Set Profile > 1 King's Bench Walk > 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 has a ‘wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers. Known for its heavyweight financial work it also has a team that can handle any type of children work.’ It regularly deals with cases involving enormous wealth with complex and intricate assets, trusts and businesses both in the UK and offshore. It has ‘many market leaders who are at the forefront of developing our case law’ among them the ‘fearless advocate’  Charles Howard QC as well as Philip J Marshall QC who has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of financial remedy law.’ This set has ‘great strength-in-depth’ with Richard Harrison QC and Katherine Kelsey reaching the summit of the silk and junior rankings respectively. Harry Oliver's recent elevation to silk has further strengthened chambers at the senior end.

Leading Silks

Richard Harrison QC - 1 King's Bench WalkThe master of the understated approach. I have lost count of the number of times he has found the winning point buried in a mountain of paper.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Howard QC - 1 King's Bench WalkLeaves no stone unturned and gives excellent and clear advice. He is an excellent advocate and is very much a safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Marshall QC - 1 King's Bench WalkExceptionally intelligent and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 1
Deborah Eaton QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA top drawer gold-plated professional.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Pocock QC - 1 King's Bench WalkIncredibly calm under pressure, has very measured advice and is also an extremely efficient paper-free worker, which is impressive with someone of his seniority.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Turner QC - 1 King's Bench WalkHighly recommended for international family law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Anelay QC - 1 King's Bench WalkHis knowledge base of the family justice system and its development over the years adds so much to his work and that level of experience is irreplaceable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Frank Feehan QC - 1 King's Bench WalkIncredibly astute with excellent in-depth knowledge of both case law and legislation. A safe pair of hands, with the ability to turn around work efficiently taking a meticulous approach in the same.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

James Roberts QC - 1 King's Bench WalkDelves completely into a case and leaves no stone unturned. He digests every detail which instils confidence in solicitors and clients. He is robust and clear in advice and approach.

2020 Silks

Harry Oliver QC - 1 King's Bench WalkSuper intelligent. He has the financial acumen of a top flight accountant, he knows the law like no other barrister I have met.

2021 Silks

Deepak Nagpal QC - 1 King's Bench WalkFor the big, scary case, everyone’s go-to, which is why he is probably so hard to get.

Leading Juniors

Katherine Kelsey - 1 King's Bench WalkShe has fantastic judgement, is excellent on children as well as financial remedy cases. Clients feel that they are in fantastic hands, and she really fights their cause, while at the same time is pragmatic, good at judging her tribunal and aims to settle cases if she can.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Castle - 1 King's Bench WalkA great choice for the most difficult financial cases. Richard will cut through detail to distil the key points well. He is forceful but does not overplay it. Judges like this.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Chandler - 1 King's Bench WalkAlex has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is meticulous in his preparation. Alex has the confidence of his clients and his instructing solicitors. Alex is a superb and seasoned advocate and reads the court well.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Newman - 1 King's Bench WalkTremendous attention to detail and a powerful advocacy style. Never loses sight of the bigger picture and will give clients tough advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katy Chokowry - 1 King's Bench WalkA star of the junior Bar, she is very diligent and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caroline Lister - 1 King's Bench WalkIs clever, considered and thorough. She has an excellent understanding not just of the law but of which arguments are likely to play well in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Hartley - 1 King's Bench WalkIs a first-rate advocate and an excellent tactician.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Jarmain - 1 King's Bench WalkExpresses himself very persuasively and has an amazing eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher McCourt - 1 King's Bench WalkAn experienced junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Samantha Ridley - 1 King's Bench WalkThoroughly prepares her cases and her written work is concise and incisive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Juliet Chapman - 1 King's Bench WalkJuliet is a hit with every client, meticulously prepared, constructive but tough when required.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 2

1 King's Bench Walk has a ‘wealth of options at all levels which makes it a ‘go-to’ set for complex children and finance cases.’ It excels in all areas of children law both private law disputes and public law (care and adoption) and is particularly ‘highly regarded in the legal world as having barristers who specialise in the complicated area of child abduction.’ The set is praised for its ‘strength in depth at all levels. Its junior barristers are keen, willing and eager to help out no matter how short the notice or how demanding the client.’ At a senior level, it has some superb individuals such as James Turner QC and Deborah Eaton QC, the latter of whom is described as being 'in a league of her own', as well as the set's top junior, Caroline Lister. Meanwhile, the respective reputations of Anna McKenna QC, a new addition to the leading silk rankings, and Charlotte Hartley, a new leading junior, continue to grow.

