Claire Heppenstall > 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


Claire practises exclusively in private family and family related work. Her practice is largely split between Private Children Law and Financial Remedies work. She also has particular expertise in dealing with Schedule 1 claims. 

Dealing with both children and money work allows her to assist the private client across most areas of dispute that arise during difficult family breakdowns in a highly effective and pragmatic but also robust way.  She is frequently instructed to appear against Leading Counsel. 

In the area of Private Children Law, she has a particular interest and a huge amount of expertise in cases involving relocation, both external and internal.  She is also has extensive experience of being instructed in highly acrimonious and long-running intractable child arrangement disputes, and is often instructed in cases involving allegations of parental alienation and where expert psychiatric assessment has been required. 

In Financial Remedies work, she is often instructed in difficult cases involving issues of non-disclosure or where careful analysis of family businesses and trust interests is required. 

Claire has considerable experience of dealing with Schedule 1 applications and is regularly instructed in this type of claim. 

Claire is also dual qualified as an Arbitrator to deal with disputes under both the IFLA finance and children schemes. 


Year of Call: 1990, Inner Temple
Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel Reviewer
MCIArb (Family Finance)
MCIArb (Children)

Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit to sit in Family matters (2022)

Co-author of DIY Divorce & Separation: The Expert Guide to Representing Yourself (Jordan Publishing), 2014
Contributor to ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England’ Volume 5 (3) and (4) – ‘Children and Young Persons’
Contributor to Butterworth’s Cohabitation Law and Precedents (Same Sex Cohabitation)
Contributor to ‘Applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989’ published by Family Law


The Association of Lawyers for Children


University College London: LLB (Hons) 1987
University College London: LLM (Merit) 1988

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Claire Heppenstall1GC | Family Law ‘Claire is a very safe pair of hand, astute, hardworking and talented. She has an in-depth and technical understanding of family law. She is a deeply compassionate advocate who supports the client with her steadiness and wisdom.’

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Claire Heppenstall1GC | Family Law ‘Claire has great commercial acumen. She is clear, direct and exudes authority in court. Her advocacy is polished and persuasive.’