Set Profile > Chambers of Christopher Pocock QC and James Roberts QC > London, England

Chambers of Christopher Pocock QC and James Roberts QC
1 King's Bench Walk

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

1 KING'S BENCH WALK is strong in both matrimonial finance and children law matters and is routinely involved in the largest finance cases with complex multi-jurisdictional issuesChristopher Pocock QC acted for the husband in a  jurisdiction dispute which necessitated an appeal to the Court of Appeal about the meaning and effect of Article 16 of the Brussels II Revised Regulation (2201/2003). The set is praised by clients for its ‘collegiate atmosphere’.

Leading Silks

Charles Howard QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHas an exceptional intellect, and always gets straight to the heart of a problem – he is an outstanding advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Marshall QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKAn iron fist in a velvet glove – he is utterly charming, but is a tenacious and formidable cross-examiner too.

Ranked: Tier 1
Deborah Eaton QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHer advocacy skills are quite simply second to none – she manages to quash the opposition in an elegant fashion.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Harrison QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHe has a head for figures and his judgement is impeccable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Pocock QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKA skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Turner QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKA star in international family law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Anelay QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKContinues to be a commanding voice in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Frank Feehan QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKIs a top-class practitioner, diligent with an elegant style and poise.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

James Roberts QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHas the ear of the court and the ability to gauge what point to pursue and when – his advocacy is silky smooth.

Leading Juniors

Harry Oliver - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKTechnically brilliant, charismatic, the utmost attention to detail, has the ear of the court, fantastic judgment and always thinking steps ahead of everybody else.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Castle - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKIs a first-rate advocate – persuasive and pragmatic – works tirelessly for his clients with charm and good humour.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Chandler - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHas an excellent client manner and is unflappable in court; his preparation is top notch.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Kelsey - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKExcellent with tricky finances cases; her advocacy is very engaging and she is completely unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Deepak Nagpal - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHas an impressive intellect, phenomenal technical knowledge and superb advocacy skills – he’s fantastic on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katy Chokowry - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHer case preparation is meticulous, she is diligent and thorough and a brilliant advocate with wonderful client skills – she is, quite simply, the complete package.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caroline Lister - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKIs an excellent advocate, and has a good analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher McCourt - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKAn experienced advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Newman - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKCrafts strong arguments which judges listen to.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samantha Ridley - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKShe charms clients even when telling them what they don’t want to hear and she is a tenacious advocate in difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 2

1 KING'S BENCH WALK has, according to one source, ‘rather unusually, many silks and juniors who specialise in both finance and complex children work which gives the set an added dimension in many cases’. Or, as another puts it, chambers is a ‘strong set for children work’ and has an 'excellent team of juniors who leave no stone unturned'. Anthony Kirk QC represented the father in a complicated case involving an application for a care order in respect of a baby who had suffered catastrophic brain injuries. Also of note, Deborah Eaton QC is a hugely respected silk and is described as 'a force of nature in private children proceedings' and 'the advocate whom her peers least want to find themselves against'.

Leading Silks

Deborah Eaton QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKA fighter who brings lots of emotional intelligence to her cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Turner QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKIs a star silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Frank Feehan QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHis experience of the higher courts is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Harrison QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKIs a devastating cross-examiner and he is super bright and assured in dealing with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charles Howard QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKYou really don’t want to be on the other side of him in a battle because he is just so good.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anthony Kirk QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKA very experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Anelay QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKInspires the utmost respect from judges and his opposition.
Ranked: Tier 3
Pamela Scriven QC - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHighly regarded.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Caroline Lister - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKTackles difficult issues head on, and has very good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
Madeleine Reardon - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKAlways well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 1
Markanza Cudby - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Fox - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKA class act whose star continues to rise.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Kelsey - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHas a great ability to build rapport with clients in conference; is a forceful and compassionate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Anderson - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKHas a very agile mind and extremely persuasive style of advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Perrins - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKIs always very able on her feet and in answering any tricky questions the judge may pose.
Ranked: Tier 3
Cherry Harding - 1 KING'S BENCH WALKWell regarded.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

