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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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1 Garden Court Welcomes Thomas Wilson and our New Pupils

We are pleased to annouce that Thomas Wilson has joined chambers as a tenant after successfully completing his pupillage. We would also like to welcome our new pupils Cordelia Williams and Luke Eaton.


Re T (Early Permanence Placement)

Deirdre Fottrell QC represented the guardian in the case of Re T (Early Permanence Placement) (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2015/983.html).  The President gave  guidance on the role of prospective adopters under the Early Permanence Scheme within care proceedings and considered in particular whether they should be joined as parties to care proceedings.  Deirdre Fottrell appeared with Martin Downs (One Crown Office Row).


Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

1 Garden Court is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as Family Set of the Year for the Chambers Bar Awards 2015.

The 2015 Chambers UK Bar Awards will be held at Old Billingsgate, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3 on Tuesday, 27th October 2015.


1 Garden Court ranked in Legal 500

Chambers is pleased to announce that we have been ranked yet again as a leading set in the Legal 500 this year. Chambers was described as 'renowned for its expertise in children law' and having a 'growing reputation in family finance.'

Individual members have also been ranked in both the Children Law (including public and private law) and Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) categories. Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC (Tier 1), Alison Ball QC, Jane Crowley QC and Susan Jacklin QC are all individually ranked Silks. Andrew Bagchi QC, Francesca Wiley QC and Deirdre Fottrell QC have been ranked in Tier 1 as New Silks. Equally, we are delighted that David Burles, Claire Heppenstall (in both categories) and Sharon Segal have all been ranked as leading juniors.


 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
  • Howard Rayner "ensures that the set runs efficiently", "he knows the barristers well and provides sound recommendations" Legal 500 2015



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