Set Profile > Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC > Oxford, 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 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

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 4

Jane Campbell - Harcourt ChambersIs excellent at addressing difficult situations with finesse and sensitivity.

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 4

Michael Gleeson - Harcourt ChambersPrepares meticulously and works incredibly hard – he is a thorough and effective advocate.

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 4

Fiona Hay - Harcourt ChambersGets to the heart of the issue and presents it in a way that charms judges.

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 4

Suzanne Syme - Harcourt ChambersAn excellent negotiator and fierce litigator when needed.

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 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

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

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)
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