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Chambers of Nick Goodwin KC
Harcourt Chambers
2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9DB
England

South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

‘An excellent family set with a number of excellent practitioners’, Harcourt Chambers has renowned expertise in children law, both private and public as well as matrimonial finance. John Vater KC is a ‘passionate parents advocate’ who is well known for his ‘work ethic, courtroom skills and client care’Jane Campbell focuses on divorce and financial remedy cases for high profile individuals, along with ‘effective advocate’ Fiona Hay , who is praised for her ‘ability to deliver clear and practical advice in difficult cases’ and ‘her wonderful manner with clients’. Sara Granshaw and Simon Miller specialise in children law and regularly appear for a number of local authorities, vulnerable parents, and children’s guardians at all levels, including the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Nick Goodwin KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Nick has an excellent advocacy, ability to absorb vast amounts of information and distil it into succinct advice. He is very approachable.’
Ranked: Tier 1
John Vater KCHarcourt Chambers ‘John is relentless in his desire to get to the heart of the family dynamic and does not pull any punches with either the client or the court.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Aidan Vine KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Aidan’s attention to detail is impressive, together with his ability to analyse complex cases and to develop a strategy in presenting the cases makes him a formidable barrister. His ability to memorise large volume of information and evidence is outstanding. Another real strength is his calm approach to the clients, the case and any issues that arises.’
Ranked: Tier 1

2020 Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Jonathan Sampson KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Jonathan is brilliant in cross-examination of the witnesses, be it the lay parties or experts. His unruffled ability to forensically challenge and undermine a witness is peerless. He has a great command of the complexities of medical evidence.’ 

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara GranshawHarcourt Chambers ‘Sara is very good in medical cases and excellent with clients.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas AllenHarcourt Chambers ‘Douglas is great at negotiation and keeping clients calm.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Forbes –Harcourt Chambers ‘Alex is a tower of strength to clients who are fighting for their family. He is exceptional in the heat of trial. He provides a clear sighted advice.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily RaynerHarcourt Chambers ‘Emily is always well prepared. She gives realistic and sensible advice and is very easy to work with. She builds up a good rapport with clients. Judges respect her and find her arguments persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Cecilia BarrettHarcourt Chambers ‘Cecilia is thorough and efficient in her preparation. She is smart, incisive, and clear in her advice and formulation of case strategy. She is authoritative but sympathetic in her communication with clients. She is a team player working to get the best outcome for the client working constructively, and in a family focused way.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason GreenHarcourt Chambers 'Jason is a class act whose written work is brilliant. He is utterly charming with clients who love him. He is impressive in the way he handles difficult opponents and is unflappable. His advocacy is pitched perfectly.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward KirkwoodHarcourt Chambers ‘Edward has the ability to process large and complex bundles of documents and present them to the court in a highly skilled manner whilst making the entire process user friendly and supportive to the clients. He is a very capable advocate who will always support the clients but will always be honest and give sound legal advice with a sense of humour when needed.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma GatlandHarcourt Chambers ‘Emma has an intelligent and pragmatic approach to legal and family problems.’  
Ranked: Tier 3
Eleanor HowardHarcourt Chambers ‘Eleanor is meticulous, very knowledgeable, and can quickly grasp the salient points of a case. She is extremely approachable, and very helpful. She responds quickly to any queries and the standard of her written work is excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Annie Sayers   –Harcourt Chambers ‘Annie has an excellent communication skills and can tailor her approach to client needs and is extremely articulate and robust when addressing the court. She is pragmatic in advice and not afraid to have difficult conversations with the client but leaves them in no doubt that she will fight their corner.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Martha GrayHarcourt Chambers ‘Martha is meticulous in preparation of a case, always prepared with research to support their argument. The advocacy skills are impressive, and she thinks quickly on her feet. She is emphatic and can build a rapport with clients from all backgrounds.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Fiona HayHarcourt Chambers ‘Fiona radiates a calm authority in everything she does and is respected by opponents and judges alike. She is always to the point. She is the complete package.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane CampbellHarcourt Chambers ‘Jane has exceptional legal knowledge,  focus, and expertise. She has a highly professional, calm, and rational approach, particularly in cases between highly conflicted parties.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas AllenHarcourt Chambers ‘Douglas is great at negotiation and keeping clients calm.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Louise PotterHarcourt Chambers ‘Louise is kind and has attention to detail. He has a respectful engagement with the other party and counsel, as well as with the client. He is one of the most genuinely conciliatory and compassionate barristers in practice.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily RaynerHarcourt Chambers ‘Emily is always well prepared. She gives realistic and sensible advice. She builds up a good rapport with clients. Judges respect her and find her arguments persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Cecilia BarrettHarcourt Chambers ‘Cecilia is thorough and efficient in her preparation. She is smart and clear in her advice and formulation of case strategy. She is a team player.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia ShillingfordHarcourt Chambers ‘Julia is always well prepared. She is an effective cross-examiner and has secured some excellent and unexpected results, particularly in the Children Act proceedings.’
Ranked: Tier 3
David MaruszaHarcourt Chambers ‘David is extremely diligent and goes above and beyond for his clients. He is very communicative and responds very promptly. He has a very calm manner. His approach to cases is sensible and pragmatic.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘The set has a number of talented and experienced counsel available at all levels. The set is outstanding.’

