Penelope Clapham > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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


Penelope specialises in both family finance and private law children matters and is noted for her ability to carry out both disciplines to a very high standard.

Penelope advises and represents client in all areas of family finance including disputes between cohabitants, division of matrimonial assets on divorce and financial arrangements for children. She has a particular interest and expertise in cases in Jersey.  She has considerable experience in high net worth claims involving complex business structures, trusts, offshore assets and international property as well as in more modest asset cases. She has also represented vulnerable clients including in which there is a concurrent Court of Protection issue.

Penelope is recognised for her skill in complex private law children matters which require a sensitive but robust approach. She has successfully represented clients in cases involving sexual abuse, domestic violence, intractable hostility and parental alienation. She enjoys cases with an international element and has developed a particular specialism in relocation matters (both external and internal).


Called 2007, Inner Temple.

Recent publications: Penelope is a co-author of ‘Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989’ (Jordan publishing September 2018). She regularly gives lectures on a variety of topics including: ‘Interveners: Joinder of Trusts and Companies’  (June 2017), ‘Spousal maintenance: still a meal ticket for life’ (May 2017), ‘The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Family Assets’  (April 2016) and ‘TOLATA: A short guide to the Law’ (October 2015)


FLBA; Associate Member of Resolution, Bar Pro Bono Unit; Inner Temple.


M.A (Hons) Jurisprudence, Somerville College, Oxford University; B.V.C. Inns of Court School of Law; Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship, Inner Temple Streuben Prize Winner, Inner Temple Exhibition, Inner Temple.


Penelope enjoys a wide variety of sports including football, rugby and cricket. She runs and is a keen skier and scuba diver.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Penelope Clapham1GC | Family LawTakes time to understand what the client wants and then presents it in a very persuasive way to the Judges. She clearly has the ear of the court.

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Penelope Clapham1GC | Family LawConfident and shrewd and grasps the issues. Explains the position to the client in a very calm and understanding manner. Professional, engaging and approachable.

At 1GC | Family Law ‘the fact that it undertakes both private and public children work, as well as finances, means that you are always in safe hands in the most complicated of cases.’ The set has an ‘extremely strong team with a personality to fit every client. It achieves great results and is a pleasure to work with.’ Members advise on a wide array of matters from complex business and trust structures through to major jurisdictional and enforcement matters. Key members who specialise in this area include  Penelope Clapham and Philip Perrins. The ‘stellarEleri Jones is a new entrant in this year’s junior rankings.