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Camellia Buckmaster

Senior Associate
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Camellia advises on all aspects of family law and specialises in High Net Worth complex financial disputes arising from divorce and for unmarried parents (schedule 1).

Her practice covers co-habitation and pre/post nuptial agreements, jurisdictional disputes and Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders. Her cases often involve an international element and/or complex trust structures. Camellia’s children private law work includes cases with contentious child arrangements and international relocation.


Camellia read Philosophy and Theology at Durham University and was awarded a Norton Prize for outstanding academic performance by St Cuthbert’s Society.  She converted to law at BPP Law School achieving Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course.

Camellia trained at Slaughter and May, qualifying in September 2014.  She joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2016 and was promoted to senior associate in 2018.  She works primarily with Baroness Shackleton, Ben Parry-Smith and Nick Manners.

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  • Chambers UK 2024: Camellia is ranked as an “Associate to Watch”, testimonial quotes include: “Camellia is bright and on top of all the papers – a real force to be reckoned with.”
  • The Legal 500 UK 2024: Recommended Lawyer
  • Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2024: Camellia is listed as a “Rising Star” with a focus on financial remedy
  • Chambers HNW 2023: Camellia is ranked as an “Associate to Watch” with the directory writing that she assists on some of the Payne Hicks Beach team’s most significant family cases. Testimonial quotes include: “Camellia is bright and on top of all the papers – a real force to be reckoned with.” and “A highly effective family law solicitor who inspires confidence in clients.”
  • Citywealth Future Leaders 2023 – Camellia won gold in the Family Lawyer of the Year – Senior/Managing Associate category at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2023
  • Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2022 / Chambers and Partners UK 2023: Camellia was ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2022 and Chambers UK 2023.  She was listed as an associate to watch having received the following praise: “She is genuinely one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. She is brilliant with clients, fantastically clever and her cases are always well thought through.”, “Camellia Buckmaster is so impressive. She runs a case exceptionally well. She is an absolute workhorse. She is very bright, very tactical and dedicated to clients.”, “Her client management skills are fantastic, especially when dealing with difficult clients. I would recommend her absolutely.” and “Camellia has the knowledge and the tactics, and is very forensic in her approach.”
  • Citywealth Future Leaders 2020 – Camellia was listed in the Future Leaders Top 100
  • Citywealth Future Leaders 2020 – Camellia was shortlisted for Family Lawyer of the Year, senior/managing associate category.