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Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) garners praise from clients as 'a top set for matrimonial finance', and members continue to be kept busy handling a range of complex, high-value financial matters arising from relationship breakdowns. Stewart Leech QC appeared before the Court of Appeal in Potanina v Potanin, involving an application made for financial relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 following an overseas divorce. The 'committed' Lucy Stone QC is highly regarded for her expertise in advising high-net-worth clients on complex matrimonial finance issues, including domestic and international nuptial agreements. Marina Faggionato stands out as 'an undiminished star in the field, inspiring confidence from clients and solicitors who instruct her'.

Leading Silks

Tim Amos QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)He has it all: very intelligent; an excellent cross-examiner; always on top of his papers; and an excellent bed side manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy Stone QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Lucy is an exceptional silk. Her attention to detail is legendary, her advocacy style eloquent and incisive, and her client care second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stewart Leech QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)He is one of the most-respected barristers at the family Bar. An authoritative and charming silk who can get on with the most difficult of clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ewins QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)A detailed, analytical, charming, persuasive silk. A great advocate. His bedside manner with clients is fantastic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Catherine Cowton QC - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Judges and clients love her as she is the master of her brief. She reads every page and absorbs every detail of a case, and her advocacy is persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Duncan Brooks - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)An exceptional barrister. His experience as a judge and arbitrator gives him gravitas, poise and respect at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Clarke - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)In court, her performance appears effortless but reflects intense preparation and a complete command of her brief. Nothing slips past her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marina Faggionato - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Marina is a tenacious advocate. She always gives sound and practical advice, which she conveys in an extremely user-friendly way. Clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Phipps - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)She always has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Amy Kisser - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)A wonderful advocate with a razor-sharp mind and exceptional judgement. She is a match for any silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Firth - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Matthew is incredibly bright and has a fantastical analytical eye; he absorbs vast amounts of complicated information very quickly and simultaneously filters it down to the important elements.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Morgan Sirikanda - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Morgan has amazing judgement and is incredibly pragmatic. A highly knowledgeable, authoritative and sensible barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charanjit Batt - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)Charanjit is exceptionally user friendly, and her calm manner instils confidence. She approaches and tackles the issues of a case from all angles. An engaged junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rosemary Budden - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)She is thorough, diligent and very smart. A pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Fitzrene Headley - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)A junior with a very strong intellect, who demonstrates tenacity in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Tyzack - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)William is simply brilliant; charming, persuasive, and makes only the best points.
Ranked: Tier 4



A first-class financial remedy set with a lot of excellent barristers.

You always know that a QEB barrister will be well prepared and will quickly gain the respect of the client.’

‘QEB’s members are all of the very highest calibre, from the silks down to the new tenants. Universally bright, hardworking and engaged and engaging.’

Huge depth of skills; barristers of first-rate pedigree across the entire set; fantastic clerks room; good value and flexibility on fees.’

‘QEB is a pre-eminent set in divorce and financial remedy counsel – the set is strong across the piste with leaders and juniors.’


Excellent service, particularly from Howard Rayner.

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

Leading Juniors

William Tyzack - Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)A phenomenal advocate who seamlessly is able to work on children and finance cases - a rarity and something very much to his credit. He is adored by clients and judges alike, and is so pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2


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.


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
Tim Amos photo Tim AmosTim’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 EwinsJames 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 LeechStewart specialises in ancillary relief, civil partnership and cohabitee disputes as well…
Lewis Marks photo Lewis MarksLewis 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 StoneLucy 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…