'Stellar family set' 1 Hare Court is ‘totally solid and reliable from top to bottom', and is praised as 'a Rolls-Royce set for financial remedies work'. Nigel Dyer QC recently represented the wife before the Court of Appeal in a case concerning her legal status in occupying a property owned by the husband pending its sale post-divorce; following the delay of the sale, the key issue centred on whether the wife was a trespasser during this period, depending on the interpretation of a consent order. The Court ruled that the wife's presence in the property, until the property was sold, was permitted. In recent news for the set, the senior end was recently bolstered by the elevation of Nichola Gray QC to silk in March 2021.
Family (including divorce and financial remedy) in London Bar
‘A very strong family set.’
‘1 Hare Court has unmatched depth and quality in financial remedy work from top to bottom.’
‘1 Hare Court is a premier set, with an incredible quality of barristers and an incredible clerking team.’
‘Very experienced clerking team. Steve McCrone and Michael Lay have seen and done it all.’
‘Steve McCrone and Michael Lay offer an excellent, responsive service.’
‘The clerks are always available and my entire team enjoys a great relationship with them. Steve McCrone is a brilliant head clerk. ‘
‘They are organised and co-operative and provide a quick turnaround. Steve McCrone, Mike Lay, Daniel Barnett and Maxwell Brian are personable, very knowledgeable and effective.’
1 King's Bench Walk is ‘an immensely impressive family set at all levels’, standing out for 'its expertise in both finance and private children work.’ The team is very well versed in handling high-value cases involving complex trusts, assets and businesses. The set garners praise for its 'fantastic range of barristers, who are always well prepared and worth their weight in gold'. The 'superb' Charles Howard QC is 'at the top of his game', and Philip Marshall QC is 'extremely polished and charming with a steel backbone, and wins over judges with a mixture of panache and tenacity'. At the junior end, Katherine Kelsey is 'always on top of a case and is never fazed'. The 'phenomenally bright' Deepak Nagpal QC took silk in March 2021, further strengthening chambers at the senior end.
‘1KBW has a good blend of first-rate children and money barristers.’
‘1KBW has significant strength in depth among its barristers, from the most junior to the most senior. ‘
‘It has great depth at all levels, from silks to the most junior members, for both finance and children work.‘
‘1KBW has excellent strength in depth across all experience levels.’
‘The clerks are unfailingly helpful and friendly. They will always do all that they can to make a preferred barrister available and if not available, will always come up with a suitable alternative.’
‘Chris Gittins leads a proactive team.‘
‘We like working with Chris Young because he is so reliable – he will always swiftly deal with any issues.’
‘Chris Gittins always has his finger on the pulse.’
With a reputation for being 'a force to be reckoned with at the family Bar', 29 Bedford Row Chambers is a 'first-class set in financial remedy cases' with 'great strength in depth'. The 'outstanding' Philip Cayford QC is 'at the top of his game', and is well known for appearing before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in high-profile cases. Jonathan Southgate QC is a 'phenomenal strategist', and is sought after for his expertise in handling complex, ultra-high-net worth financial remedy cases. Timothy Scott QC regularly acts in cases with international aspects, including foreign marriages and divorces, and advises on international pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The 'very bright' Harry Campbell 'has a wise head on his shoulders', and is a new entrant in this year's rising stars category.
‘A top set with many stand out individuals.‘
‘Strong throughout on divorce finance work, and clearly one of the leading chambers for such work.‘
‘I always use 29 Bedford Row because of its breadth of knowledge, quality of advice and extent of personalities which means I can always offer my clients the right fit.’
‘Well led from the front by James Shortall.’
‘James Shortall and his team are very supportive and constructive.’
‘Absolutely first-class. Senior clerk James Shortall and First Junior Julie Holcombe run a very slick operation. They know their barristers’ diaries like the back of their hands and are in the unique position of being able to give solicitors authoritative advice in relation to their fees and availability.’