‘The set offers a number of highly skilled practitioners with high expertise in family law across the board. The availability of counsel at all levels is good.’

‘There is a good breadth of knowledge and experience in the chambers.’

‘Harcourt always gives excellent service.’

‘The Chambers is always happy to accommodate requests and go that extra mile to find you representation, even at the last minute. Overall, the quality of the chambers is very good.’

‘The set is a very safe pair of hands, and substitutes can be relied upon.’

‘Harcourt Chambers is a highly competent set of specialist family barristers. The team there is able to assist with all areas of family law, including children and financial cases.’

Work highlights

    Midland Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

    Harcourt Chambers is a ‘strong set at all levels specialising in family law with a particular niche in international family law’. John Vater KC is described as a ‘fearsome and committed advocate’ who recently won a conflict of jurisdictions case in the High Court. Aidan Vine KC is ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable’ and acts in both matrimonial finance and children’s cases, often with an international element. Matthew Brookes-Baker recently handled a High Court case involving the tragic injury and death of a child caused by co-sleeping with the parents. Alex Forbes is ‘robust, determined, and detail oriented’ and practices in all aspects of family law, both children and financial.

    Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

    John Vater KCHarcourt Chambers ‘John is the best trial advocate at the children’s Bar. He is a phenomenal cross-examiner, who has expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence, including brain injuries. His ability is matched by his genuine concern for his clients and he fights for them with every ounce of his ability.’  
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Aidan Vine KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Aidan is always extremely well prepared and highly intelligent and experienced but down to earth and able to engage effectively with clients.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

    Alex ForbesHarcourt Chambers ‘Alex is always prepared to present the best case for his client and does not shy away from a dispute. He always thoroughly researches the law for the matter in dispute and will deliver strong and forthright arguments in support of the client.’  
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Matthew Brookes-BakerHarcourt Chambers ‘Matthew is a calm, robust and persuasive advocate who has a clear command of the case, not only the pertinent issues for determination but also complex technical matters.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Margaret Styles – Harcourt Chambers ‘Margaret is meticulous in her preparation, and she always calls before the hearing to ensure the scope of the brief is fully understood, and strategy can be discussed. Her written documents are always prepared promptly in advance and to a high standard. She is fearless in her pursuit of her case and is highly dedicated.’  
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Oliver Powell Harcourt Chambers 'Oliver is extremely approachable, and his knowledge of the law is exceptional. He is extremely forensic, and his advice is always clear and concise.’   
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set 

    ‘A strong set of chambers with a good national reputation.’ 

    ‘Excellent senior barristers, especially in children and matrimonial finance.’ 

    ‘Chambers is always punctual in responding to enquiries and incredibly helpful throughout the case.’ 

    ‘Harcourt Chambers is an exceptional set of chambers who offer excellent service. Their knowledge is invaluable, and their barristers are a hard act to follow.’

    ‘The set is very well endowed with an excellent body of counsel in the field of children law and have an ability to select team members of high quality so that, if counsel of initial choice is not available, chambers is able to field counsel who are well able to accept the brief, no matter how short their call may be.’

    Clerking

    ‘Excellent, the clerks are adept at pulling rabbits out of hats when short notice hearings are required. There is never a complaint when there are problems created by part-heard matters and they are administratively thorough chasing briefs/papers well in advance.’

