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4 Paper Buildings > The Legal 500 Rankings
Seen as ‘the leading set for child law in London and probably the country’, 4 Paper Buildings ‘is a hotbed of talent from the senior end to the most junior.’ ‘The availability and calibre of counsel from the very top to the more junior end of the set are excellent.’ In the past year, its specialist family law practitioners have had several outings to the High Court, Court of Appeal, and two visits to the Supreme Court. Among the standout practitioners is Prof Jo Delahunty QC, who has been described as a 'trailblazer, a passionate advocate for the publicly-funded Bar'; she acted for six children through three guardians in four different cases involving allegations of extreme violent individual and group sexual abuse (AA & 25 Ors (Children)  EWFC 64). Cleo Perry and Barbara Mills have further strengthened the impressive team following their elevation to silk, while Charlotte Baker is highlighted as a rising star.
4 Paper Buildings ‘excels at offering consistent quality family law barristers at all levels.’ The set is excellent at dealing with family disputes involving high-net-worth and international clients. It is an ‘excellent set with first-rate practitioners who have a broad range of experience.’ Charles Hale QC is a 'great QC who very unusually still does financial and children work' and recently acted in the Court of Appeal for the Intervener in Attorney General v Akhter and Others, an important case which could have significant consequences for marital rights and in particular Sharia divorce and nullity proceedings. Samantha Woodham rises to the top of this year's junior rankings, while Julia Townend and Harry Nosworthy are new entrants to the table.
A leading set of specialist family law barristers, 4 Paper Buildings bolstered its strength in depth at the top end of chambers following the elevation to silk of Barbara Mills QC and Cleo Perry QC in March 2020. Also of note this year, Rhiannon Lloyd has been appointed a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit.
4PB chambers are a pleasure to work with, the clerks are brilliant and are so helpful and friendly. They are wonderful to speak to and always happy to help where they can. They are flexible with the fees for the barristers who are so very reasonable compared to other sets of chambers and they always deliver an excellent service.
4PB has an excellent clerking team. They are all friendly and efficient. They go the extra mile for instructing solicitors. It’s a pleasure to work with 4PB.
A reliable clerks room that will always offer help and support. Kenny Martin and Glenn Bennet are real stars making you feel like an extension of the team.
Always helpful and find a solution quickly – bend over backwards but make it look easy – in particular the impressive Paul.
Always supportive. Owen Beedle is wonderful and goes beyond the call of duty to make things happen.
Excellent. First rate. Michael is a great senior clerk and that is illustrated by the performance of the clerking team overall. Friendly, approachable, helpful attitude.
Exceptional. Michael Reeves is an exceptional figurehead for the clerks and representative of the set.
Good clerks’ room. They’ve transitioned well to remote working. Led by Michael who is personable, organised and has dealt with any difficulties we have had very well.
Great. Paul Harris is my main contact. Organised and will bend over backwards to try and assist.
Michael Reeves and Paul Hennessy have cultivated and groomed an exceptional clerks room. Leading from the front and by example they have delivered an amazing services which is practiced throughout the clerks room. Whilst praise should go to Michael and Paul, Kenny Martin, Glenn Bennett, Denise Fallon and Jamie Byrne are stars in their own right.
Michael Reeves heads an experienced clerks’ room with dedicated and amenable juniors who are always prepared to go the extra mile. They have excelled themselves and adapted well to the fast pace of the Covid-19 restrictions, including making their own facilities available to practitioners. Kenny Martin and Glenn Bennett come in for particular praise with their pragmatism and professionalism.
Michael Reeves is a stand out leader of the clerks room and Kenny Martin and Glenn Bennett are rising stars.
Paul Hennessy is a revolution – always a pleasure to work with and on hearing about the issues in a case he can immediately pinpoint the right counsel for the job. He has never failed to impress me with his enthusiasm and commitment to striving to get the best for his instructing solicitor and their client.
Paul Hennessy is excellent. I think the Clerks room at 4PB are very strong. Always helpful and knowledgeable about the work and the needs of instructing solicitors. Also very efficient.
The best clerks! Completely reliable. Helpful on fees. Can believe their recommendations of counsel.
