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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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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


In the matter of D (A Child)

Members of Chambers (Deirdre Fottrell and Marlene Cayoun for the applicant father (instructed by the Official Solicitor), Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz for the mother) all appeared pro bono before Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, in this important case about the availability of legal aid to parents with learning difficulties in complex Children Act 1989 cases. The judgment is given here:



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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