    London Bar > Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

    Harcourt Chambers is an ‘exceptional set with many very experienced and able advocates’. Edward Devereux KC has ‘unparalleled knowledge, intellect, and expertise in children law’ and in F v M represented a mother of a child, who was allegedly sexually abused by the father, in a matter with issues of evidence from a foreign jurisdiction. Damian Garrido KC is praised for his ‘persuasive advocacy’ and is experienced at handling both domestic and international children law cases. Nick Goodwin KC ‘is great with vulnerable clients’, and his work involves both public and private law proceedings, including removals from the jurisdiction, adoption, and placement decisions. Mehvish Chaudhry is regarded as ‘a standout star in the world of children law’ and regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

    Leading Silks

    Edward Devereux KCHarcourt Chambers 'Edward is one of the most skilled and persuasive advocates in the international family law matters.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Damian Garrido KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Damian's knowledge is breathtaking, and he instills such confidence in clients. He is utterly brilliant as an advocate, a master of strategy, and achieves outstanding results.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Nick Goodwin KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Nick is the best children’s KC and well respected by judiciary, opponents and clients. Behind his intellect and excellent advocacy, he is also incredibly approachable, insightful and wonderfully human.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    John Vater KC – Harcourt Chambers ‘John is beyond tenacious, exceptionally insightful, and wonderfully organised. His written work is fantastic, and behind his tremendous ability is a wonderfully human and approachable person.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Jonathan Sampson KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Jonathan has amazing forensic mind with a full understanding of medical terminology and expert reports.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Leading Juniors

    Mehvish ChaudhryHarcourt Chambers ‘Mehvish is a standout star in the world of children law. Her advocacy is top-notch, and her cross-examination skills are beyond outstanding. She quite simply lights the world of children law on fire, her submissions are flawless, and her written documents are clear, thorough and persuasive.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ruth CabezaHarcourt Chambers ‘Ruth has an encyclopedic knowledge of adoption law and an extremely impressive advocate with a great bedside manner. She is a real star in the field of adoption.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Edward BennettHarcourt Chambers ‘Edward is incredibly kind and compassionate and is the epitome of polite effectiveness. He is impassioned advocate when necessary and empathises strongly with his clients. His submissions are measured and eloquent, he is through and well-prepared, and his written documents are literally second to none. His position statements are absolutely fantastic. He has a wonderful ability to distil all aspects of a complex case into a hard-hitting yet concise document.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Emily RaynerHarcourt Chambers ‘Emily is extremely bright, pragmatic in her advice and a forceful advocate when required. Her ability to cut to the quick is greatly appreciated by judges, and she has excellent tactical awareness in more complex cases.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Rob GeorgeHarcourt Chambers ‘Rob is a calm and thoughtful advocate with a kind and warm manner with clients. His niche is that he combines academic rigor with advocacy, and he is bright and enthusiastic.’
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Harcourt Chambers has many excellent barristers in this set whose knowledge and presentation is impressive.’

    ‘Counsel from Harcourt are intelligent, humble, always well prepared, and friendly.’

    ‘Harcourt Chambers is a well-respected set.’

    ‘The barristers of Harcourt Chambers are excellent, professional, well experienced, and their expertise is outstanding.’

    ‘Harcourt Chambers has a wide variety of barristers suited to all types of clients.’

    ‘Harcourt Chambers is the go-to set for children law.’  

    Clerking

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

      Leading Juniors

      Michael GleesonHarcourt Chambers ‘Michael is very ebullient and eager. He is very responsive and user friendly.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Fiona HayHarcourt Chambers ‘Fiona is extremely able and experienced. She is very adept in front of judges and carries excellent client handling skills. High intellect combined with humanity which is a rare combination.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Suzanne SymeHarcourt Chambers ‘Suzanne gets to grips with a case quickly and has wonderful bedside manner with clients. She's accessible and utterly professional. Her advocacy is outstanding when she cross-examines, and her written submissions and position statements are always well set out.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

      Harcourt Chambers is a ‘strong set at all levels specialising in family law with a particular niche in international family law’. John Vater KC is described as a ‘fearsome and committed advocate’ who recently won a conflict of jurisdictions case in the High Court. Aidan Vine KC is ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable’ and acts in both matrimonial finance and children’s cases, often with an international element. Matthew Brookes-Baker recently handled a High Court case involving the tragic injury and death of a child caused by co-sleeping with the parents. Alex Forbes is ‘robust, determined, and detail oriented’ and practices in all aspects of family law, both children and financial.

      Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

      John Vater KCHarcourt Chambers ‘John is the best trial advocate at the children’s Bar. He is a phenomenal cross-examiner, who has expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence, including brain injuries. His ability is matched by his genuine concern for his clients and he fights for them with every ounce of his ability.’  
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Aidan Vine KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Aidan is always extremely well prepared and highly intelligent and experienced but down to earth and able to engage effectively with clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

      Alex ForbesHarcourt Chambers ‘Alex is always prepared to present the best case for his client and does not shy away from a dispute. He always thoroughly researches the law for the matter in dispute and will deliver strong and forthright arguments in support of the client.’  
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Matthew Brookes-BakerHarcourt Chambers ‘Matthew is a calm, robust and persuasive advocate who has a clear command of the case, not only the pertinent issues for determination but also complex technical matters.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Margaret Styles – Harcourt Chambers ‘Margaret is meticulous in her preparation, and she always calls before the hearing to ensure the scope of the brief is fully understood, and strategy can be discussed. Her written documents are always prepared promptly in advance and to a high standard. She is fearless in her pursuit of her case and is highly dedicated.’  
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Oliver Powell Harcourt Chambers 'Oliver is extremely approachable, and his knowledge of the law is exceptional. He is extremely forensic, and his advice is always clear and concise.’   
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set 

      ‘A strong set of chambers with a good national reputation.’ 