The clerking is efficient and non-fussy. I always have the impression that the clerks are there to provide a service to solicitors and it is a very slick service.
The clerks are always extremely helpful. The nature of a Hague Convention application means that action needs to be taken fast and the clerks were responsive and accommodating.
The clerks are always pleasant and helpful, with Michael Reeves on hand to help out if there is a problem. I feel they are keen to help and have assisted in the past when I need counsel at short notice.
The clerks are super helpful, always ready to assist with any tricky listing issues and their insider knowledge of the courts and connections to court staff has been a godsend during the Covid crisis.
The clerks room is second to none. Paul Hennessy always goes above and beyond and will fix any problem and will do anything to ensure that the professional client is satisfied. Their response to Covid-19 and their ability to work unaffected has been impressive.
There is strength in depth within the clerks room who will go above and beyond to assist.
They are a solid team working for each other and all of chambers. They make solicitors also feel part of their team too. Paul Hennessey is an outstanding clerk.
They know exactly which barrister will suit a particular case. You won’t be fobbed off; if they have no one suitable, they will tell you. Really likeable clerking team, efficient, and quick to produce fee notes (which we like!)
4 Paper Buildings – the best children law set in the country, and the leader in the field of international children law.
4 Paper Buildings has an excellent team of barristers – I have instructed many of them over the past year and they have all done a great job – they are always incredibly well prepared, and the team – from juniors to QCs are passionate and dedicated advocates who care about their clients’ outcomes, want the best for them and will go above and beyond to get them the outcome they deserve.
4 Paper Buildings has an excellent team of barristers – I have instructed many of them over the past year and they have all done a great job – they are always incredibly well prepared, and the team – from juniors to QCs are passionate and dedicated advocates who care about their clients’ outcomes, want the best for them and will go above and beyond to get them the outcome they deserve. They also have some of the best children arbitrators around.
4 Paper Buildings have many highly experienced and dedicated barristers within their ranks. They never fail to impress, whether acting for or against, in their professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of their client.
4 Paper Buildings is my preferred ‘go-to’ set for all family law matters. Their breadth of experience means that there will always be someone who can help on any particular case.
The calibre of counsel is very high and they regularly act in cutting edge / ground breaking / High Court and higher cases. It is very easy to recommend a barrister at 4PB to a client. I get consistently good feedback on the barristers I work with there.
4PB has strength at every level – and across all aspects of family law. Their clerking team is rightfully highly regarded as being pragmatic and helpful.
4PB is a very strong set and my go to for private children work. I rate them very highly. The availability and calibre of counsel, from the top to the more junior end of the set, are excellent.
4PB is brilliant, a lovely clerking team, counsel who are really strong in their fields and reliable, and most importantly great to work with.
4PB is home to very many impressive family law barristers – they are our main competitors and their reputation of excellence is well deserved.
4PB is the best chambers across the range of call for all issues relating to children and one of the best across the range of call for money cases. it is a team chambers – among the barristers and as between staff and barristers.
An amazing set with strength in depth. With the strength of numbers there is no need for you to look at another set.
A massive set with strength in depth at all levels of seniority. Arguably the set has the go-to Silks for children work in the country.
A master class set of chambers which has quality running through it from top to bottom.
A really great set. If my favoured choices aren’t available there is usually someone else. There is also always a good new crop of those just starting out and a few years call. They are always bright and try very hard to please.
Absolutely fantastic set, full of knowledgeable and personable barristers who really know their stuff as well as having a clerks room that is second to none.
Availability of counsel is good, experts in their field and willing and available to offer help on an ad hoc basis which is greatly appreciated.
I instruct a number of counsel at 4PB, primarily in respect of financial order proceedings. I feel there is an excellent range of choice, which helps with selecting the right barrister for each client.
I rate 4PB very highly as a specialist children set. I have instructed them in county court, High Court, Court of Appeal and UKSC cases. I will continue to do so as I have always received an excellent services. 10s across the board.
Outstanding set, for strength-in-depth, availability of counsel, quality of representation, going the extra mile, clerking, quality of Silks.
