Family Law

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

Chambers UK Bar Guide

"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."

Legal 500

"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."

Chambers UK Bar Guide

"The clerks are prompt, organised, personable and helpful."

Chambers UK Bar Guide

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Chambers UK Bar 2021: Top Ranked
Legal 500 2022: Top Tier Set

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

 

Recent notable cases and news

Natasha Shotunde wins BSN Rising Star at UK Diversity Legal Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce Natasha Shotunde in the BSN Rising Star, in the Chambers category, at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2021.

2 December 2021

James Holmes appointed Part-Time First-tier Tribunal Judge, assigned to Health, Education and Social Care Chamber

James will perform this role alongside his busy practice and continues to receive instructions across his practice areas.

15 November 2021

Gráinne Mellon highly commended at Bar Pro Bono Awards 2021 in the 'Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year' category

We are delighted to announce Gráinne Mellon of Garden Court Chambers was highly commended in the 'Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year' category at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2021

3 November 2021

Gráinne Mellon shortlisted for International Bar Association's Pro Bono Award 2021

We are delighted to announce Gráinne Mellon of Garden Court Chambers has been shortlisted for the International Bar Association's Pro Bono Award 2021 for her incredible work helping vulnerable EU children and families apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

28 October 2021

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Lorna Cservenka joins Garden Court Family Team as new tenant

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to welcome Lorna Cservenka to the Garden Court Chambers Family Team. Lorna is an outstanding family advocate. Called to the Bar in 2021, Lorna was a solicitor for 23 years before joining the Bar.

9 August 2021

Government plans to ban virginity testing in breakthrough for #VirginityDoesNotDefineMe campaign

Naomi Wiseman of Garden Court Chambers has been providing legal advice on the legislation.

23 July 2021

Government signals support for Private Members Bill to end child marriage

Naomi Wiseman of Garden Court Chambers has been providing legal advice on the bill.

16 June 2021

Stephen Lue, Tessa Buchanan and Audrey Cherryl Mogan shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Lue, Tessa Buchanan and Audrey Cheryl Mogan of Garden Court Chambers have been shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021.

18 May 2021

Naomi Wiseman of Garden Court Chambers Family Team Shortlisted at True Honour Awards

We are delighted to announce Naomi Wiseman of Garden Court Chambers Family Team has been shortlisted at the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO)'s True Honour Awards.

5 May 2021

Garden Court Chambers mourns the death of Ian Peddie QC

4 March 2021

The Domestic Abuse Bill, a step in the right direction?

Blog post by Luke McLean of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

1 March 2021

Opening the door to arbitration in family finances cases

Blog post by Dinah Loeb of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team. Hayley V Hayley [2020] EWCA Civ 1369

24 February 2021

Domestic Abuse Bill - What does it mean for victims of domestic abuse in the family courts?

Blog post by Rachel Schon of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

24 February 2021

Stuck Between a Virus and a Human Rights Breach…

Blog post by Monifa Walters-Thompson of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

24 February 2021

Family courts rule to inoculate children when parents disagree on the vaccination of their children

Blog post by Luke McLean of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

24 February 2021

Amanda Weston QC representing Appellant Mothers in Court of Appeal Domestic Abuse Case

Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers is representing two appellant Mothers. She is leading Dr Charlotte Proudman of Goldsmiths Chambers. In the case of B-B Amanda Weston QC, leads Dr Proudman, instructed by Jenny Beck of Beck Fitzgerald

21 January 2021

Local Authority failed to sufficiently consider the impact of Covid-19 on parents of a severely disabled child

Our Rebekah Wilson, of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team, acted for a mother in care proceedings

4 January 2021

Court of Appeal set aside findings in a complex case of non accidental injury

Mai-Ling Savage and Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team appear for the respondent and appellant respectively. X, T, A, E and S (Children), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 1680 (11 December 2020)

16 December 2020

Naomi Wiseman quoted in The Guardian - New Bill could close child marriage loophole in England & Wales

Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team is providing legal advice on the Bill.

5 October 2020

Equal family justice – its pursuit in a pandemic

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team and Nkumbe Ekaney QC of 1GC Family Law for the Family Law Journal.

31 August 2020

Approved Judgment: H-B-S (Children)

Mai-Ling Savage & Monifa Walters-Thompson of Garden Court represented the appellant, Rebekah Wilson of Garden Court represented the respondent mother, & Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of Garden Court represented the father.

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

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The Team

Amanda Weston QC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2018

Allison Munroe QC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2020

Sarah Forster

Year of Call: 1976

Kathryn Cronin

Year of Call: 1980

Celia Graves

Year of Call: 1981

Ravinder Rahal

Year of Call: 1983

Amanda Meusz

Year of Call: 1986

Sorrel Dixon

Year of Call: 1987

Maggie Jones

Year of Call: 1990

Dinah Loeb

Year of Call: 2004

Malek Wan Daud

Year of Call: 1991

Henry Drayton

Year of Call: 1993

Amina Ahmed

Year of Call: 1995

Gregor Ferguson

Year of Call: 1995

Sharon Love

Year of Call: 1997

Lorna Cservenka

Year of Call: 2021

Katharine Marks

Year of Call: 1998

Mai-Ling Savage

Year of Call: 1998

Rebekah Wilson

Year of Call: 1998

Hannah Rought-Brooks

Year of Call: 1999

Ed Elliott

Year of Call: 2000

Bansi Soni

Year of Call: 2003

Davina Krishnan

Year of Call: 2004

Christopher McWatters

Year of Call: 2004

William Tautz

Year of Call: 2004

Victoria Burgess

Year of Call: 2006

Artis Kakonge

Year of Call: 2006

Stephen Lue

Year of Call: 2006

Ann Osborne

Year of Call: 2016

Hannah Wyatt

Year of Call: 2008

Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright

Year of Call: 2008

Gráinne Mellon

Year of Call: 2010

James Holmes

Year of Call: 2011

Naomi Wiseman

Year of Call: 2011

Nisha Bambhra

Year of Call: 2011

Natasha Shotunde

Year of Call: 2013

Katherine Duncan

Year of Call: 2014

Monifa Walters-Thompson

Year of Call: 2014

Jennifer Grehan

Year of Call: 2016

Luke McLean

Year of Call: 2017

Rachel Schon

Year of Call: 2018

Associate Members

Elizabeth Woodcraft

Year of Call: 1980

Smita Shah

Year of Call: 2002

Dr Peter Dunne

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