      ‘Excellent senior barristers, especially in children and matrimonial finance.’ 

      ‘Chambers is always punctual in responding to enquiries and incredibly helpful throughout the case.’ 

      ‘Harcourt Chambers is an exceptional set of chambers who offer excellent service. Their knowledge is invaluable, and their barristers are a hard act to follow.’

      ‘The set is very well endowed with an excellent body of counsel in the field of children law and have an ability to select team members of high quality so that, if counsel of initial choice is not available, chambers is able to field counsel who are well able to accept the brief, no matter how short their call may be.’

      Clerking

      ‘Excellent, the clerks are adept at pulling rabbits out of hats when short notice hearings are required. There is never a complaint when there are problems created by part-heard matters and they are administratively thorough chasing briefs/papers well in advance.’

      Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

      ‘An excellent family set with a number of excellent practitioners’, Harcourt Chambers has renowned expertise in children law, both private and public as well as matrimonial finance. John Vater KC is a ‘passionate parents advocate’ who is well known for his ‘work ethic, courtroom skills and client care’Jane Campbell focuses on divorce and financial remedy cases for high profile individuals, along with ‘effective advocate’ Fiona Hay , who is praised for her ‘ability to deliver clear and practical advice in difficult cases’ and ‘her wonderful manner with clients’. Sara Granshaw and Simon Miller specialise in children law and regularly appear for a number of local authorities, vulnerable parents, and children’s guardians at all levels, including the Court of Appeal.

      Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

      Nick Goodwin KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Nick has an excellent advocacy, ability to absorb vast amounts of information and distil it into succinct advice. He is very approachable.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      John Vater KCHarcourt Chambers ‘John is relentless in his desire to get to the heart of the family dynamic and does not pull any punches with either the client or the court.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Aidan Vine KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Aidan’s attention to detail is impressive, together with his ability to analyse complex cases and to develop a strategy in presenting the cases makes him a formidable barrister. His ability to memorise large volume of information and evidence is outstanding. Another real strength is his calm approach to the clients, the case and any issues that arises.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      2020 Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

      Jonathan Sampson KCHarcourt Chambers ‘Jonathan is brilliant in cross-examination of the witnesses, be it the lay parties or experts. His unruffled ability to forensically challenge and undermine a witness is peerless. He has a great command of the complexities of medical evidence.’ 

      Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

      Sara GranshawHarcourt Chambers ‘Sara is very good in medical cases and excellent with clients.’ 
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Douglas AllenHarcourt Chambers ‘Douglas is great at negotiation and keeping clients calm.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Alex Forbes –Harcourt Chambers ‘Alex is a tower of strength to clients who are fighting for their family. He is exceptional in the heat of trial. He provides a clear sighted advice.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Emily RaynerHarcourt Chambers ‘Emily is always well prepared. She gives realistic and sensible advice and is very easy to work with. She builds up a good rapport with clients. Judges respect her and find her arguments persuasive.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Cecilia BarrettHarcourt Chambers ‘Cecilia is thorough and efficient in her preparation. She is smart, incisive, and clear in her advice and formulation of case strategy. She is authoritative but sympathetic in her communication with clients. She is a team player working to get the best outcome for the client working constructively, and in a family focused way.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Jason GreenHarcourt Chambers 'Jason is a class act whose written work is brilliant. He is utterly charming with clients who love him. He is impressive in the way he handles difficult opponents and is unflappable. His advocacy is pitched perfectly.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Edward KirkwoodHarcourt Chambers ‘Edward has the ability to process large and complex bundles of documents and present them to the court in a highly skilled manner whilst making the entire process user friendly and supportive to the clients. He is a very capable advocate who will always support the clients but will always be honest and give sound legal advice with a sense of humour when needed.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Emma GatlandHarcourt Chambers ‘Emma has an intelligent and pragmatic approach to legal and family problems.’  
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Eleanor HowardHarcourt Chambers ‘Eleanor is meticulous, very knowledgeable, and can quickly grasp the salient points of a case. She is extremely approachable, and very helpful. She responds quickly to any queries and the standard of her written work is excellent.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Annie Sayers   –Harcourt Chambers ‘Annie has an excellent communication skills and can tailor her approach to client needs and is extremely articulate and robust when addressing the court. She is pragmatic in advice and not afraid to have difficult conversations with the client but leaves them in no doubt that she will fight their corner.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Martha GrayHarcourt Chambers ‘Martha is meticulous in preparation of a case, always prepared with research to support their argument. The advocacy skills are impressive, and she thinks quickly on her feet. She is emphatic and can build a rapport with clients from all backgrounds.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

