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"Reputable chambers with a strong children and finance offering, and a particular dedication to public law issues."

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"The family clerks are exceptionally experienced and helpful. They know the solicitors in the field and have a deft understanding of the expertise required for even the most complex cases."

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"The set's ethos of aiding vulnerable individuals is reflected within their work with members regularly handling matters concerning serious emotional and sexual abuse against children."

Chambers UK Bar Guide

"The set's private children practice is similarly sophisticated. Clients are particularly well served thanks to Garden Court Chambers' multi-disciplinary nature, with the set housing specialists in immigration and Court of Protection work."

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Top Ranked Chambers UK Bar 2019
The Legal 500 UK Top Tier Set 2019

Our family law barristers are recognised for their outstanding level of expertise. Garden Court Chambers is ranked as a leading set of chambers for family law in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide.  

We are regularly instructed in complex and serious cases, as well as cases in the lower courts where the outcome for clients is equally significant.

As the largest barristers’ chambers in London, we offer unrivalled inter-disciplinary expertise. We are routinely instructed in cases that crossover between family law and other areas of law including immigration, housing, welfare benefits, mental health, community care, Court of Protection and crime.

Our family law barristers have a reputation for tough and effective advocacy in court, and we are adept at representing vulnerable clients. We offer expert, practical legal advice across all areas of family law, from financial disputes to the welfare of children.

USEFul family law website and legislation

Some of the primary legislation
Children and Families Act 2014
Children and Young Persons Act 2008
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008
Children and Adoption Act 2006
Work and Families Act 2006
Childcare Act 2006
Civil Partnership Act 2004
Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Act 2003
Adoption and Children Act 2002
Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001
Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000
Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000

Court Proforma Orders
CAP01 – Order – Directions at Gatekeeping Allocation
CAP02 – Lite Final
CAP02 – Order – First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment (FHDRA) Directions
CAP03 – Order Dispute Resolution Appointment
CAP04 – Final Order
Financial Proceedings Directions Order
Financial Remedy Omnibus (with Variation Settlement Order)
Standard Family Orders
Standard Financial and Enforcement Orders
CMO Final FR for PFD
SDO Final ER for PFD

Useful family law websites
Association of Lawyers for Children
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
Child Rights Information Network
Children's rights law in the UK
Children's Legal Centre
Child Maintenance Options website
Divorce Aid
Family Law Bar Association and Family Law Bar Association Published Guidance Locator
Family Division of the High Court
Family Justice Council
Family Division Practice Directions
Family Law Bar Association and Family Law Bar Association Published Guidance Locator
Family Mediators Association
Fatherhood Institute
Hague Conference on Private International Law
Islamic Family Law
Resolution (previously Solicitors Family Law Association)
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

 

Latest News

Approved Judgment: H-B-S (Children)

Mai-Ling Savage and Monifa Walters-Thompson of the Garden Court Family Team represented the appellant, Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team represented the respondent mother, and Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of the Garden Court Family Team represen

29 July 2020

‘Reading down’ the statute: The case of Re: A (Surrogacy: s.54 Criteria) [2020]

Mai-Ling Savage leading Stephen Lue, both of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team, acted for the father. Rachel Schon was the the third six pupil in this case.

23 July 2020

Court of Appeal dismisses Local Authority appeal against court’s refusal to make a placement order in relation to a two-year-old girl

James Holmes of the Garden Court Family Team represented the Respondent Father instructed by Adeeba Naseem of Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

24 June 2020

Court of Appeal upholds ruling by President of Family Division that Family Courts are not bound by a previous assessment or determination on the risk of ‘FGM' made by the First-tier Tribunal

Amanda Weston QC, James Holmes and Naomi Wiseman represented the Local Authority. Kathryn Cronin and Artis Kakonge led by Deirdre Fottrell QC represented the child.

15 June 2020

The Local Authority v Mothers and Others 2020 EWHC 1216

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team appeared in the case of The Local Authority v Mother & Ors, led by Andrew Bagchi QC, acting for an intervener whose younger brother had been strangled at the age of 13.

27 May 2020

Law Society Gazette - McFarlane warns of remote hearing ‘overload’ after wrong care order

Stephen Lue of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team represented the grandmother in this case.

13 May 2020

Separation REALLY is the last resort

Nisha Bambhra of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

27 April 2020

Best endeavours v reasonable endeavours

Dinah Loeb of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

27 April 2020

A timely and important decision on remote hearings in the family courts – Re P: (A Child Remote Hearings) (2020) EWFC 32

Allison Munroe QC leading William Tautz were instructed by All Family Matters, on behalf of the 1st Respondent. The case considered the issues around the suitability of remote hearings for contested final hearings.

