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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7EX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7427 5200
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 4979
DX:
1035 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.4pb.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜remarkable’ 4 Paper Buildings is β€˜simply the best stable’ of barristers who are β€˜committed and passionate’ to children law, both domestic and international. With β€˜a wide spread of barristers who excel in the field’, chambers offers β€˜accomplished, expert counsel at every level of call and covering all particular niches’. Many of the set’s β€˜stellar’ counsel are β€˜absolute leaders in the field’ and there is also β€˜a seemingly endless raft of very capable juniors’ coming through. Chambers’ matrimonial finance barristers are also β€˜excellent’ and of the β€˜highest quality’. The set is very approachable, inviting solicitors to share knowledge and welcoming in their dealings with clients, as well as being very accommodating from β€˜fixing conferences in the evening to being agreeable when it comes to price’. β€˜Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and reliable’, the clerks β€˜understand the importance of client relationships and go out of their way to assist solicitors provide the best possible service to clients’. β€˜Excellent’ senior clerk Michael Reeves and first junior Paul Hennessey are β€˜particular stars’ able to β€˜assist with any last minute instruction you may require and recommending the best counsel for that particular case’. Second junior Kenny Martin has been β€˜particularly helpful on some urgent international cases, and considered the cost position for the clients’. Overall, the clerk’s room is β€˜a second-to-none team of likeable people, and you always feel supported; I trust their judgement to make suggestions for who is right for a certain case’. Or as another solicitor put it: β€˜I have lost track of all the times they have gone above and beyond. As the saying goes, "if Carlsberg made clerks…" it’d be 4PB without doubt.’ Offices in: London

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London Bar

Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 Paper Buildings

4 Paper Buildings β€˜is the standout set of choice for all children work. It offers accomplished, expert counsel at every level of call from exceptional silks right down to new tenants’. The β€˜remarkable set’ advises on all areas, such as celebrity children disputes through to child abduction. It is also leading set for appellate advocacy – in the recent seminal Supreme Court case of Re C regarding β€˜wrongful retention’, all seven counsel involved were from this set.

Children law (including public and private law) – Leading silks

Alex Verdan QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜He is fantastic at calming clients and is incredibly well-prepared.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Hale QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜A master of persuasion and charm, the archetypal iron fist in a velvet glove.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry Setright QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Judges hang on his every word.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jo Delahunty QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is a very robust cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Teertha Gupta QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of international children law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alison Grief QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Exudes authority in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Wood QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Commands the court room effortlessly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Scott-Manderson QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Highly rated for international children cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Cyrus Larizadeh QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜A highly organised and skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Branigan QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Her humanity and warmth shine through in her client care.’

Ranked: tier 3
Children law (including public and private law) – 2018 silks

Sam King QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Has an excellent command of her papers.’

Ranked: tier 1
Children Law (including public and private law) – Leading juniors

Barbara Mills - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Great on detail but never loses sight of the bigger picture.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dorothea Gartland - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜An excellent advocate but thoroughly modest with it.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joy Brereton - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Judges love her – she is firm and persuasive in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Gration - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜A match for any silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Justine Johnston - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is a fighter who knows how to win.’

Ranked: tier 2

Judith Murray - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is confident and persuasive in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jacqueline Renton - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜A tenacious and determined advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Jubb - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜His advocacy is understated but forceful and his written work is exemplary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Jarman - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Strong and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Foulkes - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Has a real forensic ability to analyse the evidence and work out complex points of law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sally Bradley - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Has a very loyal client following, no doubt due to the incredible attention she gives to each case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is very persuasive with judges in her calm and measured way.’

Ranked: tier 3

Chris Barnes - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜His paperwork is exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 4

Francesca Dowse - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is a reassuring presence and clients trust her.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Powell - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜A natural and gifted advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Edwards - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜A walking encyclopaedia.’

Ranked: tier 5

Ruth Kirby - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Superbly prepared.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Family law (including divorce and financial remedy)
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Paper Buildings

4 Paper Buildings has β€˜great strength in depth’ and β€˜there is usually no difficulty in getting cover as the quality throughout chambers is high’. Members are strong in cases involving financial orders for unmarried parents, as well as complex international divorces and arbitration.

Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading silks

Charles Hale QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜The don. An unparalleled ability to turn the ear of the court in his client’s direction.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Sternberg QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hames QC - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜He commands real authority.’

Ranked: tier 4
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors

Henry Clayton - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Has an unbelievable eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Judith Murray - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Clients feel that she is on their side.’

Ranked: tier 2

Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is very persuasive with judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Copley - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Effortlessly pierces through to the heart of the issue.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Fairbank - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Has a fabulous eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Francesca Dowse - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜Provides clear and confident representation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Gates - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜An eloquent advocate who is quietly successful again and again.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Van Rol - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜She is thorough and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Lyon - 4 Paper Buildings β€˜He has the trust of judges and the opposing counsel.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜remarkable’ 4 Paper Buildings is β€˜simply the best stable’ of barristers who are β€˜committed and passionate’ to children law, both domestic and international. With β€˜a wide spread of barristers who excel in the field’, chambers offers β€˜accomplished, expert counsel at every level of call and covering all particular niches’. Many of the set’s β€˜stellar’ counsel are β€˜absolute leaders in the field’ and there is also β€˜a seemingly endless raft of very capable juniors’ coming through. Chambers’ matrimonial finance barristers are also β€˜excellent’ and of the β€˜highest quality’. The set is very approachable, inviting solicitors to share knowledge and welcoming in their dealings with clients, as well as being very accommodating from β€˜fixing conferences in the evening to being agreeable when it comes to price’. β€˜Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and reliable’, the clerks β€˜understand the importance of client relationships and go out of their way to assist solicitors provide the best possible service to clients’. β€˜Excellent’ senior clerk Michael Reeves and first junior Paul Hennessey are β€˜particular stars’ able to β€˜assist with any last minute instruction you may require and recommending the best counsel for that particular case’. Second junior Kenny Martin has been β€˜particularly helpful on some urgent international cases, and considered the cost position for the clients’. Overall, the clerk’s room is β€˜a second-to-none team of likeable people, and you always feel supported; I trust their judgement to make suggestions for who is right for a certain case’. Or as another solicitor put it: β€˜I have lost track of all the times they have gone above and beyond. As the saying goes, "if Carlsberg made clerks…" it’d be 4PB without doubt.’ Offices in: London

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