Anthony Kirk > Chambers of Deborah Eaton QC and Philip Marshall QC > London, London > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Deborah Eaton QC and Philip Marshall QC
1 King's Bench Walk
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Work Department

Family and dispute resolution.


Barrister and mediator specialising in family law with a particular emphasis on cases involving children (both private and public law) and international child abduction.


Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in July 1981. Awarded the Mackaskie Scholarship for the highest marks in the Bar Final examinations;

Appointed QC in 2001;

Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2006. Senior Trainer of the Inn’s Faculty of Advocacy (Family) and Vice-Chairman of the Election Information Committee.

Trained with the Family Mediators’ Association in 1998 and later a member of the Board of Directors.

General Council of the Bar 1996-99; Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee 1997-2000; Secretary FLBA 1999-2004, Vice-Chairman 2005-06, Chairman 2006-07 and now Hon. Life Vice-President.

Shortlisted as “DRS Practitioner of the Year” by Family Law Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Deputy Head of Chambers from 2003-2019.


South Eastern Circuit; Bar Council ADR Panel since 2003; President’s International Family Law Committee 2005-10; Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers since 2006; MoJ Task Force on Mediation; Fellow of the RSM since 2010 and Resolution National DRS Committee since 2015.


Ipswich School and King Edward VII, Lytham; King’s College, London (LLB Hons, AKC).


Classical music and playing the organ. Member of the Royal College of Organists.

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

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Anthony Kirk QC


A very experienced silk.

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‘.