Set Profile > 4 Paper Buildings > London, England

Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7EX
England

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 1

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) [2019] 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.

Rising stars

Charlotte Baker - 4 Paper BuildingsIs simply fantastic; a very skilled advocate, immaculately prepared and totally client-focused.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alex Verdan QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs most people's No. 1 silk for tricky private children cases. He is incredibly good with clients, super bright and also has amazing judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jo Delahunty QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs as captivating on her feet as she is persuasive in negotiation. She is extraordinarily tenacious, kind and brave at work, and looks for all-encompassing and human solutions for children taking properly into account the wider implications in each family’s dynamic.
Ranked: Tier 1
Teertha Gupta QC - 4 Paper BuildingsVery able to cut through the relevant issues and to provide clear and decisive strategic input. Establishes a strong rapport with clients very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Hale QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a superb advocate. He has a knack of understanding both the client and how best to present their case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Henry Setright QC - 4 Paper BuildingsMakes even the most complicated of cases seem effortless. His knowledge of the law in encyclopaedic. Judges always look to him on the most complicated legal points.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alison Grief QC - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a work ethic which really is second to none. She has the ability to understand the psychology of a case which is critical to piece together the factual matrix in the complex medical/injury/abuse cases which she undertakes. She is also an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Wood QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIncredibly accomplished advocate with a clear, persuasive and strong command of the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Branigan QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs an exceptional barrister. She is always very well prepared with every page at her fingertips, and her meticulous advocacy is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Hames QC - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a unique combination of fighting hard for his client, having a thoughtful and clever strategy and being extremely persuasive and beautifully articulate in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sam King QC - 4 Paper BuildingsAn excellent silk who is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Cyrus Larizadeh QC - 4 Paper BuildingsA conjurer in court and simply wonderful to see in action. When he stands up to talk, people listen.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Barbara Mills QC - 4 Paper BuildingsUnflappable, measured and incisive. Warm and naturally intuitive, she is liked and admired by opponents and Judges as well as her instructing solicitors and clients. A powerful court presence, and a smooth, clear and punchy advocate.
Cleo Perry QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a persuasive and tenacious advocate and will be a great success in silk.

Leading Juniors

Joy Brereton - 4 Paper BuildingsIncredibly user-friendly and accessible. She is also a powerful and persuasive presence in court on her client's behalf.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dorothea Gartland - 4 Paper BuildingsIs just cleverer than anyone else in the room - and yet there's no pomposity. She is incisive and, whilst mastering detail, is able to stand back from it to see the essentials of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Gration - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a formidable intellect and is one of the leading barristers in his field. He consistently delivers a strong performance and is respected by judges and opponents.
Ranked: Tier 1
Justine Johnston - 4 Paper BuildingsIs an absolutely fantastic advocate. She reads her audience incredibly well and her arguments are always perfectly pitched. She is the person you want in your corner when the chips are down.
Ranked: Tier 1
Judith Murray - 4 Paper BuildingsIs incredibly pragmatic and an excellent negotiator but at the same time has a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jacqueline Renton - 4 Paper BuildingsA top level specialist in international children’s cases and other private law children’s cases of great difficulty. As well as a truly encyclopaedic knowledge of child abduction and other international children’s work, in which she has long and comprehensive experience - she is a practitioner of exceptional quality.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sally Bradley - 4 Paper BuildingsHas an unshakable calm, an insightful brain and excellent client management.
Ranked: Tier 2
Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper BuildingsShe is fantastic with clients and spots every relevant detail. She has huge amounts of energy for cases and does not shy away from taking or running a punchy point. She charms clients, solicitors and the court with her straightforward and respectful manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Edwards - 4 Paper BuildingsMichael’s calm and focused demeanour in court and his forensic cross-examination is a pleasure to watch.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Foulkes - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a fantastic bedside manner with clients, is endlessly patient, and pragmatic. Sensible and super bright, she cuts down to the issues and offers sensible, sound advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Jarman - 4 Paper BuildingsPossessed of a sharp and quick intellect and the ability to write and speak with incisive effectiveness. He is the ultimate class act, smooth, polished and authoritative and he is a devastatingly efficient cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Brian Jubb - 4 Paper BuildingsDisplays excellent attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Powell - 4 Paper BuildingsHis knowledge of surrogacy law is second to none and he is a very personable and sensible advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Chris Barnes - 4 Paper BuildingsA highly intelligent, knowledgeable barrister who is a skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Francesca Dowse - 4 Paper BuildingsAn excellent advocate with a pragmatic, analytical and incisive approach. One of her many strengths is being able to put the client at ease before and during a hearing. Her cross border experience is extensive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ruth Kirby - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a QC in disguise as a junior. She works relentlessly hard on her cases, and fights her clients' corner. She is unique in her approach in children matters and takes no prisoners. She is creative at coming up with solutions and strategies for complex cases and never switches off from cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
Julia Townend - 4 Paper BuildingsScrupulously well-prepared. An articulate, persuasive and determined advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ceri White - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a manner that means even the most difficult or complex advice can be easily digested by clients. Ceri has a warm yet robust approach that clients appreciate and respect.
Ranked: Tier 5

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 2

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.

