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Harcourt Chambers

About Harcourt Chambers

Harcourt Chambers is a leading family law set, with a civil law component, and is home to seven well-known family silks: Nicholas Goodwin QC, Frances Judd QC, John Vater QC, Damian Garrido QC, Karl Rowley QC (door tenant), Aiden Vine QC and Edward Devereux QC. Chambers’ members operate from our premises in the Temple and at Oxford and cover a wide geographical area, principally across London, the South East and the Midlands, but also further afield. This provides opportunities for a varied and progressive practice.

Recognised as a leading family law set in London and the South East by Legal 500and the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession, Chambers undertakes the full range of family finance and children work. Chambers’ reputation within the field of children law is very well-established: it encompasses both public and private law arenas and international children’s cases; providing representation to parents, local authorities, extended family members, children, prospective adopters and agencies such as the police. The strong family finance and property team undertakes matrimonial, cohabitee and civil partnership litigation. Further areas of expertise include: trusts, wills and inheritance disputes, divorce, nullity, Court of Protection cases, media law, forced marriage, domestic violence and harassment. Members of Chambers are often instructed in cases which are reported in the law reports and by the media and regularly give lectures and chair seminars. They have written text-books on pensions, contact, relocation, and adoption and contribute to leading publications, such as Butterworths Family Law Service and Jordans Family Law.

Harcourt Chambers was awarded “Family Set of the Year” in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016 and has been short-listed in Jordans Family Law Awards 2018 (as they were in 2017) for the “Family Law London Chambers of the Year” and “Clerking Team of the Year” awards.

John Vater QC has been short-listed for “Family Law QC of the Year” Award and Naomi Scarano for "Family Law Young Barrister of the Year" Award.

Former Head of Chambers, Frances Judd QC, is the present Chair of the Family Law Bar Association, and Chambers includes part-time deputy High Court judges, criminal, civil and family recorders, and members of the national committee of the FLBA.

Many of Chambers’ members accept Public Access instructions  and we have members qualified as mediators and family arbitrators.

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