2 Harcourt Buildings
London EC4Y 9DB
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Tel 0844 561 7135

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3 St Aldate's, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 0844 561 7135

Directories - Chambers UK Bar 2017   London


This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Chambers UK Bar 2017.




Family/Matrimonial – Family: Children

Band 3












Frances Judd QC

Band 2














John Vater QC

Band 3














Damian Garrido QC

Recognised Practitioner



Edward Devereux

Star Individual

























Mehvish Chaudhry

Band 3





Family and civil chambers notably handling the most complex public law care and international children work. As well as handling children law, the members here are committed to matrimonial finance work.

Client service: "The Harcourt clerks are helpful, great at what they do and are organised. They go above and beyond." Simon Boutwood is chambers director in London.





Highly experienced silk focusing on children matters, whose practice has an emphasis on complex public law cases involving non-accidental

injury, sex abuse, forced marriage and child trafficking. Commentators note her expertise in international abduction, relocation and surrogacy matters.

Strengths: "She is a popular advocate with a strong nationwide following."



A public law specialist known for his expertise in medical cases containing extensive expert evidence. He is commended for his technical knowledge and skill at cross-examination.


Strengths: "An all-round excellent character who impresses clients with his advocacy and negotiating skills. He is one of the best public children law parents' advocates in the country."







Renowned family junior considered to be a leading expert in the international movement of children, particularly through abduction. He has been involved in landmark cases that have shaped the country's laws and appears in the most complex cases in the Supreme Court, the ECJ and the US Supreme Court.


Strengths: "His extensive knowledge of EU law is impeccable. He has a great strategic mind and will have a good plan from day one. He is probably now the leading junior in international children's work."

Recent work: Featured in the first case on the 1996 Hague Convention to come before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court considered the workings of that Convention in the context of a child abduction from Morocco to England and Wales.




Junior family barrister renowned for her expertise in international child movement, who regularly appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She possesses a wealth of knowledge of child abduction, forced marriage and care cases in South Asia.


Strengths: "She has quickly established herself as one of the best young barristers in the child abduction field. She is a superb junior who punches way above her weight."