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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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Re K and H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 543

Deirdre Fottrell QC and Marlene Cayoun acted on behalf of the Coram Children’s Legal Centre and the Association of Lawyers for Children in the Court of Appeal case of Re K and H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 543. The decision was handed down on 22nd May 2015. The Lord Chancellor had appealed against the order of HHJ Bellamy directing HMCTS to pay the costs of a legal representative in circumstances where a child was to be cross-examined about alleged sexual abuse by the purported perpetrator, who was otherwise acting in person. The Court allowed the appeal, holding that there was no power under which the judge could have done so, but said that there may in future be circumstances in which Convention rights are conflicted and urged consideration for statutory reform. Click here for Judgment


AR (Children) (Scotland) [2015]

Deirdre Fottrell QC, Daisy Hughes and Eleri Jones acted for Children and Familes Across Borders (CFAB) in the Supreme Court in the case of AR (Children) (Scotland) [2015].    The decision was handed down on 22nd May 2015.  The case concerned an application under the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and the court considered the relevance of parental intention to the question of habitual residence.  CFAB intervened in the case to make written submissions given the importance of the decision for children and families relocating or moving from one jurisdiction to the other.  The decision of the Court can be read here


Money Saving Expert

DIY Divorce and Separation a book co-written by members of 1 Garden Court has now been featured on the website, Money Saving Expert. Please see following link: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5241762


Judgment in Re: [2015] EWFC 36

Alev Giz appeared for the mother and Alison Moore for the child in this critical case, in which judgment has now been given, concerning informal conception arrangements and whether parenting style choices such as breast feeding and co-sleeping should not prevent the formation and development of a bond with the father. For more details see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32603514


ABC v PM & Anor [2015] EWFC 32

In a ground breaking decision Mr Justice Moor has upheld an order made in the Central Family Court setting aside a Deed of Security entered into between a husband and his solicitors and intended to meet outstanding the husband’s legal costs of his Financial Remedy proceedings. At first instance the wife argued successfully that the Deed be set aside under s 37 of the MCA 1973, the first successful example of such an order. On appeal by the solicitors, Moor J dismissed the appeal and, in his judgment, provides important guidance as to the steps solicitors should take to avoid finding their fee arrangements being set aside by a court. The successful wife was represented throughout by David Burles of 1 Garden Court


click here for the judgment


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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