Set Profile > Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) > London, England

Chambers of Tim Amos QC
Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) has ‘top-notch advisers for the most complex financial cases. They are always well-prepared, professional and highly knowledgeable. The set is a "must" when considering which chambers to brief for such cases.’ The set continues to excel at the financial aspects of relationship breakdown. Of particular note, Lucy Stone QC recently acted for Marina Wheeler the former wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Tim Amos QC is 'an amazing strategist' and Lewis Marks QC is at the 'apex of the financial remedy world whose advice is invariably spot-on.' The set remains a ‘very strong set with leading figures from top to bottom’ and is ‘still seen as a very smart set of chambers.’

Leading Silks

Tim Amos QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)As well as having a total command of the papers and facts, Tim is at the top of his game in terms of the technical points of law. He is also a commanding advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lewis Marks QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Forensic skills second to none; sparkling advocate and perhaps the most numerate silk at the money bar. In complex, big-money cases a must to have in your corner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy Stone QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Tremendous attention to detail; meticulous preparation; highly persuasive advocacy; client care is second to none and great empathy with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stewart Leech QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Very clever, and a very calm but firm manner which disarms even the most entrenched of opponents (or indeed clients).
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ewins QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Really does have everything you require from a leading QC. He is intelligent, supremely diligent in his preparation and a fabulous advocate both on paper and orally.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Catherine Cowton QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Works at a phenomenal rate and level.

Leading Juniors

Duncan Brooks - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Is very calm, very reliable, very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Clarke - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Has the most outstanding judgement, immense emotional intelligence, the most passionate advocate who is head and shoulders intellectually above everyone else.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marina Faggionato - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Practically perfect in every way. She is undoubtedly one of the brightest and best leading junior barristers. Her extraordinary commitment to clients shines through.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Phipps - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Exceptional attention to detail, good judgement and meticulous preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Amy Kisser - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Her down to earth, no-nonsense approach instils the confidence of the client and the court. A determined advocate whose paperwork is always on point too.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Bentham - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Is incredibly bright and has a lovely and engaging manner with counsel and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Firth - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)His attention to detail is absolute, he ensures that every aspect of what he does is to the highest standard. He is always fully prepared, his advocacy skills are brilliant and his negotiating strategies flawless.
Ranked: Tier 3

Marcus Lazarides - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) ‘Gets right to the heart of things. He is very approachable, user-friendly and engaging. He is highly intelligent and has a real ability to get to the right answer. He is hardworking and assiduous.

Ranked: Tier 3
Samantha Singer - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)She is a fantastic advocate and many a tribunal is swayed by her submissions both written and oral. Her attention to detail is always present as is her ability to make the right judgement call.
Ranked: Tier 3
Morgan Sirikanda - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Is pure class. He has extraordinary judgement, is highly intelligent and has a razor sharp brain. He has a wonderful bedside manner, putting clients at ease, explaining everything clearly and in a way that they are able to understand, however complex the issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charanjit Batt - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Has delivered some fantastic results for us particularly on some difficult international enforcement matters. A firm, clear and effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rosemary Budden - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Great with clients, a perceptive advocate who is able to gauge the mood of judges before adapting her submissions accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law)

Leading Juniors

William Tyzack - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)A smooth and confident advocate who draws well-earned praise from judges, opponents and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) is highly regarded for the full range of matrimonial finance work, with in addition to the typical work representing parties a strength in appointments as private FDR judges and other neutral parties in alternative dispute resolution.




Brilliant. Calls and emails efficiently dealt with, problems always solved, and all with a positive, can do attitude. Jon is a star and Howard and Callum are also excellent.

Excellent. Very affable and approachable and never fail to deliver what they promise.

They are responsive and helpful which has been of particular importance during lockdown; always courteous yet friendly they often assist us when it comes to the listing of our cases.

Jon Bartlett and Harry Tenant are first rate.

Jon Bartlett is approachable, conscientious and can get the job done efficiently and with the least amount of drama. Exactly what is needed from a clerk.

The best in the market.

Howard is a superb leader.


My favourite chambers. They have excellence at every level and will always go out of their way to help with any situation. From the most junior clerk to the most senior silk they are exemplary and there is a real feel of them being a team.

QEB are arguably the premier family law finance set in London. The range of counsel they have is unparalleled in terms of experience and quality.

A strong stable of excellent practitioners. If you instruct a member of QEB certain things are a given (1) counsel will have read every last word of every piece of paper sent to them in a brief (2) they will work tirelessly on your case and (3) the paperwork will be exemplary.

A leading finance set – every single barrister is superb.

QEB are solid in the delivery of top notch advisors on complex financial cases. Always well prepared, professional and highly knowledgeable – for complex financial cases they are a must when considering which chambers to brief.

QEB are top of the league.

QEB is a very strong set represented by leading figures from the top to the bottom; I have worked with some of the juniors when instructing a Silk and also on their own; they all have that depth and resource which is so important in an advocate; it is also significant that the Silks are happy for the juniors to appear on their own which I think is a mark of their confidence and how well they are trained and prepared.