Leading Silks

Charles Hale QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a phenomenal advocate and extremely persuasive. His other great skill is with lay clients. He puts them at their ease and is able to explain difficult legal concepts in a down to earth, friendly manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Hames QC - 4 Paper BuildingsCombines a very technical and forensic approach with a healthy dollop of pragmatism and a real sense of humanity. He is always impeccably prepared and miles ahead of the game.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Henry Clayton - 4 Paper BuildingsOne of the the brightest, sharpest minds at the family law Bar. He regularly goes head to head with silks and does so with ease. He is a match for anyone and is simply superb.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper BuildingsHas huge amounts of energy for cases and does not shy away from taking or running a punchy point. She charms clients, solicitors and the court with her straightforward and respectful manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Judith Murray - 4 Paper BuildingsIs skilled in dealing with complex financial cases including trusts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Francesca Dowse - 4 Paper BuildingsAn excellent advocate with a pragmatic, analytical and incisive approach. One of her many strengths is being able to put the client at ease before and during a hearing. Her cross-border experience is extensive. Professional and personable, she is simply top-notch!
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Fairbank - 4 Paper BuildingsIs an intellectual powerhouse in a very measured exterior. In my view he is not as well-known as he should be, but that is changing as the large firms realise he offers an encyclopaedic brain and is the match for any silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Gates - 4 Paper BuildingsIs absolutely charming with clients and wins them over straightaway, whilst also giving clear and honest advice. He is thoroughly well prepared and is an impressive advocate. His commitment to cases really shines through.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rhiannon Lloyd - 4 Paper BuildingsWins a case on paper - literally before she walks into the courtroom the judge is on her side because her paperwork is not only excellent but punchy and persuasive. Her position statements and written arguments are incredible. She is a very robust and highly skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Lyon - 4 Paper BuildingsCan mix it with senior barristers without being outgunned, whilst always maintaining a professional and calm demeanour.
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Nosworthy - 4 Paper BuildingsWhilst being firm and quick in court, Harry has a kind and calm approach with clients making them feel at ease while answering any questions.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Van Rol - 4 Paper BuildingsIs an excellent advocate, who is strong and determined and always gives a compelling performance in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Julia Townend - 4 Paper BuildingsIs one of the most exciting legal talents at the Bar. She has a fierce legal intellect combined with incredibly effective advocacy skills that charm and persuade judges and clients alike. Julia sweeps aside opponents, and more often than not those who are many years her senior, with ease yet always with a calm and professional grace.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katie Wood - 4 Paper BuildingsVery hardworking. Fantastic with clients and really goes the extra mile to achieve results. A real star.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sophie Connors - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a tenacious advocate. Her written work is meticulous. Clients love her empathy and her attention to detail - she knows their cases inside out. She is a terrific team player and incredibly user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

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.

Testimonials

Clerks:

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!)

Set:

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.

Set overviews: England and Wales

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.

Testimonials

Clerks:

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!)

Set:

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.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

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.

Testimonials

Clerks:

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!)

Set:

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 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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Michael Reeves mr@4pb.com
Chambers Manager Furhana Mallick frm@4pb.com
Head of Chambers VERDAN QC, Alex (1987) av@4pb.com
Members of Chambers SETRIGHT QC, Henry (1979) hs@4pb.com
Members of Chambers BRANIGAN QC, Kate (1985) kb@4pb.com
Members of Chambers DELAHUNTY QC, Jo (1986) jd@4pb.com
Members of Chambers STERNBERG QC, Michael (1975) mvs@4pb.com
Members of Chambers WOOD QC, Catherine (1985) cw@4pb.com
Members of Chambers HOWLING QC, Rex (1991) rh@4pb.com
Members of Chambers GUPTA QC, Teertha (1990) tg@4pb.com
Members of Chambers HALE QC, Charles (1992) csh@4pb.com
Members of Chambers HAMES QC, Christopher (1987) ch@4pb.com
Members of Chambers GRIEF QC, Alison (1990) ag@4pb.com
Members of Chambers TUGHAN QC, John (1991) jt@4pb.com
Members of Chambers LARIZADEH QC, Cyrus (1992) cl@4pb.com
Members of Chambers KING QC, Sam (1990) sk@4pb.com
Members of Chambers MILLS QC, Barbara (1990) bm@4pb.com
Members of Chambers PERRY QC, Cleo (2000) cpp@4pb.com
Members of Chambers JUBB, Brian (1971) bj@4pb.com
Members of Chambers MAIN THOMPSON, Dermot (1977) dmt@4pb.com
Members of Chambers RAYSON, Jane (1982) jvr@4pb.com
Members of Chambers JOHNSTONE, Mark (1984) mj@4pb.com
Members of Chambers PERKINS, Alistair (1986) agp@4pb.com
Members of Chambers MUNRO, Fiona (1986) fm@4pb.com
Members of Chambers LYON, Stephen (1987) sjl@4pb.com
Members of Chambers SHAW, James (1988) jns@4pb.com
Members of Chambers JARMAN, Mark (1989) mcj@4pb.com
Members of Chambers BRADLEY, Sally (1989) sb@4pb.com
Members of Chambers BRERETON, Joy (1990) jb@4pb.com
Members of Chambers BROWN, Joanne (1990) jb1@4pb.com
Members of Chambers BEDINGFIELD, David (1991) db@4pb.com
Members of Chambers AGEROS, Justin (1993) ja@4pb.com
Members of Chambers LITTLEWOOD, Rob (1993) rl2@4pb.com
Members of Chambers HEPHER, Paul (1994) pah@4pb.com
Members of Chambers KIRBY, Ruth (1994) rk@4pb.com
Members of Chambers PAPAZIAN, Cliona (1994) cp@4pb.com
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Judith (1994) jm@4pb.com
Members of Chambers FAIRBANK, Nicholas (1996) nf@4pb.com
Member of Chambers BATH, Baljinder (1996) bb@4pb.com
Members of Chambers JOHNSTON, Justine (1997) jj@4pb.com
Members of Chambers COPLEY, James (1997) jec@4pb.com
Members of Chambers CHEETHAM, Lucy (1999) lc@4pb.com
Members of Chambers KHAN, Hassan (1999) hk@4pb.com
Members of Chambers FOULKES, Rebecca (2001) rf@4pb.com
Members of Chambers GATES, Harry (2001) hg@4pb.com
Member of Chambers LLOYD, Rhiannon (2002) rl@4pb.com
Member of Chambers WOOD, Katie (2001) kw@4pb.com
Member of Chambers WHITE, Ceri (2002) caw@4pb.com
Member of Chambers VAN ROL, Kate (2002) kvr@4pb.com
Members of Chambers MEHTA, Anita (2002) am@4pb.com
Member of Chambers PERSSON, Matthew (2003) mp@4pb.com
Member of Chambers DOWSE, Francesca (2004) fd@4pb.com
Member of Chambers GARTLAND, Dorothea (2004) dsg@4pb.com
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Greg (2005) gd@4pb.com
Member of Chambers WOODHAM, Samantha (2006) sw@4pb.com
Member of Chambers MORLEY, Laura (2006) lm@4pb.com
Member of Chambers WALLACE, Nicola (2006) nw@4pb.com
Member of Chambers GRATION, Michael (2007) mg@4pb.com
Member of Chambers RENTON, Jacqueline (2007) jcr@4pb.com
Member of Chambers CLAYTON, Henry (2007) hc@4pb.com
Member of Chambers POWELL, Andrew (2008) ap@4pb.com
Member of Chambers BARNES, Chris (2008) cmdb@4pb.com
Member of Chambers CONNORS, Sophie (2009) stc@4pb.com
Member of Chambers PORTER, Joanne (2010) jep@4pb.com
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Michael (2010) me@4pb.com
Member of Chambers NOSWORTHY, Harry (2010) hn@4pb.com
Member of Chambers CHISHOLM, Rachel (2010) rc@4pb.com
Member of Chambers EVANS, Jonathan (2010) je@4pb.com
Member of Chambers TOWNEND, Julia (2011) jft@4pb.com
Member of Chambers KUMAR, Indu (2012) ik@4pb.com
Member of Chambers RUSTIN, Jonathan (2013) jmr@4pb.com
Member of Chambers SANGER, Pippa (2015) ps1@4pb.com
Member of Chambers BAKER, Charlotte (2014) cnb@4pb.com
Members of Chambers GODFREY-LOCKWOOD, Rosanne (2014) rgl@4pb.com
Member of Chambers CAMERON-DOUGLAS, Adele (2015) acd@4pb.com
Member of Chambers BASI, Mani (2014) msb@4pb.com
Member of Chambers BEST, Miriam (2015) mvb@4pb.com
Members of Chambers LANGFORD, Harry (2014) hl@4pb.com
Members of Chambers SPRUCE, Emma (2017) es@4pb.com
Members of Chambers LOGAN GREEN, Lucy (2018) llg@4pb.com
Members of Chambers MARNHAM, Ralph (2019) rm@4pb.com
Members of Chambers WIGODER, Clarissa (2019) cw1@4pb.com
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