The best family set in the country. Strengths from QC to very junior tenants in all aspects of family law, finance and children, public and private.
They are a great set of chambers who have adapted seamlessly to the remote working requirement. They deal with issues expeditiously and with utmost care for their solicitors and clients.
4 Paper Buildings > Set Profile
4 Paper Buildings is a long-established leading family law set which has expanded rapidly in recent years to become one of the largest family sets in the country. Members of chambers are regarded as leaders in the field of family law.
The set: 4 Paper Buildings houses a friendly group of specialist barristers providing excellent, expert, commercial and practical advice, advocacy and dispute resolution services in all areas of family law. Alex Verdan QC is head of chambers, with great ambitions to lead the set to the very pinnacle of family law client service. Michael Reeves leads a young and dynamic clerking team which is recognised throughout the Temple as one of the strongest and best-organised clerks’ rooms. Furhana Mallick, chambers manager, ensures that chambers’ internal workings remain smooth and efficient so that barristers and clerks can concentrate on offering absolutely the best client service to those who use 4PB’s barristers.
Former members of chambers have gone on to be specialist and distinguished family judges in the High Court and County Court. Current members sit as Deputy High Court Judges, Recorders, Deputy District Judges and tribunal chairs.
Types of work undertaken: 4 Paper Buildings’ barristers are family law specialists. Members practice in the fields of divorce and civil partnership dissolution, jurisdiction disputes, financial remedies on matrimonial and civil partnership breakdown, disputes between former cohabitants, marital, civil partnership and cohabitation agreements, financial arrangements for children, protection from domestic abuse, international family relocation disputes, child abduction, forced marriage, public children law, public inquiries, radicalism cases, private children’s arrangements, surrogacy (national and international) and assisted conception, medical cases and court of protection work.
4PB is primarily known for its expertise in children law, whether public, private or international. Its reputation in these fields is pre-eminent. 4PB has a similar reputation for excellence in family financial work. The holistic approach of many of its barristers means that chambers is pleased to be able to offer an all-round service on family law matters so that the client receives continuity of representation in all aspects of their situation, with no artificial distinction between children and financial matters requiring separate counsel.
Many of the most complex, serious and sensitive family law matters arising nationally and internationally are handled by members of 4PB, who travel to assist clients all over the country.
Clients of 4PB recommend the set for its ability to provide a formidable array of talents at all levels of call in all specialisations of family law, ensuring a seamless team approach to even the most complex and demanding of matters.
Chambers also provides a wide spread of services by way of dispute resolution (DR), in particular mediation, collaborative law, early neutral evaluations, private FDRs and family law arbitration, and has 53 barristers available for direct public access.
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|Members of Chambers||BEDINGFIELD, David (1991)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||AGEROS, Justin (1993)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||LITTLEWOOD, Rob (1993)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||HEPHER, Paul (1994)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||KIRBY, Ruth (1994)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||PAPAZIAN, Cliona (1994)||email@example.com|
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|Members of Chambers||FAIRBANK, Nicholas (1996)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||BATH, Baljinder (1996)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||JOHNSTON, Justine (1997)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||COPLEY, James (1997)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||CHEETHAM, Lucy (1999)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||KHAN, Hassan (1999)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||FOULKES, Rebecca (2001)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||GATES, Harry (2001)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||LLOYD, Rhiannon (2002)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||WOOD, Katie (2001)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||WHITE, Ceri (2002)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||VAN ROL, Kate (2002)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||MEHTA, Anita (2002)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||PERSSON, Matthew (2003)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||DOWSE, Francesca (2004)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||GARTLAND, Dorothea (2004)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||DAVIES, Greg (2005)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||WOODHAM, Samantha (2006)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||MORLEY, Laura (2006)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||WALLACE, Nicola (2006)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||GRATION, Michael (2007)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||RENTON, Jacqueline (2007)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||CLAYTON, Henry (2007)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||POWELL, Andrew (2008)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Member of Chambers||CONNORS, Sophie (2009)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||PORTER, Joanne (2010)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||EDWARDS, Michael (2010)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||NOSWORTHY, Harry (2010)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||CHISHOLM, Rachel (2010)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||EVANS, Jonathan (2010)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||TOWNEND, Julia (2011)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||KUMAR, Indu (2012)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||RUSTIN, Jonathan (2013)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||SANGER, Pippa (2015)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||BAKER, Charlotte (2014)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||GODFREY-LOCKWOOD, Rosanne (2014)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||CAMERON-DOUGLAS, Adele (2015)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||BASI, Mani (2014)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||BEST, Miriam (2015)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||LANGFORD, Harry (2014)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||SPRUCE, Emma (2017)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||LOGAN GREEN, Lucy (2018)||email@example.com|
|Members of Chambers||MARNHAM, Ralph (2019)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||WIGODER, Clarissa (2019)||email@example.com|
|Justin Ageros||Barrister specialising in adoption; care proceedings; child abduction; Children Act proceedings; international…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Baker||Member of Chambers||View Profile|
|Chris Barnes||Chris specialises in proceedings relating to children whether public, private or international.…||View Profile|
|Baljinder Bath||Called 1996||View Profile|
|David Bedingfield||Barrister whose specialist practice areas include adoption; care proceedings; Children Act proceedings;…||View Profile|
|Miriam Best||Called 2015||View Profile|
|Sally Bradley||Barrister whose specialist practice areas include care proceedings; private law Children Act…||View Profile|
|Kate Branigan QC||Specialist areas of law include adoption, care proceedings, Children Act proceedings, divorce,…||View Profile|
|Joy Brereton||Specialist family practitioner whose work is predominantly in the High Court. Particular…||View Profile|
|Joanne Brown||Children, including care proceedings, residence and contact disputes.||View Profile|
|Adele Cameron - Douglas||Called 2015||View Profile|
|Lucy Cheetham||View Profile|
|Rachel Chisholm||Rachel is a specialist family law barrister with a particular interest in…||View Profile|
|Henry Clayton||Specialises in ancillary relief (and other financial applications), Children Act cases, and…||View Profile|
|Sophie Connors||View Profile|
|James Copley||Barrister specialising in civil procedure; company and commercial; child abduction; employment; Children…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth Couch||Barrister specialising in all aspects of family law, including public and private…||View Profile|
|Greg Davies||Barrister||View Profile|
|Prof Jo Delahunty QC||Children Act proceedings (public and private). Public law: Specialises in contentious and…||View Profile|
|Francesca Dowse||Francesca undertakes all matrimonial finance, Inheritance Act and Schedule I (financial remedies)…||View Profile|
|Michael Edwards||Family law.||View Profile|
|Jonathan Evans||Practises in the full range of private and public children’s law. Family…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Fairbank||Matrimonial finance; Schedule One Children Act; ‘tolata’/cohabitation disputes; inheritance act claims; private…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Foulkes||Barrister specialising in children-related matters, including public law care proceedings, private law…||View Profile|
|Dorothea Gartland||Barrister specialising in the law relating to children. Qualified mediator.||View Profile|
|Harry Gates||Barrister specialising in all areas of family law, including ancilliary relief, Children…||View Profile|
|Rosanne Godfrey-Lockwood||Called 2014||View Profile|
|Michael Gration||Family law practitioner with a particular interest and developing specialism in cases…||View Profile|
|Alison Grief QC||Highly specialist practice in public law work involving deaths, catastrophic head injuries,…||View Profile|
