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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 J (a child) EWCA Civ 222

Deirdre Fottrell QC and Daisy Hughes successful at the Court of Appeal in the case of Re J (a child) EWCA Civ 222 acting on behalf of the parents.    Deirdre Fottrell QC represented the mother in the case who was herself a child in the care of Rotherham Council. McFarlane LJ gave guidance on the correct approach to be taken to the threshold criteria by local authorities. Daisy Hughes appeared on behalf of the father. 



Silks Day 2015

Chambers again congratulates our 4 new Silks being appointed today; Andrew Bagchi QC,Darren Howe QC, Francesca Wiley QC and Deirdre Fottrell QC.


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Nkumbe Ekaney QC Joins Chambers as a Door Tenant

Chambers is very pleased to announce that Nkumbe Ekaney QC, of Albion Chambers, Bristol has accepted the offer of a door tenancy at 1 Garden Court. Nkumbe is highly recommended in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as a renowned Silk in sensitive and complex children law cases, notably those involving infanticide, as well as in the aftermath of the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership. He is particularly well known for his expertise in serious allegations of child abuse and neglect. He is a very welcome addition, in particular, to Chambers' Private and Public Law Children practice groups.


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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