Penelope Clapham > 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


Penny specialises in family finance matters, both as an advocate and as a qualified Arbitrator.

She regularly accepts instructions on a wide array of financial disputes both between married and unmarried couples, in an international context including under Part III of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, and in respect of children under Schedule 1 of the Child Act 1989. Penny is equally comfortable representing vulnerable clients in which there is a concurrent Court of Protection issue.

Penny’s international practice extends outside this jurisdiction and she has advised and represented clients in Jersey, where she maintains a particular interest.

Many of Penny’s cases involve high net worth claims or celebrity clients where both skill and discretion are required. Her work regularly involves complex business structures, trusts, farming disputes, offshore assets and international property. She appears at all Court levels and against opponents often many years senior to her (including KC’s), both with and without a leader.


Year of Call: 2007, Inner Temple.
Qualified Arbitrator (Family Financial Scheme): 2021 

Guide to the 2007 Hague Maintenance Convention (Thomson Reuters- Practical Family Law)- of renewed importance to international child maintenance disputes following Brexit.
Co-author of ‘A Guide to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989’ and “DIY Divorce & Separation: The Expert Guide to Representing Yourself” 






MA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Oxford University
BVC Inns of Court School of Law
Inner Temple prize winner: Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship, Streuben Prize, Exhibition

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Penelope Clapham1GC | Family Law ‘Penelope is a very impressive barrister. She is extremely assertive and fearless as an advocate and is persuasive and robust in her advocacy but is very friendly and approachable to clients.’

1 GC | Family Law is a set with ‘an exceptional array of brilliantly bright and knowledgeable barristers’. Penelope Clapham is ‘intelligent, fearless, extremely hardworking, and exceptionally numerate’ and represents clients in matrimonial proceedings as well as cohabitees in disputes. Philip Perrins is ‘unflappable, superbly prepared, excellent on his feet’ and a matrimonial finance specialist with expertise in international cases, including disputed divorce jurisdiction and marital status cases. Rising star Annabel Barrons is ‘extremely thorough and good at remembering every detail of a case’, and her practice encompasses the full spectrum of work within financial remedy proceedings.