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1 Hare Court

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Head of Chambers: Timothy Bishop QC
Senior Clerk: Steve McCrone
Tenants: 42

The Chambers 1 Hare Court is proud to be a preeminent family law set with unrivalled expertise in relationship generated disputes. Chambers traces its history back more than 200 years. Its illustrious former members include two former Presidents of the High Court Family Division, three former members of the Court of Appeal, two current High Court judges (Philip Moor and Nicholas Mostyn) and three former High Court judges. Chambers now has 41 barristers (13 silks and 28 juniors) all with strong academic and professional credentials. Chambers plays a major role in the delivery of high quality publications for the education of the profession. It is the birthplace of At A Glance. Members make significant contributions to Rayden & Jackson on Relationship Breakdown, Finances and Children, to editing the Family Law Reports, to the journal Family Law and to the FLBA journal Family Affairs. The 1 Hare Court annual seminar is an important fixture in the family law year for all of Chambers’ instructing solicitors, providing up to date analysis of current issues in family law and a much celebrated party afterwards. Chambers also runs smaller seminars for solicitors throughout the year and members regularly speak at conferences throughout the country and in other jurisdiction. Over the past two years, members of chambers have been prominent in the debates over the consequences of Brexit for family law.

Work Undertaken Chambers is well known for its particular specialisation in matrimonial finance, but members have expertise across the broader field of family law, including international jurisdictional disputes, TOLATA claims and private law children cases. Chambers has an excellent reputation in drafting nuptial agreements. Members of chambers have appeared in many of the landmark financial remedy cases. These have included White v White, Miller v Miller, McFarlane v McFarlane, Charman v Charman, Agbaje v Agbaje, Macleod v Macleod, Radmacher v Granatino and Petrodel v Prest. More recent cases of significance in shaping the direction of family law include Sharland v Sharland (non - disclosure - Martin Pointer QC), Cooper-Hohn v Hohn (special contribution - Martin Pointer QC and Geoffrey Kingscote), Tan v Choy (jurisdiction and forum conveniens – Tim Bishop QC and Rebecca Bailey-Harris), Chai v Peng (jurisdiction and forum conveniens – Richard Todd QC and Nicholas Yates), Work v Gray (special contribution - Tim Bishop QC and Nicholas Cusworth QC), Birch v Birch (modifying undertakings – John Wilson QC), Thum v Thum (priority in an international jurisdiction race – Martin Pointer QC and Rebecca Carew Pole) and Owens v Owens (ground for divorce).
Reported cases in the higher courts attract publicity, but Chambers maintains a strong representation in litigation at all court levels and in alterna­tive dispute resolution. Chambers has a large and expert team of barrister-mediators. Chambers has been and continues at the forefront of family arbitration practice, with a strong team of family law arbitrators including Sir Peter Singer and Gavin Smith (who was the arbitrator in the two landmark cases of S v S and DB v DLJ). Senior and associate members of chambers bring their particular expertise in financial remedy proceedings to private FDR hearings, an increasingly popular form of dispute resolution given the current strains on court services. Chambers also provides direct access services at all levels of membership. It has an impressive international presence, with members providing representation or expert evidence in many overseas jurisdictions, geographically as far apart as the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
Members of chambers are supported by a highly efficient clerks’ room run under the careful eye of Steve McCrone.


Timothy Bishop QC (1991) (QC-2011)

Martin Pointer QC (1976) (QC-1996)

Deborah Bangay QC (1981) (QC-2006) *

Nigel Dyer QC (1982) (QC-2006)

Ann Hussey QC (1981) (QC-2009)

Nicholas Cusworth QC (1986) (QC-2009) *

Richard Todd QC (1988) (QC-2009)

John Wilson QC (1981) (QC-2011)

Katharine Davidson (1987) (QC-2011)

Stephen Trowell QC (1995) (QC- 2015)

Justin Warshaw QC (1995) (QC-2015)

Geoffrey Kingscote QC (1993) (QC-2017) •

Nicholas Yates QC (1996) (QC-2018)

Nicholas Carden (1981) * •

Gavin Smith (1981)* •

Christopher Wood (1986) •

Elisabeth Todd (1990)

Nichola Gray (1991)

Simon Webster (1997)

Rebecca Carew Pole (1999) •

Emma Sumner (1999)

Rebecca Bailey-Harris (2000) •

Eleanor Harris (2001) •

Tom Carter (2001) •

Rachel Spicer (2002) •

Christian Kenny (2003) •

Jude Allen (2004) •

Richard Sear (2005) * •

Amelia Sugden (2006)

Nicholas Wilkinson (2006) •

Katherine Cook (2007) •

Matthew Brunsdon Tully (2007)

Madhavi Kabra (2008)

Kyra Cornwall (2011)

Lily Mottahedan (2011)

Joshua Viney (2013)

Thomas Harvey (2013)

Ben Wooldridge (2013)

Samuel Littlejohns (2014)

James Webb (2015)

Georgina Howitt (2016)

Sir Matthew Thorpe + * •

Sir Peter Singer + * •

Michael Horowitz QC + * •

Bruce Blair QC +*

Michael Nicholls QC +

Heather Pope +