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Dominic has enjoyed being a Family Barrister for more than twenty years. He was previously Head of a large Family Team at another set of Barristers’ Chambers in East Anglia.

He is highly experienced in all areas of Family Law including disputes over residence and contact concerning children, applications by the Local Authority to take children into care and financial proceedings following the breakdown of a marriage.

Dominic enjoys the client contact from practising in Family Law. No two cases are ever quite the same and his work is always varied. He has a friendly and relaxed approach which helps people who are already going through one of the most stressful periods of their lives. He gives his clients realistic and understandable advice. Their case concerns their life, their children, their money so he does not take unjustifiable chances and, if going to court can be avoided, whilst achieving a fair legal solution for his clients, then he considers that a success.

If the case needs to go to court however, he pursues his client’s interests with vigour and with energy whilst always keeping an eye on whether the cost of further litigation at each stage is justified by what is at stake.

Dominic accepts instructions directly from members of the public under the Public Access rules. This allows people who are in need of advice and representation to instruct him as their Barrister without the complication or expense of going through a Solicitor first.


In two recent editions of the Legal 500, the leading guide to lawyers in the region, Dominic has been described as someone who “quickly grasps the essentials and knows exactly what must be done” and someone who “handles high value, complex family matters”.

A recent client said of him that “Dominic has a highly analytical, professional approach” and provided “professional and robust advocacy” in court. (T.M./Ipswich / June 2013).  

"There are no winners in a matrimonial breakup but my experience of Dominic Barratt is that he fights for fairness and I felt like a winner at the end. I approached DB through the Direct Access Scheme so remained intimately involved in the process whilst being advised every step of the way. With the day in court I can't think there could possibly be a better barrister to have represented me."

(EC / Cambridge / 2014).