‘High quality clerks – super responsive and flexible.‘
‘James Shortall is a natural born organiser.‘
Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) garners praise from clients as 'a top set for matrimonial finance', and members continue to be kept busy handling a range of complex, high-value financial matters arising from relationship breakdowns. Stewart Leech QC appeared before the Court of Appeal in Potanina v Potanin, involving an application made for financial relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 following an overseas divorce. The 'committed' Lucy Stone QC is highly regarded for her expertise in advising high-net-worth clients on complex matrimonial finance issues, including domestic and international nuptial agreements. Marina Faggionato stands out as 'an undiminished star in the field, inspiring confidence from clients and solicitors who instruct her'.
‘A first-class financial remedy set with a lot of excellent barristers.‘
‘You always know that a QEB barrister will be well prepared and will quickly gain the respect of the client.’
‘QEB’s members are all of the very highest calibre, from the silks down to the new tenants. Universally bright, hardworking and engaged and engaging.’
‘Huge depth of skills; barristers of first-rate pedigree across the entire set; fantastic clerks room; good value and flexibility on fees.’
‘QEB is a pre-eminent set in divorce and financial remedy counsel – the set is strong across the piste with leaders and juniors.’
‘Excellent service, particularly from Howard Rayner.‘
‘First-class. Howard Rayner is a class act.‘
‘Jon Bartlett is fantastic and supremely helpful – he has a wealth of experience, and can achieve miracles in relation to listing or securing barrister availability’.
‘The service is first-rate. The clerks are all helpful and efficient – senior clerk Howard Rayner leads by example. Jon Bartlett is very experienced and reliable.‘
4 Paper Buildings is home to a team of highly experienced barristers with notable strength in assisting high-net-worth individuals with issues arising from family disputes. The 'hugely bright' Charles Hale QC is 'willing to go the extra mile for solicitors and clients alike', and recently appeared in the Court of Appeal for the wife in the high-profile case of Rothschild v De Souza, a complex multimillion-pound financial remedy application involving international elements. Christopher Hames QC is regularly sought after for his established expertise in handling matrimonial finance cases involving substantial assets and multi-jurisdictional issues. At the junior end of chambers, Samantha Woodham 'appreciates the nuances of a case and can persuade the court to appreciate the subtleties too'.
1GC | Family Law is 'an excellent set, with strong counsel in the finance and children field'. Members are regularly instructed in cases involving offshore trusts, large-scale international businesses, and assets held in other jurisdictions. The set has notable strength in handling financial issues arising from cohabitation disputes and the dissolution of civil partnerships, as well as advising on financial provision for children. The 'tenacious' Penelope Clapham 'works tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for her clients. She never fails to impress with her straight-talking and perceptive approach'. The 'calm and measured' Joseph Moore and the 'talented' Annabel Barrons are new entrants to the table.
‘1 Garden Court Chambers offers a variety of counsel at varying rates and qualification levels, providing sufficient choice for varying matters. In circumstances where our requested counsel is unavailable, the set endeavours to provide alternative members of counsel at a similar call and experience level. All clerks are conscious of costs and budgets and take a bespoke approach to their services.’
‘Quality representation at all levels.’
‘It has a breadth of knowledge and can offer superb advice, from international family law to complex children matters. I tend to use the set for those specific areas. The service provided is impeccable.‘
‘Counsel have a breadth of experience across various areas of family law, enabling clients to be represented by several members of chambers without disrupting continuity of representation. ‘
‘Very good strength in depth.‘
‘David McDonald is a credit to the clerking world.’
‘Amazing service from them. Outstanding members are Paul Harris and David McDonald, who can sort any problem with good humour and skill. The junior clerks are very good too – a great team all round.’
‘The family clerks are very hands on and pro-active.’
‘David McDonald goes out of his way to help, advise, perform miracles and move mountains, which is exactly what a good clerk should do.‘