2 Harcourt Buildings
London EC4Y 9DB
Dx 373 LDE
Tel 0844 561 7135
Fax (020) 7353 6968

Churchill House
3 St Aldates's, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 0844 561 7135
Fax (01865) 791 585



Harcourt Chambers is a leading family law set, recommended for both children law and family finance, which also has a strong reputation in civil litigation.


Based in the Temple and in Oxford, it is home to four well-known family silks Frances Judd QC, John Vater QC , Nicholas Goodwin QC and Damian Garrido QC and to 45 junior barristers, many of whom are acknowledged as leading practitioners in their fields.


Over the past decade, Harcourt Chambers has gone from strength to strength. It has grown significantly in size, it has an ever-expanding client-base, and its members are regularly to be found in high profile and legally important cases at first instance and appellate level.


If you have used us before, then you will appreciate already what sets us apart from other chambers. If not, we encourage you to discover for yourself the quality of our advocacy, advice and client-care, our genuine strength in depth, and our modern and approachable style.


Our Commitment


Harcourt Chambers is a leading set of barristers practising predominantly in family law. Its mission is to provide the highest quality, most cost efficient and easily accessible legal advice, representation and service to individuals, organisations and its professional clients


Standard Terms


All privately funded instructions are accepted on the standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012, “The Standard Terms”, a copy of which may be found here




Direct Access




Many of the barristers at Chambers are public access qualified and can be instructed directly in appropriate cases. More information is available at


Public Law and Adoption Conference Friday 25th September

Harcourt Chambers is delighted to invite you to our Public Law and Adoption Conference on Friday 25th September 2015 at the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel in Oxford.

Latest News

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