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London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

1 King's Bench Walk is ‘an immensely impressive family set at all levels’, standing out for 'its expertise in both finance and private children work.’ The team is very well versed in handling high-value cases involving complex trusts, assets and businesses. The set garners praise for its 'fantastic range of barristers, who are always well prepared and worth their weight in gold'. The 'superb' Charles Howard QC is 'at the top of his game', and Philip Marshall QC is 'extremely polished and charming with a steel backbone, and wins over judges with a mixture of panache and tenacity'. At the junior end, Katherine Kelsey is 'always on top of a case and is never fazed'. The 'phenomenally bright' Deepak Nagpal QC took silk in March 2021, further strengthening chambers at the senior end.

Rising stars

Anna Sutcliffe - 1 King's Bench WalkA strong advocate who builds excellent rapport within the courtroom. She is also able to quickly build good working relationships with clients, offering them practical advice and not shying away from discussing the difficulties within a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Max Turnell - 1 King's Bench WalkMax is extremely well-prepared and carries out a very thorough and detailed analysis of cases. A junior with an incisive eye.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Richard Harrison QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA highly intelligent, thorough and user-friendly silk, with great judgement and who is always prepared to go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Howard QC1 King’s Bench WalkA first-rate silk, and a fighter when he needs to be.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Marshall QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA very compelling advocate, whose cross-examination is always masterful.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Pocock QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA persuasive advocate with an unflappable demeanour.
Ranked: Tier 1
Deborah Eaton QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA powerhouse silk in the profession. She is insightful in her approach to cases and adopts a strategic approach from the outset.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Frank Feehan QC - 1 King's Bench WalkFrank has a keen eye for detail and is phenomenal on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Roberts QC - 1 King's Bench WalkJames is a brilliant advocate who has the ear of judges. Clients adore him as they know that he is passionate about achieving the best outcome for them. He has a fine mind and is able to see a way through even the most complicated and intractable cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Harry Oliver QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA silk who is wholly on top of the detail of the case, delivering punchy and compelling advocacy. Clients love his direct style, engaging nature and pragmatic case handling.

2021 Silks

Deepak Nagpal QC - 1 King's Bench WalkAn articulate and fierce advocate who commands the respect of the judiciary at all levels.

2022 Silks

Alexander Chandler QC - 1 King's Bench WalkHe is precise, concise, and has an excellent manner with clients, solicitors, opponents and the judge.

Leading Juniors

Katherine Kelsey - 1 King's Bench WalkKatherine is a fierce, razor-sharp advocate, who provides pragmatic advice that resonates with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Newman - 1 King's Bench WalkPeter is a fearless and talented advocate. He has a very good instinct for when to fight and when to negotiate, and he instils enormous confidence through his ability to read the judge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Castle - 1 King's Bench WalkA junior with immense gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 2
Caroline Lister - 1 King's Bench WalkA great advocate to have in your corner. She is approachable and has a confident manner in the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Juliet Chapman - 1 King's Bench WalkA master of the detail, who impresses the judge at every turn.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlotte Hartley - 1 King's Bench WalkCharlotte is brilliant - a fabulous advocate who has a wonderful bedside manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Jarmain - 1 King's Bench WalkHe combines a powerful intellect with remarkable client care skills. His work rate is extraordinary, and he is highly responsive to all queries, however small or large.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher McCourt - 1 King's Bench WalkChristopher has an excellent eye for detail and relates to clients very well. He is particularly good at explaining complicated legal areas.
Ranked: Tier 4
Samantha Ridley - 1 King's Bench WalkA very client-friendly barrister. She is down to earth, prepares thoroughly, and her style is adaptable yet firm and robust where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alex Tatton-Bennett - 1 King's Bench WalkAlex is a robust advocate who is always brilliantly prepared. He has a good eye for a case’s key issues and articulates them beautifully.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

‘1KBW has a good blend of first-rate children and money barristers.’

‘1KBW has significant strength in depth among its barristers, from the most junior to the most senior.

‘It has great depth at all levels, from silks to the most junior members, for both finance and children work.

1KBW has excellent strength in depth across all experience levels.’

Clerking

The clerks are unfailingly helpful and friendly. They will always do all that they can to make a preferred barrister available and if not available, will always come up with a suitable alternative.’

‘Chris Gittins leads a proactive team.

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law) Tier 2

1 King's Bench Walk is a ‘first-class’ set that has a ‘great balance at all levels with a number of real stars in the children world’, and in particular it has been described as a ‘go-to set for child abduction work because of its range of experienced barristers all of whom you can trust to do a good job.’ In Re F Richard Harrison QC, acted in a Court of Appeal case that examined the power of the court to set aside a final return order in child abduction proceedings under the 1980 Hague Convention. Deepak Nagpal QC is a 2021 Silk appointment, and also a full member of elite set Temple Chambers in Hong Kong.

