Deborah Eaton KC > Chambers of Christopher Pocock KC and James Roberts KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Christopher Pocock KC and James Roberts KC
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Work Department

Private Law Children


Deborah is highly successful and enjoys an excellent reputation nationally and internationally as a pre-eminent authority in children law. Her expertise in this area includes internal and external relocation, parental alienation, substance abuse, mental health and education issues. She is also extremely well respected in the matrimonial finance and enforcement field offering tremendous experience in ancillary relief cases, prenuptial agreements and applications pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. For many years she has handled some of the most significant, far-reaching and complex cases in the field of family law for both UHNW and high-profile clients. Almost all her work has an international dimension.

In addition to being technically challenging, Deborah’s cases are often strategically and tactically complex, and require a highly sensitive, skillful and nuanced approach. She is naturally able to make an outstanding contribution in all these areas.


Qualified 1985, Inner Temple; general editor and author ‘Encyclopaedia of Financial Provision in Family Matters’ Wildblood and Eaton (Sweet & Maxwell 1998).


Deputy High Court Judge [2011]
Recorder [Crime, Private Law Children and Public Law Children] 2004
Master of the Bench Inner Temple
Fellow of the International Family Law Association
Midland Circuit


Keele University (BSc Sc); City University (Dip Law).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Deborah Eaton KC1 King’s Bench Walk ‘Deborah is in a league of her own. She is creative, strategic and fabulous with children cases. She is a superstar who makes the ultimate difference to a case.’

1 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a very strong set across the board for private children law work’ that is ‘always willing to go extra mile for its clients’. Richard Harrison KC is the ‘go-to silk for complex international children law cases’ and recently represented an intervener in Supreme Court case G v G, a case where the principles of the Hague Convention on the child abduction ran into refugee law’s prohibiton of refoulment. ‘Creative and strategic advocate’ Deborah Eaton KC acted for the husband in Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum v Princess Haya, the high-profile proceedings concerning the welfare of the two youngest children of the Ruler of Dubai. ‘Exceptional advocate’ Charles Howard KC is well renowned for dealing with cases of extreme complexity including those involving surrogacy and conception by unregulated sperm donors. Rising stars Anna Sutcliffe and Lucia Crimp, and ‘efficient and sharp advocateVictoria Halsall have extensive experience in private and private law child work.

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Deborah Eaton KC1 King’s Bench Walk ‘Deborah is the go-to barrister for private law children cases. Her skill, knowledge and experience are unrivalled at the family law Bar. She remains absolutely at the top of her game. Her cross-examination is rigorous although always delivered with elegance and charm. She is truly superb.’