Mr William Horwood > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS

Work Department

St Philips Family


William undertook pupillage in chambers in 2016/17, and joined chambers on completion of pupillage in 2017. His practice encompasses the following areas of law:

  • Family Law (public law care cases, acting for Guardians appointed in private law children cases, ancillary relief and trusts of land cases)
  • Abuse and neglect (claims against public authorities and private institutions in relation to abuse or neglect suffered whilst in the care of those authorities/institutions)

Reported cases include:

M (Children: Applications by Email) [2021] EWCA Civ 806

AV (A Child) (Expert Report) [2020] EWCA Civ 346, [2020] 2 FLR 203

C (A Child: Care Proceedings – Inherent Jurisdiction – Deprivation of Liberty) [2019] EWFC B72 (Comm)

K, T and U (Placement of Children with Kinship Carers Abroad) [2019] EWFC 59

J (A Child: Care Proceedings: Apportionment of Experts’ Fees) [2017] EWFC B49



Called to the Bar in 2016.


The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Family Law Bar Association

West Midlands Family Law Bar Association


BA (Hons) Russian Studies – First Class (University of Birmingham)
MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture (University College London)
Graduate Diploma in Law – Commendation (BPP Law School)
Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent (University of Law)

Lord Justice Holker Scholar 2014 – Gray’s Inn

CPE Scholar 2012 – Gray’s Inn

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law

(Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 1

William HorwoodSt Philips Chambers ‘William is a very good counsel who advises the client and puts the client’s case even if the views of the client go against the advice which has been provided. He is very good at meeting the client’s expectations and very good at putting the client’s case across.’  

St Philips Chambers offers ‘great depth and breadth of experience of counsel’ across the entire range of family proceedings at every level of court. Sara Lewis KC is ‘immensely hard working and determined’ and handles many serious family law cases and proceedings in the High Court. Christopher Adams is a ‘tenacious and well-prepared advocate’ who regularly handles cases involving serious and medically complex injuries to children. Rising star William Horwood is an ‘incredibly articulate advocate’ and is frequently instructed in difficult cases related to child death and abuse. Jack Redmond was appointed to the circuit bench in August 2022.