22 April 2020

Garden Court Family Team offer free assistance to key workers seeking legal protection from domestic abuse

Members of the family team are able - where capacity allows - to offer a free hour of legal advice to key workers who seek legal advice on how to secure an injunction to protect themselves from harm.

6 April 2020

Stephen Simblet and Allison Munroe of Garden Court Chambers appointed Queen’s Counsel today

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Stephen Simblet and Allison Munroe of Garden Court Chambers have been formally appointed Queen’s Counsel today.

16 March 2020

Parental orders in surrogacy arrangements when partners are estranged

Author: Rachel Schon - 3rd Six, Garden Court Chambers

16 March 2020

Ms Justice Russell and some Feng Shui: the case of JH v MF [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam)

Author: Rebekah Wilson - Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

16 March 2020

Vulnerable 16-17 years olds: Children Act, Court of Protection or Inherent Jurisdiction

Author: Hannah Rought-Brooks - Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

11 March 2020

The unprecedented case of a third fact finding hearing

Author: Monifa Walters-Thompson - Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

11 March 2020

Garden Court Family Team are delighted with the news that Allison Munroe is to take silk

Authors: Rebekah Wilson and Monifa Walters-Thompson, Barristers, Garden Court Chambers Family Team

20 February 2020

Naomi Wiseman of Garden Court has been accepted by the University of Cambridge Family Law Centre as a visiting research scholar

Naomi Wiseman is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Family Law Team.

28 January 2020

'Preventing deportation of a child at risk of FGM: Part Two' published in Family Law Journal

The article is written by Naomi Wiseman and James Holmes of the Garden Court Family Team.

15 January 2020

'Revoking an adoption order: unusual and exceptional' published in Family Law Journal

Written by Naomi Wiseman and Mai-Ling Savage of Garden Court Chambers.

3 December 2019

A (No. 2) (Children: Findings of Fact) [2019] EWCA Civ 1947 (14 November 2019)

Rebekah Wilson of Garden Court represented the appellant father, led by Andrew Bagchi QC of 1 Garden Court, instructed by Shanthi Balakrishnan of Imran Khan and Co Solicitors in the Court of Appeal case. The judgement was handed down on 14 November 2019

25 November 2019

Naomi Wiseman meets with MPs on campaign to end child marriage in England and Wales

Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Chambers Family Law Team is advising the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) in relation to their campaign (with other groups) to introduce legislation to end child marriage in England and Wales.

5 November 2019

Re S (A Child: Adequacy of reasoning) [2019] EWCA Civ 1845

Malek Wan Daud of Garden Court Chambers represented the respondent child by his children's guardian, instructed by Collins Solicitors.

4 November 2019

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020.

17 October 2019

Can the Family Court lawfully injunct the Secretary of State for the Home Department from the exercise of their immigration powers in relation to a mother and child by making an FGM protection order?

James Holmes and Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Family Law Team represented the Local Authority. Kathryn Cronin and Artis Kakonge of the Garden Court Family Law Team represented the Child.

14 October 2019

The restraint of children and the importance of the continuity of professionals for children placed in care

Allison Munroe (for the applicant) and Rebekah Wilson (for the second respondent child through his guardian) of the Garden Court Family Law Team appeared in an important reported case before Mr Justice MacDonald in the High Court.

27 September 2019

Naomi Wiseman and Emma Fenn of Garden Court advising campaign to end child marriage in the UK

Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Chambers Family Law Team and Emma Fenn of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team are advising the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO).

25 July 2019

Family Law Update: Wasted costs against non-parties in family proceedings

Written by Nisha Bambhra of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Family Law Update: Family Justice Council interim guidance on special guardianship

Written by Victoria Burgess of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Family Law Update: Uncertain perpetrator cases – the correct approach

Written by William Tautz of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Family Law Update: 'Placement in Ghana: proportionality, human rights and the guardian'

This case concerns a decision as to whether the child, ‘A’ should be placed in Ghana with extended family members or remain in the UK in the care of his foster carer.

2 April 2019

Family Law Update: "Reporting restrictions: when are they useful?"

This case concerns the making of a reporting restrictions order in relation to the birth parents of a young child.

2 April 2019

Family Law Update: When should a ward of court be permitted to attend a foreign trial to give evidence?

This case concerns two boys, X who is 12 years old and Y who is 8 years old. Both were wards of the court. The application was for X to travel to India to answer a witness summons is

2 April 2019

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