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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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Silks Day 2015


Chambers again congratulates our 4 new Silks being appointed today; Andrew Bagchi QC,Darren Howe QC, Francesca Wiley QC and Deirdre Fottrell QC.


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Nkumbe Ekaney QC Joins Chambers as a Door Tenant

Chambers is very pleased to announce that Nkumbe Ekaney QC, of Albion Chambers, Bristol has accepted the offer of a door tenancy at 1 Garden Court. Nkumbe is highly recommended in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as a renowned Silk in sensitive and complex children law cases, notably those involving infanticide, as well as in the aftermath of the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership. He is particularly well known for his expertise in serious allegations of child abuse and neglect. He is a very welcome addition, in particular, to Chambers' Private and Public Law Children practice groups.


Pamela Warner and Susan George Join Chambers
Called in 1985, Pamela has extensive expertise in complicated children law matters. These range from serious physical abuse cases, sexual abuse and chronic neglect, to adoption cases (including international) and child abduction matters. Pamela has been instructed as a leading junior and was recently led in the first Female Genital Mutilation case in public law leading to the landmark judgment of the President of the Family Division: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2015/3.html. Pamela also appears in numerous private law children cases, as well as having significant experience of representing vulnerable adults and young people. Her practice at the Bar is complemented by her experience of sitting as a Recorder.

Called in 1990, Susan George represents local authorities, parents and guardians in complex cases concerning physical and sexual abuse (in which Susan’s clients are often vulnerable children who have made allegations), and mental health issues. Susan has an extensive practice in non-accidental injury (including head injury) cases, as well as fabricated illness and medical cases. Instructed frequently by competent children, extended family members and prospective adopters, Susan also represents vulnerable adults, as well as young mothers who are themselves subject to proceedings. Susan’s extensive private children law practice includes especially problematic child arrangement disputes. She is appointed to the Court of Protection to hear Deprivation of Liberty cases.

Pamela and Susan are welcome additions to Chambers and join the array of talented juniors in our very strong Public and Private Children Law and Court of Protection teams.


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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