Family (including divorce and financial remedy) in London Bar
With 'a fantastic stable of silks and junior barristers’, 1 Hare Court is ‘one of the strongest London chambers for financial remedy work'. The set enjoys a regular flow of instructions from domestic clients but is increasingly receiving instructions from overseas clients for ‘top drawer, big money work’, as evidenced by Martin Pointer QC acting in the largest divorce case in Hong Kong.
1 KING'S BENCH WALK is strong in both matrimonial finance and children law matters and is routinely involved in the largest finance cases with complex multi-jurisdictional issues. Christopher Pocock QC acted for the husband in a jurisdiction dispute which necessitated an appeal to the Court of Appeal about the meaning and effect of Article 16 of the Brussels II Revised Regulation (2201/2003). The set is praised by clients for its ‘collegiate atmosphere’.
29 Bedford Row Chambers is a ‘fantastic set with a number of impressive barristers for matrimonial finance’ or, as another client put it, 'it's excellent in every area of family law and at every level of seniority'. Members are particularly well–known for their work on heavyweight, multi-million matrimonial finance cases. In Villiers v Villiers, Timothy Scott QC led for the wife at first instance and in the Court of Appeal; the primary question in the dispute centred around whether jurisdiction in relation to maintenance should be with the courts of England and Wales or Scotland. In another instruction, Philip Cayford QC obtained victory for Graham Mills in Mills v Mills, a case concerning periodical payments with the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal.
Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) has 'unparalleled strength in depth at all levels, from heavyweight silks, a handful of much-sought-after recently appointed QCs, several of the go-to senior juniors, and many up-and-coming juniors who are destined for great things,’ eulogised one source. The set's members are particularly well known for dealing with the financial consequences of relationship breakdown (‘the strongest sets for financial work. It is great from top to bottom with outstanding talent and no weak links’) but they are also 'immensely experienced' in all aspects of family law, according to clients. Stewart Leech QC is acting for the crown estate in Princess Tessy v Prince Louis of Luxembourg, a high-profile royal divorce that has been attracting a lot of publicity.
With ‘excellent strength in depth in family law’, 4 Paper Buildings has a proven track record of acting in family disputes involving high-net-worth and international clients, especially where there are also issues involving offshore assets, family trusts, and complex tax structures. Henry Clayton advised the mother on an application for financial provision for a child where the father is a member of a wealthy ruling family that is based overseas. In addition, its members are skilled at advising on issues surrounding inherited and pre-marital agreements. ‘The whole set is very good indeed. It is a large family set with superb specialist family counsels at all levels,’ said one source. Another said: 'They have increasing numbers of polished performers in financial remedy cases.'
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.