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Firm Profile

1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 1 Garden Court
  • Temple
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 9BJ

Firm profile submitted by 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

THE CHAMBERS 1 Garden Court is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading set, providing a highly skilled, comprehensive service to clients across the broad spectrum of Family Law and related work. Expert advice and representation, together with a practical, common sense, approach, results in members being instructed in the most complex and sensitive cases, as well as those involving issues of law of general importance. Both professional and lay clients appreciate the professionalism and approachability of our clerking team.

WORK UNDERTAKEN Chambers’ dedicated practice teams offer advice and representation in all Family Law matters and in related areas, including cases involving the Court of Protection, human rights and judicial review. Members of Chambers appear in courts at all levels, including, regularly, in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. The family finance team undertakes matters ranging from big-money cases involving complex trust arrangements to modest value claims. Its cases include preventing dissipation of assets, cases involving foreign and offshore assets and complex trust arrangements. Emergency applications such as freezing injunctions and enforcement of orders are also dealt with. Private children law expertise includes all disputes over arrangements for children, surrogacy, adoption, declarations of parentage following assisted conception and issues in relation to legal parenthood in same sex relationships. All aspects of public law children work are handled and we have a particular reputation for undertaking cases involving the most complex legal and medical issues and increasingly, radicalisation. Work for local authorities includes applications for care and supervision orders, as well as adoption and judicial review. Public interest immunity cases, publicity and restraint of publicity cases form a regular part of Chambers’ practice. Members advise and appear on behalf of local authorities in appeals concerning child-minding and day care registration. Court of Protection cases are an established and growing area of expertise as are cases involving family privacy and autonomy, the right to life, homosexuality and transsexuality. Chambers was one of the first to establish a family mediation service and continues to focus on alternative dispute resolution, offering early neutral evaluation and arbitration. Many of our members sit as part-time judges. Chambers has a strong tradition for undertaking pro bono work.

INTERNATIONAL With the increase in international families, much of Chambers’ work has an international element. Members are frequently instructed in cases involving foreign jurisdictions. Several members have gained experience as lawyers working overseas, particularly in North America and the Caribbean. Our international work includes valuation, distribution and enforcement against foreign or off-shore trusts, child abduction and cases under the 1996 Hague Convention, international movement of children, adoption, surrogacy and care proceedings.