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Directories - Chambers UK Bar 2018 London Children


This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Chambers UK Bar 2018.




Family/Matrimonial – Family: Children

Band 3


















Frances Judd QC

Band 2
























John Vater QC

Band 3













Nicholas Goodwin QC

Band 3















Damian Garrido QC

Recognised Practitioner




Edward Devereux QC

New Silk



























Jonathan Sampson

Band 4 


















Mehvish Chaudhry

Band 3

















Edward Bennett

Up & Coming










The set: Respected family law chambers that offers real depth in public law children matters, but also has strength in private law proceedings. Its members are frequently involved in cross-border proceedings and are additionally committed to handling matrimonial finance work on behalf of high net worth individuals.



Client service: Simon Boutwood acts as the chambers director. "The clerks always return calls following any enquiries you might have and provide you with sufficient notice if counsel become unavailable. They are always open to fee negotiations as well."





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 further note her expertise in international abduction, relocation and surrogacy matters. She appears in courtrooms across London, the South East and beyond.


Strengths: "Really hard-working and always well prepared." "She deals with very difficult clients in a highly sensitive way."


Recent work: Instructed in a highly publicised case involving a dying girl's application designed to allow her mother to cryopreserve her body after death.




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.


 "Very bright and takes a straightforward, down-to-earth approach with clients."





A relatively new addition to silk who maintains a broad family law and Court of Protection practice. His caseload includes financial remedy matters as well as public law children issues. He was recently appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge.


Strengths: "He's clever, he's hard-working, he's got good judgement, and he's always incredibly well prepared."









A new appointment to silk who is 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. He has particular expertise in child abduction issues.



Strengths: "A superb and formidable barrister for international children law. He was the best junior for international children work at the Bar by far prior to his taking silk."



Recent work: Instructed as intervener in appeal to the Supreme Court centring on the application of Article 15 Brussels II Revised, the question of best interests of children in a care relocation matter.




Called to the Bar in 1997, he has extensive family law experience under his belt. Sampson handles a wide range of cases including both public and private law children matters and financial disputes. His public law practice sees him handling matters related to child death and complex medical issues.


Strengths: "He's clever, approachable, adept at the paperwork and good on the finances. Sensitive and compassionate, he has an extremely good manner with clients."




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: "Exceptionally hard-working, fearless, and someone with a fantastic knowledge of international law. She is very supportive of clients and her preparation is second to none."




He is already amassing a reputation well beyond his call for international children issues. His practice has already taken him to the High Court and Court of Appeal. Sources are quick to highlight his impressive intellect and calm approach.


Strengths: "An impressive and knowledgeable advocate with a meticulous eye for detail. Edward’s work is without fail thorough and extremely well prepared. He has an excellent and in-depth knowledge of family law and is without a doubt one to watch."