Set Profile > 1 Hare Court > London, England

Chambers of Timothy Bishop QC
1 Hare Court

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

1 Hare Court is a ‘brilliant set with excellent people from top to bottom. All the barristers are approachable and always helpful when last-minute emergencies occur.’ The set is variously described as one of the 'top divorce and finance sets that is led from the front by the very best advocates' and is also praised for its range of 'stellar individuals who are questionably leaders in their field', including the newly promoted Nicholas Neville Grylls Cusworth QC, as well as 'some future stars in its junior ranks', such as Joshua William Viney. Among its ‘huge range of excellent barristers’ is Nigel Dyer QC who is advising on an interesting case dealing with the legal status of a wife who stayed in the property owned by the husband pending its sale post-divorce. The sale was delayed and the question centred on whether or not the wife was a trespasser during this period. Simon Webster QC and Rebecca Carew-Pole QC have further strengthened the set following their elevation to silk.

Rising stars

Joshua William Viney - 1 Hare CourtIs incredibly calm and measured. Nothing fazes him and he has the patience of a saint in dealing with difficult individuals. He has assurance and client handling skills far beyond his years' call. He has a quick and agile mind, often getting to the point quicker than others in the room.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Nicholas Cusworth QC - 1 Hare CourtIs the paradigm of the "heavyweight QC". He is calm, suave and highly competent. He is a formidable advocate with gravitas and a brilliant laid back cross-examination style in court. He has seen everything and nothing unnerves or panics him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Dyer QC - 1 Hare CourtA robust advocate and detailed preparer of papers and reads all that is sent before him. Not afraid to work without a Junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Todd QC - 1 Hare CourtHas an instant and encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, which he deploys with the utmost skill, and often takes on the most difficult of cases with spectacular results. He is instructed by all the magic circle firms and also maintains a premier practice in Hong Kong.
Ranked: Tier 1
Deborah Bangay QC - 1 Hare CourtA fantastic silk with an eye for detail. Great with the lay client and a formidable opponent in Court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Bishop QC - 1 Hare CourtHis experience and analytical approach to matters are overwhelmingly good.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Warshaw QC - 1 Hare CourtHis advocacy skills are second to none. He leaves no stone unturned and has excellent attention to detail. He takes no nonsense from his opponents, has the ear of the Judge and is what you need from a leading QC.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Yates QC - 1 Hare CourtIs an exceptional talent and has already marked himself as a go-to silk for complex finance work. A master of the courtroom, he has the respect of the bench and the bar alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ann Hussey QC - 1 Hare CourtAn intellectually gifted and razor sharp advocate at the top of her game. Our first choice for HNW clients with complex assets where her ability to bring all the threads together to achieve the optimum outcome for the client is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Trowell QC - 1 Hare CourtHis capacity for remembering details is astonishing. He is not afraid to give clients tough advice, so they have a fully informed view. He is frighteningly intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Rebecca Carew-Pole QC - 1 Hare CourtHer written work is second to none and when on her feet she blazes a trail behind her. She is a force to be reckoned with whether in the negotiation room or the courtroom. Judges adore her clear presentation. She makes everything sound simple however difficult it may be.
Simon Webster QC - 1 Hare CourtShrewd advisor with wisdom beyond his years. Persuasive advocate with first class client management skills. Consistently operating at the top of his game.

2021 Silks

Nichola Gray QC - 1 Hare Court ‘A very hard working and determined barrister who has the skills to be a successful QC. Paperwork, judgement and advocacy skills are all excellent.

Leading Juniors

Richard Sear - 1 Hare CourtIs an intellectual colossus. Utterly dependable he works like a Trojan. Confident and persuasive in court he is charming with a good sense of humour which goes down very well with Judges. He is respected by Judges and opponents alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Phillip Blatchly - 1 Hare CourtHe is taking on the top cases and going toe to toe with giants of family law. He is superbly user friendly and accessible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma Sumner - 1 Hare CourtA calming presence, Emma is a gifted advocate and it is a joy to instruct her. Emma has a wealth of experience and as well as providing superb legal advice she also has a very practical approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Bailey-Harris - 1 Hare CourtHer strength is the detailed preparation and reassurance to clients. If I have a jurisdiction nightmare brewing, she is my first call!
Ranked: Tier 4
Kyra Cornwall - 1 Hare CourtCalm under fire. Measured in her demeanour. Kind and empathetic to clients. A smiling assassin in the courtroom. Underestimate her at your peril!
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

