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Welcome to 1 Garden Court Chambers


The Family Law Specialists


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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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/


JS (A Child) [2014] EWHC B20 (Fam)

Andrew Bagchi and Georgina Cole were involved in the recently reported decision of Roderic Wood J, JS (A Child) [2014] EWHC B20 (Fam), which makes vital reading for practitioners advising clients as to the safeguards required when a client wishes to temporarily remove a child from the jurisdiction, to a non Hague Convention country, even in circumstances where there is a "minute" risk of abduction. See following link: http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed133731


Marlene Cayoun - Family Law Young Barrister of the Year
Chambers is delighted to announce that Marlene Cayoun was awarded the Family Law Young Barrister of the Year 2014 prize at the Jordans Family Law Awards 2014, held on 8th October. For more information please see following link http://goo.gl/RSAoJN


Early Neutral Evaluation
Chambers’ Family Finance Practice Group is pleased to announce the launch of its Early Neutral Evaluation (‘ENE’) Service, with immediate effect. The ENE process allows parties to gain an indication from an experienced barrister as to the likely outcome of a matter were it to be adjudicated in court. For more information on ENE please see the Family Finance Practice Group page or contact us at clerks@1gc.com.


1 Garden Court ranked in Legal 500 Directory

Chambers is pleased to announce that 1 Garden Court has been ranked again as a leading set in the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory this year.

Charles Geekie QC (top tier), Janet Bazley QC, Alison Ball QC, Jane Crowley QC and Susan Jacklin QC are all individually ranked Silks.

Equally, we are delighted that David Burles, Andrew Bagchi, Claire Heppenstall, Francesca Wiley, Sharon Segal and Deirdre Fottrell have all been ranked as leading juniors.

Our members are ranked in both the Children (public and private law) and Family (divorce and financial remedy) lists.

The Legal 500 entry for Chambers recognises 1 Garden Court as “an excellent set with a large number of very good advocates” and notes that we are 'clearly a set that communicates well' with a clerking team which is ‘without exception, helpful, courteous and responsive'.



  • "1 Garden Court boasts the full range of family services..." Jordans Family Law Awards 2012
  • "Solicitors praise the professional, responsive clerking and the sensitive approach to client service..." Jordans Family Law Awards 2012
  • “...known for its leading reputation as a children law set, 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers is also highly rated for matrimonial finance work” Legal 500 2010
  • Court of Protection Ranking - "... very approachable and willing to develop this new area of the law". Chambers UK 2013
  • "well served by a clerking team that is described as "efficient, helpful and very personable." Chambers UK 2012
  • "Senior clerk Howard Rayner, in particular, was described as "a pillar of strength who always approaches any problem in a calm and dignified manner." Chambers UK 2012
  • "goes the extra mile to build good working relationships with solicitors." Chambers UK 2012
  • "This set is home to a crop of top-quality silks and juniors. The barristers cover a broad range of family work including matrimonial finance..." Chambers UK 2009
  • "...continually provides an excellent value service and often goes the extra mile to build good working relationships with solicitors." Legal 500 2011
  • "...excellent standard of advocacy and advice." Jordans Family Law Awards 2012
  • "... 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
  • "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


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