Set Profile > Harcourt Chambers > London, England

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

Family and children law Tier 1

'A formidable set armed with fantastic advocates', Harcourt Chambers is a specialist family set with barristers available at all levels of call. Members of chambers, which is based in both London and Oxford (where it has 'a good strength of knowledge across its members and gets involved in the local community'), are instructed across the piece, including private law children issues with international elements, as well as complex family finance matters ('a go-to chambers for money cases' according to one solicitor) and public law child work for both parents and local authorities. Jonathan Sampson QC is a 2020 silk appointment, joining top end that includes the likes of Damian Garrido QC and John Vater QC , with the set featuring a strong junior bench including Jane Campbell, Simon Miller and Sara Granshaw for child law matters, and Fiona Hay, a notable senior junior for family finance.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersHe always prepares meticulously and is a measured as well as forceful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick Goodwin QC - Harcourt ChambersHe is a tenacious and meticulous counsel with superb knowledge of children and family law.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Vater QC - Harcourt ChambersA brilliant cross-examiner who is superb at putting the client at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Aidan Vine QC - Harcourt ChambersHe is an accomplished and effective advocate, with a measured style that many judges like, and with recognised expertise in children cases with human rights or jurisdictional issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

2020 Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Jonathan Sampson QC - Harcourt ChambersAlways an impressive advocate with excellent client care.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Granshaw - Harcourt ChambersHer advocacy and advice are consistently very high quality.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Miller - Harcourt ChambersHe is a very experienced and eloquent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersHe is very grounded, pragmatic and down to earth enabling clients to relax and feel comfortable assured they are in a safe pair of hands whether that be in respect of children or financial cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersShe is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Forbes - Harcourt ChambersCan focus on the core issues immediately and has strong command in the court room.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersWhen fully on fire Jason is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt ChambersEdward is a strong and fearless advocate who is able to take on any case, regardless of its complexity and has the confidence of the court, solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersShe is a rising star in the family field and is very adept at technology.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martha Gray - Harcourt ChambersOrganised, thorough and very personable: always a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersShe has an unrivalled knack of expressing an opinion at the outset in terms of the eventual outcome, and being right.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersShe is a force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersHe is very grounded, pragmatic and down to earth enabling clients to relax and feel comfortable assured they are in a safe pair of hands whether that be in respect of children or financial cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersShe is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersWhen fully on fire Jason is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louise Potter - Harcourt ChambersShe is reliable without fail and has a fantastic manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersShe is a rising star in the family field and is very adept at technology.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Marusza - Harcourt ChambersHis preparation is detailed and he strenuously puts forward his clients cases in court, clearly and succinctly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Julia Shillingford - Harcourt Chambers ‘Julia is a tenacious, focused, and wise advocate. She is a constructive, but firm, opponent: she takes neither bad points nor prisoners.

Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

Harcourt Chambers is a ‘first-rate set of chambers with great strength in depth, a very good range of barristers at different levels of call, from hugely experienced QCs to extremely talented juniors, meaning that it will always have a barrister who fits the needs of the case.’ The set ‘has quickly risen to form a strong identity, commanding respect and oozing experience.’ Among the ‘huge pool of high calibre children barristers’ is Edward Devereux QC who in a recent highlight led the successful appeal against a first instance decision to return a child to a third state pursuant to the 1980 Hague Convention. Jonathan Sampson is a new silk appointment, further strengthening chambers at the senior end, while the future of the set looks bright with impressive rising stars Dr Rob George and Edward Bennett.

Rising stars

Edward Bennett - Harcourt ChambersIs widely respected for the depth of his knowledge and the passion he has for his work. A dream to work with, with immaculate written work, is always prepared.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dr Rob George - Harcourt ChambersA hugely experienced head on young shoulders, and a phenomenal advocate. A real one to watch as a future heavyweight. You can already throw him to the lions against QC's and other senior opponents, safe in the knowledge that he will rise to the challenge with passion and strength.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Edward Devereux QC - Harcourt ChambersOne of the most impressive advocates at the family bar, commanding respect from judges and opponents alike. A fearless cross-examiner with a penchant for seeing cases in a way that few others do, which more often than not find favour with judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersHis advocacy is measured and certain, and leaves the listener entirely convinced of his argument. He is incredibly effective, and clients feel completely reassured.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nick Goodwin QC - Harcourt ChambersIs very thorough, forensic in his approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Jonathan Sampson QC - Harcourt ChambersIs a masterful advocate. His calm and confident manner wins over clients and judges. He takes difficult points and runs them successfully.

