Set Profile > Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC > London, England

Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC
Harcourt Chambers

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

Harcourt Chambers has a ‘very solid and dependable range of barristers' who are all considered by clients to be 'talented and hardworking.’ Chambers is recognised for its work on severe cases of physical as well as sexual abuse and child abduction/Hague Convention cases thanks to having a ‘number of excellent cross-border children specialists’. Frances Judd QC has recently been assigned to the Family Division of the High Court.

Leading Silks

Edward Devereux QC - Harcourt ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and distils complex cross border issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersIs a measured and confident advocate and is always calm and collected.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nick Goodwin QC - Harcourt ChambersIs very approachable, calm under pressure and a formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Mehvish Chaudhry - Harcourt ChambersIs a real fighter but knows just how to pitch a case; she isn’t unnecessarily aggressive but will fight her client’s case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Sampson - Harcourt ChambersA great advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersA calm but persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersIs excellent at addressing difficult situations with finesse and sensitivity.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Gleeson - Harcourt ChambersPrepares meticulously and works incredibly hard – he is a thorough and effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersGets to the heart of the issue and presents it in a way that charms judges.
Ranked: Tier 4
Suzanne Syme - Harcourt ChambersAn excellent negotiator and fierce litigator when needed.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family and children law

Specialist family set Harcourt Chambers is well-known for its wide range of 'formidable advocates' at all levels of call. The set covers every aspect of family work, but is particularly formidable in high-value matrimonial finance and complex public law children work. Members have recently appeared in high-profile cases concerning fabricated/induced injury, sexual abuse, international abduction and undisclosed assets, among many others. Previously the head of chambers, Francis Judd QC has been elevated to the Family Division of the High Court.

Leading Silks

Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersA leading expert on international children law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick Goodwin QC - Harcourt ChambersA tenacious and meticulous counsel with superb knowledge of children and family law
Ranked: Tier 1
John Vater QC - Harcourt ChambersA real trooper: he has guts and will fight for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Aidan Vine QC - Harcourt ChambersA good strategic thinker with excellent attention to detail and client care.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersA tenacious negotiator who empathises with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Granshaw - Harcourt ChambersGives pragmatic and sensible advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Miller - Harcourt ChambersAn experienced, well-prepared and forensic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersStraight-talking and down-to-earth; develops a good rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Forbes - Harcourt ChambersThorough, knowledgeable and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersAdept at handling both finance and children matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersRecommended for high-value financial remedy cases
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt ChambersHis eye for detail is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louise Potter - Harcourt ChambersA go-to junior for sensitive cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersAn unflappable advocate who instills confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Johnathan Sampson - Harcourt ChambersA safe pair of hands with a reassuring manner with clients
Ranked: Tier 2
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersParticularly recommended for settlement negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Harcourt Chambers is ‘the number 1 set for children work, both domestic and international’, which offers ‘a wide choice of very high-calibre advocates providing clear and accurate advice and great advocacy’. When it comes to family law, the set has ‘a number of first-class barristers whose rates are more reasonable than some chambers which are better known for finance work’. Chambers has a ‘very organised and approachable’ Oxford office. In recent news, Francis Judd QC has been elevated to the Family Division of the High Court and Victoria Flowers has joined from Field Court Chambers. The clerks are seen as ‘friendly, hardworking, and go out of their way to assist instructing solicitors’. Simon Boutwood is the chambers director, Judith Partington the senior practice manager in Oxford, and Matthew Molloy the senior practice manager in London. Offices in: London and Oxford


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 seven well-known family silks Nick Goodwin QC, Frances Judd QC, John Vater QC, Karl Rowley QC, Damian Garrido QC, Aidan Vine QC & Edward Devereux QC and over 55 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.

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. Our public law work encompasses care, placement and adoption proceedings, often involving the most complex and severe cases of physical & sexual abuse.

