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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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Best Lawyers in the UK

Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC, Sarah Morgan QC, Andrew Bagchi QC and Claire Heppenstall have all be notified that they are to be included in the 5th Edition of 'Best Lawyers in the UK,' recognising their expertise in the field of Family Law.


Important Guidance for cases Involving Learning Disabled Parents
Deirdre Fottrell QC, Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz  again appeared for the Learning Disabled parents of D a child,  a case in which the President’s earlier decisions have attracted considerable media interest. In the latest decision D (A Child) (No 3 ) [2016]  EWFC 1 , the President emphasised again the matters to  which all professionals making decisions must have regard in cases where parents and children have learning disabilities.

He expressly approved the guidance set out by Gillen J in (Care Order: Freeing Order: Parents with a Learning Disability [2006] NI Fam 8  saying  ‘I commend his powerful words to every family judge , to every local authority and to every family justice professional in this jurisdiction’ . The full judgment is available here: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2016/1.html

D (A Child) (No 4) in which the President will consider the important issues in relation to the provision of intermediary services which arose in this case is awaited.

Goddard Independent Inquiry
Marlene Cayoun has been instructed as Junior Counsel to Goddard Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She will act for and advise the Inquiry on investigations to be conducted into abuse of children in the care of Lambeth Council and Nottinghamshire Councils.

Charles Geekie QC Appointed as Deputy High Court Judge

It is with great pleasure that we announce the latest in a series of professional accolades for members of Chambers.  We are delighted to announce that Charles Geekie QC, Joint Head of Chambers, has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge, pursuant to s9(4) of the Senior Courts Act 1981.  Chambers congratulates him on his success.  After several years as a Recorder, Charles may now sit in the Family Division of the High Court.

Andrew Norton Appointed as Queen's Counsel

It is with great pleasure that we announce the forthcoming appointment of Andrew Norton as Queen’s Counsel. This is not only richly deserved
but also a particularly noteworthy achievement, coming as it does in the same year as Andrew’s appointment as a Recorder. We look forward to
celebrating with Andrew on 22nd February 2016, when he will take his oath at the ceremony in the House of Lords.’

Andrew practises in family law as it relates to children in both the public law (care and adoption) sphere and in private law (child arrangement) disputes.  Andrew also has a significant practice in the Court of Protection dealing primarily with capacity, deprivation of liberty and general welfare cases.


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/



  • "... a sterling reputation ... " a fantastic, really well-run professional chambers ..." 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
  • "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
  • "The service is exemplary and the clerks are all excellent." Legal 500 2015
  • "It's a superb set. Their silks are second to none and they have tremendous junior expertise as well." Chambers UK 2016
  • "The clerking team is super" Chambers UK 2016



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