Leading Silks

Deborah Eaton QC - 1 King's Bench WalkIs extraordinarily authoritative, with a fearsome reputation. She is unsurpassed in court and her advocacy is a joy to listen to. Her cross-examination is ferocious. She has fabulous client skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Turner QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA highly accomplished silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Frank Feehan QC - 1 King's Bench WalkIs a master strategist. His advocacy and ability to cross-examine are subtle, incisive and instinctively brilliant. He is full of good sense and authority in this difficult area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Harrison QC - 1 King's Bench WalkHis attention to detail is second to none. I have been in court when a judge has said that he has "encyclopaedic knowledge". He is meticulous in his preparation and knows about every case in the history of international child abduction.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charles Howard QC - 1 King's Bench WalkIs a ferociously good cross-examiner and has an unrivalled forensic mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anthony Kirk QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA very experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Anelay QC - 1 King's Bench Walk ‘Is a thoughtful and thorough advocate; a force to be reckoned with in negotiation. He is very respected by the Bar and bench alike.

Ranked: Tier 3
Anna McKenna QC - 1 King's Bench WalkAnna is bold, fearless and (in my experience) always right! Her instincts and her intellect are razor sharp and clients feel safe with her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Pamela Scriven QC - 1 King's Bench WalkA well-respected silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Caroline Lister - 1 King's Bench WalkIs adept at dealing with emotionally vulnerable clients with whom she builds a strong working relationship. Caroline is a superb advocate and fights her client's corner hard whilst always offering sound and realistic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Markanza Cudby - 1 King's Bench WalkA well-respected advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Fox - 1 King's Bench WalkHas amazing insight and understanding of people and what motivates them
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Kelsey - 1 King's Bench WalkVery thorough, committed, organised. A joy to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Anderson - 1 King's Bench WalkNick's case preparation is second to none and he is such a capable advocate! His preparation for a case is meticulous, his paperwork extremely through and wonderfully persuasive. It is always tremendously reassuring to have him on your team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Perrins - 1 King's Bench WalkAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Hartley - 1 King's Bench WalkIs an incredible barrister to have on your team. She has an abundance of patience and is able to handle the most difficult cases. Without doubt she is future silk material.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

1 King's Bench Walk continues to be at the forefront of matrimonial finance work. In recent chambers news, Christopher Pocock QC and James Roberts QC were elected as new heads of chambers, succeeding Deborah Eaton QC and Philip Marshall QC who step down after 7 years as joint heads. Harry Oliver QC was elevated to silk in early 2020, while Alexander Chandler  has been appointed a Family Recorder; an associate professor of family law at the University of Oxford and tutorial fellow in law at Oriel College, Oxford, Lucinda Ferguson has joined chambers as an associate tenant.



‘A brilliant team of clerks. Mark Betts is always incredibly helpful.’

‘Always available and ever calm. Nicola Cade knows the industry very well indeed.’

‘Chris Gittins is a breath of fresh air and with the rest of the excellent clerking team makes 1KBW a pleasure to work with.’

‘Efficient, proactive and user friendly. Tim and Nicola run an experienced and extremely helpful team.’

They cannot be more helpful especially Nicola Cade (Mark Betts, Chris Gittins and Tim Madden all very helpful, responsive and easy to deal with). All good with court listing and other sets of chambers.’

Mark Betts is the stand out clerk. He is friendly, organised and knows everyone in the industry.’

‘The clerks always go out on a limb to help. They are friendly and the level of service provided is excellent.’

‘The clerks at 1KBW are excellent. They go above and beyond. I feel that they are an extension of my team and will often help me out of a tricky situation (for example if a hearing has been listed at short notice and also on one occasion printing a bundle for me so I could attend a short notice hearing. Faultless.’


‘1 KBW is a top notch set – with first class barristers at all levels working there.’

‘1 KBW is my ‘go to’ set. The quality of barristers is excellent at every level for all types of work.’

‘1KBW are a go to set for finance cases and child law cases. They have a range of barristers at different levels of call and have an excellent clerking team who are always willing to assist.’

‘1KBW are my go to family set in London and I consider them to be the leading chambers in the country.’

‘1KBW has a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers. Known for their heavyweight financial work they all have team who can handle any type of children work.’

‘A top set with a particularly strong stable of juniors across all types of family law work.’

‘I have worked with 1KBW for many years now and consider the Chambers to be one of my first points of call when instructing a barrister for hearing.’

‘KBW are absolutely in the top tier for family work, both children and financial.’

‘Simply put, excellent chambers and my go to. High calibre of barristers with excellent experience.’

‘They have consistently excellent, helpful barristers – particularly at the junior end – and deal with the full range of issues from complex financial cases to issues of jurisdiction in children disputes.’

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)
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 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