1 Hare Court is a leading family law chambers with a particular emphasis on matrimonial and civil partnership finance which benefits from a specialist private dispute resolution practice containing 13 mediators and 11 arbitrators. In recent news, Rebecca Carew-Pole QC and Simon Webster QC took silk in early 2020, further strengthening the set at the top end and bringing the total number of silks in chambers to 14.



‘All clerks are professional, diligent, organised, efficient. They provide a top-class service to supplement the outstanding legal services their barristers provide.’

‘All of the clerks in the Chambers are first class, from Ryan to Steve McCrone. They are pragmatic and helpful.’

‘The best in the business – they really are. They go above and beyond to help on cases.’

‘Daniel Barnett is brilliant – he is the best of all of the family clerks in London! Nothing is too much trouble, he is organized and on top of everything and always does what he says he will.’

‘Excellent clerks’ room led by Steve McCrone and ably supported by his team including Max Brian who is very responsive on providing timely fee estimates and confirming availability of Counsel.’

‘Steve McCrone, Daniel Barnett and Mike Lay offer a first class clerking service.’

‘The clerks’ room is exceptional and available 24/7. They have a full insight in respect of Family Law procedures. Steve Mccrone, Dan Barnett and Mike Lay are always one step ahead when dealing with a solicitor’s needs.’


‘1 Hare Court are an excellent chambers for matrimonial finance work and for other complex cases and I use a number of their barristers at all levels.’

‘1 Hare Court are one of the leading sets of chambers dealing with financial remedy work in the country.’

‘1 Hare Court are our go to chambers. The strength of barristers they have at both senior and junior levels is unmatched.’

‘1 Hare Court is a brilliant set. They have excellent people from top to bottom. The barristers I work with from this set are approachable and always helpful when last minute emergencies occur.’

‘1 Hare Court is, by a huge margin, the best family law and financial remedy set in the country. It has best silks and juniors and has strength in numbers.’

‘1HC are one of the top family sets around. They are particularly known as being very cerebral, technical lawyers.’

‘1HC’s QC offering is unparalleled with stellar individuals who are questionably leaders in their field.’

‘A great set. I have used them for decades and they never disappoint.’

‘An unrivalled collection of specialist financial remedy barristers with many excellent people to chose from at both senior and junior level.’

‘Great set, especially at the more senior end but also throughout, all round the best set in London. The set I always go to first since it has the sharpest, most talented barristers but also generally best with clients and very professional.’


The ‘outstanding’ specialist family law set (The Legal 500). Chambers prides itself on having been the family law market leader in every legal guide for every year since those guides were first published. It is a position earned and retained by an unrivalled expertise in relationship generated disputes. A large proportion of the specialist matrimonial money Silks in England and Wales are at 1 Hare Court. They have an array of talent at every level among the juniors. The annual Chambers Seminar is an important fixture in the family law year which all the top professionals attend, providing up-to-date analysis of the law from the set’s expert barristers.

The set: Chambers traces its history back more than 200 years. Its former members include Law Lords and Lords Justice of Appeal. Recent past members include Baroness Butler-Sloss and Sir Nicholas Wall, former presidents of the family division, Lord Justice Thorpe, High Court Judges, Nicholas Mostyn and Philip Moor and former High Court Judge Mary Hogg.

Members write or contribute to the leading text books and leading periodicals. It is the home of the leading practitioners’ work Rayden & Jackson. Chambers now numbers 12 Silks, 31 juniors and an 11 strong clerks team.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers provides cutting edge expertise at every level. Recent important Supreme Court private family law cases have been dominated by members of chambers; whether in international divorce (where Nigel Dyer QC and Eleanor Harris were for the successful Mrs Agbaje), the nine Justice Supreme Court decision in Radmacher v Granatino (where Richard Todd QC and Geoffrey Kingscote were pitted against fellow member of chambers, Nicholas Mostyn QC) or before seven Justices in the case of Petrodel v Prest (where Richard Todd QC and Stephen Trowell acted for Mrs Prest). Martin Pointer QC was also recently in the cases of Sharland and Vince v Wyatt in the Supreme Court. Martin Pointer QC and Nigel Dyer QC have also been involved in cases in the Privy Council and Tim Bishop QC and Nicholas Cusworth QC have just been against each other in Work v Gray, a case concerning special contribution.

