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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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Louise MacLynn joins Chambers

Chambers is very pleased to announce that Louise MacLynn has accepted an offer of tenancy. Called in 2001, Louise is an established specialist in all aspects of the law relating to children, including care proceedings, adoption, child arrangements disputes, and international private law cases. Louise has a particular interest in cases relating to alternative families. Louise’s wide experience also includes a Court of Protection practice, and her welcome arrival further strengthens our Private and Public Law Children and Court of Protection teams.


Jane Crowley QC ALC Committee Member

1 Garden court is pleased to announce that Jane Crowley QC has become a committee member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC). Chambers sends congratulations to Jane.


National FDR Week 25th - 29th November 2014

1GC is pleased to be supporting National FDR week this week, following the recent launch and expansion of our own ENE service. For more details see http://www.nationalfamilydrweek.org.uk/


Edward Flood elected FLBA Committee Member

Chambers is pleased to announce that Edward Flood has been elected as an FLBA committee member. 1 Garden Court sends its many congratulations to Edward.

Early Neutral Evaluation - Private Child Law cases
Chambers is pleased to announce that it is improving and expanding 1GC's service to clients by now offering Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) in suitable cases which concern children, as well as financial affairs. Naturally, Chambers offers also comprehensive ENE in cases where this is sought in both areas, as well as advice limited to one or other area where this is sought. For more details or to arrange an ENE in any such cases please contact our Clerks.


Court of Justice of the European Union cites research of Professor McEleavy

In Case C-376-14 PPU, C v M, handed down on 9 October, the CJEU was invited by the Irish Supreme Court to given an urgent preliminary ruling on the interpretation of the concepts of “habitual residence” and “wrongful retention” in an alleged case of international child abduction. Advocate General Maciej Szpunar in his View cited Prof McEleavy’s 2005 Journal of Private International Law article “The New Child Abduction Regime in the European Union: Symbiotic Relationship or Forced Partnership?’, which was the first detailed analysis in English of the European Union’s child abduction rules, as well as his chapter on habitual residence in the leading Scottish text on the Conflict of Laws: Anton’s Private International Law (SULI, 2011). Please see the following links for the judgement, view and Anton's private international law respectively - http://tinyurl.com/olhar9e,

http://tinyurl.com/nb8c2zg, http://tinyurl.com/q5rk4lj


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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