1 KING'S BENCH WALK ‘nail it for being the set that best combines top-quality money and children practitioners’ as well as those who ‘scale the heights in the intellectually highbrow family law/human rights jurisdictional disputes’. One of the strongest children law chambers’ and ‘a major player’ for complex financial matters, 1KBW offers ‘strength in depth’ and ‘high-calibre’ barristers who ‘look after solicitors very well’. In recent chambers news, Philip J Marshall QC, immediate past chair of the Family Law Bar Association, was elected an honorary life vice-president of the association, and James Roberts QC took silk in 2019. Also of note, juniors Katherine Kelsey and Juliet Chapman have returned from their respective maternity leaves. Led by senior clerk Chris Gittins and deputy senior clerk Mark Betts, the ‘user-friendly’ clerking team is ‘better than any other set by a long way’. Nicola Cade, Tim Madden, and Chris Young are other clerks to note for delivering ‘excellent client service’. Offices in: London

1KBW is a leading Chambers specialising in family law, with a pre-eminent reputation in this field, both nationally and internationally. 1KBW is consistently ranked by the legal directories in the top tiers of leading sets for family law. 1KBW barristers have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law and have been in most of the ground-breaking cases over the last two decades. 1KBW also has one of the most innovative and experienced Dispute Resolution teams in the country.

1KBW has a dedicated and professional clerking team, led by its Senior Clerk Chris Gittins, which is able to deal with any enquiry and is widely regarded as one of the most helpful and reassuring clerking teams in the field. Also supporting 1KBW barristers is a team of fees clerks, administrators and other support staff.

The Set: 1KBW comprises 59 barristers, including 14 QCs. The set is widely acknowledged to have an unrivalled breadth of talent, with leading and junior practitioners at every level of seniority. As well as some of the most eminent practitioners at the family bar, former members of 1KBW have included Baroness Hale, the current President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, Dame Judith Parker, DBE and numerous other members of the judiciary. The set adopts a highly professional, supportive and responsive service to clients. There is a tremendous sense of commitment at this set, both to the development of the law and to the needs of clients. The clerking at this set is second to none, with highly experienced and dedicated clerks offering a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, all of which is applied when assisting clients with cases honestly, openly and rigorously.

Types of work undertaken: 1KBW specialises in family law, and our reputation is founded in this field. In matrimonial finance, members of 1KBW have appeared in many of the leading and landmark cases of the last two decades, such as Owens, White, Moore, Macfarlane, Miller, Radmacher, Imerman, Charman and many more. Its members continue to act in some of the most high-profile cases in the field of matrimonial finance. In children law, the set boasts many of the current ‘stars’ in this field, both silks and juniors. Members of 1KBW regularly appear in the leading cases across every aspect of children law: private law children, Hague and non-Hague abduction, wardship and care and adoption proceedings. Members of the set also undertake work in the Court of Protection. Their experience in dealing with sensitive public and private children cases and finance cases means that its members have a unique set of skills to deal with Court of Protection work. The set’s history of advocacy in the criminal courts is often said to give it the edge over its rivals within the family courts.