      Fiona HayHarcourt Chambers ‘Fiona radiates a calm authority in everything she does and is respected by opponents and judges alike. She is always to the point. She is the complete package.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Jane CampbellHarcourt Chambers ‘Jane has exceptional legal knowledge,  focus, and expertise. She has a highly professional, calm, and rational approach, particularly in cases between highly conflicted parties.’ 
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Douglas AllenHarcourt Chambers ‘Douglas is great at negotiation and keeping clients calm.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Louise PotterHarcourt Chambers ‘Louise is kind and has attention to detail. He has a respectful engagement with the other party and counsel, as well as with the client. He is one of the most genuinely conciliatory and compassionate barristers in practice.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Emily RaynerHarcourt Chambers ‘Emily is always well prepared. She gives realistic and sensible advice. She builds up a good rapport with clients. Judges respect her and find her arguments persuasive.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Cecilia BarrettHarcourt Chambers ‘Cecilia is thorough and efficient in her preparation. She is smart and clear in her advice and formulation of case strategy. She is a team player.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Julia ShillingfordHarcourt Chambers ‘Julia is always well prepared. She is an effective cross-examiner and has secured some excellent and unexpected results, particularly in the Children Act proceedings.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      David MaruszaHarcourt Chambers ‘David is extremely diligent and goes above and beyond for his clients. He is very communicative and responds very promptly. He has a very calm manner. His approach to cases is sensible and pragmatic.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘The set has a number of talented and experienced counsel available at all levels. The set is outstanding.’

      ‘The set offers a number of highly skilled practitioners with high expertise in family law across the board. The availability of counsel at all levels is good.’

      ‘There is a good breadth of knowledge and experience in the chambers.’

      ‘Harcourt always gives excellent service.’

      ‘The Chambers is always happy to accommodate requests and go that extra mile to find you representation, even at the last minute. Overall, the quality of the chambers is very good.’

      ‘The set is a very safe pair of hands, and substitutes can be relied upon.’

      ‘Harcourt Chambers is a highly competent set of specialist family barristers. The team there is able to assist with all areas of family law, including children and financial cases.’

      Work highlights

        The set: Harcourt Chambers is one of the leading specialist family law sets in the country. It is recommended for its expertise in both children law and family finance.

        Based in the Temple and in Oxford, it is home to eight well-known family silks: Nick Goodwin KC, John Vater KC, Karl Rowley KC (Door Tenant), Damian Garrido KC, Julia Cheetham KC (Door Tenant), Aidan Vine KC & Edward Devereux KC, Jonathan Sampson KC and 61 junior barristers, many of whom are acknowledged as leading practitioners in their fields.

        Over the past decade, Harcourt Chambers has established itself as one of the very top “across the range” family law sets and won “Family Set of the Year” at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016 and “Family Law Chambers of the year – London” at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2018.

        It has grown significantly in size and prominence and its members are regularly to be found in high profile and leading cases at first instance, appellate level and in the Supreme Court. Harcourt Chambers is particularly known for the high quality of its advocacy, advice and client care and for its modern and approachable style.

        Harcourt Chambers’ highly regarded family finance practitioners undertake the full range of matrimonial, cohabitee and partnership litigation and have extensive expertise in cases of high value including those where complex issues involving pensions, private companies, farms and overseas assets exist.

        Its reputation in the field of children law is well-established and widely recognised in both private and public law. In private law, Harcourt Chambers has renowned expertise in all forms of parental dispute including international relocation and child abduction. Public law work encompasses care, placement and adoption proceedings, often involving the most complex and severe cases of physical & sexual abuse.