Other offices: Oxford


Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers director Simon Boutwood 0207 353 6961
Practice manager Judith Partington 0207 353 6961
Practice Manager Matt Molloy 0207 353 6961
Members of Chambers VATER QC, John (1995)
Head of Chambers GOODWIN QC, Nick (1995)
Members of Chambers GARRIDO QC, Damian (1993)
Members of Chambers VINE QC, Aidan (1995)
Members of Chambers DEVEREUX QC, Edward (2001)
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 SAMPSON, Jonathan (1997)
Members of Chambers BROOKES-BAKER, Matthew (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 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 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 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 SCARANO, Naomi (2014)
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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Douglas Allen  photo Douglas Allen Exclusively Family Law, undertaking work in all areas but with a particular…
Ms Mavis Amonoo-Acquah  photo Ms Mavis Amonoo-Acquah Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Mavis’ practice encompasses all areas of Family…
 Curtis Ball  photo Curtis Ball Curtis accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including children law,…
 Cecilia Barrett  photo Cecilia Barrett Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Barrister specialising in all aspects of family…
 Edward Bennett  photo Edward Bennett Edward Bennett was the 2015 Young Family Law Barrister of the Year…
 Matthew Brett  photo Matthew Brett Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with family (ancillary relief, cohabitation, private…
 Matthew Brookes-baker  photo Matthew Brookes-baker Specialises in ancillary relief and in both public and private children law…
 Jane Campbell  photo Jane Campbell Jane’s practice is divided between financial remedy, schedule 1 and private law…
 Mehvish Chaudhry  photo Mehvish Chaudhry Mehvish specialises in children law and regularly represents all parties in both…
 Alicia Collinson  photo Alicia Collinson Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). General practice in family law over the…
 Ethan Connor  photo Ethan Connor Prior to joining Chambers, Ethan worked for one of the ‘Big 4’…
 Sian Cox  photo Sian Cox Also Oxford. Practice covers all areas of family law, including ancillary relief,…
 Stephen Crispin  photo Stephen Crispin Also Oxford. Practice covers all areas of family law, including ancillary relief,…
 Edward Devereux QC photo Edward Devereux QC Practices in all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on…
 James Dove  photo James Dove James is a specialist children and Court of Protection practitioner.  He has…
 Roger Evans  photo Roger Evans Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with property law (including mining and…
 Kate Ferguson  photo Kate Ferguson Kate read History at the University of Edinburgh where she obtained a…
 Kit Firbank  photo Kit Firbank Kit is a children’s specialist in both public and private law with…
 Victoria Flowers  photo Victoria Flowers Victoria is a specialist family law barrister with a practice in both…
 Alex Forbes  photo Alex Forbes Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). All aspects of family law, both children…
 Damian Garrido QC photo Damian Garrido QC Damian Garrido is recognised as a leading family law specialist. His appointment…
Dr Emma Gatland  photo Dr Emma Gatland Emma joined Harcourt Chambers in 2013. She is recognised by those who…
Dr Rob George  photo Dr Rob George Dr Rob George is a leading expert on international family law, particularly…
Mr Michael Gleeson  photo Mr Michael Gleeson Michael’s practice encompasses Financial Remedy (Matrimonial Finance / Schedule 1 Children Act…
 Nick Goodwin QC photo Nick Goodwin QC Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law, including care proceedings…
 Sara Granshaw  photo Sara Granshaw Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in matrimonial finance, including ancillary relief…
 Martha Gray  photo Martha Gray Martha specialises in cases concerning children and vulnerable adults in the Family…
 Jason Green  photo Jason Green Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law, predominantly matrimonial finance…
 Frances Harris  photo Frances Harris Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law (ancillary relief, private…
 Fiona Hay  photo Fiona Hay Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in ancillary relief, especially cases involving…
 Eleanor Howard  photo Eleanor Howard Eleanor accepts instructions in all aspects of family law. She has experience…
 Craig Jeakings  photo Craig Jeakings All aspects of children law, both private and public. Particular expertise in…
 Frances Judd QC photo Frances Judd QC Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Has specialised in family law for over…
 Edward Kirkwood  photo Edward Kirkwood Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with all areas of family law,…
 Andrew Leong  photo Andrew Leong Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). All areas of family law: acts for…
 Helen Little  photo Helen Little Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialist family practitioner. Public law: represents local…
 Sara McIlroy  photo Sara McIlroy Sara’s practice focuses on the financial consequences of divorce, financial disputes relating…
 Natasha Miller  photo Natasha Miller Natasha accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including children law,…
 Simon Miller  photo Simon Miller Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Undertakes all areas of children work. Reported…
 Alex Perry  photo Alex Perry Covers all areas of family law including financial relief, private and public…
 Louise Potter  photo Louise Potter Family law specialisation throughout her career, having maintained a focus on financial…
 Oliver Powell  photo Oliver Powell Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Practice covers all areas of family law,…
 Justine Ramsden  photo Justine Ramsden Justine’s practice covers all aspects of family law, including public and private…
 Emily Rayner  photo Emily Rayner Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in all aspects of family law,…
 Vicky Reynolds  photo Vicky Reynolds Vicky practises in all areas of family law. She has particular experience…
 June Rodgers  photo June Rodgers Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law, public and private…
 Jonathan Sampson  photo Jonathan Sampson Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialist family law barrister, with particular expertise…
 Annie Sayers  photo Annie Sayers Enjoys all areas of private and public children work acting for parents,…
 Naomi Scarano  photo Naomi Scarano Naomi’s practice covers all areas of family law, including financial proceedings arising…
 Maria Scott-Wittenborn  photo Maria Scott-Wittenborn Maria’s practice covers all areas of family law including private and public…
 Julia Shillingford  photo Julia Shillingford Family Julia is a family law specialist accepting instructions in all areas…
 Margaret Styles  photo Margaret Styles Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with matrimonial finance, the law relating…
 Suzanne Syme  photo Suzanne Syme Suzanne has specialised in matrimonial finance since her pupillage. Her practice now…
 James Turner  photo James Turner Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). All areas relating to children’s law. James…
 John Vater QC photo John Vater QC Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). John specialises in children’s law, both public…
 Aidan Vine QC photo Aidan Vine QC Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Deals with family, human rights and professional…
 Elisabeth Wickham  photo Elisabeth Wickham Elisabeth has experience of representing clients at both County Court and High…
 Chloe Wilkins  photo Chloe Wilkins Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Practice encompasses the full range of family…
 Helen Wilkinson  photo Helen Wilkinson Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in family law. Practice includes public…
 Alison Williams  photo Alison Williams Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Specialises in all areas relating to children’s law…
 Hannah Windmill  photo Hannah Windmill Hannah’s practice covers all areas of children law and Family Law Act…
 Oliver Wraight  photo Oliver Wraight Oliver practises exclusively in family law, with a particular interest in care…


