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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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Chambers is delighted to announce that 1 Garden Court has been shortlisted for Family Law Chambers of the Year at the Jordans Family Law Awards 2015


Chambers is equally delighted that Oliver Woolley has been shortlisted for Family Law Young Barrister of the Year



A v B [2015] EWHC 1562

Deirdre Fottrell QC, Andrew Norton and Marlene Cayoun acted in the Hague Convention case of A v B [2015] EWHC 1562 in which Mrs Justice Pauffley found that a child conceived in Germany by natural means within an informal surrogacy agreement who resided there for several months had never been habitually resident in Germany. The Applicant Mother was found to have consented to the child’s removal so that he could be raised in England by the Respondent Father and his wife. The case will have significant implications for issues of Habitual Residence in surrogacy and abduction cases. The judgment can be found here.


Kaur v Randhawa [2015] EWHC 1592

Marlene Cayoun represented the Wife in the case of Kaur v Randhawa [2015] EWHC 1592 in which Mr Justice Mostyn found that a Husband’s brother had dishonestly sought to keep the proceeds of a family home out of the Wife’s hands. The Wife successfully argued that the Husband’s brother held those proceeds on bare trust for the Husband and obtained a third party debt order against the brother’s bank account. Mr Justice Mostyn awarded the Wife indemnity costs and referred the file to the DPP for consideration of consequences for the Husband and the brother of their perjury.The judgment can be found 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


 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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