Rising stars

Anna Sutcliffe - 1 King's Bench WalkGreat with all types of clients. Anna's reparation is always very thorough and advocacy in court is faultless.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Deborah Eaton QC - 1 King's Bench WalkDeborah is in a Super League of barristers. She is a powerhouse within the profession, with a fearsome reputation. She is insightful in her approach to cases and adopts a strategic approach from the outset. Client love her. She is fabulous.
Ranked: Tier 1
Frank Feehan QC - 1 King's Bench WalkFrank is a very experienced barrister with great client and tribunal handling skills. He achieves great results, consistently.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Harrison QC - 1 King's Bench WalkRichard has phenomenal analytical skills, which enables him to see the big picture and cut straight to the heart of the issue. Richard's style of advocacy is understated and disarming yet phenomenally effective. There are very few advocates who can change the mind of a High Court judge, and Richard is one of them.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Deepak Nagpal QC - 1 King's Bench WalkAstonishingly bright. Never under-prepared and at ease with the most complex cases. A joy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Caroline Lister - 1 King's Bench WalkA great advocate to have in your corner, she speaks confidently to the Court. Friendly and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola Fox - 1 King's Bench WalkAn excellent advocate and tenacious litigator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Kelsey - 1 King's Bench WalkKatherine is a calm and reassuring presence to clients, and never less than completely prepared, combined with persuasive and authoritative advocacy in court. She will fight her clients corner but also give them realistic advice where necessary. Katherine is absolute class act.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Anderson - 1 King's Bench WalkNicholas is fiercely intelligent and gives excellent attention to detail in every case, no matter how complex. His clarity of preparation and presentation brings a clear focus to every case. He deals with clients very well, approaching sensitive and difficult matters with a straightforwardness and yet in an empathetic way.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Perrins - 1 King's Bench WalkJenny's knowledge of both domestic and international children law is fantastic. She is so switched-on and astute it is scary. She has a remarkable sense of strategy, especially in complex international children cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Hartley - 1 King's Bench WalkAn agile advocate with a steely determination, Charlotte is someone who can make a real difference to the outcome of the most difficult case. She is first-rate in terms of preparation and presentation, and has an eye for the correct, strategic approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrea Watts - 1 King's Bench WalkCalm and collected, extremely knowledgable and a first choice for child abduction work.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘A top set, one of the leading for family work.’

Excellent set of chambers. It runs an excellent child abduction course on an annual basis which is very informative. The barristers I have instructed from this set are always very well prepared and knowledgeable.’

‘1 KBW has vast strength and depth at every level. Counsel are dedicated, hardworking, always well-prepared and work well in a team with the solicitor.

‘1KBW has excellent breadth of counsel for both financial and children matters. This  niche lies in the fact that it truly has pre-eminent experts in both fields under the one roof so a client can feel that their overall needs are being serviced in ‘one stop’. ‘

1KBW is a chambers with a wonderful breadth of experience and knowledge. Its annual child abduction conference is excellent.

Clerking

‘Great clerks room very responsive.’

