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Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC

10 LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS, LONDON, WC2A 3BP, ENGLAND
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Set overviews: England and Wales

Boasting ‘unparalleled strength across the board’ and ‘genuine stars at every level’, the ‘impressive1GC | Family Law is ‘a force to be reckoned with’ in the children law arena, and continues to enhance its reputation for financial work with several upcoming juniors of note. In recent news, Susan George and Elpha LeCointe have joined from Coram Chambers, while Sam Momtaz QC has been appointed to the Family Justice Council. Chambers’ commitment to publicly funded work, as well as ensuring senior and junior counsel are always available, ‘make them a hit with instructing solicitors’. Members ‘take pride in their work, forge excellent relationships, and work with solicitor at all times’ to ‘provide clear advice and pragmatic solutions’ in the most sensitive of cases. The ‘stupendous’ clerking team ‘work together, communicate well, and ensure you get the Rolls-Royce service’; ‘they are fair and ethical in relation to fees’; ‘they’re just a nice bunch’. ‘Fantastic’ senior clerk Paul Harris has elevated the clerks’ room to ‘an incomparable level’ producing ‘some of the best clerks’ around who are ‘fantastic ambassadors for their tenants’ and ‘a dream to work with’. Harris’ dedication to chambers is ‘second to none’ and he is ‘a stellar example of what a senior clerk should be’. Also in the team, ‘extremely personable’ first junior clerk David McDonald is ‘a significant addition to the team’, has ‘a fantastic relationship with solicitors’, and offers ‘a top-class service’ by ‘always going the extra mile’; practice manager Harry Smith and assistant practice manager Sam Ditchman are also highly recommended; Austin Ekford-Soper has left chambers. The set's’ ‘seamless’ rebrand and move to ‘amazing’ bespoke premises in Lincoln’s Inn also draws praise from solicitors: ‘The building is a poignant reminder of the high-calibre and bespoke chambers 1GC is.’ Marie-Christine Willis was appointed chambers director in January 2019. Offices in: London

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Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

1GC | Family Law

1GC | Family Law has ‘set a new gold-standard at the family Bar by investing in its premises and ICT, moving to open plan working, and recruiting a new generation of top-class talent’, according to one client. The set ‘is always willing to help and its barristers are very ‘hands-on’ offering support throughout’, offered another. With 'many excellent QCs and advocates of a high standard throughout', chambers has strength in public law children work as well as private law children matters and expertise in international work, too. Such work includes advising on relocation, abduction, adoption and surrogacy. Of particular note, Janet Bazley QC is described as a 'true pro, as comfortable cross-examining in the High Court as arguing points of law in the Court of Appeal', while Charles Geekie QC is a 'fantastic children's silk-warm, immensely likeable, and so very skilled'.

Leading Silks

Charles Geekie QC - 1GC | Family LawOperating at the forefront of private and public law children matters; his written work and advocacy are exceptional and his cross-examination is a joy to behold.

Ranked: tier 1

Janet Bazley QC - 1GC | Family LawHer reputation precedes her; she is one of the key senior counsel who own this area of the law.

Ranked: tier 1

Deirdre Fottrell QC - 1GC | Family LawThe perfect combination of tenacity, authority and warmth. A go-to silk for complicated children and fertility cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Bagchi QC - 1GC | Family LawGets straight to the point and his cross-examination is peerless, often lulling witnesses into a false sense of security.

Ranked: tier 3

Alison Ball QC - 1GC | Family LawIs very good on the detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Francesca Wiley QC - 1GC | Family LawIs astonishingly bright, fearless and effective both in and out of court.

Ranked: tier 3

Jane Crowley QC - 1GC | Family LawA very experienced silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Sam Momtaz QC - 1GC | Family LawHas a commanding presence in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Morgan QC - 1GC | Family LawHer cross-examination is razor-sharp and she can turn cases around.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Sharon Segal - 1GC | Family LawA classy advocate, she has a diet of high-profile work often appearing before High Court judges and the President of the Family Division.

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Heppenstall - 1GC | Family LawKnows the courts well and is very good on tactics and strategy.

Ranked: tier 2

Lucy Sprinz - 1GC | Family LawIs exceptionally talented.

Ranked: tier 2

Penelope Clapham - 1GC | Family LawA superbly confident and forceful advocate who brings her considerable talents and eye for detail to bear on every case no matter what is at stake.

Ranked: tier 2

Daisy Hughes - 1GC | Family LawIs a highly regarded barrister trusted by solicitors and judges alike; she really grasps the issues and can get down on a level with the client.

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Briggs - 1GC | Family LawHas an affinity with everyone she engages with from judges, opponents and clients; a precise thinker.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Ashworth - 1GC | Family LawHas a tactically astute mind allied to a natural authority and court presence beyond his call.