        Other offices: Oxford

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        Chambers' Director Simon Boutwoodsboutwood@harcourtchambers.co.uk0207 353 6961
        Practice manager Judith Partingtonjpartington@harcourtchambers.co.uk0207 353 6961
        Practice Manager Matt Molloymmolloy@harcourtchambers.co.uk0207 353 6961
        Head of Chambers GOODWIN KC, Nick (1995)
        Members of Chambers VATER KC, John (1995)
        Door Tenant ROWLEY KC, Karl (1994)
        Members of Chambers GARRIDO KC, Damian (1993)
        Door Tenant CHEETHAM KC, Julia (1990)
        Members of Chambers VINE KC, Aidan (1995)
        Members of Chambers DEVEREUX KC, Edward (2001)
        Members of Chambers SAMPSON KC, Jonathan (1997)
        Members of Chambers EVANS, Roger (1970)
        Members of Chambers RODGERS, June (1971)
        Members of Chambers COLLINSON, Alicia (1982)
        Members of Chambers BRETT, Matthew (1987)
        Members of Chambers HAY, Fiona (1989)
        Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Jane (1990)
        Members of Chambers GRANSHAW, Sara (1991)
        Members of Chambers POTTER, Louise (1993)
        Members of Chambers ALLEN, Douglas (1995)
        Members of Chambers MILLER, Simon (1996)
        Members of Chambers BROOKES-BAKER, Matthew (1998)
        Members of Chambers CABEZA, Ruth (1998)
        Members of Chambers BARRETT, Cecilia (1998)
        Members of Chambers WRAIGHT, Oliver (1998)
        Members of Chambers LEONG, Andrew (1998)
        Members of Chambers KIRKWOOD, Edward (1999)
        Members of Chambers LITTLE, Helen (1999)
        Members of Chambers STYLES, Margaret (2000)
        Members of Chambers JEAKINGS, Craig (2000)
        Members of Chambers TURNER, James (2001)
        Members of Chambers GREEN, Jason (2001)
        Members of Chambers SHILLINGFORD, Julia (2002)
        Members of Chambers FORBES, Alex (2003)
        Members of Chambers SYME, Suzanne (2004)
        Members of Chambers GLEESON, Michael (2004)
        Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Alison (2004)
        Members of Chambers HARRIS, Frances (2005)
        Members of Chambers FIRBANK, Kit (2005)
        Members of Chambers STOTT, Matthew (2005)
        Members of Chambers WILKINS, Chloe (2006)
        Members of Chambers DOVE, James (2006)
        Members of Chambers PERRY, Alex (2007)
        Members of Chambers COX, Sian (2008)
        Members of Chambers CRISPIN, Stephen (2008)
        Members of Chambers CHAUDHRY, Mehvish (2008)
        Members of Chambers REYNOLDS, Vicky (2008)
        Members of Chambers MCILROY, Sara (2008)
        Members of Chambers RAYNER, Emily (2009)
        Members of Chambers MARUSZA, David (2009)
        Members of Chambers FLOWERS, Victoria (2009)
        Members of Chambers SAYERS, Annie (2009)
        Members of Chambers RAMSDEN, Justine (2010)
        Members of Chambers SCOTT-WITTENBORN, Maria (2013)
        Members of Chambers HOWARD, Eleanor (2012)
        Members of Chambers WICKHAM, Elizabeth (2012)
        Members of Chambers GRAY, Martha (2012)
        Members of Chambers YARDE, Anna (2012)
        Members of Chambers GATLAND, Dr Emma (2013)
        Members of Chambers POWELL, Oliver (2013)
        Members of Chambers GEORGE, Dr Rob (2013)
        Members of Chambers AMONOO-ACQUAH, Mavis (2013)
        Members of Chambers BENNETT, Edward (2013)
        Members of Chambers BALL, Curtis (2015)
        Members of Chambers WINDMILL, Hannah (2016)
        Members of Chambers FERGUSON, Kate (2016)
        Members of Chambers MILLER, Natasha (2017)
        Members of Chambers CONNOR, Ethan (2017)
        Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Paige (2018)
        Members of Chambers ISHMAEL, Fazeela (2018)
        Members of Chambers KAYANI, Adam (2019)
        Members of Chambers HUGHES, Alana (2019)
        PhotoNamePositionProfile
        Douglas Allen photo Douglas AllenA highly accomplished senior junior, well known for his straightforward, discreet and…
        Mavis Amonoo-Acquah photoMs Mavis Amonoo-AcquahAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Mavis’ practice encompasses all areas of Family…
        Curtis Ball photo Curtis BallCurtis accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including children law,…
        Cecilia Barrett photo Cecilia BarrettAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Barrister specialising in all aspects of family…
        Edward Bennett photo Edward BennettEdward Bennett was the 2015 Young Family Law Barrister of the Year…
        Matthew Brett photo Matthew BrettAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with family (ancillary relief, cohabitation, private…
        Matthew Brookes-Baker photo Matthew Brookes-BakerSpecialises in complex medical and factual evidence arising from allegations of non-accidental…
        Ruth Cabeza photo Ruth CabezaRuth is a specialist family law practitioner who has been at forefront…
        Paige Campbell photoMs Paige CampbellPaige accepts instructions in all areas of family law.  She joined chambers…
        Jane Campbell photo Jane CampbellJane’s practice is principally financial remedy, although she undertakes schedule 1 cases…
        Mehvish Chaudhry photo Mehvish ChaudhryMehvish specialises in children law and regularly represents all parties in both…
        Julia Cheetham photoMs Julia CheethamJulia’s practice involves complex proceedings relating to children including care proceedings, adoption,…
        Alicia Collinson photo Alicia CollinsonAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). General practice in family law over the…
        Ethan Connor photo Ethan ConnorPrior to joining Chambers, Ethan worked for one of the ‘Big 4’…
        Sian Cox photo Sian CoxAlso Oxford. Practice covers all areas of family law, including ancillary relief,…
        Stephen Crispin photo Stephen CrispinAlso Oxford. Practice covers all areas of family law, including ancillary relief,…
        Edward Devereux photo Edward DevereuxPractices in all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on…
        James Dove photo James DoveJames is a specialist children and Court of Protection practitioner.  He has…