CLIENT: Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE
COMPANY/FIRM: Dawson Cornwell Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Harcourt Chambers has become the go-to set for family law, with particular and recognised expertise in matters of international family and children law and inter-jurisdictional disputes. The team includes a number of brilliant leaders in those fields, including John Vater QC and Edward Devereux. A raft of similarly impressive juniors work alongside those leaders, with many having admirable experience in the highest courts in the country and in the most complex of cases. Complementing their peerless range in counsel is their clerking team, which is second to none. Overall, the set is a force to be reckoned with.”

CLIENT: Janet Broadley
COMPANY/FIRM: Goodman Ray Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Harcourt Chambers is a hidden gem among the larger sets of family chambers and I feel very fortunate as a solicitor to have such a reliable source of family law specialists to instruct. Edward Devereux is by far the best senior junior in the field of international family law and is now supported by an expanding team including Mehvish Chaudhry, Rob George and Edward Bennett. Each of them are extraordinarily bright and committed in each case I instruct them on. They combine their intelligence with pragmatism to achieve the right outcome. Frances Judd QC who heads chambers, is calm, poised and commands a huge amount of respect amongst Judges, peers and clients and I have no doubt will lead the set to the next level with the support, confidence and resilience of Simon Boutwood.”

CLIENT: Claire Colbert
COMPANY/FIRM: Henmans Freeth Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: The service I have received from the clerks at Harcourt Chambers has always been first class and often going far beyond what I would expect. The barristers I brief, and their clerks, put client care as a top priority. They have a very professional manner and firm, yet sensitive approach when needed. Their knowledge is expert level, and in some niche areas of family law that are hard to find elsewhere. The relationship I have with my clients is very important to me, and the experience I have had in using Harcourt Chambers over the last 15 years means that I have no concerns in entrusting my clients to the safe hands of those at Harcourt Chambers.”

CLIENT: Clare Wiseman
COMPANY/FIRM: Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I have recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Harcourt Chambers and have no hesitation in recommending them as serious competition for any other national set. I instructed Frances Judd QC in relation to a matter – initially best suited for mediation. Her hands on and pragmatic advice (coupled with her experience as a judge) was invaluable in securing an extremely favourable outcome for an important client. The clerking team are excellent – led by Simon Boutwood – a hands-on, helpful and committed service goes way beyond the service experienced by many other specialist chambers. Access to both counsel and the clerking team was available outside office hours which was extremely helpful. I shall certainly be using Harcourt Chambers again.”