Ranked: tier 3

Alev Giz - 1GC | Family LawQuickly gains the utmost of respect from judges, clients, and opponents.

Ranked: tier 4

Eleri Jones - 1GC | Family LawIs poised, self-assured and copes incredibly well in difficult situations.

Ranked: tier 4

Pamela Warner - 1GC | Family LawIs extremely knowledgeable; ensures she is fully prepared; considers all potential aspects; and is a formidable advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Denise Gilling - 1GC | Family LawAn extraordinarily talented barrister with a keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 5

Louise MacLynn - 1GC | Family LawA highly capable advocate – her particular strength lies in her meticulous case preparation.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Jones - 1GC | Family LawFights hard and passionately for his clients.

Ranked: tier 5

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1GC | Family Law

1GC | Family Law is ‘excellent for cases where there is a cross-over between Court of Protection and family law issues.’ Areas of expertise include advising on forced marriages involving incapacitated adults where these marriages have happened or are about to happen either in the UK or abroad. The set also has a particular specialism in representing 16-17-year olds who lack capacity and who are emerging from the care system or are otherwise in crisis.

Leading Silks

Andrew Bagchi QC - 1GC | Family LawHas a remarkable ability to put clients at ease and present cases in an unfussy manner.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Alev Giz - 1GC | Family LawAble to consider complex matters and distil the key aspects which need to be progressed.

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Chisholm - 1GC | Family LawIdentifies the issues in a case immediately, and thinks strategically to achieve the client’s aim from the outset.

Ranked: tier 3

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Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
Family (including divorce and financial remedy) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1GC | Family Law

Mostly known for its highly regarded reputation in children law, 1GC | Family Law is an up-and-coming set for finance matters. Clients describe it as a ‘significant set in family law that is reasonably priced’ and as being a ‘superb and very reputable chambers experienced in family law. The quality of its work is excellent'. Members advise on a broad spectrum of matters from complicated business and trust structures through to major jurisdictional and enforcement issues. As an example of the work carried out, David Burles advised the husband in a high-value asset case where there were complexly interlinked property development companies of which the parties were directors and shareholders in different proportions and both parties.

Leading Juniors

Philip Perrins - 1GC | Family LawHas a calm, methodical approach and his attention to detail is second to none.

Ranked: tier 1

Penelope Clapham - 1GC | Family LawRazor-sharp intellect and is very hardworking.

Ranked: tier 1

David Burles - 1GC | Family LawHas an excellent attention to detail when it comes to paperwork and a relaxed but focused presenting style in court.

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Heppenstall - 1GC | Family LawVery good in cross-examination at final hearings and throughout court proceedings; excellent in making strong and clear submissions to the judge.

Ranked: tier 3

Duncan Watson - 1GC | Family LawHas great attention to detail, and thoroughly prepares for every case, always cleverly weaving the legal detail with the client’s objectives.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Jefferson - 1GC | Family LawIs an excellent advocate with a no-nonsense but highly persuasive style.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Boasting ‘unparalleled strength across the board’ and ‘genuine stars at every level’, the ‘impressive1GC | Family Law is ‘a force to be reckoned with’ in the children law arena, and continues to enhance its reputation for financial work with several upcoming juniors of note. In recent news, Susan George and Elpha LeCointe have joined from Coram Chambers, while Sam Momtaz QC has been appointed to the Family Justice Council. Chambers’ commitment to publicly funded work, as well as ensuring senior and junior counsel are always available, ‘make them a hit with instructing solicitors’. Members ‘take pride in their work, forge excellent relationships, and work with solicitor at all times’ to ‘provide clear advice and pragmatic solutions’ in the most sensitive of cases. The ‘stupendous’ clerking team ‘work together, communicate well, and ensure you get the Rolls-Royce service’; ‘they are fair and ethical in relation to fees’; ‘they’re just a nice bunch’. ‘Fantastic’ senior clerk Paul Harris has elevated the clerks’ room to ‘an incomparable level’ producing ‘some of the best clerks’ around who are ‘fantastic ambassadors for their tenants’ and ‘a dream to work with’. Harris’ dedication to chambers is ‘second to none’ and he is ‘a stellar example of what a senior clerk should be’. Also in the team, ‘extremely personable’ first junior clerk David McDonald is ‘a significant addition to the team’, has ‘a fantastic relationship with solicitors’, and offers ‘a top-class service’ by ‘always going the extra mile’; practice manager Harry Smith and assistant practice manager Sam Ditchman are also highly recommended; Austin Ekford-Soper has left chambers. The set's’ ‘seamless’ rebrand and move to ‘amazing’ bespoke premises in Lincoln’s Inn also draws praise from solicitors: ‘The building is a poignant reminder of the high-calibre and bespoke chambers 1GC is.’ Marie-Christine Willis was appointed chambers director in January 2019. Offices in: London

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