Members of chambers have had an active part as advocates in all the most celebrated divorce cases of recent years: White, Cowan, Lambert, Miller, McFarlane, Charman and McCartney. 85% of the hundreds of reported cases referred to in ‘At a Glance’ have had involvement by members of chambers. Obviously the higher court cases attract greater publicity but chambers maintains a strong representation at every level of litigation and, increasingly alternative dispute resolution.

The majority of Chambers’ work takes the form of resolving disputes on divorce, both financial and regarding arrangements for children. The breakdown of civil partnerships or property disputes arising from unmarried parties’ cohabitation also represents an important part of Chambers’ work. Hare Court has an excellent reputation in drafting nuptial agreements. 1 Hare Court also deals with a large number of international jurisdiction disputes and members of chambers have acted in many of the leading authorities in this field.

In addition to traditional court work, Chambers has a strong offering in private dispute resolution services. 1 Hare Court offers private mediation services through a large and expert team of specialist barrister-mediators. Chambers has been at the forefront of the new family arbitration movement and has the largest number of family law arbitrators under one roof. Senior members of Chambers regularly act as evaluators in ‘private FDR’ hearings, and some members are also associates of collaborative law pods.

Chambers also has an impressive international presence with its members providing representation or expert evidence in many other jurisdictions. In the last ten years members of Chambers have acted in 30 foreign jurisdictions. In recent years members of Chambers have been found advocating in cases as geographically far apart as the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.

