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Firm Profile

Harcourt Chambers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 2 Harcourt Buildings
  • Temple
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 9DB

Firm profile submitted by Harcourt Chambers

Head of Chambers: Frances Judd QC
Chambers Director: Simon Boutwood
Practice Managers: Judith Partington and Matt Molloy
Tenants: 54

The Chambers Harcourt Chambers is one of the leading specialist family law sets in the country. It is recommended for both children law and family finance, and combines its expertise in family law with a strong reputation in civil litigation. Based in the Temple and in Oxford, it is home to six well known family silks; Frances Judd QC, John Vater QC, Nick Goodwin QC, Damian Garrido QC, Aidan Vine QC and Edward Devereux QC, and 48 junior barristers, many of whom are acknowledged as leading practitioners in their fields.

Over the past decade, Harcourt Chambers has established itself as one of the very top “across the range” family law sets and won “Family Set of the Year” at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016. It has grown significantly in size and prominence and its members are regularly to be found in high profile and leading cases at first instance, appellate level and in the Supreme Court. Harcourt Chambers is particularly known for the high quality of its advocacy, advice and client care and for its modern and approachable style.

Chambers’ highly regarded family finance practitioners undertake the full range of matrimonial, cohabitee and partnership litigation and have extensive expertise in cases of high value, including those where complex issues involving pensions, private companies, farms and overseas assets exist.

Its reputation in the field of children law is well established and widely recognised in both private and public law. In private law, Harcourt Chambers has renowned expertise in all forms of parental dispute including international relocation and child abduction. Public law work encompasses care, placement and adoption proceedings, often involving the most complex and severe cases of physical and sexual abuse.

  • Frances Judd QC (1984) (QC-2006)
  • John Vater QC (1995) (QC-2012) A
  • Nicholas Goodwin QC (1995) (QC-2014)
  • Damian Garrido QC (1993) (QC-2015) A
  • Aidan Vine QC (1995) (QC-2016)
  • Edward Devereux QC (2001) (QC-2017)
  • Roger Evans (1970) A
  • June Rodgers (1971) A
  • Benedict Sefi (1972) A
  • Alicia Collinson (1982)
  • Matthew Brett (1987) A
  • Fiona Hay (1989) A
  • Sara Granshaw (1991)
  • Louise Potter (1993) A
  • Douglas Allen (1995) A
  • Simon Miller (1996)
  • Jonathan Sampson (1997)
  • Matthew Brookes-Baker (1998) A
  • Cecilia Barrett (1998) A
  • Oliver Wraight (1998)
  • Andrew Leong (1998) A
  • Edward Kirkwood (1999)
  • Helen Little (1999)
  • Margaret Styles (2000) A
  • Craig Jeakings (2000)
  • James Turner (2001)
  • Jason Green (2001) A
  • Julia Shillingford (2002)
  • Alex Forbes (2003) A
  • Alison Williams (2004)
  • Elizabeth Tomlinson (2004)
  • Frances Harris (2005) A
  • Kit Firbank (2005)
  • Chloe Wilkins (2006)
  • James Dove (2006) Alex Perry (2007)
  • Sian Cox (2008) A
  • Stephen Crispin (2008)
  • Mehvish Chaudhry (2008)
  • Vicky Reynolds (2008)
  • Emily Rayner (2009) A
  • David Marusza (2009) A
  • Annie Sayers (2009)
  • Justine Ramsden (2010) A
  • Maria Scott-Wittenborn (2012)
  • Anna Yarde (2012)
  • Eleanor Howard (2012)
  • Martha Gray (2012)
  • Elisabeth Wickham (2012)
  • Oliver Powell (2013)
  • Emma Gatland (2013)
  • Rob George (2013)
  • Edward Bennett (2013)
  • Naomi Scarano (2014)
  • A Public/Direct Access
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