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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
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Cyrus’ main areas of expertise are (i) complex private law children cases where robust but sensitive client handling and dynamic advocacy is key (ii) complex and high-profile care proceedings involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injury. He is recognised nationally for his expertise in s.38 (6) applications and his articles are repeatedly referred to. His lecture notes have been used for JSB training.


Called 1992; Inner Temple.


French, Persian.


Family Law Bar Association.


Harrow School (Rothschild Scholarship); University of Kent (BA); University of Bordeaux (Dip Droit Francais); winner of the Hallett Prize for Law at University of Kent.


Member of the Magic Circle, long-suffering supporter of Birmingham City Football Club.

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

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Cyrus Larizadeh QC

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Is a skilled advocate who fights his client’s corner with determination and flair.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘strong and versatile4 Paper Buildings is ‘the pre-eminent set’ for children work – public or private – with ‘some of the biggest hitters’ in the field and ‘a huge number of talented juniors who are winning admirers for their caring yet effective style of representation’. Chambers is able to offer a barrister ‘with the appropriate expertise and skill to the right client at the right cost’. While it has historically been known as a children set, more of its junior members are also undertaking finance and cohabitation work, so much so that for some solicitors it has become the ‘go-to’ set for all family work in London and across the regions. In recent news, Cyrus Larizadeh QC has been appointed acting chair of the Family Law Bar Association and Oliver Jones has been appointed a circuit judge. Michael Reeves’ ‘well-run’ clerks’ room is ‘the best in the business’ and ‘a pleasure to deal with’; ‘responsive and accommodating, they bend over backwards to help at short notice when needed’. The clerks are ‘slick, hugely communicative with instructing solicitors, personable, engaged, and proactive’. First junior Paul Hennessey and second junior Kenny Martin ‘are excellent clerks’ held in high regard by solicitors. Asked to give their impression of chambers as a whole, one solicitor offered: ‘From the moment they enter the reception at 4PB, a client feels that they are in professional and nurturing hands. A client who may be very anxious is eased by the calm waiting room and the offer of a cup of tea and yet there is in an air of productivity and business which is also reassuring.’ Chambers manager Clare Bello has joined Cornerstone Barristers as its new chief executive officer. She was replaced by Furhana Mallick on 16 September. Offices in: London