Set Profile > Harcourt Chambers > Oxford, England

Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC
Harcourt Chambers
CHURCHILL HOUSE, 3 ST ALDATE'S COURTYARD
OXFORD
OX1 1BN
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

I believe them to be the best clerks in London. They are exceptionally quick to respond, even out of hours. Their commitment to solicitors is unparalleled. The peerless Simon Boutwood, accompanied by the equally committed Matt Molloy and Laurie Amron, run a tight ship providing high quality, reliable clerking.

The clerking is very good. Simon Boutwood will always be in touch on matters if there are any issues or if you require a suggested counsel for a case.

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.

Quite simply the best there is! Matt and Laurie are outstanding clerks, and a joy to work with. They always go the extra mile, and the service they provide means I am always reticent to instruct anyone from elsewhere.

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.

I think the clerks are first class. I have every confidence in Simon Boutwood and his team.

The service from the clerks is really excellent. They are always very responsive and understand what they need to do to make our lives easier including liaising with courts, etc. This has been particularly evident during the pandemic and lockdown.

The clerks provide a great service. In particular, Matthew Malloy and Laurie Amron go above and beyond to find appropriate counsel for each case, no matter how late in the day the request comes in. They are personable, friendly, and hard-working, always responding to calls and emails quickly. They take the time to listen to what is required and take pride in knowing their counsel well and finding the right counsel for each case.

Matthew Molloy and Laurie Amron are conscientious and ensure that service delivery is attended to at all times and where an unavoidable change of Counsel is required they go beyond the call of duty to ensure that appropriate Counsel is made available.

Set

Harcourt is, without doubt, one of the high flyers in international family law. They have quickly risen to form a strong identity, commanding respect, and oozing experience. Experienced counsel are almost always on hand for new matters, and their commitment to publicly funded work, in particular, is beyond admirable.

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 backward 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.

 

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)
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