Elizabeth Hartnett > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC
1GC | Family Law


Elizabeth specialises and has extensive experience in family finance and private law children. She combines a robust approach with careful preparation to ensure that she obtains the best outcome for clients. She is frequently credited with being able to ‘think outside the box’.

In financial proceedings, Elizabeth accepts instructions in financial remedy cases arising from divorce, including for third parties who assert an interest in marital property as well as spouses. She also acts in cases arising from cohabitation or other family disputes as to the ownership of property under TOLATA and is able to advise and act on any claims under the Inheritance (Provision for family and dependants) Act as well as on claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.

Elizabeth has received praise for her sensitive handling of complex private law children applications. These have included issues of sexual, physical and psychological abuse of children. She is known for her firm approach in cases of intractable hostility. She has a particular interest in cases of relocation, either within the UK or internationally.

Often a breakdown of a relationship can lead to the necessity of seeking injunctive relief in the form of non-molestation or occupation orders. Elizabeth is very experienced in dealing with these applications and the interplay between them and other children or financial applications.

In respect of international disputes, Elizabeth acts in cases of child abduction, enforcement and obtaining parental orders.


Year of Call: 2005
Deputy District Judge (Family Law) South Eastern circuit: 2019


MA (Cantab), Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge University

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Elizabeth Hartnett1GC | Family Law ‘Elizabeth is an excellent barrister for children work – child focused but also very forensic.’