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Harcourt Chambers

Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC

Work 0207 353 6961
London, Oxford

Damian Garrido QC

Work 0844 561 7135
Harcourt Chambers (Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC)


Damian Garrido is recognised as a leading family law specialist. His appointment as Queen’s Counsel is a recognition of excellence in written and oral advocacy in the higher courts. He provides sound, practical advice in all aspects of family law, conducting skilful negotiations to achieve consensual outcomes and undertaking robust advocacy in court when necessary. He is known for his devastating cross-examination and focused submissions. The breadth of his experience in both child and financial family law applications is welcomed by clients seeking a holistic solution to the problems of relationship breakdown.
Damian has particular expertise in applications for financial remedy following divorce, notably where complexities arise due to the nature and value of the parties' assets and sources of income (e.g. private businesses or family trusts) and/or difficulties caused by bankruptcy, third-party intervention and/or an international element. He is similarly experienced in cases involving nuptial agreements, cohabitation, child maintenance and civil partnerships.
He also often represents parties in parental disputes about children, particularly in the difficult and sensitive area of international child abduction (both Hague and non-convention cases) and relocation (both international and internal). He has co-written the leading textbook on child relocation, now in its 2nd edition: Relocation - A Practical Guide (Jordans, 2016). His forensic skills are also in demand in cases of parental alienation and where serious allegations are raised against a parent
His child-care practice encompasses the most complex cases including those involving alleged radicalisation, the most serious injury or death, sexual exploitation, the youth or incapacity of a parent and/or issues of publicity, non-disclosure and public interest immunity.
He has appeared in:

Re L v F [2017] EWCA Civ 2121
Re Morris v Morris [2016] EWCA Civ 812
Re C (Internal relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305, [2016] 3 WLR 1
Re S and T (Children) [2015] EWHC 1753, [2015] Fam Law 884
Re R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 270
Re BCC v FZ & Ors [2012] EWHC 1154, [2013] 1 FLR 974


Called 1993, Middle Temple; Chambers of PF Singer Q.C. 1993-2006; Harcourt Chambers 2006 to date; Recorder (Family) 2012; Q.C. 2015; Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division) 2016.




Manchester Grammar School; University of Kent at Canterbury (1991 BA Hons); City University, London (1992 DipLaw); Inns of Court School of Law (1993 BVC).


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London Bar

Children law (including public and private law)

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Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersIs a measured and confident advocate and is always calm and collected.

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Regional Bar: South Eastern Circuit

Family and children law

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Damian Garrido QC - Harcourt ChambersA leading expert on international children law.

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