Top Five Barristers
‘There’s no better counsel for HNW private children law matters — a brilliant strategist and plan executioner,’ says one colleague of Deborah Eaton, a legend of the family bar with a refreshingly wholesome and practical approach to children’s cases.
‘I’m a problem-solver and I will find a solution that fits best,’ she says. ‘When we walk away from cases, the family have to carry on. I look at what I can preserve and what my red lines are, rather than just steamrollering. I’m not interested in being destructive.’
Eaton, who has just won a case at the Bermuda Court of Appeal, is a trailblazer in family law. She single-handedly redefined the law regarding care-sharing following a number of cases in 2011 and 2012, including K v K — this time at the UK Court of Appeal — in which she challenged the old-fashioned approach which loaded international relocation cases in favour of the mother. ‘I was able to look at the question of sharing time because there’d been a social shift,’ she says modestly.
Initially a psychology and anthropology graduate, when she isn’t fighting tooth and nail for her clients she’s raising the profile of parental alienation and organising discussions around the mental health of children in disputes.