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Welcome to 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

The Family Law Specialists

With expert Barristers in all areas of Family Law, 1 Garden Court is one of the foremost family law barristers’ chambers in London. We have a leading reputation, both nationally and internationally, for providing high quality representation and advice in Child Law, Family

Finance, Child Abduction, International and Private Child Law and Court of Protection cases, and have been consistently recognised as leading family law specialists in the legal directories.  We pride ourselves on the provision of a first rate service from our most senior member of chambers through to our clerks. 



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Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) [2015] EWCA Civ 882

Alev Giz appeared as junior counsel for the successful Appellant Father in the landmark case of re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) in which the Court of Appeal, further distancing itself from Payne v Payne, decided that a holistic, comparative, balance sheet approach is required in the evaluation of the competing proposals put forward by each parent and in the analysis of the child’s welfare in relocation cases, which must be subject to a proportionality cross check by virtue of the engagement of Article 8 rights and the risk of separation from the ‘left behind’ parent. The Judgment can be found here.


L and B (Children : care proceedings) [2015] EWFC 66

Deirdre Fottrell QC and Marlene Cayoun represented the Local Authority in the case of L and B (Children : care proceedings) [2015] EWFC 66 in which findings were successfully obtained of serious child sexual abuse and inter-sibling sexual activity caused by long-term grooming and neglect. The circumstances required a child and a vulnerable adult to give live oral evidence about their abuse.  The case is an example of how large-scale police investigations into child abuse rings can be successfully presented in the family courts for the protection of children. The judgement can be found here.


'Tagging' Case - X(Children) and Y(Children) [2015] EWHC 2265 (Fam)

Jane Crowley QC represented local authority B in the important and topical 'tagging' case, in which the judgement of Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has been widely reported in the media: http://gu.com/p/4b8ye/sbl.

The main judgement on the tagging point is also on Bailii - see further at:


 DIY Divorce and Separation

1 Garden Court is pleased to announce the publication by Jordans Family Law of a book: 'DIY Divorce and Separation - The Expert Guide to Representing Yourself' which has been co-written by members of our Family Finance and Children Law teams. Please click on the link below to visit the microsite for the book http://diydivorce.familylaw.co.uk/



  • Court of Protection Ranking - "... very approachable and willing to develop this new area of the law". Chambers UK 2013
  • "... a sterling reputation ... " a fantastic, really well-run professional chambers ..." Chambers UK 2013
  • "... very good legal knowledge and high-quality legal advice" Chambers UK 2013
  • “an excellent set with a large number of very good advocates” Legal 500 2014
  • "The clerking team [is] "marvellous" "really efficient" and "very client centred and well prepared". Chambers UK 2013
  • Court of Protection Ranking - "... plaudits for their excellence on health and welfare matters." Chambers UK 2013
  • Court of Protection Ranking - "... very approachable and willing to develop this new area of the law". Chambers UK 2013
  • "very results-driven." Chambers UK 2015
  • “clearly a set that communicates well, with a clerking team which is ‘without exception, helpful, courteous and responsive” Legal 500 2014
  • "the clerks are very good at communicating with you. They are hands-on and make sure things are run across to court." Chambers UK 2015



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