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2024 Silks

Andrzej Bojarski KCThe 36 Group 'Andrzej brings his advocacy skills to the private judging sphere. He is thorough, empathetic and kind, hugely intelligent, and probably thinking five steps ahead of the advocates in front of him on every case, hard-working and keen to find/broker settlement. He is fully resolution-focused and will leave no stone unturned in trying to get a couple to that end.'
Edward Boydell KC – Pump Court Chambers 'Edward is first-class. He is a formidable practitioner with a very deft human touch.'

Family: private FDR judges and arbitrators in London Bar

1GC | Family Law

1GC | Family Law is a ‘very good set’ of barristers involved in all areas of family dispute resolution. Janet Bazley KC is a ‘very fair tribunal’ who is very active as a mediator and regularly conducts early neutral evaluations and private FDRs. David Burles has more than three decades of experience in family law and regularly works with high-net-worth clients, while Claire Heppenstall is renowned for her ‘fair and detailed judgements and ability to manage arbitrations perfectly’.


‘Paul Harris is exceptional. The clerking team is top-notch and provides excellent service with no fuss.’

‘1GC | Family Law is a very strong set, particularly concerning children’s work. It goes the extra mile for solicitors and clients. It has a strong group at all levels, particularly amongst their mid-senior ranks.’

‘1GC | Family Law is a great set of chambers with a lot of solid talent in the team and some great juniors.’

‘The clerks are fantastic, very responsive and helpful.’

1 King's Bench Walk

1 King’s Bench Walk is a ‘leading set for family law matters with unrivalled strength in depth at silk level’. Alexander Chandler KC is a ‘go-to private FDR judge’ and regularly acts as arbitrator in claims involving financial remedies, while Richard Castle is known for his expertise in international aspects of financial remedy and divorce. Other key members of the team include the ‘sensible, approachable, proportionate’ Nicola Fox and the ‘much liked and respected’ Katherine Kelsey , who are active across the matrimonial finance space.


‘Chris Gittens is an excellent head clerk, and with Tim Madden and Nicola Cade, the set has a strong clerking team.’

‘1 King’s Bench Walk has a very efficient clerks room.’

‘1 King’s Bench Walk is a superb set – very much sought after in the market.’

‘1 King’s Bench Walk is a top rate set with the breadth of talent available.’

‘1 King’s Bench Walk is a good chamber with a wide variety of barristers.’

29 Bedford Row Chambers

29 Bedford Row Chambers is a ‘market leading set for financial remedy work’ that consistently ‘goes above and beyond’. Ben Fearnley is an ‘excellent private FDR judge’ who specialises in financial aspects of divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, separation of unmarried couples, financial provision for children, and jurisdiction disputes. Other key contacts include the ‘technically brilliant advocate’ Nicholas Allen KC and Peter Mitchell KC, who has extensive expertise in drafting, implementation and enforcement of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. ‘Thorough and balanced FDR judge’ Lucy Owens is another key contact.


’29 Bedford Row is a top-notch financial remedy chamber.’

’29 Bedford Row is a go-to set.’

’29 Bedford Row has a strong and developing ADR offer, with good strength in depth from experienced counsel.’

‘The clerks are always helpful, and Julie Holcombe leads the way.’

’29 Bedford Row has a top clerking team. James Shorthall is everything that one wants from a senior clerk.’

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) is ‘a prominent family law specialist set with good quality at all levels’. Tim Amos KC is an expert on international family law, particularly cases of divorce and finance, while James Ewins KC is ‘the best tribunals in London and a first choice for financial arbitration and private FDRs’. Other team members include ‘experienced and skilled dispute resolution practitioner’ Tristan Harvey and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Duncan Brooks KC, who was appointed silk in 2023.


‘The clerks are helpful at every turn. Jon Bartlett, in particular, is highly effective and efficient and gives a fantastic service to solicitors.’

‘Jon Bartlett is excellent, and Harry Tennent is very good.’

‘QEB is the best set for complex financial work.’

‘Queen Elizabeth Building is a fantastic set for money cases with top-class counsel. It is always a first choice for clients.’

‘QEB is a fantastic set with the biggest strength on financial and jurisdiction cases.’