Sam Momtaz > Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC > London, London > Lawyer Profile
Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC Offices
1GC | Family Law
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Sam was called in 1995 and took silk in 2017. Sam acts in all aspects of the law relating to children. In public law Sam represents local authorities, parents, guardians and competent children. Sam has particular expertise in cases which involve risk of harm from radicalisation, death and non-accidental injuries, allegations of serious sexual abuse, child trafficking and cross examination of expert and vulnerable witnesses. In private law Sam acts in disputes between parents and other significant adults including cases involving serious harm and internal and international relocation. Sam also practices in Family-related Judicial Review and some Court of Protection cases.
Member of the FLBA Committee (2002-2015)
FLBA’s Equality and Diversity Officer (2007-2015)
Member of Bar Council’s Equality Diversity and Social Mobility Committee (2007-2016)
Panel Member of Home Office appointed independent review in to the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales (2016 – 2018)
LLB Queen Mary & Westfield (University of London).
Sam is an avid football fan and devoted follower of his beloved Liverpool FC. He also enjoys playing football and tennis. He is a regular cinema and theatre goer and likes travelling to get away from it all.
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London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales
Boasting ‘unparalleled strength across the board’ and ‘genuine stars at every level’, the ‘impressive’ 1GC | Family Law is ‘a force to be reckoned with’ in the children law arena, and continues to enhance its reputation for financial work with several upcoming juniors of note. In recent news, Susan George and Elpha LeCointe have joined from Coram Chambers, while Sam Momtaz QC has been appointed to the Family Justice Council. Chambers’ commitment to publicly funded work, as well as ensuring senior and junior counsel are always available, ‘make them a hit with instructing solicitors’. Members ‘take pride in their work, forge excellent relationships, and work with solicitor at all times’ to ‘provide clear advice and pragmatic solutions’ in the most sensitive of cases. The ‘stupendous’ clerking team ‘work together, communicate well, and ensure you get the Rolls-Royce service’; ‘they are fair and ethical in relation to fees’; ‘they’re just a nice bunch’. ‘Fantastic’ senior clerk Paul Harris has elevated the clerks’ room to ‘an incomparable level’ producing ‘some of the best clerks’ around who are ‘fantastic ambassadors for their tenants’ and ‘a dream to work with’. Harris’ dedication to chambers is ‘second to none’ and he is ‘a stellar example of what a senior clerk should be’. Also in the team, ‘extremely personable’ first junior clerk David McDonald is ‘a significant addition to the team’, has ‘a fantastic relationship with solicitors’, and offers ‘a top-class service’ by ‘always going the extra mile’; practice manager Harry Smith and assistant practice manager Sam Ditchman are also highly recommended; Austin Ekford-Soper has left chambers. The set’s’ ‘seamless’ rebrand and move to ‘amazing’ bespoke premises in Lincoln’s Inn also draws praise from solicitors: ‘The building is a poignant reminder of the high-calibre and bespoke chambers 1GC is.’ Marie-Christine Willis was appointed chambers director in January 2019. Offices in: London