Members are supported by a highly efficient clerks’ room run under the supervision of Steve McCrone. They won the Clerks Team of the Year award in 2015.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Steven McCrone
First junior clerk Michael Lay
Junior clerks Daniel Barnett
Junior clerks James Collier
Chambers administrator Sarah Hardwicke
Members of Chambers POINTER QC, Martin (1976)
Members of Chambers BANGAY QC, Deborah (1981)
Members of Chambers DYER QC, Nigel (1982)
Members of Chambers HUSSEY QC, Ann (1981)
Members of Chambers CUSWORTH QC, Nicholas (1986)
Members of Chambers TODD QC, Richard (1988)
Members of Chambers WILSON QC, John (1981)
Members of Chambers DAVIDSON QC, Katharine (1987)
Members of Chambers BISHOP QC, Timothy (1991)
Members of Chambers TROWELL QC, Stephen (1995)
Members of Chambers WARSHAW QC, Justin (1995)
Members of Chambers KINGSCOTE QC, Geoffrey (1993)
Members of Chambers CARDEN, Nicholas (1981)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Gavin (1981)
Members of Chambers WOOD, Christopher (1986)
Members of Chambers PLATTS, Rachel (1989)
Members of Chambers TODD, Elisabeth (1990)
Members of Chambers GRAY, Nichola (1991)
Members of Chambers YATES, Nicholas (1996)
Members of Chambers WEBSTER, Simon (1997)
Members of Chambers CAREW POLE, Rebecca (1999)
Members of Chambers SUMNER, Emma (1999)
Members of Chambers BRADLEY, Michael (1999)
Members of Chambers BAILEY-HARRIS, Rebecca (2000)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Eleanor (2000)
Members of Chambers CARTER, Tom (2001)
Members of Chambers SPICER, Rachel (2002)
Members of Chambers KENNY, Christian (2003)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Jude (2004)
Members of Chambers SEAR, Richard (2005)
Members of Chambers SUGDEN, Amelia (2006)
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Nicholas (2006)
Members of Chambers COOK, Katherine (2007)
Members of Chambers BRUNSDON TULLEY, Matthew (2007)
Members of Chambers KABRA, Madhavi (2008)
Members of Chambers CORNWALL, Kyra (2011)
Members of Chambers PERKINS, Amy (2010)
Members of Chambers MOTTAHEDAN, Lily (2011)
Members of Chambers VINEY, Joshua (2013)
Members of Chambers HARVEY, Thomas (2013)
Members of Chambers WOOLDRIDGE, Ben (2013)
Members of Chambers LITTLEJOHNS, Sam (2014)
Members of Chambers WEBB, James (2015)
Members of Chambers Associate members
Members of Chambers SINGER QC, Sir Peter
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jude Allen  photo Jude Allen All areas of family law, with a focus on matrimonial finance, cohabitation…
 Rebecca Bailey-Harris  photo Rebecca Bailey-Harris Barrister specialising in family law. Important cases include: Miller v Miller; McFarlane…
 Deborah Bangay QC photo Deborah Bangay QC Barrister specialising in money, private children work and pre-nuptial agreements. Cases include:…
 Timothy Bishop QC photo Timothy Bishop QC Barrister specialising in financial remedies and matrimonial jurisdiction disputes; cases include: Xydhias;…
 Nicholas Carden  photo Nicholas Carden Barrister specialising in financial remedies, including cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements; Inheritance Act;…
 Rebecca Carew Pole  photo Rebecca Carew Pole Barrister specialising in divorce; ancillary relief; private law children disputes; cases include:…
 Tom Carter  photo Tom Carter Barrister specialising in all areas of family law.
 Katherine Cook  photo Katherine Cook Specialising in all areas of private family law, including financial remedy proceedings;…
 Kyra Cornwall  photo Kyra Cornwall Family law barrister.
 Nicholas Neville Grylls Cusworth QC photo Nicholas Neville Grylls Cusworth QC Chair of the Family Law Bar Association 2012-2013 and head of chambers…
 Katharine Davidson QC photo Katharine Davidson QC Barrister specialising in family law.
 Nigel Dyer QC photo Nigel Dyer QC Barrister specialising in financial remedy claims across a broad spectrum, ie big…
 Nichola Jayne Gray  photo Nichola Jayne Gray Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, family provision and property disputes between cohabitees.
 Eleanor Harris  photo Eleanor Harris Barrister specialising in all areas of family law.
 Ann Hussey QC photo Ann Hussey QC Barrister specialising in family law, primarily high-net-worth cases including farming.
 Madhavi Kabra  photo Madhavi Kabra Family law (including divorce, ancillary relief and children law). Case includes Traversa…
 Christian Edward Mackenzie Kenny  photo Christian Edward Mackenzie Kenny
 Geoffrey Kingscote  photo Geoffrey Kingscote Barrister specialising in financial remedies applications, particularly those involving marital agreements and…
 Lily Mottahedan  photo Lily Mottahedan Lily joined chambers as a tenant in October 2013 following the successful…
 Richard Sear  photo Richard Sear
 Roger Gavin Abbey Smith  photo Roger Gavin Abbey Smith Barrister specialising in financial remedies on divorce; domestic and international enforcement; jurisdiction…
 Rachel Spicer  photo Rachel Spicer Barrister specialising in all areas of family law, including matrimonial finance, Private…
 Emma Sumner  photo Emma Sumner Barrister specialising in ancillary relief and private child disputes.
 Richard Todd QC photo Richard Todd QC Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, Trusts of Land Act, Married Women’s Property…
 Stephen Trowell QC photo Stephen Trowell QC Barrister specialising in financial relief ancillary to divorce, private Children Act work,…
 Joshua Viney  photo Joshua Viney All areas of family law with a focus on financial remedies.
 Justin Warshaw QC photo Justin Warshaw QC Barrister specialising in all aspects of divorce work; cases include: MET v…
 Simon Webster  photo Simon Webster Barrister specialising in all areas of private law family disputes with a…
 Nicholas Wilkinson  photo Nicholas Wilkinson Practises in matrimonial finance; private law children; jurisdiction matters; TOLATA’96; FLA’96. High…
 John Wilson QC photo John Wilson QC Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, professional negligence, inheritance claims, trusts, and matrimonial…
 Christopher Wood  photo Christopher Wood Barrister specialising in family law, mostly ancillary relief; cases include: A v…
 Nicholas Yates  photo Nicholas Yates Nicholas specialises in financial remedy cases (including civil partnership and Schedule 1…