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1GC|Family Law

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Head of Chambers: Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC
Senior Clerk: Paul Harris
Tenants: 81

The Chambers 1GC|Family Law is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading family law set, providing a highly skilled, comprehensive service to clients across the full spectrum of family law and related work. Expert advice and representation, together with a practical and 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 the clerking team.

Work Undertaken 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 financial structures to modest value claims. Its work includes freezing injunctions to prevent dissipation of assets, cases involving foreign and offshore assets and complex trust arrangements, pre and post nuptial agreements and enforcement of orders. 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 with a particular reputation for undertaking cases involving the most complex legal and medical issues and increasingly, radicalisation cases. 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. Court of Protection cases are an established part of Chambers’ expertise as are cases involving family privacy and autonomy, the right to life and modern families. Members regularly deal with urgent applications in all family law and related matters. 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 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. International work includes disputes as to jurisdiction and forum, valuation and distribution of assets overseas and enforcement against foreign or off-shore trusts. Members deal regularly with cases of child abduction and other disputes relating to the international movement of children, including adoption, surrogacy and care proceedings. Chambers has been actively involved in considering the implications of ‘Brexit’ for family law and contributing to proposals for law reform in this area.


Janet Bazley QC (1980) (QC-2006)

Charles Geekie QC (1985) (QC-2006)

Eleanor F Platt QC (1960) (QC-1982)

Alison Ball QC (1972) (QC-1995)

Sarah Morgan QC (1988) (QC-2011)

Nkumbe Ekaney QC (1990) (QC-2011)

Andrew Bagchi QC (1989) (QC-2015)

Darren Howe QC (1992) (QC-2015)

Francesca Wiley QC (1996) (QC-2015)

Deirdre Fottrell QC (2001) (QC-2015)

Andrew Norton QC (1992) (QC-2016)

Sam Momtaz QC (1995) (QC-2017)

Caroline Willbourne (1970)

Suzanne Shenton (1973)

Elizabeth Szwed (1974)

Peter Horrocks (1977)

David Burles (1984)

Sylvester McIlwain (1985)

John Stocker (1985)

Susan Pyle (1985)

Pamela Warner (1985)

Gary Crawley (1988)

Nicholas Daniels (1988)

Rachel Gillman (1988)

Alev Giz (1988)

Frances Orchover (1989)

Michael Liebrecht (1989)

Malcolm Chisholm (1989)

Kate Mather (1990)

Catherine Jenkins (1990)

Claire Heppenstall (1990)

Simon Sugar (1990)

Doushka Krish (1991)

Denise Gilling (1992)

Jillian Hurworth (1993)

Gillian Downham (1993)

Jennifer Kavanagh (1993)

Alison Moore (1994)

Sally Stone (1994)

Emma Hudson (1995)

Julien Foster (1995)

Fareha Choudhury (1995)

Duncan Watson (1997)

Prof Peter McEleavy (1999)

Daisy Hughes (1999)

Sharon Segal (2000)

Rebecca Mitchell (2000)

Jessica Lee (2000)

Helen Jefferson (2000)

Gillian Stanley (2001)

Louise MacLynn (2001)

Laura Briggs (2001)

Caroline Middleton (2002)

Edward Flood (2002)

Philip Perrins (2002)

Richard Jones (2003)

Matthew Fletcher (2003)

Olivia Magennis (2005)

Alfred Procter (2005)

Elizabeth Hartnett (2006)

Steven Ashworth (2006)

Sophie Prolinghever (2006)

Elena MacLeod (2007)

Georgina Cole (2007)

Penelope Clapham (2007)

Nasstassia Hylton (2007)

Gemma Kelly (2007)

Lucy Sprinz (2008)

Katherine Dunseath (2008)

Thomas Dudley (2008)

Eleri Jones (2009)

Joseph Moore (2009)

Jessica Bernstein (2011)

Marlene Cayoun (2012)

Oliver Woolley (2012)

Patrick Paisley (2013)

Thomas Wilson (2013)

Andrew Venables (2013)

Luke Eaton (2015)

Melissa Elsworth (2015)

Annabel Barrons (2016)

Christopher Sharp QC (1975) (QC-1999)*

Jane Crowley QC (1976) (QC-1998)*

Elizabeth Darlington (1998)*

Ann Marie Wicherek (1978)*

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