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Chambers UK 2019

1GC|Family Law is proud to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK across three practice areas. Our skills in Family: Children, Family: Matrimonial Finance and Court of Protection: Health and Welfare are recognised, with many individual silks and juniors listed.

We are delighted to be described as “A leading set which boasts strength across the full gamut of children law issues, and has particular expertise in modern family law cases such as those concerning LGBT parenting, surrogacy and fertility matters. Its barristers also handle more traditional children matters spanning public and private law concerns, regularly appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal on such matters. The set further has a solid matrimonial finance offering, and has won admiration for its recent move to new Lincoln's Inn Fields premises boasting state-of-the-art facilities.”

A “highly regarded set” for Court of Protection work, 1GC|Family Law is “regularly instructed in a wide range of health and welfare matters. Areas of expertise for the set include forced marriages involving incapacitated adults, drawing on the set's core strength in family law, while members are also active in residence challenges and disputes concerning withdrawal of treatment. It also houses a growing strength in damages claims arising from unlawful deprivation of liberty. The set is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, family members and local authorities.”

Our clerks room has received excellent, well – deserved recognition, with one source saying “I can always rely on the clerks and have a good relationship with them. They are very friendly and accommodating, and go out of their way to alter diaries and make things work whenever possible. They are sensitive to costs and understand if some clients have financial restrictions." Our Senior Clerk Paul Harris draws praise for being "efficient, experienced and clearly dedicated to providing excellent client care” and “The clerking team has been further strengthened by the recent arrival of the experienced David McDonald, formerly of 2-3 Hind Court Chambers, as the First Junior Clerk.”

Joint Head of Chambers Janet Bazley QC said "We are very pleased that the strength of what 1GC offers across the whole spectrum of Family Law and Court of Protection work is recognised and grateful to our clients for taking the trouble to respond to the enquiries of the C & P researchers."

Chambers would like to congratulate Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC, Alison Ball QC, Sarah Morgan QC, Nkumbe Ekaney QC, Andrew Bagchi QC, Deirdre Fottrell QC, and Sam Momtaz QC on being individually ranked Silks and David Burles, Pamela Warner, Alev Giz, Malcolm Chisholm, Catherine Jenkins, Claire Heppenstall, Sally Stone, Duncan Watson, Daisy Hughes, Sharon Segal, Helen Jefferson, Laura Briggs, Richard Jones, Matthew Fletcher, Penelope Clapham, Gemma Kelly and Lucy Sprinz are all listed as leading juniors and Katherine Dunseath and Eleri Jones who are listed as “Up and Coming”.

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