        Roger Evans photo Roger EvansAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with property law (including mining and…
        Kate Ferguson photo Kate FergusonKate read History at the University of Edinburgh where she obtained a…
        Kit Firbank photo Kit FirbankKit is a children’s specialist in both public and private law with…
        Victoria Flowers photo Victoria FlowersVictoria is a specialist family law barrister called in 2009 with a…
        Alex Forbes photo Alex ForbesAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). All aspects of family law, both children…
        Damian Garrido photo Damian GarridoDamian Garrido is recognised as a leading family law specialist. His appointment…
        Emma Gatland photoDr Emma GatlandEmma joined Harcourt Chambers in 2013. She is recognised by those who…
        Rob George photoDr Rob GeorgeDr Rob George is a leading expert on international family law, particularly…
        Michael Gleeson photoMr Michael GleesonMichael’s practice encompasses Financial Remedy (Matrimonial Finance / Schedule 1 Children Act…
        Nick Goodwin photo Nick GoodwinAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law, including care proceedings…
        Sara Granshaw photo Sara GranshawAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in matrimonial finance, including ancillary relief…
        Martha Gray photo Martha GrayMartha specialises in cases concerning children and vulnerable adults in the Family…
        Jason Green photo Jason GreenAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law, predominantly matrimonial finance…
        Frances Harris photo Frances HarrisAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law (ancillary relief, private…
        Fiona Hay photo Fiona HayAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in ancillary relief, especially cases involving…
        Eleanor Howard photo Eleanor HowardEleanor accepts instructions in all aspects of family law. She has experience…
        Alana Hughes photoMs Alana HughesAlana worked as a paralegal at a London firm where she managed…
        Fazeela Ishmael photoMs Fazeela IshmaelFazeela accepts instructions in all areas of family law. During her first…
        Craig Jeakings photo Craig JeakingsAll aspects of children law, both private and public. Particular expertise in…
        Adam Kayani photoMr Adam KayaniAdam completed his law degree at the University of Nottingham, where he…
        Edward Kirkwood photo Edward KirkwoodAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with all areas of family law,…
        Andrew Leong photo Andrew LeongAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). All areas of family law: acts for…
        Helen Little photo Helen LittleAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialist family practitioner. Public law: represents local…
        Sara McIlroy photo Sara McIlroySara’s practice focuses on the financial consequences of divorce, financial disputes relating…
        Natasha Miller photo Natasha MillerNatasha accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including children law,…
        Simon Miller photo Simon MillerAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Undertakes all areas of children work. Reported…
        Alex Perry photo Alex PerryCovers all areas of family law including financial relief, private and public…
        Louise Potter photo Louise PotterFamily law specialisation throughout her career, having maintained a focus on financial…
        Oliver Powell photo Oliver PowellAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Practice covers all areas of family law,…
        Justine Ramsden photo Justine RamsdenJustine’s practice covers all aspects of family law, including public and private…
        Emily Rayner photo Emily RaynerAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in all aspects of family law…
        Vicky Reynolds photo Vicky ReynoldsVicky practises in all areas of family law. She has particular experience…
        June Rodgers photo June RodgersAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law, public and private…
        Karl Rowley  photoMr Karl Rowley Karl is a specialist in the law relating to children. He represents…
        Jonathan Sampson photo Jonathan SampsonAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialist family law barrister, with particular expertise…
        Annie Sayers photo Annie SayersEnjoys all areas of private and public children work acting for parents,…
        Maria Scott-Wittenborn photo Maria Scott-WittenbornMaria’s practice covers all areas of family law including private and public…
        Julia Shillingford photo Julia ShillingfordFamily Julia is a family law specialist accepting instructions in all areas…
        Margaret Styles photo Margaret StylesAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with matrimonial finance, the law relating…
        Suzanne Syme photo Suzanne SymeSuzanne has specialised in matrimonial finance since her pupillage. Her practice now…
        James Turner photo James TurnerAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). All areas relating to children’s law. James…
        John Vater photo John VaterAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). John specialises in children’s law, both public…
        Aidan Vine photo Aidan VineAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with family, human rights and professional…
        Elisabeth Wickham photo Elisabeth WickhamElisabeth has experience of representing clients at both County Court and High…
        Chloe Wilkins photo Chloe WilkinsAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Practice encompasses the full range of family…
        Helen Wilkinson photo Helen WilkinsonAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law. Practice includes public…
        Alison Williams photo Alison WilliamsAlso Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in all areas relating to children’s law…
        Hannah Windmill photo Hannah WindmillHannah’s practice covers all areas of children law and Family Law Act…
        Oliver Wraight photo Oliver WraightOliver practises exclusively in family law, with a particular interest in care…
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        CLIENT: Kim Lehal, Partner