|Teertha Gupta QC||International children cases: child abduction, relocation and recovery. Forced marriage: children and…||View Profile|
|Charles Hale QC||Barrister, specialist family practitioner with expertise in all aspects of matrimonial finance…||View Profile|
|Christopher Hames QC||Barrister practices in family law, specialising in both financial remedies and international…||View Profile|
|Paul Hepher||All aspects of family law, including private and public law Children Act…||View Profile|
|Rex Howling QC||Rex enjoys a broad family practice. He has most recently gained a…||View Profile|
|Mark Jarman||Specialist barrister in international children cases, including abduction, relocation and issues as…||View Profile|
|Justine Johnston||Barrister specialising in family law, particularly complex private Children Act proceedings, often…||View Profile|
|Mark Johnstone||Practice is predominantly matrimonial financial provision, although he has significant experience in…||View Profile|
|Oliver Jones||Barrister specialising in adoption; care proceedings; child abduction; Children Act proceedings; injunctions;…||View Profile|
|Brian Jubb||Barrister whose specialist practice includes adoption, care proceedings and private law proceedings,…||View Profile|
|Hassan Khan||Established practice in international children/vulnerable adult cases. In particular he advises and…||View Profile|
|Sam King QC||Barrister specialising in adoption; care proceedings; medical treatment (children and patients); and…||View Profile|
|Ruth Kirby||Family law specialist. All areas of family law including private law, international…||View Profile|
|Indu Kumar||Called 2012||View Profile|
|Harry Langford||Called 2014||View Profile|
|Cyrus Larizadeh QC||Cyrus’ main areas of expertise are (i) complex private law children cases…||View Profile|
|Sarah Lewis||Barrister whose specialist practice areas include adoption; care proceedings; employment; Children Act…||View Profile|
|Rob Littlewood||Called 1993||View Profile|
|Rhiannon Lloyd||Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, private law children, claims between cohabitees and…||View Profile|
|Lucy Logan Green||Called 2018||View Profile|
|Stephen Lyon||Barrister whose specialist practice areas are inheritance and family provision; and matrimonial…||View Profile|
|Dermot Main Thompson||Called 1977||View Profile|
|Ralph Marnham||Called 2019||View Profile|
|Anita Mehta||Called 2002||View Profile|
|Barbara Mills||Specialist family practitioner with an emphasis in complex children’s cases in the…||View Profile|
|Laura Morley||Family law: public and private law children, ancillary relief, adoption, injunctions, international…||View Profile|
|Fiona Munro||Called 1986||View Profile|
|Judith Murray||Barrister specialising in family law.||View Profile|
|Harry Nosworthy||Called 2010||View Profile|
|Cliona Papazian||Cliona Papazian specialises in all aspects of law concerning children- particularly with…||View Profile|
|Alistair G Perkins||Specialist practice areas: international child cases and child abduction care proceedings; international…||View Profile|
|Cleo Perry||Cleo is a specialist children’s law barrister and public law barrister, who…||View Profile|
|Matthew Persson||Specialises in family law, particularly Children Act proceedings; care proceedings; adoption; child…||View Profile|
|Joanne Porter||Called 2010||View Profile|
|Andrew Powell||Specialises in all aspects of family law, money and children, with a…||View Profile|
|Jane Rayson||Family law – L v Bexley ; Southwark v D ; M…||View Profile|
|Jacqueline Renton||Family law practitioner who has a specialist interest and experience in the…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Rustin||Called 2013||View Profile|
|Pippa Sanger||Called 2015||View Profile|
|Henry Setright QC||Barrister.||View Profile|
|James Shaw||Barrister specialising in adoption; care proceedings; care standards tribunal; child abduction; Children…||View Profile|
|Mani Singh Basi||Called 2014||View Profile|
|Emma Spruce||Called 2017||View Profile|
|Michael Sternberg QC||Barrister dealing with all aspects of family and family-related law particularly all…||View Profile|
|Julia Townend||Julia practises in all areas of family law, with an emphasis on…||View Profile|
|John Tughan QC||QC whose specialist practice area relates to children. That practice includes the…||View Profile|
|Katherine Van Rol||All aspects of family law including: financial remedies and divorce; Children Act…||View Profile|
|Alex Verdan QC||Specialist practice areas include adoption; care proceedings; Children Act proceedings; medical treatment…||View Profile|
|Nicola Wallace||Called 2006||View Profile|
|Ceri White||Specialist family practitioner covering all areas of family law, including complex public…||View Profile|
|Clarissa Wigoder||Called 2019||View Profile|
|Katie Wood||Katie specialises in family law and is regulatly instructed in a wide…||View Profile|
|Catherine Wood QC||Barrister dealing with all aspects of family law relating to children. Reported…||View Profile|
|Samantha Woodham||Barrister specialising in ancillary relief, private law children proceedings, domestic violence and…||View Profile|