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  60 barristers, including 15 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, McFarlane, 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Head of Chambers POCOCK QC, Christopher (1984)cpocockqc@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Head of Chambers ROBERTS QC, James (1993)JRobertsqc@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers SCRIVEN QC, Pamela (1970)PScrivenQC@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers ANELAY QC, Richard (1970)ranelay@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers TURNER QC, James (1976)JTurnerQC@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HOWARD QC, Charles (1975)chowardQC@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers KIRK QC, Anthony (1981)akirk@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers NEWTON QC, Clive (1968)cnewton@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers EATON QC, Deborah (1985)deaton@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers FEEHAN QC, Frank (1988)ffeehan@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers MARSHALL QC, Philip (1989)pmarshall@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HARRISON QC, Richard (1993)RHarrisonQC@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers McKENNA QC, Anna (1994)amckenna@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers OLIVER QC, Harry (1999)HOliverQC@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers NAGPAL QC, Deepak (2002)dnagpal@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers BUDDEN, Caroline (1977)cbudden@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HARDING, Cherry (1978)CHarding@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers LISTER, Caroline (1980)clister@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CUDBY, Markanza (1983)mcudby@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers SELMAN, Elizabeth (1989)eselman@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers FLETCHER, Marcus (1990)mfletcher@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers McCOURT, Christopher (1993)cmccourt@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers BAUGHAN, Andrew (1994)ABaughan@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Members of Chambers GREEN, Victoria (1994)vgreen@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CHANDLER, Alexander (1995)achandler@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CROSTHWAITE, Graham (1995)gcrosthwaite@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers FOX, Nicola (1996)nfox@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers ANDERSON, Nicholas (1995)nanderson@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CASTLE, Richard (1998)rcastle@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers KELSEY, Katherine (2003)kkelsey@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HOLMES, Martha (2003)mholmes@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Caroline (2004)charris@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers PERRINS, Jennifer (2004)jperrins@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers TAHIR, Perican (2004)Ptahir@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers NEWMAN, Peter (2005)PNewman@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers JARMAIN, Stephen (2005)sjarmain@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers WATTS, Andrea (2006)awatts@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers OZWELL, Kate (2007)kozwell@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers TATTON-BENNETT, Alex (2007)ATatton-bennett@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers McHUGH, Kelan (2007)kmchugh@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CHOKOWRY, Katy (2003)kchokowry@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers MOYS, Laura (2008)lmoys@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers RIDLEY, Samantha (2009)sridley@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HARTLEY, Charlotte (2009)chartley@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CHAPMAN, Juliet (2009)JChapman@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers GORDON, George (2010)ggordon@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers PALMER, Jennifer (2011)jpalmer@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers DANCE, Thomas (2012)tdance@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers POMEROY, Helen (2012)hpomeroy@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Frances (2013)FStratton@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers BENSON, Millie (2014)mbenson@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers CRIMP, Lucia (2015)lcrimp@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers SUTCLIFFE, Anna (2015)asutcliffe@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers TURNELL, Max (2016)mturnell@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers LLOYD_THOMAS, Imogen (2015)ILloyd-Thomas@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers HALSALL, Victoria (2017)VHalsall@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers WILSON, Emma (2017)EWilson@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers TAIT, Elle (2018)ETait@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers Barwell O’Connor, Tadhgh (2019)TBOConnor@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
Member of Chambers James, Leonie (2019)LJames@1kbw.co.uk020 7936 1500
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Nicholas Anderson  photo Nicholas Anderson Nick has a practice covering all aspects of financial and private law…
Richard Anelay photo Richard AnelayExtensive experience as a silk in large scale matrimonial finance, public and…
Tadhgh Barwell O Tadhgh Barwell O"Connor   Tadhgh’s practice encompasses all areas of family law and he has experience appearing…
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 QC photo Alexander Chandler QCAlexander 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 photo Deborah EatonA pre-eminent authority in children law for many years, she frequently handles…
Frank Feehan photo Frank FeehanFrank 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 Caroline specialises in both criminal and family law and has regular experience…
Richard Harrison photo Richard HarrisonA 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 photo Charles HowardBarrister specialising in dealing with high net-worth financial disputes, both following divorce…
Leonie James  photo Leonie James Leonie accepts instructions in all areas of family law. She joined chambers…
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 photo Anthony KirkBarrister 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 photo Philip J MarshallConsistently ranked as a leading practitioner in the field of matrimonial finance…
Christopher McCourt  photo Christopher McCourt Barrister specialising in all aspects of financial remedy proceedings and disputes between…
Anna McKenna photo Anna McKennaAnna 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 a renowned matrimonial finance barrister. Deepak has appeared at all…
Peter Newman  photo Peter Newman Praised by the legal directories as a ‘go-to’ barrister for matrimonial finance work. He…
Clive Newton photo Clive NewtonSpecialises 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 Jennifer Perrins specialises in private law children work, divorce and finance. She…
Mr Christopher Pocock photo Mr Christopher PocockQueen’s Counsel specialising in divorce and matrimonial finance in disputes between high…
Helen Pomeroy  photo Helen Pomeroy Helen is a specialist family practitioner who maintains a deliberate balance in…
Samantha Ridley  photo Samantha Ridley Samantha has an expertise in matrimonial finance and private law children work,…
James Roberts photo James RobertsJames is a silk who has been ranked for many years in…
Pamela Scriven photo Pamela ScrivenBarrister 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 Finance/Private Law Children/Public Law Children/Child Abduction 
Perican Tahir  photo Perican Tahir A specialist family law barrister with particular expertise in matrimonial finance, disputes…
Elle Tait  photo Elle Tait
Alex Tatton-bennett  photo Alex Tatton-bennett Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance and divorce, and related enforcement proceedings. He…
Max Turnell  photo Max Turnell
James Turner photo James TurnerJames Turner QC has a wide and varied practice that has encompassed…
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…
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