambers has welcomed a new tenant to its 44-strong family team.

Naakesha Michl, who was called to the Bar in 2013, specialises in all aspects of family law including public and private children law and finance.

She joins from KBW Chambers where she spent the first six years of her career at the Bar combining a criminal and family law practice. This has given her particular expertise in analysing police evidence, forensic reports and data.

In its 2022 rankings, barristers’ directory, Chambers & Partners, placed Parklane Plowden as Band 1, the highest ranking a chambers can achieve, for family: children and Band 2 for family: matrimonial finance.

Naakesha acts for all parties in public and private law proceedings, including parents, grandparents and other family members, intervenors, children and local authorities.

She is regularly instructed on behalf of the most vulnerable clients and as a result is well-equipped to represent clients who require extra sensitivity.

In addition, Naakesha advises and acts in finance proceedings and is well-known for her ability to assist in reaching fair settlements at all stages in the court process.

Commenting on her new tenancy, Naakesha said: “Parklane Plowden’s family law practice has an outstanding reputation, and it is a chambers with a progressive approach and clear growth plan.

“I am very pleased to join the set and look forward to playing my part in further developing the family team’s expertise for the benefit of current and future clients.”

Senior practice director to the family team, Mark Williams, said: “Naakesha is a great addition to our team. She is renowned for being a tenacious advocate in all aspects of her work who puts clients at ease through excellent communication skills and a commitment to preparing every case with the utmost care.

“Naakesha’s extensive experience in family law will play a key role in further enhancing Parklane Plowden’s reputation for excellence on the North Eastern and beyond circuit.”