1KBW has one of the most innovative and experienced dispute resolution teams in the country.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Chris Gittins
Consultant CEO Jo Pickersgill
Head of Chambers POCOCK QC, Christopher (1984)
Head of Chambers ROBERTS QC, James (1993)
Member of Chambers SCRIVEN QC, Pamela (1970)
Member of Chambers ANELAY QC, Richard (1970)
Member of Chambers TURNER QC, James (1976)
Member of Chambers HOWARD QC, Charles (1975)
Member of Chambers KIRK QC, Anthony (1981)
Member of Chambers NEWTON QC, Clive (1968)
Member of Chambers EATON QC, Deborah (1985)
Member of Chambers FEEHAN QC, Frank (1988)
Member of Chambers MARSHALL QC, Philip (1989)
Member of Chambers HARRISON QC, Richard (1993)
Member of Chambers McKENNA QC, Anna (1994)
Member of Chambers OLIVER QC, Harry (1999)
Member of Chambers BUDDEN, Caroline (1977)
Member of Chambers HARDING, Cherry (1978)
Member of Chambers LISTER, Caroline (1980)
Member of Chambers CUDBY, Markanza (1983)
Member of Chambers SELMAN, Elizabeth (1989)
Member of Chambers FLETCHER, Marcus (1990)
Member of Chambers McCOURT, Christopher (1993)
Member of Chambers BAUGHAN, Andrew (1994)
Members of Chambers GREEN, Victoria (1994)
Member of Chambers CHANDLER, Alexander (1995)
Member of Chambers CROSTHWAITE, Graham (1995)
Member of Chambers FOX, Nicola (1996)
Member of Chambers THAIN, Ashley (1996)
Member of Chambers ANDERSON, Nicholas (1995)
Member of Chambers CASTLE, Richard (1998)
Member of Chambers NAGPAL, Deepak (2002)
Member of Chambers KELSEY, Katherine (2003)
Member of Chambers HOLMES, Martha (2003)
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Caroline (2004)
Member of Chambers PERRINS, Jennifer (2004)
Member of Chambers TAHIR, Perican (2004)
Member of Chambers NEWMAN, Peter (2005)
Member of Chambers JARMAIN, Stephen (2005)
Member of Chambers WATTS, Andrea (2006)
Member of Chambers TATTON-BENNETT, Alex (2007)
Member of Chambers OZWELL, Kate (2007)
Member of Chambers McHUGH, Kelan (2007)
Member of Chambers CHOKOWRY, Katy (2003)
Member of Chambers MOYS, Laura (2008)
Member of Chambers RIDLEY, Samantha (2009)
Member of Chambers HARTLEY, Charlotte (2009)
Member of Chambers CHAPMAN, Juliet (2009)
Member of Chambers GORDON, George (2010)
Member of Chambers PALMER, Jennifer (2011)
Member of Chambers DANCE, Tom (2012)
Member of Chambers POMEROY, Helen (2012)
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Frances (2013)
Member of Chambers BENSON, Millie (2014)
Member of Chambers CRIMP, Lucia (2015)
Member of Chambers SUTCLIFFE, Anna (2015)
Member of Chambers LLOYD_THOMAS, Imogen (2015)
Member of Chambers TURNELL, Max (2016)
Member of Chambers HALSALL, Victoria (2017)
Member of Chambers WILSON, Emma (2017)
Member of Chambers TAIT, Elle (2018)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Anderson  photo Nicholas Anderson Nick has a practice covering all aspects of financial and private law…
 Richard Anelay QC photo Richard Anelay QC Extensive experience as a silk in large scale matrimonial finance, public and…
 Andrew Baughan  photo Andrew Baughan A specialist in criminal litigation. He is described as an “adept and…
 Millie Benson  photo Millie Benson
 Caroline Budden  photo Caroline Budden Caroline’s practice includes public and private law aspects of the Children Act,…
 Richard Castle  photo Richard Castle Richard is a leading practitioner in matrimonial finance cases, including cases with…
 Alexander Chandler  photo Alexander Chandler Alexander is a leading junior in matrimonial finance, specialising in high net…
 Juliet Chapman  photo Juliet Chapman Juliet’s financial remedy practice includes both big and small money cases. She…
 Katy Chokowry  photo Katy Chokowry Over the last five years, Katy has appeared in a significant number…
 Lucia Crimp  photo Lucia Crimp
 Graham Crosthwaite  photo Graham Crosthwaite Graham deals with a broad spectrum of children cases, and has particular…
 Markanza Cudby  photo Markanza Cudby Specialises in all areas of children’s work, both public and private law.…
 Thomas Dance  photo Thomas Dance Tom’s financial relief practice encompasses matrimonial finance, Schedule 1 applications, cohabitation claims…
 Deborah Eaton QC photo Deborah Eaton QC A pre-eminent authority in children law for many years, she frequently handles…
 Frank Feehan QC photo Frank Feehan QC Frank has expertise in all areas of family law and is unusual…
 Marcus Fletcher  photo Marcus Fletcher Marcus has a particular interest in public law – care work –…
 Nicola Fox  photo Nicola Fox Nicola maintains a high calibre practice in private children law and financial…
 George Gordon  photo George Gordon Specialises in matrimonial finance and co-habitation disputes. He is also instructed in…
 Victoria Green  photo Victoria Green Victoria has been a specialist family practitioner for many years, having previously…