Leading Juniors

Mehvish Chaudhry - Harcourt ChambersCombines exceptional client care skills with an in-depth knowledge of the law and has the respect of the High Court bench.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersA wonderful advocate who is always immaculately prepared and injects a much-needed level of reassuring calm in any matter.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

Leading Juniors

Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersFiona is strong, fair, compassionate and kind. These are valuable qualities in the legal field. Her knowledge is unsurpassed and her approach to cases always client focused and sensible.
Ranked: Tier 4
Suzanne Syme - Harcourt ChambersHas an excellent manner with clients and quickly establishes a rapport and confidence. She is always thoroughly prepared for conferences and hearings alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersJane is a force to be reckoned with on her feet. Her approach to cases is measured yet robust when necessary and this endears her to clients and judiciary alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Gleeson - Harcourt ChambersIs meticulous in his preparation and a formidable advocate. He has an enviable ability to appeal to the full spectrum of clients and he is a pleasure to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family and children law

John Vater QC of Harcourt Chambers frequently appears in serious care cases in the Midlands, with recent work having included child deaths and allegations of sexual abuse.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

John Vater QC - Harcourt ChambersA fighter who is well-prepared and fearless in court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London and Oxford, Harcourt Chambers is one of the country's leading family and children law sets. In recent news, Jonathan Sampson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Mavis Amonoo-Acquah has been appointed to the Family Justice Council.

Testimonials

Clerks

All the clerks are efficient, friendly and very helpful. It is difficult to single out individuals as they are all good but Simon Boutwood and Matt Molloy have been particularly helpful.

The clerks are very good and always helpful and approachable. Judith Partington stands out for special mention.

All the clerks are particularly helpful and develop an understanding of the instructing solicitors needs to ensure their service meets the needs of the clients.

The clerks are personable, helpful and always try to assist when we call.

Set

I have instructed a number of the team at Harcourt and have always found the quality of barristers to be very high. They appear to have a number of highly skilled barristers across various areas.

I love using Harcourt Chambers. Their counsel are all friendly but also extremely intelligent, capable lawyers who fight hard for their clients.

There is a wide range of barristers for any family law need both in terms of experience, fees and expertise.

They’re an excellent set of Chambers and bend over backwards to accommodate if the barrister you specifically want to instruct is unavailable. They often host brilliant updating seminars locally.

Very strong family set, good spread of experience amongst the set.

Very well regarded in litigation concerning children. Acknowledged expertise in public law disputes and increasingly in international disputes.

Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London and Oxford, Harcourt Chambers is one of the country's leading family and children law sets. In recent news, Jonathan Sampson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Mavis Amonoo-Acquah has been appointed to the Family Justice Council.

Testimonials

Clerks

All the clerks are efficient, friendly and very helpful. It is difficult to single out individuals as they are all good but Simon Boutwood and Matt Molloy have been particularly helpful.

The clerks are very good and always helpful and approachable. Judith Partington stands out for special mention.

All the clerks are particularly helpful and develop an understanding of the instructing solicitors needs to ensure their service meets the needs of the clients.

The clerks are personable, helpful and always try to assist when we call.

Set

I have instructed a number of the team at Harcourt and have always found the quality of barristers to be very high. They appear to have a number of highly skilled barristers across various areas.

I love using Harcourt Chambers. Their counsel are all friendly but also extremely intelligent, capable lawyers who fight hard for their clients.

There is a wide range of barristers for any family law need both in terms of experience, fees and expertise.

They’re an excellent set of Chambers and bend over backwards to accommodate if the barrister you specifically want to instruct is unavailable. They often host brilliant updating seminars locally.

Very strong family set, good spread of experience amongst the set.

