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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings
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Specialises in all aspects of family law, money and children, with a specialist interest in the law related to surrogacy. Appeared in the following cases: Re P-M [2013] EWHC 2328 (Fam) (application for a parental order in an international surrogacy case); Re C (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1281 (successful appeal in respect of an order for indirect contact); H (A child) [2012] EWCA Civ 913 (representing the intevener in a child abduction case) and R v (1) A Local Authority (2) B (3) ABC (By Her Children’s Guardian) [2011] EWCA Civ 1451 (representing the guardian in a public law appeal before the President of the Family Division).


Called 2008; Gray’s Inn. Bedingfield Scholarship 2007. Elected committee member of the Family Law Bar Association. Awarded a Pegasus Scholarship in 2013 and spent three months working at a boutique family law firm in Los Angeles specialising in surrogacy and fertility law. Shortlisted as young family barrister of the year in 2013.


Gray’s Inn; Family Law Bar Association; Association of Lawyers for Children; South Eastern Circuit; Associate Member of the American Bar Association (Family Law Section).


University of Manchester (2005 Social Anthropology First Class); University of Leeds (2007 LLM); BBP Law School (2008 BVC). Awarded the Professor Max Gluckman Prize (University of Manchester) for the highest first class degree.


Keen runner and cyclist. Enjoys theatre and Italy.

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Andrew Powell

4 Paper Buildings

Is quick to assure worried or anxious clients and is a safe pair of hands when you have a complicated matter that needs a detailed solution.

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‘.