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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings
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Barrister, specialist family practitioner with expertise in all aspects of matrimonial finance and Schedule 1, private law children, including international family disputes, leave to remove, child abduction, also civil cases arising out of family matters, such as trusts of land. Recognised in the market as one of the few advocates able to undertake both children work and ancillary relief at the highest level, making him particularly sought after by those professional and lay clients who do not want to instruct two counsel for their family disputes. As a recognised leading junior in both matrimonial finance and children work, Charles is often instructed to represent clients in all issues arising out of their separation. Regularly acting for parents and divorcing spouses, he has also been instructed on behalf of Cafcass Legal for specialist advice and advocacy and has acted in vulnerable adult and medical cases. Registered to receive instruction directly from professionals, foreign lawyers and individuals under the public access scheme. Regularly lectures to practitioners, Resolution, Legal Network Television; writes articles in leading journals.


Called 1992; Silk 2014. Middle Temple, Blackstone scholar; former lecturer, Kingston University.


Former elected member of the Bar Council (2004), former chair of the Public Affairs committee, Policy Advisory Group; FLBA (national committee member); South Eastern Circuit.


Winton Boys School, Bournemouth; Kingston University (LLB Hons).


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Lawyer Rankings

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London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

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Charles Hale QC

4 Paper Buildings

Is recommended for his command of the courtroom, his honeyed advocacy skills and user-friendliness.

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

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Charles Hale QC

4 Paper Buildings

Forms strong relationships with clients and immediately puts them at ease.

A ‘first-rate set of chambers‘, 4 Paper Buildings is ‘without question, the go-to set for children matters’, according to clients. The set has ‘great strength in depth, a very good range of barristers at different levels of call, from hugely experienced QCs to extremely talented juniors, meaning it will always have a barrister who fits each client’s needs’. Alex Verdan QC, Sam King QC, Andrew Powell, Cleo Perry, and Michael Edwards  have been acting in the Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse, the large public inquiry set to have huge implications on the way institutions deal with allegations of abuse. The set has many ‘excellent‘ barristers including Prof Jo Delahunty QC who ‘dominates every case she is in‘ and Teertha Gupta QC who is ‘a smooth, engaging, and highly persuasive advocate with a strong following‘. Charles Hale QC is ‘outstanding‘ and ‘judges really listen to Henry Setright QC because he invariably knows more on the subject than they do‘.