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Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC
Harcourt Chambers
2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9DB
London

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

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 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

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

 

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 sboutwood@harcourtchambers.co.uk 0207 353 6961
Practice manager Judith Partington jpartington@harcourtchambers.co.uk 0207 353 6961
Practice Manager Matt Molloy mmolloy@harcourtchambers.co.uk 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)
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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.”