This is without doubt the best family set in London. They have extraordinarily talented barristers across the board and an excellent clerking team.


Queen Elizabeth Building specialises in family law, particularly matrimonial finance and international family law, but also in child law including child abduction and forced marriage.

The set: QEB has been established for well over 100 years and is consistently rated as one of the top-ranking sets for family law. It is forward-looking and client focused. Chambers has expanded premises to provide more conference rooms and enhanced facilities for private FDRs and other forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and collaborative law.

Many members of chambers are listed as leaders in their field in the annual publications The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

The legal directories praise for QEB includes the following published reviews:  a heavyweight family law chambers quite simply the best for top-end family law services:  a long-held reputation for excellencea hotbed of talent; a good commercial sense; a fine tradition of producing the very best financial barristers; a top-quality service;  jam-packed with trouble-shooters capable of tackling the thorniest money cases and offers real depth of experience across the silk and junior end of the market (Chambers and Partners);

While The Legal 500 says QEB is the best family set from top to bottom, with an eminent matrimonial practice, which has been in the top echelons for decades. The barristers are of consistently high quality, they never let you down and solicitors cannot praise them highly enough. Members appear in the most important family cases, particularly involving high-net-worth finance and complex cross-jurisdiction elements.

QEBs success and distinction is not a recent phenomenon QEB has always had an excellent reputation for the quality of the advocates which it produces and has been involved in many high-profile and historic decisions. Many members of chambers have continued into high judicial office; Lord Wilson sits in the Supreme Court. In addition, Sir Alan Ward, following his retirement from the Court of Appeal and Sir David Bodey and Sir Paul Coleridge, following their retirement as High Court judges, have joined chambers as associate members. Sir Alan Ward is the chair of the Civil Mediation Council and acts as an arbitrator, private-FDR judge and mediator, Sir David Bodey and Sir Paul Coleridge act as arbitrators and private-FDR/ENE judges.

Types of work undertaken: QEB is particularly well known for dealing with the financial consequences of relationship breakdown; but there is immense experience in all aspects of family law, including: jurisdictional disputes, foreign divorces, pre-marital agreements, civil partnerships, injunctions (both financial and domestic), public and private law child work, child abduction and forced marriage, Inheritance Act claims and disputes between former cohabitees. In addition, some members practise in general common law with particular emphasis on personal injury and professional negligence work. In particular The Legal 500 noted the resurgence of QEBs children work in recent years.

As a complement to its international work, QEB offers a range of languages including members of Chambers professionally fluent in French, German, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Members of QEB appear in courts throughout the country and abroad, ranging from magistrates courts to the UK Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The confidentiality of chambers work is strictly respected but recent public decisions in which members of QEB were briefed include: Jones, Z v Z (No 2), Petrodel v Prest and Cooper-Hohn, AB v JB (EMR modification), Arif v Anwar, Broomfield, A v B (CJEU), E v E (Art 19 and Seisin B IIa), and Fields.

QEB has always been at the forefront of the development of matrimonial law and members of QEB have appeared in many of the leading authorities, including such seminal decisions as Wachtel, F v F, Duxbury, Preston, White, Miller, Charman, and Spencer.

