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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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Sharon Minkin v Lesley Landsberg (Practising as Barnet Family Law) [2015] EWCA Civ 1152

Simon Sugar appeared in the Court of Appeal in a professional negligence claim which explored the extent of the duty owed by a solicitor instructed to draw up a consent order that the parties had previously negotiated. The judgment can be read at: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2015/1152.html


Chambers Director

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of David Swann as our new Chambers Director.  David will join us on Monday 14th December 2015 and will lead our Senior Management Team.  We very much look forward to welcoming him to Chambers.


Staff News

Chambers is delighted to announce that Paul Harris has been appointed Senior Clerk effective from 14th December 2015.  Paul, who has been with us since 1997, is well known to our professional clients and is a highly respected 1st Junior Clerk.  We are confident he will be a first rate Senior Clerk.

We would like to record our thanks to Howard Rayner who, after many successful years at 1 Garden Court, leaves us to take up a new challenge.  We are grateful for all he has achieved here.


Members of 1GC update section of Civil Court Precedents
Philip Perrins, Eleri Jones, Oliver Woolley and Thomas Wilson have updated the Family Breakdown section of Butterworths Civil Court Precedents which has recently been published by LexisNexis. "The publication has been fully updated to bring it into line with the changes introduced by the single Family Court and contains up to date precedents for family cases, including standard forms of order supported by the house rules formulated by the Financial Remedies Working Group.”


1 Garden Court ranked in Chambers and Partners 2016 Directory

Chambers is very pleased to announce that 1 Garden Court has once again been ranked as a leading Family/Matrimonial set in the annual Chambers and Partners Directory. Chambers and Partners recognise that 1 Garden Court is a " superb set”, the Silks are “second to none” and we have “tremendous junior expertise as well". The Clerking team has been regarded as "super and brilliant”, “They’re all very good’” and our senior clerk, Howard Rayner “runs a tight team”. Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC, Alison Ball QC, Jane Crowley QC, Susan Jacklin QC, Sarah Morgan QC, Andrew Bagchi QC and Deirdre Fottrell QC are all individually ranked Silks.


David Burles, Catherine Jenkins, Claire Heppenstall, Sally Stone, Duncan Watson, Sharon SegalRichard Jones, Penelope Clapham and Lucy Sprinz are all ranked as leading juniors.


1 Garden Court is also delighted to announce that we have been recognised for our "noteworthy experience in the Court of Protection ranging across personal welfare matters” Chambers are Partners have noted 1 Garden Court’s involvement in “two of the biggest cases of recent years Re X and Cheshire West". Andrew Bagchi QC and Malcolm Chisholm are both individually ranked.


 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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