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Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC
Harcourt Chambers


Practices in all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on the international movement of children (including child abduction). Many of the cases in which Edward has argued (whether at trial or at appellate level) have significantly changed the law in the UK or around the world. Often the cases in which he appears attract significant media attention or are regarded as the most complex of their type to ever come before the courts.  He has appeared in over 75 cases reported in the Family Law Reports. 

Some of his most recent notable cases: C.E. and N.E. and others, C-325/18 PPU and C-375/18 PPU, July 2018, (Court of Justice of the European Union), FA v JR (Jurisdiction: Presence) [2018] 2 FLR 439 (Baker J), OL v PQ, C-111/17 PPU, judgment 8 June 2017, (Court of Justice of the European Union), Re HK (serious Medical Treatment) Nos 1, 2 and 3 [2018] 1 FLR 1241, 1251 and 1256 (High Court, Baker J), S v S (Relocation) [2018] 1 FLR 825 (High Court, Peter Jackson J), H v K and others (Abduction: Undertakings) [2018] 1 FLR 700 (MacDonald J), In re L (Children: Care Proceedings: Judge’s Reasons) [2017] 4 WLR 141 (Court of Appeal), BP v DP (Children) (Wrongful Retention: Anticipatory Breach) [2017] 4 WLR 33 (High Court, Roberts J), In re C-W (A Child) (Contact Overseas: Risk of Non-return) [2017] 4 WLR 51 (Court of Appeal), In re J (A Child) (Reunite International Child Abduction Centre and others intervening) [2016] AC 1291 (Supreme Court), SP v EB and KP [2016] 1 FLR 228 (High Court, Mostyn J), In re N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) (AIRE Centre and others intervening) [2016] 2 WLR 1103 (Supreme Court), Re R (Jurisdiction: Habitual Residence) [2016] 1 FLR 1119 (Court of Appeal), Re K (A Child) (No 3) (Forum Conveniens) [2016] 2 FLR 132 (High Court, Roberts J), In re A (A Child) [2016] 4 WLR 111 (Court of Appeal), Re D (A Child: International Recognition) [2016] 2 FLR 147 (Court of Appeal), Ciccone v Ritchie [2016] 4 WLR 60 (High Court, MacDonald J), Ciccone v Ritchie (No 2) [2016] 1 WLR 3545 (High Court, MacDonald J), In re D (A Child) (Supreme Court: Jurisdiction) (Reunite International Child Abduction Centre and another intervening) [2016] AC 1117 (Supreme Court), AS v TH (Jurisdiction: Final Orders) [2016] 4 WLR 179 (High Court, MacDonald J), Re D (Recognition and Enforcement of Romanian Order) [2015] 1 FLR 1272 (High Court, Peter Jackson J), In re ED (Jurisdiction to Return Child) [2015] 2 FLR 1019 (High Court, Baker J), E v B (Case C-436/13) [2015] Fam 162, (Court of Justice of the European Union), In re A (A Child) (Financial Provision: Wealthy Parent) [2015] 3 WLR 48 (Court of Appeal), Re J (A Child) (1996 Hague Convention) (Morocco) [2015] 2 FLR 513 (Court of Appeal), In re R (A Child: Habitual Residence) [2015] Fam Law 1055 (Court of Appeal), Cambra v Jones (Contempt Proceedings: Child Joined as Party) [2015] 1 FLR 263 (High Court, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division), S v S (Abduction: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2015] 1 FLR 480 (High Court, Theis J).


Called 2001, Middle Temple; Silk 2017. Contributing editor of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws, writing the chapters on domicile and residence, children, legitimacy, legitimation and adoption and mental incapacity. Has contributed a number of articles to ‘Family Law’. Author of the chapter on children abduction in ‘Child Case Management Practice’ (general editor, The Hon. Mr Justice Ryder (Jordans, February 2009). Was previously a member of the editorial board of ‘Counsel’ magazine.


Peterhouse, Cambridge University (History); City University (Law); College of Law, London. Middle Temple Scholarship. Runner up in the Rosamund Smith cup for the best mooter of his year of call (2001).


History, politics, writing, jazz, holidaying in Italy.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Edward Devereux QCHarcourt ChambersA master of strategy, incredibly intelligent, and his advocacy is simply superb. No one can touch him.

Harcourt Chambers has ‘a lot of high quality advocates at all levels.’ It is ‘an excellent set for cross-border children cases and private law children work.’  In one such notable case, Edward Devereux QC worked pro bono for Reunite International (an international child abduction charity) on its involvement in Monasky v Taglieri, a US Supreme Court case concerning the standard for determining a child’s habitual residence and the standard for reviewing that determination on appeal.