Very well regarded in litigation concerning children. Acknowledged expertise in public law disputes and increasingly in international disputes.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

'A formidable set armed with fantastic advocates', Harcourt Chambers is a specialist family set with barristers available at all levels of call. Members of chambers, which is based in both London and Oxford (where it has 'a good strength of knowledge across its members and gets involved in the local community'), are instructed across the piece, including private law children issues with international elements, as well as complex family finance matters ('a go-to chambers for money cases' according to one solicitor) and public law child work for both parents and local authorities. Jonathan Sampson QC is a 2020 silk appointment, joining top end that includes the likes of Damian Garrido QC and John Vater QC , with the set featuring a strong junior bench including Jane Campbell, Simon Miller and Sara Granshaw for child law matters, and Fiona Hay, a notable senior junior for family finance.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersHe always prepares meticulously and is a measured as well as forceful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick Goodwin QC - Harcourt ChambersHe is a tenacious and meticulous counsel with superb knowledge of children and family law.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Vater QC - Harcourt ChambersA brilliant cross-examiner who is superb at putting the client at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Aidan Vine QC - Harcourt ChambersHe is an accomplished and effective advocate, with a measured style that many judges like, and with recognised expertise in children cases with human rights or jurisdictional issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

2020 Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Jonathan Sampson QC - Harcourt ChambersAlways an impressive advocate with excellent client care.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Granshaw - Harcourt ChambersHer advocacy and advice are consistently very high quality.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Miller - Harcourt ChambersHe is a very experienced and eloquent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersHe is very grounded, pragmatic and down to earth enabling clients to relax and feel comfortable assured they are in a safe pair of hands whether that be in respect of children or financial cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersShe is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Forbes - Harcourt ChambersCan focus on the core issues immediately and has strong command in the court room.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersWhen fully on fire Jason is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Kirkwood - Harcourt ChambersEdward is a strong and fearless advocate who is able to take on any case, regardless of its complexity and has the confidence of the court, solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersShe is a rising star in the family field and is very adept at technology.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martha Gray - Harcourt ChambersOrganised, thorough and very personable: always a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersShe has an unrivalled knack of expressing an opinion at the outset in terms of the eventual outcome, and being right.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersShe is a force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas Allen - Harcourt ChambersHe is very grounded, pragmatic and down to earth enabling clients to relax and feel comfortable assured they are in a safe pair of hands whether that be in respect of children or financial cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Cecilia Barrett - Harcourt ChambersShe is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Green - Harcourt ChambersWhen fully on fire Jason is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louise Potter - Harcourt ChambersShe is reliable without fail and has a fantastic manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Rayner - Harcourt ChambersShe is a rising star in the family field and is very adept at technology.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Marusza - Harcourt ChambersHis preparation is detailed and he strenuously puts forward his clients cases in court, clearly and succinctly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Julia Shillingford - Harcourt Chambers ‘Julia is a tenacious, focused, and wise advocate. She is a constructive, but firm, opponent: she takes neither bad points nor prisoners.

Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law

John Vater QC of Harcourt Chambers frequently appears in serious care cases in the Midlands, with recent work having included child deaths and allegations of sexual abuse.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

John Vater QC - Harcourt ChambersA fighter who is well-prepared and fearless in court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London and Oxford, Harcourt Chambers is one of the country's leading family and children law sets. In recent news, Jonathan Sampson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Mavis Amonoo-Acquah has been appointed to the Family Justice Council.

Testimonials

Clerks

All the clerks are efficient, friendly and very helpful. It is difficult to single out individuals as they are all good but Simon Boutwood and Matt Molloy have been particularly helpful.

The clerks are very good and always helpful and approachable. Judith Partington stands out for special mention.

All the clerks are particularly helpful and develop an understanding of the instructing solicitors needs to ensure their service meets the needs of the clients.

The clerks are personable, helpful and always try to assist when we call.

Set

I have instructed a number of the team at Harcourt and have always found the quality of barristers to be very high. They appear to have a number of highly skilled barristers across various areas.

I love using Harcourt Chambers. Their counsel are all friendly but also extremely intelligent, capable lawyers who fight hard for their clients.

There is a wide range of barristers for any family law need both in terms of experience, fees and expertise.

They’re an excellent set of Chambers and bend over backwards to accommodate if the barrister you specifically want to instruct is unavailable. They often host brilliant updating seminars locally.

Very strong family set, good spread of experience amongst the set.

Very well regarded in litigation concerning children. Acknowledged expertise in public law disputes and increasingly in international disputes.

 

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 QC, John Vater QC, Karl Rowley QC, Damian Garrido QC, Julia Cheetham, Aidan Vine QC & Edward Devereux QC, Jonathan Sampson QC and 58 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 SAMPSON QC, 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 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)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Paige (2018)
Members of Chambers ISHMAEL, Fazeela (2018)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Douglas Allen  photo Douglas Allen A highly accomplished senior junior, well known for his straightforward, discreet and…
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 principally financial remedy, although she undertakes schedule 1 cases…
 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 called in 2009 with a…
 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…
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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.”