The QEB clerks are happy to recommend particular members for particular cases, and provide charging rates on request, as well as practical assistance in the management of cases. The QEB clerks are regularly singled out for special praise by external commentators who have hailed the superlative clerking at QEB which is rightly described as seamless, professional and courteous and the best in London, without question.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Howard Rayner
Leading Junior Clerk Jon Bartlett
Junior Clerk Elizabeth Seymour
Junior Clerk Harry Tennent
Junior Clerk Callum Davison
Junior Clerk Josh Patel
Member of Chambers MARKS QC, Lewis (1984)
Member of Chambers STONE QC, Lucy (1983)
Head of Chambers AMOS QC, Tim (1987)
Member of Chambers LEECH QC, Stewart (1992)
Member of Chambers EWINS QC, James (1996)
Member of Chambers THORPE QC, Alexander (1995)
Member of Chambers HOSFORD-TANNER, Michael (1974)
Member of Chambers TIDBURY, Andrew (1976)
Member of Chambers BRUDENELL, Thomas (1977)
Member of Chambers WISE, Oliver (1981)
Member of Chambers FIRTH, Matthew (1991)
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Elizabeth (1991)
Member of Chambers COWTON, Katie (1995)
Member of Chambers PHIPPS, Sarah (1997)
Member of Chambers LAZARIDES, Marcus (1999)
Member of Chambers BROOKS, Duncan (2000)
Member of Chambers BENTHAM, Daniel (2000)
Member of Chambers HARVEY, Tristan (2002)
Member of Chambers SIRIKANDA, Morgan (2002)
Member of Chambers BUDDEN, Rosemary (2003)
Member of Chambers BATT, Charanjit (2003)
Member of Chambers SINGER, Samantha (2004)
Member of Chambers FAGGIONATO, Marina (2006)
Member of Chambers TYZACK, William (2007)
Member of Chambers YOUNIS, Saima (2008)
Member of Chambers KISSER, Amy (2009)
Member of Chambers HEADLEY, Fitzrene (2011)
Member of Chambers WELLINGS, Sophie (2011)
Member of Chambers CAMPBELL, Andrew (2012)
Member of Chambers McGUIGAN, Janine (2012)
Member of Chambers HAGGIE, Thomas (2015)
Member of Chambers RAINER, Joseph (2015)
Member of Chambers KING Roxanne (2015)
Member of Chambers CLAYTON Sophie (2017)
Member of Chambers McEVOY Josh (2018)
Academic Member of Chambers SCHERPE, Dr Jens M (Cambridge)
Associate Member of Chambers HYDE QC, Charles
Academic Member of Chambers BAKER, Hannah (The Hague Conference)
Associate Member of Chambers BENNETT, Sir Hugh
Associate Member of Chambers BODEY, Sir David
Associate Member of Chambers COLERIDGE, Sir Paul
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tim Amos photo Tim Amos Tim’s practice spans all aspects of family law. He is predominantly known…
 Charanjit Batt  photo Charanjit Batt Charanjit’s practice covers most areas of family law including ancillary relief, schedule…
 Daniel Bentham  photo Daniel Bentham Daniel practises exclusively in family law, with a particular emphasis on financial…
 Duncan Brooks  photo Duncan Brooks Duncan is known as “an excellent lawyer with superb client care skills”…
 Thomas Brudenell  photo Thomas Brudenell Thomas’ practice is almost exclusively confined to ancillary relief. He works mainly…
 Rosemary Budden  photo Rosemary Budden Rosemary practises exclusively in family law, specialising in all types of financial…
 Andrew Campbell  photo Andrew Campbell Andrew now practices in all areas of family law including financial, children…
 Elizabeth Clarke  photo Elizabeth Clarke Liz is rated by Chambers and Partners and other legal directories as…
 Sophie Clayton  photo Sophie Clayton Sophie has a specialist family law practice with a particular focus on…
 Catherine Cowton  photo Catherine Cowton Katie was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2019. She had been rated…
 James Ewins photo James Ewins James specialises in all complex matrimonial finance issues, including pre-nuptial contracts. In…
 Marina Faggionato  photo Marina Faggionato Marina’s practice covers all areas of family law work with a particular…
 Matthew Firth  photo Matthew Firth Matthew is currently recommended in ‘Chambers and Partners’ as a leading junior…
 Thomas Haggie  photo Thomas Haggie Thomas joined chambers following successful completion of his pupillage under Sarah Phipps,…
 Tristan Harvey  photo Tristan Harvey Specialises in dispute resolution. He is a resolution trained mediator, an arbitrator…
 Fitzrene Headley  photo Fitzrene Headley Private children, financial remedies, Family Law Act. Interesting cases include: US v…
 Michael Hosford-tanner  photo Michael Hosford-tanner Michael has a specialist family law practice, relating to both financial and…
 Roxanne King  photo Roxanne King
 Amy Kisser  photo Amy Kisser Recommended as a leading junior barrister in family law in The Legal…
 Marcus Lazarides  photo Marcus Lazarides Marcus practices exclusively in family law, specialising in financial cases.  He is…
 Stewart Leech photo Stewart Leech Stewart specialises in ancillary relief, civil partnership and cohabitee disputes as well…
 Lewis Marks photo Lewis Marks Lewis has been consistently ranked in tier one of the leading silks…
 Janine McGuigan  photo Janine McGuigan Janine joined Chambers having successfully completed her pupillage under the supervision of…
 Sarah Phipps  photo Sarah Phipps Sarah practises exclusively in Family Law. Her practice covers all aspects of…
 Joseph Rainer  photo Joseph Rainer Publications Contributor – International Trust and Divorce Litigation, LexisNexis, 2019 Non-matrimonial pensions:…
 Samantha Singer  photo Samantha Singer Samantha’s practice covers all areas of family law with a particular emphasis…
 Morgan Sirikanda  photo Morgan Sirikanda Morgan’s practice is almost exclusively in the family law field with an…
 Lucy Stone photo Lucy Stone Lucy was once again ranked this year as a first tier matrimonial…
 Alexander Thorpe  photo Alexander Thorpe Alexander took Silk in 2017 and specialises in complex financial cases, particularly…
 Andrew Tidbury  photo Andrew Tidbury Andrew practises mainly in family law, specialising in financial cases. He practises…
 William Tyzack  photo William Tyzack William practices in all areas of family law (finance and children), and…
 Sophie Wellings  photo Sophie Wellings Sophie’s practice encompasses all aspects of private family law, including divorce, finance…
 Oliver Wise  photo Oliver Wise Oliver’s main areas of work are financial remedies and professional negligence, especially…
 Saima Younis  photo Saima Younis Saima successfully completed her pupillage under the supervision of Alexander Thorpe, Oliver…