        COMPANY/FIRM: Brethertons LLP

        TESTIMONIAL: I have been instructing Harcourt Chambers from the very beginning of my career spanning nearly 15 years, starting out as a trainee to now in my role as a Partner. I have worked closely with Matthew Molloy and Laurie Amron who have always been a pleasure to deal with and will always go above and beyond on all accounts for example when Counsel go part-heard, making Counsel available to accommodate a listing at short notice, listing matters where there are numerous counsel involved in a case and in relation to fees. During the pandemic, they were exceptional in continuing to provide a top-class service (with some fantastic juniors coming through) despite being faced with Counsel and Judge’s being taken unwell and hearings coming in and out at short notice. They are personable, approachable, always reachable and responsive. In all honesty, they are one of the best sets we work with. There is nothing more a Solicitor could ask for in a Clerking team.


        CLIENT: Carolina Marin Pedreno, Head of the Children Department

        COMPANY/FIRM: Dawson Cornwell

        TESTIMONIAL: To my mind, the clerking team at Harcourt is one of the best in the country. Not only does it have great depth with many years of experience, but it has also adapted swiftly and brilliantly to remote and hybrid working. They are very professional when arranging meetings online providing different platforms to the client and when dealing with the Court listing. However, what I value most of their clerks is their interest in identifying their best member to represent our client; they don’t simply provide us with a list of available members. A personal and tailor-made service.


        CLIENT: Katherine Res Pritchard, Senior Director – Head of Children

        COMPANY/FIRM: Vardags

        TESTIMONIAL: The clerking team are Harcourt are the very best in the business. Matt, Simon and Laurie are always a dream to work with. They are always available to assist and will bend over backwards to help. I can’t rate them highly enough. The vast majority of our children work goes to Harcourt as they will always be the first to respond to our enquiries and will come back with quotes that are both competitive and reasonable. They are always willing to take a client’s individual circumstances into account, and the service they provide is therefore far more personalised and human. They know who we like to instruct, but more than that, their knowledge stretches as far as who will be good for a particular client, which is not something that you get from other clerking teams. Matt Molloy deserves a special mention for being absolutely second to none. He is organised, efficient, and great fun to work with.


        Harcourt Chambers is committed to all aspects of equality and diversity within the workplace. We provide an environment in which individuals from a wide range of backgrounds can fulfil their potential. Offers of pupillage and tenancy are made solely on the basis of merit, as are Chambers’ staff appointments and promotions. Our aim is always to meet the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

        We are proud to have signed up as part of the Bar’s collective participation to the 10,000 Black Interns initiative. The scheme aims to help transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom.

        Our members regularly give pro bono advice and appear pro bono on behalf of the following charities:

        Advocate – We have, for many years, been staunch supporters of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit) a charity which helps to find free legal assistance from volunteer barristers.

        Reunite – We are proud to support Reunite http://www.reunite.org the leading UK charity specialising in parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders. Over the years our members have contributed many hours of free advice and written and oral advocacy. We also drafted the submission for Reunite to Parliament which sought to change the criminal law of child abduction to make retaining children outside the UK a criminal offence. This submission was accepted and, when parliamentary time allows, the law will be changed in accordance with that submission.

        Family Rights Group – We also support Family Rights Group a UK charity which advises families about their rights and options when social workers or courts make decisions about their children’s welfare.

        Where the circumstances merit our members will act pro bono for private clients.