Damian Garrido KC > Chambers of Nick Goodwin KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nick Goodwin KC
Harcourt Chambers


Damian Garrido is recognised as a leading family law specialist. His appointment as Queen’s Counsel is a recognition of excellence in written and oral advocacy in the higher courts. He provides sound, practical advice in all aspects of family law, conducting skilful negotiations to achieve consensual outcomes and undertaking robust advocacy in court when necessary. He is known for his devastating cross-examination and focused submissions. The breadth of his experience in both child and financial family law applications is welcomed by clients seeking a holistic solution to the problems of relationship breakdown.
Damian has particular expertise in applications for financial remedy following divorce, notably where complexities arise due to the nature and value of the parties’ assets and sources of income (e.g. private businesses or family trusts) and/or difficulties caused by bankruptcy, third-party intervention and/or an international element. He is similarly experienced in cases involving nuptial agreements, cohabitation, child maintenance and civil partnerships.
He also often represents parties in parental disputes about children, particularly in the difficult and sensitive area of international child abduction (both Hague and non-convention cases) and relocation (both international and internal). He has co-written the leading textbook on child relocation, now in its 2nd edition: Relocation – A Practical Guide (Jordans, 2016). His forensic skills are also in demand in cases of parental alienation and where serious allegations are raised against a parent
His child-care practice encompasses the most complex cases including those involving alleged radicalisation, the most serious injury or death, sexual exploitation, the youth or incapacity of a parent and/or issues of publicity, non-disclosure and public interest immunity.
Damian will provide early neutral evaluations and act as a private FDR judge for parties with children and financial disputes who wish to avoid the court process. He is also a Recorder sitting as a judge in the Family Court and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division.
He is a member of the editorial board of The Family Court Practice (Red Book) and a contributor to the Judicial College family law e-Letter.
He has appeared in a number of leading cases in all areas of family law including:

Re Y & E (Sexual abuse allegatons) [2019] EWCA Civ 206
NN v AS & Ors (Financial orders after Egyptian divorce) [2018] EWHC 2973, [2019] 1 FLR 1397
L v F
 (Relocation) [2017] EWCA Civ 2121, [2018] 4 WLR 141, [2018] 2 FLR 608
Morris v Morris (Practice Note: Variation Peridoical Payments) [2016] EWCA Civ 812, [2017] 1 WLR 554
Re C (Internal relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305, [2016] 3 WLR 1
Re S and T (Intercountry Adoption; USA) [2015] EWHC 1753, [2016] 1 FLR 1011, [2015] Fam Law 884, 
Re BCC v FZ & Ors (Disclosure; PII; Special Advocates) [2012] EWHC 1154, [2013] 1 FLR 974


Called 1993, Middle Temple; Chambers of PF Singer Q.C. 1993-2006; Harcourt Chambers 2006 to date; Recorder (Family) 2012; Q.C. 2015; Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division) 2016.




Manchester Grammar School; University of Kent at Canterbury (1991 BA Hons); City University, London (1992 DipLaw); Inns of Court School of Law (1993 BVC).


Cinema, contemporary and modern art, skiing, motor-racing.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

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.’

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.