 Victoria Halsall  photo Victoria Halsall Victoria’s practice encompasses all areas of family law, from first to final…
 Cherry Harding  photo Cherry Harding Barrister specialising in all aspects of the law relating to children and…
 Caroline Harris  photo Caroline Harris Crime: both prosecuting and defending at all levels; reported case R v…
 Richard Harrison QC photo Richard Harrison QC A specialist family lawyer with particular expertise in financial remedy applications and…
 Charlotte Hartley  photo Charlotte Hartley Reported cases Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2020] EWHC 1526 (Fam) – enforcement proceedings in…
 Martha Holmes  photo Martha Holmes An experienced child law specialist, covering both public and private law. She…
 Charles Howard QC photo Charles Howard QC Barrister specialising in dealing with high net-worth financial disputes, both following divorce…
 Stephen Jarmain  photo Stephen Jarmain Stephen practice focuses on high value money cases and complex private law…
 Katherine Kelsey  photo Katherine Kelsey Advises and acts in all areas of matrimonial finance. She has experience…
 Anthony Kirk QC photo Anthony Kirk QC Barrister and mediator specialising in family law with a particular emphasis on…
 Caroline Lister  photo Caroline Lister Family law practitioner who specialises in both high net worth and complex…
 Imogen Lloyd-Thomas  photo Imogen Lloyd-Thomas Imogen specialises in all areas of family law and has experience appearing…
 Philip J Marshall QC photo Philip J Marshall QC Consistently ranked as a leading practitioner (silk) in the field of matrimonial…
 Christopher McCourt  photo Christopher McCourt Barrister specialising in all aspects of financial remedy proceedings and disputes between…
 Anna McKenna QC photo Anna McKenna QC Anna is a QC specialising in private and public law children cases.…
 Kelan Mchugh  photo Kelan Mchugh Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, private law children and child abduction. He…
 Laura Moys  photo Laura Moys Laura has a maintained a purposely versatile practice dealing with complex financial…
 Deepak Nagpal  photo Deepak Nagpal Deepak is one of the leading matrimonial finance juniors in the country.…
 Peter Newman  photo Peter Newman Described by the legal directories as a ‘go-to’ barrister who ‘has a fantastic…
 Clive Newton QC photo Clive Newton QC Specialises in all aspects of family law and education law. In public…
 Harry Oliver  photo Harry Oliver Harry took silk in 2020 having been the leading finance junior for…
 Kate Elizabeth Ozwell  photo Kate Elizabeth Ozwell A highly regarded specialist family law barrister. She is a popular junior…
 Jennifer Palmer  photo Jennifer Palmer Barrister
 Jennifer Perrins  photo Jennifer Perrins Barrister practising in all areas of family law. Jennifer Perrins specialises in…
Mr Christopher Pocock QC photo Mr Christopher Pocock QC Queen’s Counsel specialising in divorce and matrimonial finance in disputes between high…
 Helen Pomeroy  photo Helen Pomeroy Helen is a family law specialist and maintains a wide-ranging practice in…
 Samantha Ridley  photo Samantha Ridley Samantha has an expertise in matrimonial finance and private law children work,…
 James Roberts QC photo James Roberts QC James is a silk who has been ranked for many years in…
 Pamela Scriven QC photo Pamela Scriven QC Barrister specialising in all areas of children’s law, both public and private.…
 Elizabeth Selman  photo Elizabeth Selman Elizabeth handles the full breadth of financial and private law children issues…
 Frances Stratton  photo Frances Stratton Frances’ practice encompasses all areas of private family law. She enjoys researching…
 Anna Sutcliffe  photo Anna Sutcliffe Anna practices in all areas of family law and has experience appearing…
 Perican Tahir  photo Perican Tahir A specialist family law barrister with particular expertise in matrimonial finance, disputes…
 Elle Tait  photo Elle Tait Specialises in all areas of family law.
 Alex Tatton-bennett  photo Alex Tatton-bennett Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance and divorce, and related enforcement proceedings. He…
 Ashley Thain  photo Ashley Thain Ashley is regularly instructed in complex public and private law proceedings, and…
 Max Turnell  photo Max Turnell
 James Turner QC photo James Turner QC James Turner QC has a wide and varied practice that encompasses all…
 Andrea Watts  photo Andrea Watts Family specialist with a broad children practice covering care proceedings, adoption, private…
 Emma Wilson  photo Emma Wilson Specialises in all areas of family law and has experience appearing at…
Mark Betts : Deputy Senior Clerk
Nicola Cade : Senior Practice Manager
Tim Madden : Senior Practice Manager
Chris Young : Practice Manager
Lewis Hicks : Practice Manager
Will Inkin : Practice Assistant
Callum Gordon : Junior Clerk